Famous National Parks of India
If Want to experience the thrill of Royal Bengal Tigers, Rhinos & other wild animals lively roaming openly in natural habitat?? Then you should visit any of the following National Parks / Wild life sanctuaries to experience it.
1. Jim Corbett National Park, Uttarakhand:
Jim Corbett National Park is world renowned for tiger conservation and is the oldest national park situated in the Nainital district of the Uttarakhand state in India. Jim Corbett is also known as bird watcher's paradise as it provides shelter to around 585 resident and migratory birds mainly serpent eagles, blossom headed parakeet and the red jungle fowl. Jim Corbett national Park is also a heaven for the adventu re enthusiast and wildlife adventure lovers.
Best Time to Visit Jim Corbett National Park is throughout the year, especially between November - June.
2. Kanha National Park, Madhya Pradesh:
Kanha National Park is spread across 940 kms of land area, located in the two districts Mandla and Balaghat of Madhya Pradesh. This National park came into existence on 1 June 1955 and is famous for its Tigers. Kanha Wild life is well known for its flora & fauna, especially for the Barasingha, the Swamp deer which is popularly called as 'Jewel of Kanha'.
The national park will be closed from 1 July to 15 October & the Best time to visit Kanha National Park is during the months of February - June
Timings/Visiting Hours of Kanha National Park is 6:30 am to 12:00 noon and 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm
3. Kaziranga National Park, Assam:
Kaziranga National Park stretches across 2 Districts of Assam State - Golaghat and Nagaon and is 225 kms northeast of Guwahati as well as Dispur - the State Capital of Assam. Kaziranga encompasses 430 square kilometers of the Biodiverse Hotspot located at the foothills of the Eastern Himalayas. Kaziranga National Park is also home to a large variety of endemic birds, gaming birds, migratory birds, predators, water birds and scavengers. About 1900 One-horned Rhinos, 2000 Elephants, 1700 Wild Asiatic Water Buffalos, 500 Swamp Deer's, and Gaurs, Sambar, Hog Deer's, Wild Boars, Jungle Cat, Fishing Cat, Leopard Cat, Hispid Hare, India Gray Mongoose, Large Indian Civet, Small Indian Civet, Sloth Bear, Golden Jackal, Bengal Fox, Chinese Pangolin, Indian Pangolin, Hog Badger, Chinese Ferret Bagder, Hoolock Gibbon, Golden Languar and Assamese Macaque are some of the prominent natives of Kaziranga National Park.
Best time to visit Kaziranga National Park is between November and April.
4. Bandipur National Park, Karnataka:
Bandipur National Park is situated in foothills of the Nilgiris on Ooty road in Bandipur of Karnataka, India. This National park is rich in flora & fauna and spread across 880 square kilometers. Number of wild animals like Pythons, Adder, King Cobra, Monitor Lizard, Frog, Common Cobra, Viper, Rat Snake, Tree frog, Toad and Tortoise are the natives of Bandipur National park. Timings of this national park are from 6:00 AM to 9:00 AM and 3.30 PM to 6.30 PM and have the entry fee of about Rs.50 for an adult.
Best Time to Visit Bandipur National Park is from March - July & September - November. (Remains open around the year).
5. Gir National Park and Sanctuary, Gujarat:
The Gir National Park and wildlife sanctuary is one of the popular sanctuaries of India, situated about 65 km south east in the Junagadh district of Gujarat. Gir national park came into existence on September 18, 1965 as a Forest Reserve to preserve the Asiatic lion. Gir National park is a lush deciduous forest spread across 1412 square kms of Land area. Kamleshwar Dam is also located at this place.
The National Park is open to visitors from the mid of October to mid of June. November - February is the Best time to visit the Gir National Park.
6. Bandhavgarh National Park, Madhya Pradesh:
Bandhavgarh National Park is situated in vindhya hills of Indian state, Madhya Pradesh. Bandhavgarh National Park is very popular for the Royal Bengal Tigers. Earlier this place was preserved as hunting ground by the Maharajas of Rewa. Bandhavgarh National Park is spread across 450 square kilometers of land area.
This National park remains closed during July - October and the Best time to visit Bandhavgarh National Park is February - June.
7. Keoladeo Ghana National Park - Bharatpur, Rajasthan:
Keoladeo Ghana National Park or Keoladeo National Park is a popular avifauna sanctuary (Bird Sanctuary), located in Bharatpur of Rajasthan State. It is widely known as Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary and is Home to over 300 various species of birds. Keoladeo Ghana National Park is a man-made national parks of India, established in 1733 AD by the then ruler 'Maharaja Suraj Mal' and is spread across 29 square kilometers of land area. Thousands of Migratory birds are found to be visible during winters at Keoladeo Bird Sanctuary.
Bharatpur Wildlife Sanctuary remains open throughout the year for visitors. Best Time to visit is from August - November for resident birds and October - February for migrant birds.
8. Periyar National Park, Kerala:
Periyar National Park is a popular wildlife sanctuary, Well-known for its wild elephants & Tigers; located in south Indian state - Kerala. It is located on the banks of an artificial lake, 'Periyar Lake' that flows through the forests of Idukki district. Boating is available at the Periyar Lake & it is the best choice to view the wildlife of Periyar Sanctuary. Periyar Sanctuary is spread across 925 square kms of protected area. In the year 1982 the protected area of Idukki was stated as Periyar National Park. Apart from wildlife, various species of migratory birds and flora can be visible at this national park.
9. Pench National Park, Madhya Pradesh:
Pench National Park is popular national park, located in Seoni and Chhindwara districts of Madhya Pradesh. The national park originated its name from the river Pench, which splits the national park into two. The Pench national park is spread across 293 square kms of area and about 1200 species of plants can be found at this place. Wild Dog, Wild Pig, leopard, Wolf, Cheetal, Sambar, Sloth Bear, Barking Deer, Jackal, Fox, Palm Civet, Jungle Cat, Hyena, Porcupine are some of the wildlife species found at the national park.
Except, July-September months, the national park remains open for visitors rest of the year, between 6 to 10:30 am & 3 to 6 pm. February and April are the best period to visit Pench National park.
10. Ranthambore National Park, Rajasthan:
Ranthambore National Park is one of the largest and most popular national parks of India, located in Sawai Madhopur district of Northern Indian state - 'Rajasthan'. Earlier, this area was regarded as one of the famous hunting grounds of the Jaipur Maharajas. Government of India stated this area as Sawai Madhopur Game Sanctuary in 1955, Tiger reserves in 1973 & Ranthambore national park in 1980. Tigers are highly found to see at Ranthambore. Tigers, Leopards, Hyenas, Sambar deer, Jackals, Jungle cats, Caracals, Sloth bears, Black bucks, Desert Cats, Indian Flying Foxes, Indian Foxes are some of the varieties of animals, birds and reptiles found in Ranthambore National park.
Ranthambore is open to visitors from October to June; rest the park will remain closed.
Famous National Parks and Wildlife Sanctuaries of India
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