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12 Of The Most Beautiful National Parks In India

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12 Of The Most Beautiful National Parks In India:

  1. Bandipur National Park (Karnataka)
  2. Corbett (Uttarakhand)
  3. Kanha (Madhya Pradesh)
  4. Sunderbans
  5. Mudumalai (Masinagudi) (Tamil Nadu)
  6. Bandhavgarh (Madhya Pradesh)
  7. Ranthambore (Rajasthan)
  8. Kaziranga (Assam)
  9. Sasan gir (Gujarat)
  10. Santiniketan (West Bengal)
  11. Nagarhole (Karnataka)
  12. Gorumara (West Bengal)

1. Bandipur National Park, Karnataka


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Bandipur National Park is situated in the Chamarajanagar district in Karnataka, Southern part of India. It is one of the oldest wildlife sanctuaries in India established in 1931 and a protected reserve for tigers. HolidayIQ Traveller Sharath Vicky from Hyderabad shares, “A good place for photography. Whenever you visit this type places you have to visit early in the morning or evenings. The main thing is to remember is that the safari timings are morning 6 am. Evening 4 pm you should be there before 5:30 am and 3:30 pm to get the passes, only limited passes will be issued. And fee per head is 300 rupees only/- For dslrs and movie shooting cameras 1000/- per each camera!! :):)”

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1898 Ratings | 1215 Reviews | 10 Sightseeings | 260 Photos

2. Corbett, Uttarakhand


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Located in the Nainital district of Uttarakhand, Corbett National Park acts as a protected area for Bengal tigers of India, which are a critically endangered species. It is home to around 50 species of trees, 580 bird species and 50 species of animals along with 25 reptile species. HolidayIQ Traveller Harshal Shinde from Pune shares, “One can see many wild boars, elephants and birds on the way. But seeing the tiger requires a lot of luck. Best place to spend quality time with family. Open jungle safari provides great opportunity to see animals. Overall a great serene place and the weather inside in very cold.”

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3141 Ratings | 2014 Reviews | 18 Sightseeings | 395 Photos

3. Kanha, Madhya Pradesh


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Kanha is located in Madhya Pradesh, in the Maikal range of the Satpura Hills. It was in the year 1955 that Kanha, which was earlier just a wildlife sanctuary, got the status of a national park and was declared officially as a tiger reserve. This park covers a core area of 940 square kilometres and is surrounded by a buffer zone of 1005 square kilometres, with around 150 villages. HolidayIQ Traveller Anurag Prabhakar from Indore shares, "Thrilling experience to see the wildlife. I with all my family members visited kanha national park, Madhya Pradesh, through Holidayiq tour package. This was the best tour package we have ever enjoyed and also it was reasonable in price. All my family members enjoyed a lot. From oct to dec is the best time to visit according to me. We enjoyed in the nature. We saw the wildlife from a very close distance and it was really fun to see them in their environment.”

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835 Ratings | 532 Reviews | 6 Sightseeings | 164 Photos

4. Sunderbans, West Bengal


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Sundarbans is the stretch of a mangrove forests located in the southern tip of West Bengal which touches the Arabian Sea. The site is declared as a forest reserve by UNESCO, and in the year 1989 Sundarbans area was declared as Biosphere Reserve. Initially a part of the reserve was known as Sajnekhali Wildlife Sanctuary. The area of Sundarbans is about 4,110 square km out of which about 1,700 square km is occupied by rivers, canals and creeks. HolidayIQ Traveller Rohini Kejriwal from Kolkata shares, “I felt that Sunderbans is less about partying and going crazy and more about relaxing and enjoying the tranquillity and scenic beauty there. There's a lot to do but it's best to explore it on one's own terms. For instance, the tiger reserve may appeal to some but others may prefer to hire a small boat with the proper permits and go deeper into the forest looking for crocodiles or tigers. On my part, I was content just lazing around in the sun, getting a tan, eating healthy food and enjoying the night sky from the hotel.”

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522 Ratings | 318 Reviews | 16 Sightseeings | 164 Photos

5. Mudumalai, Tamil Nadu


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Mudumalai is a wildlife sanctuary located in Tamil Nadu in the southern part of India. The exact location of this place is at the meeting point of three states, namely Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Kerala. Located in dense forests of the Nilgiris, this place is renowned for its wildlife sanctuary. HolidayIQ Traveller Raju Iyer from Bangalore shares, “In all my trips I drove down from Bangalore which takes about 6 hours via Mysore. The range begins with us entering Bandipur which is the Karnataka side of the three state sanctuary, others being Mudumalai - Tamil Nadu & Wynad - Kerala. After about 5 kms we enter Mudumalai in Tamil Nadu. The Forest range office is bang on the highway to Ooty and one cannot miss it. The Forest officer was kind enough to allot us comfortable accommodation within the forest range and we could be up close with nature. Deer, wild boar, giant malabar squirrel, Nilgai, bison, elephants were few of the animals we could sight. But no leopard or tiger were sighted. Of course there were exotic birds chirping away and rickets kept a continuous chant. There were sound of animals in the bush at night which could not be ascertained. The rooms were not luxurious but comfortable. The cook rustled up veg and non veg food as per your liking but with ample notice since supplies have to be brought from the nearby villages. Stick to the basic Idli Dosa sambar chutney for breakfast. It's delicious and tasty. Carry your own booze and carry back your plastic waste as a duty to save environment.”

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2523 Ratings | 1406 Reviews | 2 Sightseeings | 185 Photos

6. Bandhavgarh, Madhya Pradesh


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Bandhavgarh is a wildlife region located in Umaria district, towards the north-eastern border of Madhya Pradesh. Situated amidst the Satpura and Vindhya ranges, Bandhavgarh is famous for its wildlife resources and eco-tourism initiatives. HolidayIQ Traveller Swati Grover from Nagpur shares, “We moved to Bandhavgarh after doing 3 safaris at Kanha with hopes of sighting some more Tigers here. Bandhavgarh did not fail us. We did 4 safaris here and spotted a tigress with two cubs in Magadhi zone (zone no. 2) in our very first safari. And it was not all, we had the pleasure of watching a leopard for more than 3 minutes at kitouli zone as well. We are thankful to resort manager of The Wildflower, Mr. Amit, for nicely conducting our safaris and especially for providing us very knowledgeable drivers in all of our safaris.”

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690 Ratings | 430 Reviews | 24 Sightseeings | 167 Photos

7. Ranthambore, Rajasthan


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One of the largest national parks in Northern India, Ranthambore is famous for its tigers and it is the only place in India where these royal predators can be spotted in the jungle, even during the day. The park covers an area of 392 sq km and is home to a huge tiger population. Other wild animals that can be spotted in the park include the leopard, nilgai, dhole, wild boar, sambar, hyena, sloth bear and chital. Moreover, Ranthambore also has a vast range of plants, trees, reptiles and birds. It is also some of the largest banyan trees in India. HolidayIQ Traveller Bhumika Mishra from Allahabad shares, “I visited ranthambore with my family. Took the early morning safari to catch a glimpse of the natural beauty and the beasts in action. There is a forest guest house in the middle of the reserve where one can halt for refreshments etc. The entry point to the reserve also has a similar facility. We took a jeep and spotted a female tigress in about half an hour. The tiger population in the reserve is substantial and so there is a good chance you can spot one. It was an amazing experience looking at the tigress in action. She was drinking water and after a while was just strolling around. Our jeep and two others including a truck load of people watched her for a rare like 10 mins. She was so graceful and frightening it was an awesome experience!!! Few of the many that would stay with me forever. We also saw kingfishers, deer and there is a sort of museum in the reserve. A great experience overall!!”

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1940 Ratings | 1207 Reviews | 15 Sightseeings | 156 Photos

8. Kaziranga, Assam


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Kaziranga National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is located in the Golaghat and Nagaon districts in the state of Assam. It was declared a Reserve Forest in 1905. The park consists of an area of 429.93 sq km with a buffer area of 429.40 sq km. HolidayIQ Traveller Pramil Sutar from Barasat shares, “If you plan to visit Kaziranga, best time to visit is mid of November. Rhinos of Kaziranga National Park are plenty in number. Other than Rhinos you can witness the beauty of wild buffalos & wild elephants. To get most out of your visit you should take the element ride at dawn. This is the time when wildlife becomes most active.”

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940 Ratings | 573 Reviews | 17 Sightseeings | 106 Photos

9. Sasan Gir, Gujarat


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Sasan-Gir or the Gir Forest National Park is located in the Indian state of Gujarat. Spread across an area of 1412 square km, this sanctuary was established in 1965 to protect the dwindling population of lions. Today, it is the only place where Asiatic Lions can be found, and that makes it one of Asia’s most important protected areas. HolidayIQ Traveller Navneeth Chidambaram from Bangalore shares, “This place is a must visit for wildlife enthusiast and if you are in Ahmedabad it is easily doable in a weekend. As the title says this is the only place to spot Asiatic lions. It is currently listed under “endangered" category and exists as a single population around Sasan region. As of the latest 2015 census the total population is around 523 lions. Lion safari and Devalia National Park (Gir Interpretation Zone) are the only two attractions in this area. But if you are eyeing a weekend trip it would be perfect!! Sasan being a small village does not have many hotels or proper restaurants. All of the resorts have their tariffs included with all meals. Food should not be a problem during the trip.”

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843 Ratings | 613 Reviews | 12 Sightseeings | 215 Photos

10. Santiniketan, West Bengal


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Santiniketan is a cultural town and not a wildlife destination, in West Bengal, near Bolpur, which is 180 km from Kolkata. Although you can spend some time with nature here on non-festive days. HolidayIQ Traveller Sarabjit Ghosh from Kolkata shares, “The ambiance of Santiniketan, particularly during the festivals like Poush Mela, Basanta Utsav, with thousands of visitors, becomes really enjoyable with happenings all around. Of course, for people like me, the serenity, the sanctity, the abundance of nature of Santiniketan during the non-festival times is more enjoyable.”

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1973 Ratings | 1060 Reviews | 16 Sightseeings | 84 Photos

11. Nagarhole, Karnataka


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Nagarhole is a small town located in Kodagu (Coorg) district of Karnataka. Nagarhole means ‘Snake River’ in Kannada language and the name is derived from the fact that its river flows through the dense forest in a shape similar to that of a snake. The town consists of many dense forests, waterfalls and temples that are an integral part of Nagarhole’s cultural heritage. HolidayIQ Traveller Pranesh from Bangalore shares, “Nagarahole forest is also known as Rajiv Gandhi National park. It is about 80 km from Mysore. One has to take Hunsur road from Mysore and has to enter Hunsur town to take Road to Nagarahole. It is a beautiful virgin forest with animals like Tiger, Panther, Elephants, Deers, Wild dogs and wild Board. It has plenty of Birds and Butterflies. Forest department runs Safaris both in the morning & evenings. They charge about Rs. 200 per person. Nagarahole forest road is closed from 6 pm to 6 am.”

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