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For those who love nature and wildlife, India is a haven. This incredible country abounds with wonderful wildlife sanctuaries that are best known for their rich and varied flora and wildlife. If you are an ardent wildlife admirer, then visiting these fantastic wildlife sanctuaries in India can be richly rewarding. The enchanting wilderness, lavish greenery, rich wealth of diverse wildlife, and adventurous wildlife safaris will truly make your visit worthwhile.

Here’s our pick of Top Wildlife Sanctuaries in India for an unbeatable wildlife experience.

Kaziranga National Park, Assam

If you’re ready to fulfill a bucket-list dream of seeing the Great Indian One-Horned Rhinoceroses or are eager to spot the Royal Bengal Tiger, Asiatic Elephants, Asiatic Water Buffalo, and other rare wildlife species, this is one incredible national park that you must not miss out on visiting.

Kaziranga National Park in Assam.

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Kaziranga National Park lies in the heart of Assam, on the edge of the Eastern Himalaya biodiversity hotspot that results in high species diversity and visibility. This is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that hosts two-thirds of the world’s great One-Horned Rhinoceroses and also holds the highest density of tigers in the world. The vast expanse of tall elephant grass, swampy lagoons, marshland, and dense tropical moist broadleaf forests indeed makes the park look exquisite but it’s the presence of River Brahmaputra, which makes it look enigmatic.

Best time to visit: November to April. The Park becomes inaccessible during the rainy season from June to August.

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Ranthambore National Park, Rajasthan

Majorly famous for its rich population of Royal Bengal Tigers, Ranthambore National Park is one of the best places in India to spot the majestic predators in its natural habitat. This is one of the biggest and most popular national parks in Northern India, situated in the Sawai Madhopur district of Rajasthan, offering breathtaking views of the Aravalli and Vindhya hill ranges.

Ranthambore National Park in Rajasthan.

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Here, the tigers can be spotted easily even during the daytime, busy with their ordinary quest-hunting or taking care of their young ones. The time spent exploring the sanctuary, soaking up the verdant greenery, and watching the tigers and other inhabitants roaming around is priceless and worth enough to be explored at least once in a lifetime. A must-visit place for wildlife enthusiasts and photographers.

Best time to visit: October to June. The park remains closed to visitors during the rainy season from July to September.

Bandhavgarh National Park, Madhya Pradesh

India’s top dwelling place for tigers, Bandhavgarh National Park in Madhya Pradesh is known to have the highest density of Royal Bengal Tigers in the world. It is also the breeding ground for panthers. With great scenic charm, rich biodiversity, lush green forest cover that is incredibly the natural abode of myriad wild species, and great chances of wildlife sighting, this amazing National Park offers veritable visitor satisfaction.

Bandhavgarh National Park in Madhya Pradesh

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Elephant ride and jeep safari are the much-sought-much-after activity at Bandhavgarh National Park that offers great chances to catch glimpses of majestic wild creatures at close quarters. Though the Royal Bengal Tiger is the hero of Bandhavgarh, you can even spot Elephants, Panthers, Wild Boar, Nilgai, Chausingha, Chital, Chinkara, Fox, Jackal, etc. 

Best time to visit: Mid-October to Mid-June. The park remains closed to visitors during the rainy season from July to September.

Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary, Kerala

Nestled in the hillocks of the Western Ghats in the South Indian state of KeralaPeriyar Wildlife Sanctuary is the perfect example of nature’s bounty with rich biodiversity and great scenic charm. Undoubtedly, it is one of the best wildlife sanctuaries in India. It gets its name from the picturesque Periyar Lake that flows through it.

Periyar National Park in Thekkady

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Periyar is one of the 27 tiger reserves in India and is also famous for its elephant reserve. A nature walk or wildlife safari through the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary is enough to make your visit awe-inspiring and mind-fulfilling. Periyar Tiger Trail, Bamboo Rafting, Jungle Patrol, Border Hiking, Bamboo Grove, Jungle Inn, Jungle camp and Bullock Cart discoveries are some of the thrilling eco-tourism activities you can try here.

Best time to visit: March to May.

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Bandipur National Park, Karnataka

The beautiful and picturesque Bandipur National Park, teeming with wildlife holds a special place in the hearts of all avid wildlife explorers who come to South India only to get lost in its vast jungles and unique wilderness. Situated in Karnataka, it is one of the best-managed national parks in India.

Bandipur National Park in Karnataka

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Bandipur National Park is best known for its diverse wildlife boasting different biomes in the dry deciduous forest. The park is noted for its small population of Tigers and also abounds in Indian Elephants, Spotted Deer, Gaurs (bison), Antelopes and numerous other native species. 

Best time to visit: October to March. The park remains closed to visitors during the rainy season from July to September

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Gir National Park, Gujarat

Gir National Park in Gujarat is the only natural habitat in the world popular for Asiatic Lions. The Park offers you a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see those rare Asiatic Lions coupled with thousands of other elusive wild creatures and hard-to-find birds like pygmy woodpeckers, black buck, Asiatic wild ass, hyenas, Gir foxes, etc.

Group of Asiatic Lions at Gir forest in the state of Gujarat.

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Gir National Park is also known for the world’s only four-horned antelope called Chowsingha. The rich biodiversity and the beautiful blend of nature and wildlife make Gir National Park a favourite hub for not only wildlife admirers but also nature lovers and photographers.

Best time to visit: December to March. Every year the Park remains closed from 16th June to 15th October due to the arrival of the southwest monsoon. April and May are considered the best months for wildlife spotting and wildlife photography.

Hemis National Park, Jammu & Kashmir

Hemis National Park in Jammu & Kashmir is one of the most prominent places to see the rare snow leopards in the world. This mesmerizing national park is also home to a wide variety of birds and many endangered wildlife species.

A stunning view of Snow Leopard at Hemis National Park in Jammu and Kashmir.

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Hemis National Park is situated in the north of the Himalayan Range, at an altitude ranging between 3,300 and 6,000 metres above sea level and is considered the highest in the world as well as the largest park in South Asia. Other than a national park, this is a great spot for trekking and hiking thanks to its amazing terrains. The beautiful villages near the Hemis National Park offer great camping sites too. 

Best time to visit: Mid-June to Mid-October.

Sundarban National Park, West Bengal

The Sundarbans in West Bengal is not only a National Park but also a UNESCO World Heritage Site, a Biosphere Reserve as well as a Tiger Reserve. It is deemed the largest mangrove forest in the world shared by India and Bangladesh.

A young mighty Bengal tiger stands at the mangrove forests of Sundarban Tiger Reserve in West Bengal.

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Positioned in the delta of the Bay of Bengal, the mangrove forest covers an area of over ten thousand kilometers. Sundarban National Park is home to the mighty Royal Bengal Tiger and also offers a safe habitat for other endangered species such as the estuarine crocodile, Gangetic dolphin, ridley turtles, spotted deers, wild boars, monitor lizards, and numerous varieties of fishes and host of avian species.

Best time to visit: 1st October to the 30th of June every year. The park remains closed to visitors during the rainy season from July to September.

Eravikulam National Park, Kerala

Eravikulam National Park situated in Munnar is Kerala’s first National Park. This beautiful National Park gained its popularity for being home to the largest viable population of the rare and endangered mountain goat, Nilgiri Tahr (Nilgiritragus hylocrius).

Nilgiri Tahr atEravikulam National Park near Munnar in the state of Kerala.

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Owing to its rich biodiversity, it was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Besides Nilgiri Tahr, a wide range of rare and exotic wildlife like Nilgiri Langur, Nilgiri Marten (endemic), Leopard, Tiger, Indian Bison, Ruddy Mongoose, Small Clawed Otter, Dusky Striped Squirrel, and many others find a safe abode here. The place is often frequented by nature and wildlife lovers as well as photographic enthusiasts.

Best time to visit: September to February. The park remains closed to visitors from February to March due to the calving season of Nilgiri Tahr

Jim Corbett National Park, Uttarakhand

Positioned in the Nainital district of UttarakhandJim Corbett National Park is fabled for its tiger richness. When in Jim Corbett National Park, visitors can take pleasure in wildlife safari and immerse themselves in nature’s exceptional beauty, and above all catch the glorious sights of wildlife with all their wildness.

mighty tigers at Jim Corbett National Park at Uttarakhand

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This much-sought-after wildlife destination in India is named after Jim Corbett, the legendary tiger hunter turned naturalist. It was established in 1936 and is noted as the first and oldest national park in India. Displaying distinct wildlife in a picturesque landscape with a mesmerizing panorama of the dusty hills, Jim Corbett National Park offers wildlife photographers the perfect canvas where they capture the magnificent charm and majestic beauty of nature and wildlife at its best.

Best time to visit: Mid-November to Mid-June.

Kabini Wildlife Sanctuary, Karnataka

Karnataka‘s pride, Kabini Wildlife Sanctuary attracts wildlife enthusiasts and photographers from all corners of the world with its untamed wilderness and rich wealth of wildlife. The dense forests, steep valleys, and charming lake surrounded by picturesque landscapes add to the charm of the sanctuary.

Elephants on the banks of Kabini river in Karnataka, India.

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Situated on the banks of the famous Kabini River, it is one of the top wildlife sanctuaries in India. The sanctuary has a good wildlife population, and the presence of captivating avifauna delights many bird watchers. Major wild animals found here are Elephants, Leopards, Jaguars, Tigers, Sambhar Deer, Spotted Deer, and Indian bison, to name a few. 

Best time to visit: October to February.

Indira Gandhi Wildlife Sanctuary, Tamil Nadu

Indira Gandhi Wildlife Sanctuary which lies beautifully between the borders of Tamil Nadu and Kerala state is one of the best wildlife sanctuaries in India. It was formerly known as Anamalai Wildlife Sanctuary which was renamed in the year 1987 as Indira Gandhi Wildlife Sanctuary to commemorate the then Prime Minister, Indira Gandhi.

Spotted deer in Indira Gandhi Wildlife Sanctuary

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The sanctuary is home to a great variety of fauna. You’ll find a lot of Nilgiri Langur, Nilgiri Tahr, White-Bellied Woodpeckers and other exotic species here. Indira Gandhi Wildlife Sanctuary consists of moist deciduous forests, grasslands, and dry scrub forests that define its ever-changing topography. Other than wildlife spotting, visitors can indulge in trekking and wildlife photography here.

Best time to visit: December to April.

Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve, Maharashtra

Positioned in the Chandrapur district of Maharashtra, Tadoba Andheri Tiger Reserve is one of the oldest wildlife sanctuaries in India and the largest too. Tadoba Andheri Tiger Reserve is presently home to more than 115 tigers, which is one of the highest in India, making it one of the best places for tiger spotting in India.

Tigers at Tadoba Andheri Tiger Reserve in Chandrapur district of Maharashtra.

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The alluring greenery and the hypnotizing beauty of the sanctuary, flourishing with exotic flora and fauna enthrall the tourists in no time. An open jeep safari through Tadoba National Park is highly recommended to catch an amazing glimpse of majestic creatures in the wild, up close, and personal. Tadoba is also famous for wildlife photography and bird watching.

Best time to visit: 1st October to the 30th of June every year. The park remains closed to visitors during the rainy season from July to September.

indian jackal in the forest of India

Get in Tune with Your Wild Side and Make the Best Memories at the Incredible Wildlife Sanctuaries in India! The wondrous wildlife will surely stun you!

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