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Don't Call Yourself A Wildlife Junkie If You Haven't Visited These Sanctuaries In India

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Now that it's November, we list 10 places you must definitely visit to enjoy wildlife.

Don't Call Yourself A Wildlife Junkie If You Haven't Visited These Sanctuaries In India:

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

1. Kaziranga National Park


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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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1 Ratings | 15 Sightseeings | 1 Photos

2. Gorumara, West Bengal


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Gorumara is one of the  popular tourist destinations, situated  in the ‘Dooars’ region of West Bengal. This region  is located in the Indo-Malaya ecozone, close to the Bhutan border. 

HolidayIQ Traveller Sibdas Ghosh from Kolkata shares, “From the NJP Rly station we took a Bolero (arranged by a friend) for Gorumara and proceeded to Rhino Point tourists huts. A log hut was booked (prior reservation through Agents or Forest Dept is a must) in advance. Food and all other itineraries were included in the package. We were served welcome drinks and then a bit rest. After lunch in the afternoon we were taken to the Elephant Safari point through a buffalo cart ride. We had a short elephant ride that was particularly enjoyed by the children. Snacks and tea were served. After it was dark, a cultural programme by the local people with folk dance was presented. The program was of real good standard. We left morning after breakfast. Food was good, both quality and quantity wise. It was a bit different type trip than our earlier trip in this Forest when we stayed in the main FRH and that was meant for wildlife observation. For my grand children of 5 & 8 yrs of age, I thought, it would be more enjoyable and it proved right. It was a real good pleasure trip. The area was well kept and particularly clean and well maintained. Food was good and everything arranged and executed by the Forest people and we had nothing to worry.”

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54 Ratings | 66 Reviews | 15 Sightseeings | 38 Photos

3. 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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13 Ratings | 11 Reviews | 2 Sightseeings

4. Bandipur National Park, Karnataka


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Bandipur National Park is situated in the Chamarajanagar district in Karnataka. 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 | 1214 Reviews | 10 Sightseeings | 260 Photos

5. 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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689 Ratings | 430 Reviews | 24 Sightseeings | 167 Photos

6. Nagarhole, Karnataka


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Nagarhole is a small town located in the Kodagu 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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404 Ratings | 216 Reviews | 5 Sightseeings | 56 Photos

7. Mudumalai, Tamil Nadu


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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 | 1404 Reviews | 2 Sightseeings | 185 Photos

8. 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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1939 Ratings | 1207 Reviews | 15 Sightseeings | 156 Photos

9. 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 | 531 Reviews | 6 Sightseeings | 164 Photos

10. Sunderbans, West Bengal


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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

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