Top 3 wildlife national parks in India


I met a widely travelled wildlife enthusiast from South Africa who happenned to be visiting Kabini -Nagarhole wildlife sanctuary in South India  last week We got talking and I asked him what drew him to India and he replied that it was the unique biodiversity . We discussed wildlife destinations in India and here was his pick on the top three wildlife national parks in the country

1.Corbett National Park – Named after the legendary Jim Corbett, this is not just a wildlife national park, but the very heart of Terai landscape. Located in North India, in the Garhwal district of Uttranchal it is one of the oldest tiger reserves in the country and is home to 600 species of birds . You can also spot the  endangered gharial , leopards , elephants, marsh crocodiles among others.

There are several places to stay in and around the park and New Delhi is your closest airport, while Ramnagar is one of the closest rail heads  and there are trains connecting them. You can also drive down from Delhi.  Best time to visit will be from November to April, while the open season starts from October to mid June.

2.Kanha national park –The sal and  bamboo forests coupled with the open grasslands  inspired none other than Rudyard Kipling who created his Jungle Book  in these forests. . While Kanha is mostly about tiger tourism, most tourists forget  to enjoy the very experience of being in a forest .Look for the barasingha, leopards, sloth bears , wild dogs or dholes , gaur , chowsingha, Indian pangolin among many other mammals. For birders, one can sight more than 120 species in just a single day.

Located in central India in Madhya Pradesh, the closest aiport is in Jabalpur and it takes about four hours from road fom  there to the park. Best season is from October to June.

3.Kabini -Nagarhole National Park – Finally, Kabini won over many other parks across the country. Kabini is actually a river that flows between the two moist deciduous forests – Bandipur and Nagarhole, creating an entire ecosystem on its banks. Come summer and this becomes Asia’s largest congregation of elephants as they come over to feed in the lush green forests.

Boat safaris and jeep safaris are available for tourists . Leopards, tigers, dholes, gaurs are some of the large mammals you would find here. The backwaters of the river is a great place for birding as several migratory birds flock here during winters.

Located in the Southern state of  Karnataka, Kabini is located close to Bangalore and Mysore, where the airports are located . It is great to visit throughout the year

This post is written by Lakshmi aka Indian backpacker, who blogs at A Travel Blog of an Indian Backpacker, which offers different long distance calling cards, such as cheap phone cards to India

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