I love hearing about people’s travels.
My friend Annie had a week off and went all the way to Bali and crammed so much into that week you would swear she was gone for months. I recently FaceTimed with a friend who was watching her daughter play in the Hawaiian sand. It is so cool to see people’s faces light up when they do something that feels completely different from their normal day-to-day existence.
Tiger safari, anyone?
I am not a fan of zoos. I know that some of them are wonderful when it comes to conservation and protecting endangered species, but something about it makes my stomach turn. Animals without the freedom to be their full selves and to roam and eat in the way that they were designed to do doesn’t feel natural to me.
I went on a safari in South Africa ten years ago and I realized there is a way to appreciate animals in their natural habitat. It will certainly not happen as often as a zoo might, but that is okay. I have some lazy cats to keep me occupied in the meantime.
Today’s post is by Rohit Agarwal. He is an adventure enthusiast and wildlife lover. He is also a blogger at http://www.transindiatravels.com/wildlife-sanctuaries/top-100-wildlife-sanctuaries-national-parks-india/. His love for wildlife and adventure make him explore the unhidden places in India and across the world.
10 Adventurous Tiger Safari Holiday Destinations in India
These days’ people have become more interested in watching tigers due to their decreasing population. Fortunately, India has a large population of tigers. So, if you are planning to have an adventurous tiger safari, here are the top 10 places for you.
- Bandhavgarh National Park
Photo by Vijay Kabra, CC BY-SA 4.0
The best place to see Royal Bengal Tigers is Bandhavgarh, situated in the state of Madhya Pradesh. Bandhavgarh is famous for its white tigers. Visitors can opt for jeep safari or elephant rides. Other wildlife species found in Bandhavgarh are foxes, raj behra and nilgai. Bandhavgarh also has rare species of birds due to a diverse tropical forest.
- Ranthambore National Park
Photo by JULIAN MASON, CC BY 2.0
Tigers are the main attraction of Ranthambore National Park, situated in Rajasthan. Here, tigers roam freely and absorb the warmth of the sun. Tigers can be easily spotted during the day. This place is surrounded by Vindhyas and Aravali Hills. There are also several lakes inside the park. Other than tigers, the park also has other wildlife species such as Striped hyenas, deers and marsh crocodiles.
- Kanha National Park
Photo by Ashishmahaur, CC BY-SA 4.0
Situated in Madhya Pradesh, Kanha National Park is also called Kanha Tiger Reserve. The dense forests and enchanting landscapes attracts many travellers to this park. To spot tigers, you have to explore the dense forests. You may even catch the glimpse of the rare barasingha. Other wildlife attractions available in this parka are Indian bison, panther, python and sloth bear.
- Corbett National Park
Photo by Vikram Gupchup, CC BY-SA 3.0
Jim Corbett National Park is Asia’s first national park and covers an area of 1288 km and is not only in India but also across the world. Corbett was the first park to implement project tiger (a tiger conservation program launched in 1973 by the Government of India). The most furious member of cat family can be easily spotted here. Other wildlife animals found here are fishing cats, serow, goral, Himalayan Tahr and several species of birds.
- Nameri National Park
Photo by Jolinlp, CC BY-SA 3.0
Nameri National Park, situated in Assam covers an area of 200 square km. Nameri has a rich collection of rare plants. Tigers can be seen easily in this park. Visitors also has an option of exploring the place on foot! Nameri also has large population of elephants. It has over 300 species of birds making it a paradise for bird lovers. Tourists can also try river rafting in the river Jia Bhoroli. The climate here is pleasant during the day and cold at night. Other interesting wildlife species are white-winged ducks, hornbills and kingfishers.
- Satpura National Park
Leopard, Photo by Davidvraju, CC BY-SA 4.0
If you are looking for an adventurous tiger safari, then Satpura is just the place to be. Satpura, situated in Madhya Pradesh has dense forests and is spread over an area of 524 square km. The park has rare flora and fauna. Satpura also implements Project Tiger. Tigers can be spotted near river Sonbhadra. Other wildlife attractions of this park include, hyenas, leopards, gaur, sambhar and hornbills.
- Sunderban National Park
Photo by Himanshu Gupta, CC BY-SA 4.0
India’s largest tiger reserve, Sunderban is spread over an area of 1395 square km in West Bengal. It also has largest forest cover of Mangroves. It is also a World Heritage Site. The Sunderban is a part of the world’s largest delta formed by river Ganges, Brahmaputra and Meghna.
- Nagarhole National Park
Photo by Shri Kishen Rajendran, CC BY-SA 4.0
Nagarhole National Park is spread over an area of 643 square km in Karnataka. Nagarhole is a perfect wildlife getaway. The park is closed during rainy season. Kabini lake is a great spot for spotting tigers. Other wildlife species found in Nagarhole are leopards, sloth bears, macaque, elephants and gaur.
- Bandipur National Park
Photo by Aditya945, CC BY-SA 4.0
Situated in Karnataka, Bandipur National Park is the most beautiful national park in South India. The park has also implemented Project Tiger. Bandipur is blessed with natural beauty. Apart from tiger’s other wildlife attractions are sambar, elephants, panthers and green pigeons. This is one of the few national parks that is open throughout the year. It is a part of biggest biosphere reserve known as the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve.
- Periyar Tiger Reserve
Photo by Wouter Hagens, Public Domain
The most popular wildlife sanctuary of South India, Periyar covers an area of 777 square km. The vast region also has an artificial lake created by the British in 1895. Periyar has a large population of tigers. Apart from tigers, Periyar is home to a large population of elephants. Other wildlife attractions in this park are leopards, deer, macaques and tigers.
Has anyone been on a tiger safari? Would you go if you had the chance?