The land of India is blessed with an amazing topography that accommodates mountains, plains, lush greenery, vast forests and small tributaries. Each of these landscapes varies in terms of physical divisions and climatic discrepancies. These vast forests serve as natural home to an enormous variety of flora and fauna. Several wildlife sanctuaries and national parks have come into existence all throughout India with the purpose of the conservation of the wildlife species.
Here you can enjoy travelling around the ‘Top 10 National Parks in India’ as it offers many chances to observe undomesticated wildlife in its natural setting.
Corbett National Park, Uttarakhand
Formerly known as ‘Hailey National Park’, Corbett National Park is a famous refuge for tigers as well as for most of the other wild species. It was established in 1936 to protect the imposing Bengal Tigers. A perfect adventurous destination, this is the oldest park in the country and also fit for an Eco tour with amazing natural bounties.
The park has been named after the popular British officer cum hunter ‘Jim Corbett’. Owing to its beauty and wilderness, the park attracts enthusiasts from various parts of the globe. Corbett National Park has been a subject for many wildlife documentaries produced in India.
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Kaziranga National Park, Assam
Popular as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Kaziranga National Park is the only natural habitat of the endangered One-horned Rhinoceros in India. It is also famous as a Tiger Reserve. Apart from One-horned Rhinoceros, it can also be applauded for water buffaloes, elephants and other animals. It is also a highly visited park amongst the top 10 national park in India.
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Ranthambore National Park, Rajasthan
One of the royal national parks in India, the Ranthambore National Park is ranked as one of the top 10 national parks in India. The majestic Tigers are the pride of this national park. Here, you can see many predators and dry deciduous forests. Various lakes and forts are also here, which will increase the adventure.
The other two attractions of this National Park include Ranthambore Fort and Padam Talao. While the Ranthambore Fort dates back to the 10th century and stands as a testimony to the glorious history of Rajasthan, Padam Talao is the largest water body of all. The wonderful Jogi Mahal is located at the corner of this lake.
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Periyar National Park, Kerala
Nestled on the Western Ghats, the Periyar National Park is the only wildlife sanctuary in South India as well as in India that has an artificial lake flowing through the forests. It is quite popular for its sheer beauty and tourism. It is also a popular Project Tiger Reserve, and also offers jeep safaris for the tourists. A boat ride on the beautiful Periyar Lake will enhance the fun.
Some popular things to do in and around Periyar National Park include Fruitful Nature Walks, Elephant Safari, Tiger Trailing, Boat Cruise and the trip to Cardamom Hills.
Gir Wildlife Sanctuary, Gujarat
Also known as the Sasan Gir Sanctuary of Gujarat, the Gir Wildlife Sanctuary is the sole home of Asiatic Lions in India. With amazing flora and fauna, the park is treated well and is looked after by the government forest department and various NGO’s. The park was established on 18th September, 1965. It is one of the largest and elegantly preserved areas for the Asiatic Lions. October to June is the ideal time to visit the place.
Besides Asiatic Lions, there are around 210 leopards that live within the forest area. You can also explore animals such as Sambar, Chausingha, Chinkara, Flamingoes, Nilgai, Woodpeckers and Crested Serpent Eagles.
Kanha National Park, Madhya Pradesh
Established in the year 1955, Kanha National Park is one of the most sought after destinations for wildlife exploration in Madhya Pradesh. Of late, Kanha National Park has gained a lot of prominence in saving the rare and almost extinct species of the Swamp Deer (Barasinghas). It is also one of the well-maintained parks in India.
Other than fauna, the park has a good mixture of flora species. You will find a mixture of Sal and other tropical deciduous type of trees. Also, the dense forests of Kanha National Park houses abundant species such as herbs, shrubs and climbers.
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Sundarbans National Park, West Bengal
One of the largest and oldest national parks in India, Sunderbans National Park is situated in the extremes of West Bengal. The Sunderbans are also known for its freshwater humid forests, which provide the best weather conditions for the growth of mangroves. It is one of the biggest mangrove forests as well. Apart from the variety of magnificent flora, the park also plays host to the Royal Bengal Tigers. As per the officials, the park comprises of large endangered species of tigers, deers and various other animals.
Mudumalai National Park, Karnataka
A beautiful habitat for a variety of wildlife species, Mudumalai National Park is positioned in the enchanting Nilgiri Hills in Tamil Nadu. It was the first sanctuary of India and an important Tiger Reserve of India. Its landscape encompasses valleys, beautiful hills, waterways, swamps and forest. It sprawls over an area of 321 square kilometers and is separated by the Bandipur National Park. February to June is the most favorable time to visit the sanctuary.
A large variety of flora species can be seen here. The views of its hilly terrain carpeted with mixed and deciduous forests are simply mesmerizing. Some of the flora species found here includes Bamboos, Natural Teak, Terminalia, Tomontosa and Grewia. Then there is an amazing fauna which include wildlife species such as Gaur, Elephant, Tigers, Common Langur, Leopards, Panther, Chital, Jackal, Wild Boar and Sloth Bear.
Bandipur National Park, Karnataka
Located in the Charajnagar district of Karnataka, Bandipur National Park covers an area of about 865 square kilometers, and was declared as a National Park in the year 1974. It is one amongst the 9 tiger reserves in India. It boasts of housing almost 70 tigers and more than 300 Asian elephants, leopards and bears. The park is a part of the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve. Bandipur National Park is considered to be one of the most beautiful wildlife sanctuaries in India.
The fauna of Bandipur National Park mainly comprises of Elephants, and predator animals such as tiger, leopards, Dhole, Hyena, Sloth Bear, Chital, Gaur, Barking Deer, Sambhar and Four Horned Antelope. The avifauna population in Bandipur National Park includes Peafowl, Jungle Fowl, Ducks, Red Spur Fowl, Herons, Woodpeckers and Hornbills among others.
Bandhavgarh National Park, Madhya Pradesh
One of the finest national parks in Madhya Pradesh, Bandhavgarh National Park is a historic setting in Madhya Pradesh. Bandhavgarh National Park began its life as the hunting reserve of a Maharaja. The most spectacular evidence of its royal history is the famous Bandhavgarh fort atop the central hill. Apart from the tiger, the park offers an opportunity to explore the wildlife such as the Dhole, Golden Jackal, Sloth Bear, Wolf, Wild Boar and various other species such as deer, monkey and antelope.
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