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7 Best Bets to Sight Elephants in the Wild

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The silent forest being shaken by the elephant's trumpet vibrating through you; wilderness encounters are unforgettable. HolidayIQ reviewers take you straight to the action. 

1. Bandipur National Park

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HolidayIQ Reviewer Sajin Kollara adds, “Yes Merely a journey to the Ooty-Gundlupet National Highway which passes through Mudumalai National Park and Bandipur Tiger reserve will give you abundant sightings en route during our journey we spotted elephants, Gaur herd (Indian Bisons), Wild boar, Cheetal Deers, Sambar Deers, Peacocks, Serpent Eagles, Changeable hawk-eagle, Gray Langurs and Ruddy Mongoose. If you want to get more sightings halt near Bandipur Tiger Reserve information counter and obtain tickets for jungle safari.” Read Full Review

HolidayIQ Reviewer Krishna Prasad adds, “Even during the so called 'off season' you can be sure to spot a mongoose or two, kingfishers, woodpeckers, peacocks, dholes, wild boars and elephants to name a few. Whether a romantic getaway or a fun trip with family, you'd fall in love enough with this place to surely visit it again ( and again! ), just as how we do year after year! ” Read Full Review

2. Mudumalai (Masinagudi)

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HolidayIQ Reviewer sudhir nair adds, “The Log Hut is in the jungle and at night, one can hear the jungle come awake with sounds of roars, chirping of birds and sounds of the wild boar and elephants. There are local safaris, but If you are driving down, then the road that the local guides take can be your route too.” Read Full Review

HolidayIQ Reviewer Arijit Mandal says, “Tigers are anyway difficult to see and you need to be very lucky, but otherwise you can usually see good concentration of elephants, Bison, Peacocks and Deers. ” Read Full Review

3. Thekkady(Periyar)

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HolidayIQ Reviewer SUBRAMANIA PALLAVOOR says, “ We sighted at least two herds of elephants in their full majesty at close range. In addition we saw a big Black Bear moving in full throttle. In addition countless number of Black Tailed Monkeys, Giant Squirrel etc; are common sight....The drive through the forest is exhilarating which City dwellers like us cannot get daily. ” Read Full Review

HolidayIQ Reviewer Suresh Babu says, “Located just 4 km from the outskirts of a bursting town named Kumily, Thekkady is an ultimate choice for Nature Lovers. Evergreen with tall canopy and frequent sighting of the magnificent Indian Gaur (Largest Bovine in the World) and other animals like, elephants, deer, flying squirl, lion tailed macaque and occasional yet not impossible big cats like Leopard and Tiger and also variety of birds, you get transported to a new world free from crowd, traffic, pollution etc. Etc. Thekkady is a must visit place for the youth, adventurers, nature lovers, couples so on and so forth.” Read Full Review

4. Jaldapara

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HolidayIQ Reviewer Sumanta Gupta shares, “The Chilapata forest is known for being the habitat of many wild elephants and is a good place to visit if you have some time. The road through the forest is unique in that it is used as a thoroughfare by the locals, despite the fact that there are boom barriers and forest guards at both the entry and exit points. ” Read Full Review

HolidayIQ Reviewer Anindya Roy Choudh says, “An elephant on the road itself From Jaldapara we visited Chilapata forest on 7th of March. We booked a safari in Chilapata forest. An open hooded jeep along with a trained guide accompanied us into the dense forest. ...As slowly the jeep advanced our eyes got stuck to a wild male elephant crossing the main road. It crossed the road with its own aristocracy, stopped by a tree, looked back to us and kind of posed for a beautiful photograph. We could not believe our own eyes.” Read Full Review

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5. Kabini

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HolidayIQ Reviewer Abhinav Anand shares, “This is a very special tiger park in South India which borders the Kabini River on one end and the coffee plantations of Coorg on the other. It merges into the evergreen forests of Wayanad once you cross in Kerala. The elephant, Leopard and Tiger populations are very healthy which signifies the strength of the ecosystem. This park is truly a gem of South India.” Read Full Review

HolidayIQ Reviewer Anil Bonal adds, “We visited this park in Dec 2015 and recommend to take afternoon safari during this season when most of the animals are spotted. We were lucky to spot Tiger, elephants, Bison, Peacock, Crocodile, hundreds of Deers, etc. A wonderful experience which we could not see so many wild animals in Bandipur or Corbett or Dandeli. Don't miss to visit Nagarahole Forest if you are a Wild life enthusiastic.” Read Full Review

6. Nagarhole

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HolidayIQ Reviewer Aruna Suryanarayana says, “Eagerly waiting to visit this rout again This place is really very nice to visit during the whole year. The drive between Hunsur and Kutta is around 35 kms. During rainy and winter, you can see lush green jungle with elephants, peacocks and deers as common sightings with hanuman langoors also. Many of them get a sight of Wild cats every now and then. ” Read Full Review

7. BR Hills

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HolidayIQ Reviewer Santosh Rao adds, “ Tigers are present but rare to spot. elephants, boars, deer, nilgai and great variety of trees and birds abound. Leopards are also seen in this park and in fact wandered into our lodge premises. ...BR hills is a great getaway from Bangalore. About 4.5 hours away, this is a national park that is set in hilly terrain.” Read Full Review

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