Top Five Wildlife Places in India

by pateluday

Wildlife tourism in India is booming. The rare animals survive in protected areas. These are hubs of immense biodiversity hence attract tourists from all over the World.

It is difficult to place your bet on the best National Parks or Tiger Reserves. Criteria may differ hence I have chosen holistic offerings of the destinations and their reputation in order to include them. Since the tiger is the most popular animal in India, I have chosen destinations that are home to this magnificent cat. I have also taken into consideration the bio-diversity that prevails, and the tourism infrastructure as well.

Although sightings are the most important consideration the overall experience matters. Each preserve has something unique to offer besides a good holiday experience. Look for species not found in the reserves you have visited earlier or enjoy the change in panoramic settings. There are many touchpoints that can enlighten besides the tiger sighting of the decade.

Kanha National Park

Tiger Landscape
Kanha Forests
Kanha Forests
Neeraj Vegad

Kanha National Park

Tiger Land

The greatest achievement of the conservation unit is the rescue of hard ground swamp deer from certain extinction. The park is home to magnificent tigers along with charismatic mammals, elusive reptiles, insects, and colorful birds. The floral wealth is striking as well with varied ecosystems prevailing in its niche habitats. 

Incidentally, this is the best-managed park as well. The wild species have grown and so has the ecosystem. The park tourism is manned by trained guides, drivers, and members of forest staff. The discipline, mannerism, and obedience towards rules and regulations are evident on one visit.     

Kanha National Park is a destination for some excellent birding besides tiger safaris. The night safari offers a welcome chance to sight the elusive and nocturnal creatures that have been completely ignored in the past.  On a night safari, you can see an elusive porcupine and civet cats besides chancing upon a leopard or a sloth bear. 

Places worth a visit in the vicinity are:

  • Ajgar Hill to see pythons.
  • Phen Micro Core.

A large number of resorts offer accommodation as per the choice and budget. A small township at Mocha has shops selling daily needs. ATMs at Khatia, Mocha & Mukki offer financial facilities in this remote place.    

The tiger land is situated in Madhya Pradesh near Jabalpur which is an airport and a railway hub.  

Kanha Tiger

Kanha National Park
Male Tiger
Male Tiger
Bunty Jain

Bandhavgarh National Park

White Tiger Land

Yes, White Tiger was discovered near the forests of Bandhavgarh. The star attraction was found in Sanjay Dubri Tiger Reserve that was contiguous at that time. The reserve is startlingly picturesque and boasts of a history that dates back two thousand years back. Once the kingdom of the Gond tribe it was subsequently ruled by many dynasties.

The rulers h

Fort Ruins

ave has been vanquished by this amazing ecosystem and home for the Bengal tiger in India. This is an exciting destination to see the tiger in the wild. Amidst the ruins of ancient civilizations wild animals thrive. The habitat offers refuge to many Central Indian mammals, birds, reptiles, and insects. The floral diversity is striking as well. And the terrain with hillocks is mesmerizing.

Safaris are organized in three zones on jeeps. Some of the zones in the buffer offer chance for amazing discoveries. The reserve with a core of 450 sq. km boasts of the highest density of tigers in India.     

Sita and Charger are iconic cats that lived in this park. Many documentaries have been made regarding their lives. Sita lived and bred for 16 years which is a record for this predatory species.

Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve is at a distance of 180 plus kilometers from Jabalpur City. It is a five hours drive from Kanha National Park.  The park is just one hour drive from Sanjay Dubri Tiger Reserve.    




Bandhavgarh National Park
Bandhavgarh National Park


Tiger Reserves

Corbett Tiger Reserve

Himalayan Foothills

Mountains On the foot of the Himalayas is a veritable paradise on Earth. Ramganga is the lifeline of this enchanting ecosystem. Picturesque with mountain views the park is named after Jim Corbett the legendary hunter.      

Besides tigers, wild elephants, deer, primates, and other mammals can be seen here. Reptiles like critically endangered the long snout gharial and mugger can be spotted with ease in the Dhikala range. The reserve is heaven for birders. More than five hundred altitude migrants and resident avian species make it an unavoidable destination for bird watchers. 

Safari at Corbett National Park engages in searching for the tiger as wells as numerous birds. The Dhikala Chaur with complex for accommodation within is ideal for safaris. However, Bijarani and Jhirna ranges are exciting as well for the big cats and the avian. The preserve has more than 200 big cats in about 500 sq. km of core forest and in recent times it has become a prime tiger destination.

Hill resorts Nanital, Sat Tal and Pangot are at a distance of 80 km and are also good for bird watching. During the ascent to the resorts, you can see the Himalayan Range on a clear day. 



Tadoba Tiger Reserve

Tiger Heaven

Sloth BearThough recent popularity has made this reserve a World-renowned destination. Tadoba is one of the hot spots for tiger sightings in India. Also known as Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve because the river Andhari that flows across is the lifeline of the ecosystem.  

The reserve is situated near Chandrapur at a distance of 140 km from Nagpur City in the Maharashtra State of India. Though much visited the tourism infrastructure here is evolving. Both the core zone and the buffer zone offer a good chance of spotting big cats besides other animals. But book accommodation as per the proximity of the gate you plan to enter for excursions.  

Photo Tadoba

Tiger Reserve
Teerath Singh

Ranthambhore Tiger Reserve

Kingdom of Warriors

Verditor FlycatcherThe brave Rajputs inhabit this land of warriors and Maharajahs. Unavoidable on a trip to India, the desert land is paradoxically colorful. The magnificent palaces, forts, temples, and Havelis and vibrant culture accord a mélange of striking colors.  

Ranthambore Tiger Reserve is situated near the township of Sawai Madhopur about six hours drive from Jaipur the capital city of Rajasthan State of India.

Tigers roam amidst the remains of the fort beside Sambar tranquil lake. No spectacle can outshine that of a tiger chasing its prey in the waters.  One of the best destinations to see wild tigers, it is part of the Golden Triangle along with Agra and Jaipur.

It is an enchanting experience to go for tiger tours at Ranthambore in Rajasthan.  The spotting here is impressive but the destination has good birdlife as well. Hence be prepared for some excellent birding and the best thing to do is to hire a naturalist at Sawai Madhopur.       

Photo Ranthambhore

Ranthambhore Forests
Ranthambhore Forests
Teerath Singh
Updated: 08/31/2021, pateluday
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pateluday on 06/25/2021

Below Heading Ranthambore TR
Verditor Flycatcher

Above Tadoba
Marsh Crocodile

DerdriuMarriner on 06/24/2021

pateluday, Thank you for all the practical information, pretty pictures and product lines.
One of the appeals of ancient literature such as the Mahabharata and the Ramayana is that they are confirmed by the landscape, such as Bandhavgarh Fort.
I recognize the sloth bear in the image below Tadoba tiger reserve, but I wonder what are the images just above that heading and just below your heading Ranthambhore Tiger Reserve.

pateluday on 06/07/2017

Thank You Katiems2

katiem2 on 06/07/2017

I love nature and wildlife, what a beautiful article, I am adding these sites to my bucket list. Lovely page, I much appreciate your guide.

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