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Best Places to Visit in Karnataka

Bringing different colors, flavors and cultures together, Karnataka is a place which has successfully carried off a legacy of art and culture from the ancient times. A well-known tourist hub, Karnataka is a place which demands a must-visit from travelers all across the globe. When it comes to tourist attractions, Karnataka has much to offer from its popular districts. Karnataka has everything, right from pilgrimage centers to beaches.

Are you planning to visit Karnataka this holiday season? We agree to the fact that it is not that easy to plan a tour. For the same reason, we have listed some popular destinations of Karnataka which offer some great attractions. Karnataka truly has a destination for everyone and thus, witnesses increased tourist numbers every year. We hope that list below helps you plan your holiday in a better way.

Hampi

Hampi Chariot, Karnataka
Hampi Chariot, Karnataka
Located within the ruins of Vijaynagara, Hampi - UNESCO World Heritage Site - is the former capital of the Vijayanagara Empire. It is a major religious centre of Karnataka and houses many other monuments apart from the Virupaksha Temple. Other attractions at Hampi include Vittala temple, Royal enclosure, Lotus temple, Krishna temple and Matanga hill.

[Also check out the Hampi Festival in Karnataka

Ailhole

Lad Khan Temple - Ailhole,Karnataka
Lad Khan Temple - Ailhole
Ailhole is a village which is well-known for its architectural structures. This historical temple complex has more than 70 temples and their architecture is enough to entice the travelers to pay a visit. Some important temples at Ailhole include Lad Khan Temple, Chikki Temple, Rachi Temple, Kunti Temples Complex and many more.

Pattadakal

Pattadakal - A World Heritage site
Pattadakal - A World Heritage site
A famous World Heritage Site, Pattadakal is located in the Bagalkot district. The place has a lot to offer when it comes to places of interest. Some places of interest nearby Pattadakal include Papanatha temple, Jain temple, Badami and many more. Classical dance festival and Virupaksha temple car festival is organized every year in Pattadakal.

Hassan

Hoysaleswara Temple -  Hassan, Karnataka
Hoysaleswara Temple - Hassan
Known as the architectural temple of Karnataka, Hassan city was founded by Channa Krishnappa Naik long back in the 11the century. Major tourist attractions of nearby Hassan include Chennakesava temple and Hoysaleswara temple.

Badami

Bhootnath Temple - Badami, Karnataka
View of Bhootnath Temple - Badami
Famous for its cave temples, Badami served as the capital of the Chalukyas back in the 6the century. All the temples in Badami are well-known for their architecture. The place also offers adventure sports like rock climbing to the tourists.

[ Also check out the Top 10 Heritage Caves Temples of India

Bijapur

Gol Gumbaz in Bijapur, Karnataka
Gol Gumbaz in Bijapur, Karnataka
The rich culture and heritage of Bijapur is the key reason why tourists from all over the world visit here all through the year. Bijapur was founded in the 10th century by the Kalyani Chalukyas. The place has many tourist attractions including Gol Gumbaz, Ibrahim Rauza, Chand Bawdi, Asar Mahal and many more.

Bidar

Bidar Fort, Karnataka
Bidar Fort, Karnataka
Bidar is counted among the major tourist attractions of Karnataka. It has many historical monuments which are there from the Bahmani era. Some major tourist spots of the city are Bidar fort, Rangeen Mahal, Gagan Mahal, Takht Mahal and many more.

[ Also check out the Top 10 Forts of India

Belur & Halebid

Interior of Channakeshava Temple - Belur & Halebid,Karnataka
Interior of Channakeshava Temple - Belur & Halebid
Both the places, Belur and Halebid are known for the royal glory which they enjoyed in the 12th century. Belur is famous for the Chennakesava temple which reflects the true picture of Hoysala workmanship. On the other hand, Halebid has temples like Hoysaleshwara and Shantaleshwara which have beautiful carvings and sculptures.

Shravanabelagola

Shravanabelagola - Most popular Jain Temple in Shravanabelagola,Karnataka
Shravanabelagola - One of the most popular Jain Temple in Karnataka
Shravanabelagola is a city near Channarayapatna of Hassan district. The place is renowned for the Gommateshvara Bahubali statue at Śravaṇa Beḷgoḷa.It is considered one of the most important pilgrimage destinations in Jainism.

Nagarhole National Park

Nagarhole National Park - Karnataka
Marsh Crocodile Shot at Nagarhole National Park - Karnataka
Also known as Rajiv Gandhi National Park, Nagarhole National Park is a national park which is located in Kodagu district and Mysore district in Karnataka. The park is visited by travelers all around for its forest cover,, hills, valleys and waterfalls.

Bandipur National Park

Bandipur National Park in Karnataka
Bandipur National Park in Karnataka
Bandipur National Park is a best national park which was established in 1974. The park is famous for its wildlife and biomes. The dry deciduous forest is dominant in the park.

Mysore

View of Mysore Palace in Karnataka
Front view of Mysore Palace in Karnataka
The cultural capital of Karnataka, Mysore is a popular tourist destination. The place is known for
its gardens, heritage mansions and avenues. The tradition, culture and cuisine of the place is
enough to attract travelers from all over the world.

Coorg

Green valley in Coorg, Karnataka
Green valley in Coorg, Karnataka
Coorg is a mountainous district which is famous for its evergreen forests, hills, green valleys, coffee plantations and flowing streams. The place offers a treat to all the nature lovers with its scenic attractions such as Coorg also offers scenic destinations such as Chelavara Falls, Harangi Dam, Kaveri Nisargadhama, Dubare Elephant Camp and Mandalapatti.

Bengaluru


Known as the Silicon Valley of India, Bengaluru is the third largest state in India. The place is not only the nation’s leading IT exporter, but also a major tourist attraction. Some main tourist spots include Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium, Lal Bagh, Cubbon Park, The Aquarium, Venkatappa Art Gallery and many more.

Chikmagalur

Chikmagalur, Karnataka

Chikmagalur is very famous for its coffee and is also known as the ‘coffee land’ of Karnataka. The place is also known for the Mahatma Gandhi Park which it houses. Tourists visit the place mainly during the time of Dussehra when cultural programs and performances are organized.

Gokarna

Om Beach Gokarna, Karnataka
Om Beach in Gokarna, Karnataka
A famous pilgrimage center of Karnataka, Gokarna is located at the connecting place of two rivers, Aganashini and Gangavali. The place is famous for its beautiful beaches.

[Also check out the Best Beaches in India]  

Dandeli

Dandeli, Karnataka
Boat riding in Dandeli, Karnataka
Dandeli is a famous educational and industrial hub. It is mainly known for its paper production. It houses some famous historic landmarks and religious spots like the caves of Kavla, the Ulavi temple, Sykes Point, the Supa hydroelectric dam, and the Syntheri rocks. The place is also a known adventure sports destination.

[Also check out the Top 10 Adventure Sports in India

Murudeshwar

Shiva statue - Murudeshwar, Karnataka
Second tallest Shiva statue in the world
With the second tallest Shiva statue in the world, Murudeshwar opens arms for tourists from around the world. The temple which has made Murudeshwar a famous tourist spot is located on a peninsula which is surrounded by the Arabian Sea on the three sides. Apart from the temple, the place offers some fun seaside activities such as snorkeling, swimming and boat riding.

So, it’s time to pack up your bags and rush to Karnataka if you don’t want to miss a sight of these beautiful destinations.

 [ Interested in planning a vacation in Karnataka? Check out Karnataka tour packages at IndianHoliday.com ]

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6 Tips for Your First Solo Trip in India

Travelling alone is what sounds terrible at the first go but, it is something which everyone must go for at least once in their lifetime. While for some, travelling alone is horrifying, for others it is an opportunity to take back a lifetime experience. A solo trip promises you with a unique experience where you get to travel with a complete different outlook and also, with some beautiful time all with yourself. Honestly, a solo trip changes you; it makes you a different person altogether, where you become more responsible, alert and confident.

 Solo Travel in India

With its diverse culture and heritage, India promises a great trip to everyone. Be its art, culture, literature or music, everything in this country is enough to entice tourists to pay a visit over here. From Kashmir in the north to Kerala in the South, tourists have different options when it comes to paying a visit to some tourist destination. So, for those who are planning their solo trip to India, we have listed some essential tips which must be taken into account while travelling to India.

Complete preparations for the worst

No. This is not because you are likely to face the worst in this country, but because it is best to prepare this way in case of a solo trip. Make sure you carry copies of all your important documents including passport, air/rail tickets, ID card, travel insurance and other important documents while travelling. Also, ensure that you have scanned copies of these documents with you in your phone, tablet or laptop. This further becomes a key benefit in case you lose your documents and helps you get new copies of them in this case. Share all key details such as hotel name and bank account numbers. Do share an emergency contact number with them so that they know you are safe.

Do follow the dress code
Before your trip, do some research work on the local wear of the country and mainly of the places where you plan to visit. After completing the research work, make sure you pack your bags accordingly. It is best to dress according to the dressing guidelines of the country in order to avoid any issues or embarrassment while travelling.

Say no-no to free stuff

Be it any place, when you travel to a new destination; make sure that you do not take any stuff like drinks or food items from any stranger. You may be offered this stuff with a wrong intention. If you are not comfortable which eating at any restaurant or joint, you can always rush back to your hotel and dine in your room after asking them for this service.

Maintain distance with strangers

Make sure you do not over indulge while talking to any stranger. Never share your important details like your accommodation, travel plans or phone numbers. Be alert whenever you are talking to a stranger. Maintain that distance and make strangers know that you are not alone and are confident enough to face anything.

Get familiar with local words and phrases

This is a key tip when you are travelling alone to an all new place. If not other barriers, language may create a trouble for you. In order to avoid any issue which you may face because of the language problem, it is best to learn some common words and phrases which are used in the country. This will help you in communicating with the locals when you face any problem while travelling.

Be alert, carry cash and luggage carefully

It is your sole responsibility to take care of your cash and luggage. While travelling in train or buses, make sure that you never leave your luggage unattended. Your luggage requires extra attention when it is taken in or out the airport or the railway station. If your trip is a long one, make sure you do not carry any expensive items such as jewelry. Also, it would be better if you don’t carry a lot of cash with you. In place of using cash, you can always use credit/debit cards when there is a need to make a major payment such as hotel bill or travelling expenses.

So, here we conclude, if you plan a solo trip to India do keep in mind the tips which are listed above. To enjoy the trip to its best, ensure that you plan everything properly well in advance so that you have a smooth and lovely solo trip. Now, you are all ready to pack your bags and visit Incredible India!
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Top 10 Adventure Sports in India

India is fast emerging as a favored destination for adventure sport blessed as it is with mind boggling geographical diversity and varied landscape. The mountains, beaches, oceans and deserts; all present great opportunities for adventure sports. 

Mentioned below, in no particular order,  are the top 10 adventure activities available in India.

Paragliding

Paragliding In India
Paragliding - one of the easiest ways to fly in air like a bird
Paragliding is a recreational and competitive flying sport. It is a free-flying foot launched aircraft wherein a pilot sits in a harness suspended below a fabric wing. Its shape is formed by its suspension lines and the pressure of the air entering vents in the front of the wing. It is most popular recreational sport that is performed aerially. Some of the most popular destinations for Paragliding include Ladakh, Kamshet, Darjeeling, Solang, Billing and South Anjuna in Goa.

River Rafting

River Rafting, india
River Rafting in india
River Rafting is one of the most popular adventure sports in India. It provides an exotic location for tourists who love peaceful ambience and also to those who believe in hardcore adventure activities. There are more than a hundred numbers of operators that operate and offer rafting opportunities. It is a fun-filled activity that lets you plunge into the awesomeness that life has to offer and shun the hectic boredom once in a while. Popular destinations for River Rafting include Zanskar, Manali, Rishikesh, Coorg and Brahmaputra.

Bungee Jumping

Bungee Jumping in India
Bungee Jumping in India - Dare to take a leap of faith!
Bungee Jumping is an exciting and thrilling water sport that is a must for all ages, but before you go on an adventure. It is an ill-advised sport for the faint hearted. You might be surprised that though a lot of people take the initiative to try it out, but most back off just before the jump. First a long, extremely strong & stretchy cord is tied around the jumper’s ankle, which leaps off of the jumping point. Rishikesh, Goa, Delhi and Bengaluru are the popular Bungee Jumping destinations in India.

Heli Skiing

Heli skiing in India
Enjoy heli skiing in Kashmir,India
Heli Skiing is an abbreviation used for helicopter skiing. It is also known as an exhilarating winter sport. One drawback of this sport is that it is not for everyone, only the people who are experienced and advance skiers can enjoy the sport. It is one of the recreational activities that has been and still is popular with active people. It is the best way to get acquainted with the snow clad hills of the Himalayas. Gulmarg in Kashmir and Manali in Himachal Pradesh offer astonishing activity that takes place.

Waterfall Rappelling

Waterfall Rappelling in India
Climbing up the Vihigaon Waterfall Rappelling in India
One of the most wonderful creations of nature is the waterfalls. It attracts hundreds of people towards its beauty and offers a chance to explore them a little further and deeper. The best and the most adventurous way of doing it is via trying water rappelling. It is an adrenaline pumping adventure on the waterfall down the rock and facing the extreme water torrent yourself. Coorg in Karnataka and Vihigaon in Maharashtra offer a wonderful experience of Waterfall Rappelling in India.

Snorkeling

Snorkeling in India
Snorkeling in India - Experience the thrill and beauty of India's stunning underwater natural world
Snorkeling is considered one of the safest ways of exploring life beneath the waters. It is also a popular activity and a unique way of exploring underwater life. This is done from the surface of the water and usually requires equipments such as diving mask, fins and a breathing tube. India is blessed with amazing group of islands that allows the unique experience of snorkeling. Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Goa, Karnataka, Maharashtra and Lakshadweep are the popular snorkeling destinations in India.

Cycle Trekking

Cycles Trekking, India

The mountainous region delivers a special kind of excitement to the adventure junkies. The great topography of India will let you experience this excitement. For cycle trekking, the Himalayan range and the mountainous regions of Kerala are the most favorite for the activity. One can ride individually or in groups to rejuvenate their senses.

 
 Hot Air Ballooning

 Hot Air Ballooning, India
  
One of the best things for those who don’t have money to burn, Hot Air Ballooning is the activity of flying hot air balloons. It is the best to way to feast upon the bird eye view of the place. It also allows people to explore the unknown and breathtaking places in India. Jaipur, Pushkar and Ranthambore National Park, 3 of the most popular places to visit in Rajasthan, offer this excellent experience.

[Hot air ballooning has been featured in our list of 40 ideas for luxury holidays in India.]

Sky Diving

Skydiving in India

Sky Diving is an adventure activity that was created out of a necessity. You need immense guts to try it out. It offers an experience to fly with the birds. When the diver is all set to fall from an aircraft and is provide with the parachute to land safely on the ground. Dhana in Madhya Pradesh, Mysore in Karnataka, Deesa in Gujarat and Aamby Valley in Maharashtra are some of the popular Indian places for Sky Diving. 

Scuba Diving

scuba diving in India
Scuba Diving - the best way to explore the beautiful azure underwater world in India
Scuba Diving is one of the greatest sports activities in the world, but there is certain knowledge required before entering into the journey. It is a very complex sport that requires a good amount of knowledge before you actually enter into it. There are several obvious and hidden dangers that accompany a scuba diving mission. It is a great sport and pastime for professionals and novices alike. Indian water bodies offer great underwater experience and the destinations assure the amazing experience such as Andaman & Nicobar Island, Barracuda, Islands of Netrani and Goa.

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20 Awesome Sights that shows how Incredible India is

The towering snowcapped Himalayas, emerald beaches down south, pristine islands with ops for snorkeling and water sports, palm-fringed backwaters, abundant wildlife and the rich culture and heritage makes India one of the most incredible places on the planet to travel to. We bring to you the 20 awesome sights that show how Incredible India is.

Pangong Tso Lake, Ladakh

Hawa Mahal, Jaipur
Hawa Mahal, Jaipur

Valley of Flower, Uttarakhand
Valley of Flower, Uttarakhand

Hampi Group of Monument
Hampi Group of Monuments are inscribes as UNESCO World Heritage Site

Athirapally Waterfalls, Kerala
India's very own Niagara, the Athirapally Waterfalls in Kerala

Akshardham Temple, Gujarat
Akshardham Temple in Gujarat is one of the most visited attraction in India

Ellora Caves, Maharashtra
World Heritage Rock cut caves at Ellora are surely a man made wonder


Kerala Backwaters
Kerala Backwaters, Alapuzza


Great Flamingoes, Rann of Kutch
Great Flamingos that arrive at Rann of Kutchpost monsoon add enchanting hues to this stark desert

Snorkeling, Andaman Islands
The rich corals in Andaman Islands is home to abundant aquatic species
Strongdey Village, Zanskar, Ladakh
Strongdey Village, Ladakh

Marine Drive, Mumbai
The Queen's Necklace at Marine Drive is an awesome sight to behold after sunset

Nubra Valley, Ladakh
Nubra Valley, Ladakh

Mighty Himalayan Peaks from Tungnath
View of Mighty Himalayan Peak from Tungnath in Uttarakhand

A Regally Adorned Elephant in Rajasthan
A Regally Adorned Elephant in Rajasthan

Sand Dunes, Thar Desert, Rajasthan
Sand Dunes, Thar Desert, Rajasthan

Chang La, Ladakh
Chang La, Ladakh

Leh Palace
Leh Palace

Great Single Horned Rhinos, Kaziranga National Park
Great Single Horned Rhinos, Kaziranga National Park
Dahi Handi, Maharashtra
Dahi Handi, Maharashtra
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Best Places to go for Wildlife Safaris in India

When it comes to wildlife safaris in India, you’d be amazed by the variety and abundance of the flora and fauna. Gone are the times when the maharajas of India proudly hunted and displayed the tigers and lions in their palaces to flaunt their prowess. After decades of reckless hunting, and concerns by the authorities - thanks to the British Raj - guidelines for conservation of wild animals and their habitat were put into place.

With 160+ National Parks, wildlife safaris in India are indeed thrilling and adventurous experiences. With the jungles teeming with wildlife that include the endangered species like Great Single Horned Rhinos, Asiatic Lions and Royal Bengal Tigers and with great infrastructure in form of luxury tents, jungle lodges and budget accommodation, a wildlife safari is one of the you-cannot-miss-it things to do in India.

Here’s the list of best places to go for wildlife safaris in India:

Ranthambore National Park

 

Ranthambore National Park, Rajasthan

One of the most renowned national parks in India, Ranthambore National Park in Rajasthan’s Sawai Madhopur used to be the former hunting ground of Kachwaha Rajputs, the maharajas of Jaipur. This wildlife reserve is named after the legendary Ranthambore Fort which was recently inscribed as one of the UNESCO World Heritage Hill Forts of Rajathan.

It is believed that Ranthambore offers the maximum probability of spotting the Royal Bengal Tigers in their natural habitat owing to its unique vegetation and grassland which is the dry deciduous forest. One of the premier reserves under the Project Tiger, Ranthambore is also home to mammals such as leopard, hyena, wild boar, sambar and sloth bear.


The best time to visit Ranthambore for tiger spotting is from March till June. The reserve remains closed to visitors during monsoon from the month of July till September.

[Read more about Ranthambore Nations Park]

Gir National Park

 

Gir National Park, Gujarat

One of the best places to visit in Gujarat, the last abode of the Asiatic Lion, Sasan Gir National Park is one of the finest wildlife reserves in central India and offers the most unique experience of wildlife safari in India. Located in the state of Gujarat in Junagarh District, Sasan Gir National Park was established in 1965 and spread across the total area of 1412 sq. km. 

Gir is home to over 35 species of mammals that include the Asiatic Lions, Hyenas, Golden Jackals, Leopards, Sloth Bears, Nilgai, Antelopes, Chinakaras and Blackbucks. Gir National Park is also renowned for the population of crocodiles as well as over 200 species of birds. The best time to visit this forest reserve.

Gir National Park is also renowned for its Maldhari population, a community of humans who have lived here for generations. They sustain themselves on the harvests from forest and their livestock. Any kill that Lions make of their livestock is considered to be the offering in exchange of their living in the homeland of the predators.

The entry fees to this forest reserve with maximum 6 occupants per vehicle for Indians comes to Rs. 400/- on weekdays, INR 500 on weekends and INR 600 on national and state holidays whereas the entrance charges for foreign nationals is US$40 (that must be paid in rupees).

 [Also check out wildlife in Gujarat


Bandipur National Park

 

Bandipur National Park,Karnataka

The former hunting ground of the maharajas of Mysore, Bandipur National Park is located in the state of Karnataka in South India and happens to be a part of the World Heritage Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve. With home to more than 100 species of mammals and 350 species of bird, Bandipur National Park is one of the best places to head for wildlife safaris in India especially when it comes to South India.

This wildlife reserve is comfortably accessible from Ooty and Bangalore. Daily safaris are allowed twice into the park and managed by government. The approx all inclusive cost for 2 hours morning or evening safari in Bandipur is around INR 2000. The park could be visited throughout the year but the best time to see tigers are the hotter month of May and June.

Kaziranga National Park

 

Kaziranga National Park,Assam

A UNESCO inscribed World Heritage Site; Kaziranga National Park in Assam is home to the 2/3rd of the world’s Great Single Horned Rhinoceros population. Kaziranga Nataional Park also happens to be the protected area having the highest density of tigers in the world.

Besides the famed single-horned rhinos, Kaziranga is home to mammals such as tigers, elephants, swamp deer, water buffalo, wild boar, bog deer, Indian fox, Jackals and leopard. This wildlife reserve in North East India is also home to over 100 species of birds and is recognized as an “Important Bird Area” by the Birdlife International. More than 15 endangered species live in Kaziranga National Park.

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Bandhavgarh National Park

 

Bandhavgarh National Park,Madhya Pradesh

Considered the best tiger reserve in India when it comes to the probability of spotting tigers, Bandhavgarh National Park in Madhya Pradesh is one of the finest national parks in India. This wildlife reserve derives its name from the renowned hummock which legends hold that the Lord Rama od Ramayana fame gave to his brother Lakshmana to keep watch over Lanka.

With one of the highest tiger density in India, Bandhavgarh is one of the most popular game reserves for wildlife safaris in India. The park once was home to the white tigers as well but the last of it named Mohan is now stuffed and displayed on whe walls of the royal palace of Rewa.

Spread across 450 sq. kms, the reserve is home to over 20 species of mammals and over 250 specoes of birds. Besides tigers, the park is also home to leopards, Golden Jackals, Striped Hyenas, Wild Boar, Sambar, Antelopes, Chinkara and Sloth Bear. Bandhavgarh National Park is one of the few game reserves in India where you could go for the elephant safaris.

For tiger spotting, the best time to visit Bandhavgarh National Park is November and April. A wide variety of accommodation is available near the park for the visitors. However one of the most offbeat places to stay here is the tree house located at the periphery of the park itself. The Tree House Hideaway Resort in Bandhavgarh is considered to be one of the finest tree houses in India.

[Also check out Madhya Pradesh Tour]

Pench National Park

 

Pench National Park,Madhya Pradesh

Pench National Park along with Kanha is considered one of those places that inspired Rudyard Kipling to write the Jungle Book. One of the reasons that make it one of the best places in India for wildlife safaris is that despite having good tiger population, abundant wildlife and amazing natural setting, it is one of the lesser visited wildlife sanctuaries in India.

Elephant safaris are also allowed in the park. If the mahouts riding their elephant glimpse a tiger they radio the jeep that are allotted to the tourists for jungle safari and then the tourists are transferred on the elephant for a close rendezvous with the king of the jungle.


Madhya Pradesh - Pench National Park
The major attractions of Pench National Park include Hyena, Dhol, Jackals, Chital, Sambar, Gaur, Langur and Macaque. More than 100 bird species are also found within the park making it a good place for birding.

One of the best places to stay for safari in Pench National Park is the Baghvan, a luxury jungle lodge by the esteemed Taj Group. Nestled amidst the dense forest and on the edge of a perennial water stream, Taj Baghvan Jungle Safari Lodge offers luxurious accommodation, sumptuous cuisines and impeccable service that makes your wildlife safari experience like a home away from home. The lodge features 12 standalone bungalows with roof top sleep outs that takes you as close to nature as you could wish to.

Jim Corbett National Park

 

Jim Corbett National Park,Uttarakhand

One of the finest and the first national park to be established in India, Corbett National Park is one of the finest places for wildlife safaris in India. Due to its dense vegetation and forests as well as large area and topography, it is very rare that visitors spot a tiger in this reserve yet, its scenic locale, salubrious weather and presence of an abundant wildlife that include deer and wild elephant makes Corbett one of the most visited national parks in India.

Jim Corbett National Park is home to over 50 species of mammals, 25 species of reptiles and 580 species of birds making it one of the most versatile wildlife reserves in India. But as it is said, Corbett isn’t just about nature and wildlife, it is the rich heritage and history of the park that makes it one of the most visited national parks in India. Corbett happens to be the oldest national park in Asia with the longest tradition of wildlife conservation.

The park remains open to visitors from November till June. The best time to visit is from November till March. The park is connected by rail from Delhi with the nearest railway station being Ramnagar. The park has been divided into 5 tour zone with Dhikala being the most sought after tourism zone. A variety of accommodation options are available near the park to suit the needs and budget of all kind of travelers.

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Periyar National Park

 

Periyar National Park, Kerala
Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary - The famous Periyar Wildlife tiger and elephant sanctuary in Kerala
One of the few game reserves in India that remains open throughout the year, Periyar National Park is located in the South Indian state of Kerala. One of the most top tourist places to visit in Kerala, Periyar is both an elephant reserve as well as a tiger reserve.

More than 35 species of mammals and over 260 species of birds have been recorded in this wildlife park along with 40 species of reptiles, 40 species of fish and about 160 species of insects making it one of the most biodiverse national parks in India.


The major draw of this park is the tiger population that numbers over 40, 4 species of primates, wild pigs, boar, gaur, dole, barking deer and Nilgiri Tahr. The best time to encounter wildlife in the park is from November to March. One could visit the park through boat ride as well as elephant safari.

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Sunderbans National Park

 

Sunderbans National Park,West Bengal
A UNESCO's World Heritage Site - Sundarbans National Park
Sunderbans is the largest mangrove forest in the world and is duly recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. 60% of this mangrove forest is located in Bangladesh whereas the remaining portion in the West Bengal has been declared Sunderbans National Park by the government of India. It is both a tiger reserve as well as a biosphere reserve.

Sunderbans forest with tiger population of over 400 houses the most number of Royal Bengal Tigers in the world. The tigers of Sunderbans are famous as maneaters and swimmers. The best time to spot tigers in Sunderbans National Park is the month of November and February when these predators are sunbathing by the river banks.

Other major residents of the park include fishing cats, wild boars, leopard cats, flying fox, pangolin and macaques. Over 150 species of avifauna has also been recorded in this national park along with over 20 species of reptiles. Endangered species such as saltwater crocodile, Olive Ridley Turtle, Gangetic Dolphin, River Terrapin and Mangrove Horseshoe Crab are also found in this park.

The best way to do a wildlife safari in this national park is by river cruise. One of the luxurious ways to explore Sunderbans National Park is aboard MV Paramhansa or the Vivada Cruise. The 4 night package includes accommodation on the cruise ship, food and visits to major places and attractions inside the Sunderbans delta.

Kanha National Park

 

Kanha National Park,Madhya Pradesh
Elephant safari in Kanha National Park - most famous way to track the wild animals 
Fondly referred to as Kipling’s Kanha, this tiger reserve in India offer one of the finest wildlife safari experiences in India which is attributed to its large buffer area. One of the highlights of this wildlife reserve is the thriving population of the swamp deer or the barasingha, the last population of the hard ground subspecies in the world.

Although tiger spotting are rare and requires more than one jeep safari in the wild, other common sights include wild dogs, blackbucks, leopards, gaur, sambhar, hyenas, nilgai, Indian fox and barking deer. Reptiles like python and cobra also reside in this forest.

Similar to Pench and Bandhavgarh, it is allowed to do the elephant safari in Kanha National Park to have a closer glimpse of the native animals of the park. The park remains close from July till mid October due to arrival of monsoon.

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