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12 Months, 12 Indian Wildlife destinations. It can’t get wilder than this.

Updated on November 5, 2017
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Indian wildlife impresses, if it doesn’t mesmerize like an African tour. There are plenty of options to choose from and each one has something special to bring you closer to the nature. If your soul is really looking for something special, here are 12 destinations that can keep you busy all the year.

January

If tigers are something that can soothe your cool January months’ wild desires, Kanha National Park, the Home to gorgeous Royal Bengal tigers is a dream destination.

An elephant back safari will allow you to safely get close enough for some great photo opportunities.

If you still need some inspiration for your new DSLR, barasingha and wild dog, wild pig, sloth bear, Indian cobra, fan-throated lizard and panthers are abundant.

More excitingly, there are approximately 300 species of birds.

Name of the attraction: Kanha National Park

Why go in January: Because, the surroundings are great and animals just come out flocking to get a glimpse of the Sun.

Address: Madhya Pradesh 481111

Area: 940 km²

How to go:

Air: Jabalpur is connected to all major airports in India.

Road: Reach Jabalpur, ride a bus for 4 hours, 176 KM.

Rail: Trains from Delhi are the best, 3 hours’ journey.

Other attractions: Do not miss The Palace Kawardha and Bandhavgarh National Park, a bonus for your hard work.

February

Kaziranga National Park,

It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and it is home to one-horned rhinoceros that just make wildlife lovers mesmerized. Many tigers, elephants, wild water buffalo, and swamp deers amid wide-spread greenery are a must if you lobe wilderness.

Name of the attraction: Kaziranga National Park

Why go in January: It is not too cold and the rains are also not a problem in Februyary.

Address: Kanchanjuri, Assam 784177

Area: 940 km²

How to go:

Air: The nearest airport is located 74 kilometers away in Jorhat, Assam

By Rail: Stations are in Helem (30 kms), Jorhat (90 km ), Furketing ( 75 km ) and Guwahati ( 200 km )

Road: Visit from either side via national highway NH 37. Buses ply from both Jorhat and Guwahati.

Other attractions: Visit the nearby villages. Guwahati is the only metro in the region, not far from the park.

March

Ranthambore National Park

The Park, is the biggest and most populated tiger reserve in the country. Located within the park is the Ranthambore Fort, which is one of the six forts in Rajasthan to be a part of the World Heritage Sites.

Name of the attraction: Kaziranga National Park

Why go in March: It is the time when the forest is at its barest and tiger spotting becomes the easiest.

Address: Prempura, Rajasthan 322001

Area: 392 km²

How to go:

By Air: The nearest airport is Sanganer Airport in Jaipur, Capital of Rajasthan.

By Rail: Ranthambore National Park is reachable from Sawai Madhopur Railway Station

By Road: Ranthambore is well connected with Jaipur and Delhi.

Other attractions: the Ganesh Temple on any Wednesday, Padam Talao for water Lillies. Jaipur is dotted with historic attractions.

April

Hemis National Park, Ladakh

The ultimate thrill of the high altitude, chilly winds and animals, the Hemis National Park has a lot of attractioms to check out. It is home to 16 species of mammals and 73 of birds apart from the snow leopard.

Snow leopards, Tibetan argali sheep, Ibex, Blue sheep, chukhar, snow cocks, golden eagles are all there. About 100 endangered snow leopards call this their home.

Name of the attraction: Kaziranga National Park

Why go in April: It is the time when the heat is high in other locations. Ladakh is cool.

Address: Leh, Jammu and Kashmir 194302

Area: 4400 km²

How to go:

Air: The nearest airport is at Leh, which is well connected to Delhi, Jammu, Srinagar, Chandigarh etc.

Road: The bike rental is the best way. There are buses from Jammu as well.

Rail: Jammu Tawi (700 km from Ladakh) is connected with Delhi, Kolkata and Mumbai

Other attractions: Don’t miss the Monastery

May

Jim Corbett National Park, Uttarakhand

Jim Corbett National Park is a in Uttarakhand State. It’s known for its Bengal tigers, leopards and wild elephants, roam the Dhikala zone. The Sonanadi zone is best to watch and ride elephants and see some of the best leopards, along with hundreds of species of birds in India.

Why go in May: Animal spotting is easier and sighseeing is just superb.

Address: Nainital District, Ramnagar, Uttarakhand 244715

Area: 520 km2

How to go:

Air: 50 kms away from Corbett National Park, there’s a domestic airport at Phoolbagh, Pantnagar.

Road: Four to Five hours drive from Delhi. Driving is a pleasure.

Rail: The Ranikhet Express plies between Delhi and Ramnagar, departing from Delhi.

Other attractions: Visit nearby places- ranikhet, Pangot, Bhim tal etc.

June

Bandhavgarh National Park, Madhya Pradesh

Situated in central India, this is a relatively small preserve—but has the country’s highest concentration of tigers. The density means ypou won’t return without spotting a tiger here. Moreover, it is a scenic spot to watch the scenic plains of India. Tigers, leopards, nilgai, hog deer, wild boar are all there.

Why go in June: There is less crowding, and tiger spotting is just as easy as thinking about going to this park.

Address: State Highway 10, Near Petrol Pump, Badhavgarh, District Umaria, Tala, Madhya Pradesh 484661

Area: 1,536 km²

How to go:

Air: Nearest airport from the park is Khajuraho. The distance is 250 Kms, (8 hrs drive).

Road: Drive from Khajuraho.

Rail: Nearest railway station is Umaria

Other attractions: Shesh Shaiyya, Jwalamukhi temple, Badi Gufa

July

Mudumalai National Park, Tamil Nadu

Nilgiri Mountains in Tamil Nadu has the 321 sq km forest reserve is like a classical South Indian landscape painting brought to life. It’s thin, spindly trees and the chital deer and grunting wild boar make it just unmissable. The showcase of Mudumalai is the striped royal Bengal tiger.

Why go in July: There is less crowding, and tiger spotting is just as easy as thinking about going to this park.

Address: Mudumalai, Tamil Nadu 643223

Area: 321 km2

How to go:

Air: The nearest airport is at Coimbatore, 160-km away, which has direct flights to Bangalore, Mumbai, Kochi, Chennai and New Delhi.


Rail:
It is 65-km from Udhagamandalam railway station and 95-km from Mysore station.

Road:
The Mysore - Ooty highway runs through the thick jungles of the park. Gudalur (16-km) the nearest town to the sanctuary is situated along the highway.

Other attractions: Elephant Feeding Camp, Kallatty falls, Pykara Lake

August

Gir National Park

Also known as Sasan-Gir, or Gir forest, this is the best wildlife sanctuary in Gujarat to spot Asiatic Lions. Leopards, hyenas, pythons and jackals are aklso there. Well known for a host of flora and fauna, Gir has around around 38 species of mammals, 300 species of birds, 37 species of reptiles and more than 2,000 species of insects

Why go in July: There is less crowding, and tiger spotting is just as easy as thinking about going to this park.

Address: Gujarat 362135

Area: 1412 km²

How to go:

By Air – The nearest airport is located at Diu at the distance of 92kms

By Rail – Travel to Junagadh from Ahmadabad or Rajkot and then take a 65 km road trip

By Road – Gir is 60 km from Junagadh, the base for any tour to the national Park.

Other attractions: Somnath Temple, Kamleshwar Dam, Durbar Hall Museum

September

Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary

Located in the Western Ghat mountain range, the mumbo-jumbo wildlife sanctuary offers a supremely lush habitat which feels a bit like Disneyland-in-the-Ghats, but its mountain scenery and jungle walks make for an enjoyable visit. Giant Malabar squirrels, (wild) elephants, guar (giant bison), bird life are the main attractions.

Why go in September: Because the weather is just the fine to spot the wildefrness.

Address: Mlappara, Kerala 685509

Area: 925 km²

How to go:

By air

Madurai airport is the nearest one, approximately 145 Kilometer away. Cochin international airport is approximately 190 kilometers away

By Train

Nearest railway station Theni

Kottayam and Dindugal are the most convenient railway stations for Kumali/ Thekkady.

By Road.

From Kottayam (110 kilometer). KSRTC buses are there in every 20 minutes from Kottayam

Other attractions: Abraham's Spice Garden, Periyar Lake, Connemara Tea Factory

October

Manas Sanctuatry

On a the sloping foothills of the Himalayas, where wooded hills lead you to alluvial grasslands and tropical forests, the Manas sanctuary is home to Tigers, water buffalo, rhinos, (wild) elephants, golden langur or orange-furred monkey, and the Bengal florican.

Why go in September: Because it is festival time in Assam.

Address: Barpeta-Manas Road, Barpeta, Guwahati, Assam - 781315

Area: 950 km²

How to go:

Air: The nearest airport is Guwahati, around 176 km away

Rail_ The nearest railhead is Barpeta, about 22 km away from the park.

Road: Buses, taxis are available from Guwahati, capital of Assam.

Other attractions: Summer Palace of King of Bhutan, Manas Maozigendri Ecotourism Society, Bansbari tea plantations

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