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The Best Safari Parks In India

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A round-up of some of the best wildlife safari parks across the country!

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Deep in the bush, as the sun just sinks over the horizon, a safari guide might suddenly cut the jeep’s engine….. In that quietude, you realise that you’re in close proximity to a lion; you can almost feel its roar in your chest. You’ll forever remember the adrenaline rush you felt then! You might get a passing glance from a giraffe from a watering hole or witness a baby pachyderm enjoying a mud bath with its herd…..
A wildlife safari will change your relationship with nature. Since you won’t be able to get on a plane to Africa anytime soon, here are some fantastic safari parks in India you can add to your itinerary….

Corbett National Park, Uttarakhand

[Source: Corbett National Park]

India’s first and the oldest national park was named after the legendary British hunter Jim Corbett, who brought this region international fame with his book The Man-Eaters of Kumaon. Originally known as Hailey National Park, it was established in 1936, and visitors from all over the world flock to witness the tiger in all its majestic beauty. Comprising 1318 sq km of wild forests, Corbett National Park is known for—its stunning scenery, including jungle, grasslands, riverine and hilly terrain. This park is also home to various rare species of mammals, reptiles and birds. One can also spot the Barking Deer, Spotted Deer, Sambar and Chinkara on a jungle safari to this national park. Crocodiles are another major attraction.

USP: The Royal Bengal Tigers in their natural habitat
Best time to visit: November to June

Ranthambore National Park, Rajasthan

[Source: Ranthambore National Park]

Until 1970, this famous national park was a hunting ground for Maharajas. It comprises 1334 sq km of wild jungle scrub hemmed in by rocky ridges, and at its centre is the 10th-century Ranthambore Fort. Although tiger spotting is the prime attraction here, one can also spot—jackals, fox, leopards and mongoose, the Nilgai, Blue Bull Antelope, Chital and the Sambar deer.

USP: Spotting wild tigers 
Best time to visit: October to June

Gir National Park, Gujarat

[Source: Gir National Park]

The last refuge of the Asiatic Lions, a trip to this park will make you feel like you’re intruding on someone else’s terrain. These majestic beasts will make you feel so. The lord of the jungle, the lion is a sight to behold! Half of the park is covered by a teak forest and other types of flora. Chances are that you’ll likely cross paths with  Chital—the Indian spotted deer. Striped hyenas, crocodiles, leopards and wild boars are other attractions. Here, one can also spot a fascinating variety of birds such as the Malabar Whistling Thrush to the Paradise Flycatcher. You need to procure a safari permit, booked online in advance, as tickets cannot be bought at the park.

USP: Asiatic Lions on their turf
Best time to visit: December to March

Bandipur National Park, Karnataka

[Source: Bandipur National Park]

An interesting fact: This park shares its boundary with three other national parks—namely Nagarahole National Park, Wayanad National Park (Kerala) and Mudumalai National Park (Tamil Nadu). It also happens to have the second-highest tiger population in India. The Bandipur National Park is a part of the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve—making it the largest protected area in Southern India and the largest habitat of Wild Elephants in South Asia. Once the private hunting ground of the Maharajas of Mysore, the park also has spotted deer, gaurs (bison), antelopes and numerous other native species. The 14th-century Himavad Gopalaswamy Temple offers views from the park’s highest peak.

USP: Wild elephants and tigers
Best time to visit: October to March 

Periyar National Park, Kerala

[Source: Wikimedia]

This wildlife-protected reserve is among the most stunning and diverse wildlife sanctuaries in Kerala; and also throughout the country. Sprawling over an area of 925sq km, Periyar National Park (also called as Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary), is nestled amidst the fascinating Cardamom Hills and Pandalam Hills of the Western Ghats. Owing to its scenic location, it has become an ideal home to a large number of rare and endangered wildlife species. With the Periyar Lake flowing through the park, boat cruises across are available for visitors to enjoy the astounding beauty of the park and its inhabitants. As the park comprises expansive tropical grasslands and moist deciduous forests, it also attracts a large number of bird species, herbivorous mammals, reptiles, and other exotic wildlife species. On a visit to the Periyar National Park, visitors can easily spot the Bengal Tigers, White Tigers, Indian Elephants, Gaur, Sambar, Nilgiri Tahr, Salim Ali’s Fruit Bat, Sloth Bear, and numerous other species. Perhaps, you could also plan a trek with a tribal villager Periyar’s hilly jungle scenery takes on a wild, magical feel. Be sure to pack warm, waterproof clothing.

USP: Bengal tigers, a few white tigers, elephants and a wide array of birds
Best time to visit: October to March

Sundarbans Wildlife Sanctuary, West Bengal

[Source: Sunderbans National Park]

This wildlife-protected reserve is among the most stunning and diverse wildlife sanctuaries in Kerala, and also throughout the country. Sprawling over an area of 925sq km, Periyar National Park (also called Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary), is nestled amidst the fascinating Cardamom Hills and Pandalam Hills of the Western Ghats. Owing to its scenic location, it has become an ideal home to a large number of rare and endangered wildlife species. With the Periyar Lake flowing through the park, boat cruises across are available for visitors to enjoy the astounding beauty of the park and its inhabitants. As the park comprises expansive tropical grasslands and moist deciduous forests, it also attracts a large number of bird species, herbivorous mammals, reptiles, and other exotic wildlife species. On a visit to the Periyar National Park, visitors can easily spot the Bengal Tigers, White Tigers, Indian Elephants, Gaur, Sambar, Nilgiri Tahr, Salim Ali’s Fruit Bat, Sloth Bear, and numerous other species. Perhaps, you could also plan a trek with a tribal villager Periyar’s hilly jungle scenery takes on a wild, magical feel. Be sure to pack warm, waterproof clothing.

USP: Royal Bengal tigers and Ridley Sea Turtles
Best time to visit: October to March

If you’re stuck at home, fanning the flames of your wanderlust with IG travel handles for post-pandemic travel, there’s never a better time to plan a jungle safari than now!

 

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Eva Pavithran

Vertical Head - Lifestyle

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