Best places to visit and things to do in India and South-East Asia
Kanger Valley National Park
Get enchanted by rugged mountain views, deep gorges, dancing trees and seasonal wild flowers, as together they make the perfect environment for varied species of Wildlife. Chhattisgarh gives you the rare opportunity to observe wildlife in its natural habitat at the Kanger Valley National Park.
Bannerghatta National Park
The Bannerghatta National Park in Bangalore is sited in the middle of the forests in the valley of the famous Champakadhama hills, is a rich natural zoological reserve that works towards conservation of wildlife and promotes responsible wildlife tourism. Housing the country’s first butterfly park, this national park has a huge variety of fauna, making it one of the most enjoyable tourist attractions in the city. Also safari rides through the park are popularly opted by the tourists. The Bannerghatta Biological park was established in 1971 and is located 22 km away from Bangalore. The Park is spread out to around 104.27 sq.km which includes ten Reserve Forests of Anekal Range of the Bangalore Forest Division. Bannerghatta is made up of the National Park, an Aquarium, a Zoo, and Children’s park, Crocodile Farm, Snake Park, Prehistoric Animals Park and a Museum. There are also Safaris to see tigers and lions, and elephant ride is the main source of attraction of the Park. You can spot Lions, Tigers, Crocodiles amongst numerous other wildlife in the park.
Gir National Park
Gir is one of India’s oldest sanctuaries, and is synonymous with the majestic Asiatic lion (Panthera Leo persica). The only place in India to see this animal. This park can take legitimate pride in saving an endangered species by providing it a more secured habitat. The Gir ecosystem falls in Biogeography Zone-4 (the semi arid) and Biogeography Province 4-B. Gujarat Rajwara is the last remaining abode of the Asiatic Lion, Panthera Leo persica.
Keoladeo National Park
The Keoladeo National Park or Keoladeo Ghana National Park formerly known as the Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary in Bharatpur, Rajasthan, India is a famous avifauna sanctuary that plays host to thousands of birds especially during the winter season.
Nagzira Wildlife Sanctuary
Nagzira Wildlife Sanctuary is located in the northeastern corner of Maharashtra in the Bhandara district. The small reserve covering 152 sq. km. is an important corridor that links southern and central forested areas like the Tadoba-Andhari and Kanha Tiger Reserves. Nagzira is often referred to as the Green Oasis of Vidharba. Clean, comfortable forest guesthouses within the reserve provide modest accommodation. The sanctuary is open for visitors from October to June. It is closed during the rains when the wind velocity is also at a maximum. The average annual rainfall is about 1,100-1,500 mm. February to May is the best season for a visit. Tigers, leopards, dholes, jungle cats, sloth bears, hyaenas, jackals, wolves and herbivores like gaur and sambar have made this their home. There is also a stupefying variety of butterflies and an interesting amphibian and reptilian population at Nagzira.
Madumalai National Park
Madumalai in Tamil means old hills. Situated in the beautiful Nilgiri hills, it is one of the earliest wild sanctuaries of India. It is surrounded by reserves, forests and sanctuaries. The sanctuary is distributed among three southern states, Karnataka, Kerala and Tamil Nadu. The sanctuary is home to the largest mammals, elephants. Their population in this sanctuary and the ones surrounding it is very mammoth. Besides elephants, this sanctuary is known for protecting jeopardized animal and bird species. The premises is an abode to langurs, sloth bears, hyenas, jackals and many such animals which are not easily found everywhere. A wide range of bird species are found in the sanctuary. The flora is not wanting; the abundant and rich flora includes beautiful flowers, herbs, cotton trees, etc. It has gathered all the beauty leaving the visitors gazing in awe. The best time to visit is during December to June, also after showers.
Nokrek National Park
The Nokrek National Park in Tura, Meghalaya, is home to some of the most beautiful, and endangered flora and fauna of the region, the most famous being the Red Panda, Asiatic elephants, pig-tailed macaque, the marbled cat, and tigers among others. The Park has also been listed among UNESCO’s list of Biosphere Reserves since 2009. The biodiversity of this National Park is one of its major attractions, and the endangered animals are kept under strict security, which provides them a safe habitat. The Park has a hilly terrain, with many important rivers of Meghalaya having their origins in the Nokrek Hills, the most important one being the Someshwari or the Simsang River. In the Park, there is the Rongbang Dare Waterfall, which offers one of the most magnificent scenic views you will ever see.
Nameri National Park
The location of Nameri National Park in itself is amazing. Lying on the Himalayan foothills, this 200-sq.km park opens the door for you to view some of the rarest species of plants and animals. Nameri provides a diverse flora and fauna. The most famous white winged wood-duck(Deo Hanh) is found here. Besides these other animals found here are Black Bear, many types of deer’s, butterflies, fishes, elephants etc. This park is full of rivers. Fishing is the famous activity which is held by forest department. The golden mahseer fish is famous in these region where they grown to 3-9 feet. They are known as “tigers of the Himalayan rivers”. River Jiyabharali flows down through the Nameri National Park which provides wide vistas for adventure water sports like rafting.
Balpakram National Park
The Balpakram National Park is situated towards the South of the Garo Hills in Meghalaya. Spread over an area of 50000 acres, this National Park is home to a variety of flora and fauna. The land is revered by many locals, as they believe it to be the place from where the spirits of the dead pass through, on their final journey. This Park is a sanctuary for various vulnerable and endangered animal and plant species of the region. Among the animals, the special attractions of the National Park include Tigers, Golden Cat, Barking Deer, Red Panda, Wild water buffaloes, primates, and elephants. The water bodies in the premises of the National Park are home to various species of some exquisite birds, which makes it one of the most remarkable bird sanctuaries of Meghalaya. The National Park is also home to some extremely diverse species of plants, which include the carnivorous pitcher plant. The best time to come to Balpakram National Park, Meghalaya is from October to March.
Singalila National Park
Home to exotic red panda and Himalayan black bear, Singalila National Park is located at the higher ridges of Darjeeling Himalayas in the state of West Bengal. Spread over 78.60 sq.km, the national park is a trekker’s paradise. Situated at altitudes ranging between 7,900 ft and 12,000 ft, the park is the highest in West Bengal. The park comprises variety of flora and fauna.
Talley Valley Wildlife Sanctuary
People from all parts of India come and visit Talley Valley Wildlife Sanctuary, which throbs the heart of every nature loving people. Travelers also from outside India come in this Talley Valley Wildlife Sanctuary to capture the valuable moments in their DSLRs. Talley Valley Wildlife Sanctuary is a plateau with dense forest of silver fir trees, pine clad plateau of beautiful grandeur, and a vast wasteland. The area has some of the most important endangered species including the clouded leopards. The gateway to the Talley Valley Wildlife Sanctuary is the Pange Camp, which is 7 km from Manpolyang.
Pench Tiger Reserve
Pench Tiger Reserve is famous wildlife watching park situated on the border of Madhya Pradesh & Maharashtra states. This forest area is spread over Satpura hills of Central India. Due to presence of Pench river in this forest, its name is Pench National Park. This jungle is also called the playground of Mowgli or Mogli, the famous character of Rudyard’s classic “The Jungle Book”.
Sundarbans National Park
The Sundarban National Park in West Bengal, India. It is part of the Sundarban on the Ganges Delta, and adjacent to the Sundarban Reserve Forest in Bangladesh. The delta is densely covered by mangrove forests, and is one of the largest reserves for the Bengal tiger. It is also home to a variety of bird, reptile and invertebrate species, including the salt-water crocodile. The present Sundarban National Park was declared as the core area of Sundarban Tiger Reserve in 1973 and a wildlife sanctuary in 1977.
Silent Valley National Park
The Silent Valley National Park located in Palakkad is a not to miss location for any animal lover and nature admirer. Located in the core of the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve, the silent valley is abuzz with the gurgling streams and hustle and bustle of the animals. It is known as the Sairandrivanam among the locals meaning “the forest in the valley”. It has a rich reserve of biodiversity with the elephants, lion tailed macques and tigers as the common residents. The park is a unique preserve with a veritable collection of rare flora and fauna; a haven for any animal buff. There is a wonderful backdrop of verdant slopes, mist covered hills and gushing rivers in the park making it a core area of the Biosphere Reserve. It is known as the Sairandrivanam among the locals meaning “the forest in the valley”.
Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary
A renowned Tiger Reserve area in Karnataka is the Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary. Also known as Muthodi Wildlife Sanctuary, it is surrounded by a plethora of hills with abundant vegetation. It is rich in wildlife with a wide range of flora and fauna, attracting animal lovers. The sanctuary boasts of safari trips, bird watching and water sports to keep the tourists occupied. Located in amidst lush green forests, it gets its name from the Bhadra river flowing through it. The surrounding hills with densely populated trees is a calm location for one to take in natural beauty. Adventure enthusiasts can enjoy safaris, treks and water sports. Come and spend a fun filled day at the sanctuary with your friends and family.
Rollapadu Wildlife Sanctuary
Rollapadu Bird Sanctuary came into existence in 1988 with an aim to protect the Lesser Floricans and the Great Indian Bustard which emerged as an endangered species. The bird sanctuary is located in the Nandikotkuru village of Kurnool District. The sanctuary experience dry climate condition with very little rainfall.The winters are pleasant with a temperature at an average 18-degree centigrade. Park is open on all days between 0700hrs to 1800 hrs. The best time to visit the sanctuary is from October to February. The climate is very pleasant with an onset of mild winter below 25 degree Celsius. You can stay at inspection bungalow and forest guest house at Nandikotkur. The nearest airport is the Hyderabad airport, which is located at a distance of 238 km from the bird sanctuary which will help you to reach the sanctuary. Kurnool is the nearest railway head located at a distance of 60 km from Bird Park available at frequent intervals from Kurnool. Good transport facilities make this park more famous.
Nagarhole National Park
Nestled in the pristine valleys is the Nagarhole National Park. The name perfectly strikes with the place having a few serpentine streams forking through the park. It has scenic landscapes perfect to capture cherishable moments with your loved ones. The ethereal wild haven is home to gaurs, sloth bears amongst other fauna. The landscape has gentle slopes and shallow valleys. It is also named as the Rajiv Gandhi National Park after the late Prime Minister of India. The Kabini River and dam on its border has a picturesque reservoir attracting a large number of wildlife. This makes the location an ideal spot for wildlife sightings. The park offers vehicle safaris and natural trails for avid travellers. Spend a fun filled day with your loved ones in the park.
Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary
Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary is an animal sanctuary in Wayanad, Kerala, south India. It is between Mysore and Sultan Battery. A variety of large wild animals such as Indian bison, elephant, deer and tiger are found there. Wayanad climate is salubrious. Average rainfall in this district is 2322 m.m. Annual rainfall in these high rainfall areas ranges from 3,000 to 4,000 mm. High-velocity winds are common during the south-west monsoon and dry winds blow in March–April. High altitude regions experience severe cold.
Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary
A renowned biodiversity hotspot in Munnar is the Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary. It is home to the endangered giant grizzled squirrel of India found only here. The sanctuary is rich in wildlife with a variety of medicinal spices. The sanctuary offers a number of ecotourism activities including river trekking and natural trails. From the top of the watchtower you can get a panoramic view of the amazing destination. There is the Thoovanam waterfall deep within, adding to the scenic beauty of the wildlife. You can engage yourself in bird watching and trekking among other activities. You can also get a glance of herds of elephants and other animals ambling by. This destination of floral, ecological and cultural significance needs to be ticked off your to do list in Munnar.
Periyar Tiger Reserve
The very sound of the word Periyar conjures up images of elephants, unending chains of hills and spice scented plantations. The Periyar Tiger Reserve of Thekkady is one of the finest wildlife reserves in India. Spread across the entire district are picturesque plantations and hill towns that hold great opportunities for treks and mountain walks.
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