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  • India dwells world’s largest tiger population, it has an array of Tiger Reserves and National Parks that are not only the royal beast’s natural habitat but also places of enticing beauty and heavenly charm. These reserves portray nature at its ultimate best, leaving the tourists awestruck and captivated with vivid pictures imprinted forever in their memory.

    These reserves offer exciting sightseeing opportunities for all those who are passionate about nature and worship its unadulterated beauty.

    Here is a list of the best 11 Tiger Reserves in India:

  • 01Jim Corbett Tiger Reserve, Uttarakhand

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    Named after the legendary hunter turned conservationist Corbett, this National Park was set up in 1936. It is often considered as India’s first National Park and has an interesting variety of fauna and flora.

    It is located in the Patli Dun valley in the state of Uttar Pradesh and covers an enormous core area of 500 sq km. Situated at the base of Himalayas and on the banks of river Ramganga, this park is gifted with breathtaking landscapes. This is one few tiger reserves in India that provides a wonderful experience in nature.

    The tiger reserve has been divided into five regions with each region offering great tours. The five different tourism zones are Dhikala, Bijrani, Jhirna, Domunda and Sonanadi. Among these, the Dhikala and Bijrani also jungle tour and elephant safari.

    Each of this five regions are accessible through a dedicated gate. Every gate has different entry/exit timings and is accessible for different months of the year. It is advisable to contact park officials or refer to their website before making a visit.

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    Safari rides around this reserve provides a panoramic view of the lush grassland. The flora of this tiger reserve is highly varied and the purest forms of Sal trees are known to grow here. Many trees that cannot be spotted elsewhere in the country is easily found here.

    Corbett is home to over 585 species of birds, seven species of amphibians, 33 species of reptiles, seven species of fishes and 37 species of dragonflies. Some of the animals found here include Bengal tigers, crocodiles, leopards and elephants. The majestic Bengal tigers of this region remains camouflaged within the shrubs and one has to get lucky to spot them.

    As personal vehicles are not permitted inside the park, an elephant and jeep safari can help you explore its vast terrain. Opting for elephant that covers the core and the buffer zone of the park as well. Corbett Park also offers other adventurous activities like rafting, bridge slithering and river crossing on the Kosi river.

    Corbett was the first National Park to come under the ‘Project Tiger’ which aims at preserving this endangered species. Accommodation is never a problem at Corbett, though it is advisable to contact your travel advisors in advance. Road distance from Delhi to this reserve is 290 km while Ramnagar is the nearest railway station situated at a distance of about 50 km from the Park. The nearest airport is in Delhi.

    Wild Life Experience at Tiger Resort, Jim Corbett

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  • 02Ranthambore Tiger Reserve, Rajasthan

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    Ranthambore is one of the country’s largest National Parks covering an area of 1,134 sq km. Located in Sawai Madhopur district of south-eastern Rajasthan, this tiger reserve was once the most sought after hunting destination of the royal Jaipur Maharajas.

    The ancient fort located in the reserve premises are a favorite spot of tigers and leopards. This reserve also homes sloth bears, hyenas, Indian foxes, jackals and crocodiles.

    This National park in Ranthambore has three lakes namely Padam Talao, Raj Talao and Malik Talao, where wildlife flocks to a great extent. This tiger reserve is famous for its diurnal tigers which are a blessing to all nature lovers and wildlife photographers. This reserve also breeds many marsh croc reptiles that include tortoises, Indian python, Russell's vipers and many other species.

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    The kachida valley located in the reserve outskirts has a generous population of panthers too. Another popular destination is the Raj-Bagh ruin that is located among two lakes. The ideal time to visit this tiger reserve is between February and March. The nearest town is Sawai Madhopur that is 11 km away and is also the nearest railhead. The nearest airport is at Jaipur, situated at 145 kilometers from Ranthambore.

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    Ranthambore Tiger Adventure


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  • 03Sunderban Tiger Reserve, West Bengal

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    Covering a massive area of 2585 sq km, Sunderban is home to the much acclaimed Royal Bengal tiger. It also houses a large number of highly endangered species that include aquatic mammals and reptiles. This tiger reserve has numerous creeks and tributaries that come from three rivers namely Ganges, Brahmaputra and Meghna.

    A UNESCO world heritage site, this tiger reserve is located at the southern most tip of West Bengal, the place where the wetland meets the glorious sea. Apart from being the largest tiger reserve and National Park in the Indian Subcontinent, it also has the largest mangrove forest and has an unique estuarine mangrove ecosystem that has amazed environmentalists to a great extent.

    This tiger reserve derives its name from the ‘Sundari’ tree. The central area of this reserve has its own natural boundaries with the river Matla on its West, the river Haribhanga on its East and with Netidhopani and Gosba in the North. These attributes make this tiger reserve an absolute paradise, a majority of which is unexplored.

    Unlike other National Park and Tiger Reserves in India where jeeps and roads serve for sightseeing purposes, Sunderbans uses boats for transportation and sightseeing. The rivers have an overwhelming effect on the nature lovers and its unimaginable dangers leave the adventurists vigilant and prepared for everything.

    Sunderbans is home to 400 tigers.The aqua fauna also includes a diverse array of fish, crabs, crocodiles and Ridley sea turtles. In fact, Sunderbans’ highly productive ecosystem also acts as a natural fishing nursery.

    There are about 248 bird species that can be found here including a large number of migratory birds that visit the park during winter months every year. Thus, a healthy bird population makes this destination ideal for bird watchers and bird photography.

    This is one of the few tiger reserves in India that is open for tourist access from the months of September to March. The finest time to visit is between December and February.

    It is during this time that migratory birds make a striking appearance and enthrall spectators. The nearest town to this reserve is Gosaba which is about 50 km away. Canning is the nearest railhead that is 48km away from the reserve. The nearest airport is at Calcutta, 112 km away.

  • 04Kanha Tiger Reserve, Madya Pradesh

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    Kanha Tiger Reserve is situated in Madhya Pradesh and spreads across an area of 940 sq km. This wildlife reserve was established in 1955 with the sole purpose of preserving a few endangered species. The name Kanha comes from the name of a clay like soil, Kanhar that is found in the low lying land of this region.

    The mesmerizing topography which includes a horseshoe shaped valley has earned this ‘Tiger land’ an immortal depiction. The Banjar forests and the Halon valley in this reserve offer a picturesque sight. The open grassy meadows and the magnanimous forest has a mesmerizing and heart-warming effect on nature lovers and it's also regarded as one of the best Tiger reserves in India.

    In addition, the crystal clear streams randomly flowing across the landscape makes a profound impact that lasts for ages. The best location here is the sunset point called Bamni Dadar that one cannot afford to miss.

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    Apart from tigers, this reserve pets bison, gaur, sambar, chital and many more species. What deserves a special mention is the hard-ground Barasingha, also called the swamp deer, an endangered species that can be found only here.

    There are many tour packages offered in this reserve that extends from days to weeks and one can opt for a suitable package based on their convenience and availability. Tourists flock in great numbers during April, May and June.

    There are plenty of places to stay in and around Kanha. The nearest town is Mandla which is 65 km by road. The closest railway junction is Jabalpur, at a distance of 160 km and the nearest airport is in Nagpur which is 266 km away.


  • 05Tadoba National Park, Maharashtra

    For the wildlife enthusiast who are seeking for some adventure and want to take some good pictures of the tigers then Tadoba National Park is the perfect place for you. The national park is one of the largest and the oldest National Park which has various psecies of animals and trees. Tadoba National Park is situated at the core of a reserved forest and coners an area of 1725 The whole firest is overshadowed by teak and bamboo. Get amazed by the magical landscape of the marshlands, lakes and the rigged cliffs. You can find a variety of wildlife like panthers, tigers, hyenas, sloth bears, wild dogs, jackals, barking deer, bison, sambar and deer.
    Explore the wildlife with the Gypsy and Jeep Safaris which are always available in Tadoba National Park. To get the real taste of the wildlife the best time to visit is from February to May, Gaurs, tigers, herd of deer and other animals can be spotted at this time of the year.
    If you are taking a flight then Nagpur (140 Km) is the nearest airport from where it takes 3 hour taxi rides to reach the park. You can also take the train to Chandrapur (49 kms) from the reserve.
    Tadoba Tiger Safari, Chandrapur

    Tadoba Tiger Safari, Chandrapur


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  • 06Satpura National Park, Madhya Pradesh

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    Your wildlife exploration would not be complete without visiting the Satpura National Park in Madhya Pradesh. This national park was established in the year 1981. Satpura National Park is located in Hoshangabad district of Madhya Pradesh in Central India and spreads over an area of 1427 This wildlife is famous for the tiger which roams around freely. For the wildlife lovers this place is the best option for you. There are variety of other wildlife like 50 species of mammals, 254 species of birds, 30 species of reptiles, 50 species of butterflies and much more.
    Once you reach the reserve you can enjoy jeep safari, elephant safari, walking safari and boat safari.
    Satpura National park is close to Pachmarhi hill station and can be easily travelled by road from cities like Bhopal, Jabalpur, Chindwara, and Nagpur. If you are travelling by train than you can take the Sohagpur station which is about 20kms from national park.
  • 07Pench National Park, Madhya Pradesh

    There is yet another national park which is a striking one on our list. For the nature admirers and the wildlife lovers this park is a treat. Nestled in the lower southern reaches of the satpuda hills is named after Pench River Pench National Park covers an area of 758 sq km.The national park boasts of 25 tigers. They are usually seen around the Pench River, as the density of prey population is higher here. The National Park has many other species of flora and fauna. There are around more than 210 species of birds, including a host of migratory species.
    The best time to visit the park is between February and April. This park remains closed during the month of July, August and September.
    The park is well connected with major places. It can be accessed by road as well as railway. The nearest rail-head is at Ramtek and a bus can be taken for the next 35 km to the Park.
  • 08Nagarhole National Park, Karnataka

    Head out to this amazing Nagarhole National Park which is well known for tigers. This national park covers an area of enchanting 247 square-mile Park in Karnataka. The interesting thing about this park is that it is counted among India’s best wildlife park for the large bison and elephant. You can also find a variety of animals and about 250 species of bird. Get amazed by the tranquillity of the place as you stroll through the grassy land and the shallow valleys.
    The best time to visit this place is during the dry season of February till June.
    You can take a flight to the nearest airports are Mysore which is about 96 km and from Bangalore 236 km.
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    Nagarhole Wildlife Adventure

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  • 09Bandipur National Park, Karnataka

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    Bandipur National Park is situated in Mysore and Chamarajanagar districts of Karnataka. This reserve was once a hunting ground for the Kings. The National Park was established in the year 1974 as a forest tiger reserve under the Project Tiger. The park covers an area 874 sq. km and has many endangered species like tigers and elephants.
    One can find other species of animals like Four-horned Antelope, Indian Muntjac, Indian Pangolin, Mongoose, Indian Hare Red and Indian Giant Squirrel. This national park is covered by vast greenery. As monsoons are unpredictable here but the rainy seasons makes it cleaner and greener as a result this park becomes an abode for the wildlife.
    The wildlife park is 220 km from Bangalore, 80 km from Mysore and 80 kms from Ooty.
    The nearest airport is at Bangalore which is 220 km from Bandipur.
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  • 10Periyar Tiger Reserve, Kerala

    Still searching for some wildlife sanctuary then check out the Periyar Tiger Reserve in Kerela which is the most popular wildlife sanctuary. This Reserve forest is mainly known for its natural beauty and wildlife. The enchanting surroundings and the bio diversity is the perfect example of nature’s creation. Periyar Tiger Reserve spreads over an area of 777 sq. km. There is an artificial lake which was created by the British during 1895.
    Get stunned by the enchanting beauty of the region with the mountain scenery and the wildlife. The forest is a home to sambar, wild boar, langur, 900 to 1000 elephants. There are about 35 to 40 tigers which are very rarely spotted here.
    The Reserve is open throughout the year. But the best time to visit is during the winter months of November to February as the weather remains pleasant.
    If you are travelling by flight then Madurai Airport just at a distance of 140 km. If you are travelling by train than Kottayam Railway Station is just 114 km away from the Periyar Tiger Reserve.
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  • 11Nagzira Wildlife sanctuary, Maharashtra

    Located at the Northeastern corner of the Bhandara district lies the Nagzira Wildlife Sanctuary. This reserve covers an area of about 152 sq. km. This reserve forest is garlanded with a picturesque landscape with a variety of wildlife. The Wildlife Sanctuary has 34 species of mammals, 166 species of birds, 36 species of reptiles and four species of amphibians. Some of the main wildlife of this sanctuary are the tiger, bison, wild boar and wild dog.
    Although the sanctuary is opened all year round but the best time to visit this sanctuary is during the month of April and May.
    You can drive from Sakoli which will be about 22 km. If you are taking a flight then you can take the flight to Nagpur airport. 
    Wildlife Tour to Nagzira, Maharashtra

    Wildlife Tour to Nagzira, Maharashtra


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