Best places for tiger sightings

If you are the travelling kind and have a love of wild life, then you will agree that nothing beats spotting a tiger in its natural habitat. The majestic, awe-inspiring tiger tops the list of must-see animals of India, along with the elephant.

There are several national parks you can go to in order to see the tiger. Here are some of them.

Sunderbans National Park

Located in the state of West Bengal, the Sunderbans National Park is home to the Royal Bengal Tiger. It is one of the largest tiger reserves, covering rainforest and mangrove jungles. A boat ride into this dense National Park is an unforgettable experience.

Kaziranga National Park

The Kaziranga National Park is located north of the Sunderbans in Assam. It has the highest density of Royal Bengal Tigers in the world (as well as the great One-Horned Rhino, Indian Elephant and Wild Water Buffalo). Kaziranga is one of India’s best and most well-protected national parks. It is accessible in September, October and February, March.

Jim Corbett National Park

The Jim Corbett National Park covers 520 square kilometers. Located in Uttarakhand, it is India’s first established National Park, and was set up basically to protect the Bengal Tiger. You might have to spend quite some time in order to spot a tiger here as they are a bit elusive.

Ranthambore National Park

Located in Rajasthan, this Tiger Reserve was founded in 1955. It is one of the best places in India to spot tigers. Unlike in Corbett, these majestic creatures can be spotted quite easily during the daytime. This park is a former royal hunting ground and home to tigers, leopards and marsh crocodiles. You can see the imposing 10th-century Ranthambore Fort on a hilltop, and beautiful water lillies in the Padam Talao Lake.

Kanha National Park

Kanha National Park is located in Madhya Pradesh. It is basically a tiger reserve, but you can also find leopards, sloth bears and wild dogs in its sprawling forests.  Kanha is a vast expanse of grassland and forest.  You can see the Bamhnidadar plateau, which is home to birds of prey. Animals often gather at the watering holes of Sondar Tank and Babathenga Tank. 

Bandhavgarh National Park

Located in Madhya Pradesh, this bio-diverse park is known for its large population of Royal Bengal Tigers, especially in the central Tala zone. You can also see white tigers, leopards and deer. The mix of tropical forest, Sal trees and grassland is also home to several bird species. To the south are the remains of the ancient Bandhavgarh Fort. You will also find ancient temples and caves here.

Periyar National Park

Located in Kerala, the Periyar National Park is home to giant king cobras, elephants, and, of course, Royal Bengal Tigers. You will also be able to spot rare lion-tailed macaques, sambar deer, leopards and Indian bison. In the park’s north, you can go boating in Periyar Lake.

 

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