India is home to one of the world’s most thrilling life forms; wildlife. The wildlife in the country has a rich diversity of flora and fauna. Visiting famous Wildlife Sanctuaries of India are the best way to explore various rare and endangered species of both animals and plants in their natural habitat. These places are perfect escapes for not only wildlife enthusiasts but also for nature lovers. A large number of tourists and wildlife fanatics from across the world throng the country. These parks offers the pleasure to watch the best life forms on the earth roaming freely in the open. Not just this, Wildlife shutterbugs find these places heaven to quench their thirst for the ultimate shot.

Here is brief information about some famous wildlife sanctuaries of India where you can enjoy the best of jungle tourism.

Most famous Wildlife Sanctuaries of India

Jim Corbett National Park, Uttarakhand 

Jim Corbett National Park is one of the most sought after ecotourism destinations in the whole Asian region. It got its name after Jim Corbett, a British hunter and conservationist who stressed on protecting India’s wildlife from extermination. Located in the beautiful surroundings of the Nainital in Uttaranchal, it is a conserved area for wildlife. Corbett Park is an amazing blend of high hills, swamps, riverine belts and green meadows. All these are the things that attract wildlife adventure lovers.

From rock climbing, rappelling, fishing, bird watching to elephant safaris and open jeep safari, one can’t get short of options here. One can spot animal species like a bull elephant, spotted deer, leopard cat, barking sambar, etc that are worth watching. There are also species such as Himalayan black bear, Indian pangolin, great mongoose and numerous others. 

Ranthambore National Park, Rajasthan 

Nestled amidst the serene surroundings of the Ranthambore Fort, a haven for a multitude of wild animals is Ranthambore National Park. This park is located in the Sawai Madhopur district of Rajasthan and is among the best places to visit near Jaipur. It is one of the biggest and most renowned national parks in Northern India. The park is popular as one of the biggest homes for Tigers of different varieties including the most endangered ones. Besides tigers, many animal species like Striped Hyenas, Leopards, Chital, blue bull, wild bear, sambar, etc., also form an important part of wildlife in the park.

The park also inhibits more than 300 species of birds. The best thing about the park is the amazing peace it emits, complemented by lush greenery as well as the calm music of nature. Moreover, six man-made lakes and many perennial streams meandering through the park are the central focus of the park. Along with this, Sariska national park of Rajasthan is also a must visit place for wildlife enthusiasts.

Gir National Park, Gujarat 

Gir National Park is one of the most fascinating places to visit places in India. The national park is famous for its Asiatic Lions and many other members of the cat family. The park nestles in the Junagadh district of Gujrat, one of the top places to visit in December. This wildlife sanctury is mainly dedicated to saving and preserving lions, tigers, leopards and other cat species. The park has more than 200 lions and 400 tigers. Apart from tigers and lions, it has over 450 plant species, 350 varieties of bird, 35 mammal species and about 20 varieties of reptiles.

Apart from the cat species, the park is also an ideal shelter for many other animal species. You can find animals such as four-horned antelope, small Indian mongoose, Indian flying foe, wild boar, chinkara, hedgehog, Chital, Sambhar, Nilgai, etc. You can also witness some rare species such as Python, Indian Star Tortoises, Monitor Lizards, Crocodiles, Porcupine and Hare. Besides, the park also exhibits a range of interesting sightseeing, having history associated with them.

Kaziranga National Park, Assam 

Kaziranga National Park is one of the finest tiger reserves and wildlife sanctuaries in India. Noted for fabulous natural beauty as well as rich flora and fauna, the Kaziranga park is in Assam. Listed as UNESCO world heritage site park, it is worldwide famous for two-thirds of the world’s Great One-horned Rhinoceroses. Other than this, it has the highest density of tigers (among protected areas in the world) that makes this park worth visiting.

Also, it is a great haven for avifaunal species, along with massive breeding populations of elephants, wild water buffalo, and swamp deer. Elephant safari in the Kaziranga Wildlife Sanctuary is a thrilling and wonderful adventure. Apart from this, it also has a wide spectrum of flora and fauna species which boasts of elephants, sambhar, hot deer, wild boar, jungle cat, etc. There are also golden jackal, Bengal fox, Indian muntjac, Indian small mongoose, small Indian civets, gaur, hog badger, hispid hare, etc. 

Periyar National Park, Kerala

Periyar national park located in Kerala is a distinguished protected area and tiger reserve of India. The wildlife sanctuary has about 62 different kinds of mammals, 320 different species of birds or avifauna and 45 different species of reptiles. This is one of the most sought after wildlife parks for royal Bengal tigers, Indian elephants, horse deer, mouse deer, barking deer, etc. Moreover, you can spot Indian wild dogs, foxes, mongoose, leopards, panthers, langurs, monkeys, Nilgiri langur, Nilgiri tahr, etc.

It is definitely an excellent destination for ecotourism, being rich in its flora and fauna as well as natural beauty. It encompasses a 100-year-old artificial lake, Periyar Lake which runs through the sanctuary. Checking out the wildlife through a boat cruise with a backdrop of beautiful thick forest provides an unmatched experience. 

Sundarbans National Park in West Bengal

Sundarbans National Park is located in West Bengal and is a site of the tiger preservation project. Listed as a UNESCO heritage site, Sundarbans National Park is a must visit. It got its name from one of the mangrove plants known as Sundari as it houses the world’s largest forests of mangroves. This park is the largest delta in the world which forms by 3 rivers namely the Meghanna River, Ganges River and the Brahmaputra River. A lots of natural sights, different species and activities are available for the tourist who loves to explore the true wonders of the park.

For the flora in this park, it has about sixty-four plant species. These plants have the ability to withstand saline inundation as well as estuarine conditions. For the fauna, the wildlife sanctuary is the home for tigers and wild animals. There are birds, aquatic animals and reptiles living in the park. It features about 30,000 deer and 400 royal Bengal tigers. The Royal Bengal Tigers have a unique characteristic of swimming along the saline waters. Other animal species in this park are the macaques, fishing cats, common grey mongoose and the wild boar. There are also the jungle cat, fox, chital, pangolin and the flying fox. Not just this, there are bull sharks and saltwater crocodiles as well which live in the river mouth area.

Coming to the conclusion, these wildlife sanctuaries provide the tourists an experience of rich jungle life experience that is truly enjoyable and exciting. These wildlife parks summons tourists, wildlife lovers, nature lovers and wildlife adventure enthusiasts from several parts of the globe.

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