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Into the Wild: 7 Beautiful Parks and Sanctuaries for the Nature Lovers

Into the Wild: 7 Beautiful Parks and Sanctuaries for the Nature Lovers

World Environment Day is just around the corner. If you are wondering where you should go in order to spend some time amidst nature, allow the HolidayIQ reviewers to brief you about some of the most amazing sanctuaries close to your city. 

1. Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary - For the love of flying

source: HolidayIQ reviewer Nidhish Patni shot this video in Mysore

Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary in Mysore is a small island on River Cauvery which is home to many indigenous and migratory avian species. It is a nesting and breeding centre of birds like cormorants, white ibis, spoon-billed storks, painted storks, white-necked storks, herons, etc. Don't forget to go boating!

HolidayIQ reviewer Samarth shares, "Once you take the ticket and cross the check post you drive into a different world. Here, I would like to mention, this is by far the best-maintained sanctuary among all I have visited in India till date. The gardens, the walkways, the small hanging bridge, the watch towers, the small pond filled with lotus flowers, the pergolas (gazebos). All maintained clean, trimmed and well painted."

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2. Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary - Home to tigers

source: HolidayIQ reviewer Nidhish Patni shot this video in Chikmagalur

Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary in Chikmagalur is named after a perennial river, 'Bhadra', which flows through this biodiversity hotspot. It is home to animals like tigers, bison, gaur, leopard, elephant, tiger, sambar, boar, chital, deer, porcupine and muntjac. A great amount of avifauna also throngs the region. 

HolidayIQ reviewer Krish talks about the various activities and experiences, "Day 1 - we went for a water safari on the motor boat across the reservoir, saw loads of great Indian cormorant colony across the reservoir. Day 2 - we went for jungle safari in the morning, sighted deers, langurs, gaurs and a leopard. After the safari, we went for water sports which included kayaking, Jet Skiing, Coracle ride and best was jumping from the trampoline on the water below."

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3. Panna national park - Notorious for leopard spotting

source: HolidayIQ reviewer Mahesh Suthar shot this video in Panna

Apart from tigers, the deciduous forests are abode to various endangered species including Indian wolf, four-horned antelope, sloth bear pangolin and gharial. Panna National Park has numerous sites of historical importance with stone paintings dating back to Neolithic era.

HolidayIQ reviewer Nivedith shares about the park, "One of the well-known tiger reserves in India, Panna National Park is famous for tigers and the leopards in their natural habitat. The landscape is rocky, the terrain is uneven and the vegetation comprises of mainly tall grass and scrubby bushes. The biodiversity in this national park is extremely rich."

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4. Kalatop Wildlife Sanctuary - Trekking into the wild

source: HolidayIQ reviewer Vikas Ojha shot this video in Dalhousie

Popularly known as the Kalatop Khajjiar Sanctuary, the entire forest is covered with the thick foliage of deodar trees. The place looks like a dream. It is home to several animals and birds like leopards, bears, deer, barking goral and Himalayan Black Marten among others. 

HolidayIQ reviewer Mohit says, "After the long stroll, you will land at the local forest house. The place is amazingly calm and is heaven if you want to see the sunset. There are a couple of canteens at the end, don't miss to have pakora and tea. They were amazing."

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5. Periyar Tiger Trail - Camping amidst the forest

source: HolidayIQ reviewer Rupa kumari shot this video in Periyar

The Periyar Tiger Trail is located within the lush forests and is popular for its adventure safaris. Some of the wild animals found here include giant squirrel, Nilgiri langur, monkeys and elephants. You can trek up the Murugamala to the temple of Lord Murugan.

HolidayIQ reviewer Subramania shares, "If you want to enjoy the mountains, forests and cascading waterfalls coupled with the sighting of wild animals this is the place to be in. The range is called Gavi Forest and is one of the last remaining ecological remains of Western Ghats. One needs prior permission of the Forest Department to enter this preserve of wild animals."

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6. Jim Corbett National Park - Home to Bengal tigers

source: HolidayIQ reviewer Rahul Shaw shot this video in Corbett

Rich in flora and fauna, Jim Corbett National Park is known for its Bengal tigers, leopards and wild elephants which roam the Dhikala zone. On the banks of the Ramganga Reservoir, the Sonanadi zone is home to elephants and leopards, along with hundreds of species of birds.

HolidayIQ reviewer Saiful shares, "One must Visit Dhikala if you have one-night extra to stay but if not, then Bijrani is a must go zone with lots of deer, tigers and wild elephants waiting to thrill you." HolidayIQ reviewer Ritu says, "Taking a safari in the early morning is one of the best options to not miss spotting animals. Don't forget to carry a camera. One can rent a binocular from the entry gate. You can either take a gypsy safari or a cantar safari depending on the time you have in hand."

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7. Sanjay Dubri National Park -

source: HolidayIQ reviewer Ruby Singh shot this video in Parsili

Located in Sidhi District, Sanjay National Park in Parsili is a relatively new wildlife sanctuary. You can enjoy the beach activities on the Banas River and you can spend 4-5 hrs during your mid-day and do the swimming and walk on the bank of the river and you can do the bird watching.

HolidayIQ reviewer Mahesh shares, "Sanjay Dubri national park is a welcome change. We did the morning safari here and spotted 2 bears. Hordes of sambars and a dozen different birds. What you'll enjoy the most is the solitude and untouched feel of the place which is nothing but therapy to city-dwellers."

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