Be it the great mammals like the majestic elephant and the Indian bison, or the small mammals such as the Indian crested porcupine or hog badger, India has all. The country has very rich and diverse wildlife that always draws the attention of nature lovers across the globe; beyond India’s bustling cities, nature lovers can discover serene sanctuaries teeming with wildlife.
India boasts a rich biodiversity and has more than a hundred national parks, covering over 15,600 square miles of protected land. From the Great Himalayan National Park in the north to Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary in the south, India has a plethora of wildlife sanctuaries all over it. Sanctuaries in this country and the animals that can be spotted there make it a popular choice among wildlife enthusiasts all over the world. Apart from these, the Agra Wildlife SOS travel is also a great option to explore Indian wildlife places adventure.
Seeing a wild animal in its natural habitat is the most exciting kind of hope. The feeling of taking a safari in the dense forests of national parks accommodating rare wildlife species makes one feel a thrilling adrenaline rush!
These amazing wildlife places in India offer the best experiences to their visitors-
1. Gir National Park, Gujarat
Gir National Park, the heart of nature, was established to protect Asiatic lions, along with leopards and antelopes. It is the royal kingdom of Asiatic lions– the place where these majestic beasts roam free. Sprawling in an area of 1,412 square km, the national park has a topography made up of successive rugged ridges, isolated hills, plateaus, and valleys.
Besides being the last abode of Asiatic lions, Gir Forests form a unique habitat for many mammals, reptiles, birds, and insect species along with a rich variety of flora.
There are various things to do in the sanctuary like engaging in the Gir Jungle Trail safari, gazing at the vast horizons over Kamleshwar Dham, visiting tribal settlements in the park, and meeting the baby crocs at the crocodile breeding farm.
The national park remains open from 6 am to 5 pm on all weekdays. Prices for Indians may vary between 4300 to 6500 (inclusive of a permit, gipsy and guide charges, services, and taxes) depending on weekends, number of persons, festivals, and long weekends.
Prices for foreigners may vary between 15500 to 17500 (inclusive of a permit, gipsy and guide charges, services, and taxes) depending on weekends, number of persons, festivals, and long weekends.
2. Jim Corbett National Park, Uttarakhand
Among all the national parks in India, this forested wildlife sanctuary is the oldest national park and is set amidst the foothills of the Himalayas. Rich in flora and fauna, it’s known for its Bengal tigers. The Jim Corbett National Park wildlife safari is also one of the most exciting safaris.
Corbett is the home to more than 650 species of rare and migratory birds; it’s heaven for bird watchers. The park remains closed during monsoon that is from July to October. However, Jhirna, Dhela, and Sitabani tourism zones remain open throughout the year for visitors.
This wildlife tourist place has also been featured in many wildlife documentaries to raise awareness of the mighty Bengal Tigers.
Jim Corbett also provides budget-friendly tour packages like the budget tour package and standard tour package. Luxury and premier tour packages are also available for those who want more facilities.
3. Ranthambore National Park, Rajasthan
One of the biggest and most renowned national parks, Ranthambore is a major tourist attraction that has drawn the attention of many wildlife photographers and lovers. It was previously a prominent hunting ground for the Maharaja of Jaipur. Now a famous wildlife conservation park, this park is most famous for its Tiger trails and Bird watching tours.
Ranking as one of the top 10 wildlife sanctuaries in India, The Ranthambore National Park is one of the royal national parks in India. Surrounded by the Banas and Chambal Rivers, this park serves as an ideal habitat for Leopard, Nilgai, Wild Boar, Sambar, and Hyena. You can explore this place with our Wildlife of Rajasthan Tour Package.
The park remains open from October to June and remains closed for the remaining months of the year. The morning trip is from 6:30 am to 10 am and the evening trip is from 2:30 pm to 6 pm. The average cost of the jeep safari is from INR 4000 to 8000 for 4-5 persons.
Popular attractions to visit in Ranthambore are Trinetra Ganesh Temple, Bakaula, Kachida Valley, Lakarda and Anantpura, Raj Bagh Ruins, and Padam Talao.
4. Kaziranga National Park, Assam
Kaziranga National Park is the only natural habitat of the endangered one-horned rhinos in India as well as the world. Spread across the floodplains of the Brahmaputra River, its forests, wetlands, and grasslands are home to tigers, elephants, and the world’s largest population of Indian one-horned rhinoceroses.
The national park is one of the largest and has amazing wildlife conservation activities. The park is also recognized as an important Bird Area by BirdLife International for the conservation of avifaunal species. Around Kaziranga, one can find an ample number of nature gateway options like wildlife sanctuaries, parks for bird watching, and hill stations.
Kaziranga National Park remains closed from 1 May to 31 October every year for visitors. Therefore November to April is the best time to visit the national park. Park authorities organize a jeep and elephant safari tour. Timings for the jeep safari are from 8 am to 10 am and then 2 pm to 4 pm. Elephant safari timings are from 5:30 am to 7:30 am.
5. Periyar National Park, Kerala
Periyar National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary is the perfect example of nature’s bounty with great scenic beauty and rich biodiversity. One of the most renowned national parks in South India, Periyar is considered the most protected area for elephants and tigers. It is the only national park in the country that is adorned with an artificial lake, located at the heart of the sanctuary.
Located on the evergreen hills of the Western Ghats, this wildlife sanctuary is also one of the Tiger Reserve Forests in India. While boating in the Periyar Lake, visitors can behold the mighty beasts of this park- it truly is a visual treat.
The park is open all days of the week from 6 am to 6 pm. Jeep Safari at the Periyar National Park costs around INR 3000- 8000 for 4-5 people. There are also other things to do at the park besides checking out the wildlife sanctuary like taking a boat ride on the Periyar Lake and also the wildlife trail is highly recommended.
Indian Wildlife Places List – Speciality and Best Month to Travel
|Best Month to Travel
|Bandipur National Park
|Indian elephants and thriving biodiversity
|November to June
|Kanha National Park
|Royal Bengal tigers and lush sal forests
|November to June
|Sunderbans National Park
|South 24 Parganas
|Royal Bengal tigers and unique mangrove ecosystem
|October to February
|Pench National Park
|Tigers, leopards, and Rudyard Kipling’s inspiration
|October to June
|Sariska National Park
|Royal Bengal Tigers and ancient Bandhavgarh Fort
|October to June
|Bandhavgarh National Park
|Asiatic Lions and Gir National Park
|October to June
|Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve
|Tigers, leopards, and diverse wildlife
|March to May, October to December
|Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary
|Black panthers and rich avifauna
|October to March
|Nagarhole National Park
|Indian elephants and diverse wildlife
|October to May
|Mudumalai National Park
|Indian elephants and endangered Bengal tigers
|November to June
|Hemis National Park
|Snow leopards and high-altitude wildlife
|May to September
|Satpura National Park
|Sloth bears and rich biodiversity
|October to April
|Great Himalayan National Park
|Himalayan flora and fauna
|April to June, September to November
|Bhitarkanika National Park
|Saltwater crocodiles and migratory birds
|November to February
|Silent Valley National Park
|Lion-tailed macaques and pristine rainforest
|December to April
As stated earlier, India is full of national parks and wildlife sanctuaries; these above-mentioned are just a scene of the big picture. Every state in India has one or many reserved areas for wildlife. They are all different from each other and as beautiful. Make sure to visit a wildlife sanctuary every time you take a trip to other states!