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Reet Cheema Feb 28 2014

Suggest some wildlife retreats in India this summer.

Debangana Sen Feb 28 2014
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With the government’s relaxation of restrictions imposed on tiger reserves, more and more people are looking at wildlife and jungles as their new holiday spot. Below are some of the best wildlife retreats in India that are totally worth checking out this summer.

Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve, Madhya Pradesh

Photo of a safari at Bandhavgarh (by Official Website)

A well known tiger reserve in the Vindhya hills of Madhya Pradesh, Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve is famed to have the highest tiger population in India. It is named after a prominent hillock in the Umaria region. The park is also great for viewing leopards, sloth bears and various species of deer. The park is sectioned into 3 zones viz. Tala, Magda and Bamera. Of these Tala attracts the maximum number of tourists, and Magda hosts Elephant shows.

Best time to visit: March till June (closed from 1st July to 15th October)

Kanha National Park, Madhya Pradesh

Photo of Kanha National Park (by Indraneel Biswas)

Another wild gem in Madhya Pradesh, Kanha National Park with its lush Bamboo and Sal forests, green meadows and ravines, provided enough inspiration to Rudyard Kipling to pen down the “Jungle Book”. It is one of the most well maintained park in the Asian subcontinent. This place is best known for spotting Barasinghas, Black Bucks, Tigers, Jungle cat, Sloth bear and Pythons. The Bamni Dadar or the Sunset Point offers spectacular sunsets against a backdrop of grazing Sambhars and Gaurs.

Best time to visit: Late February to April (closed during monsoon season)

Corbett National Park, Uttaranchal

Photo of Corbett National Park (by Official Website)

Named after the famous British conservationist and author Edward James ‘Jim’ Corbett, Corbett National Park was the very first tiger reserve under the Project Tiger. Due to diverse geological features, Corbett has a very unique set of floral and faunal communities and habitats. The Khair-Sissoo forests, Chaurs, the rivers, mountains, Sal groves - each form their own habitats harbouring their own set of species. Tigers, Elephants, Langurs, Deers, Panthers can be spotted here. This is also a haven for birdwatchers. Located in the Uttaranchal, this makes for an ideal summer wildlife retreat in India.

Best time to visit: March till June

Annamalai Tiger Reserve, Tamil Nadu

Photo of Nilgiri Langur (by Manavendra Bhangui)

Also known as the Indira Gandhi Wildlife Sanctuary and National Park, this tiger reserve is located in the Annamalai hills in Tamil Nadu. Apart from an incredible biodiversity, this park also has a significant and diverse tribal communities living in harmony with the wildlife. Common wildlife includes the Royal Bengal Tiger, Asiatic Elephants, Dhole, Nilgiri Langur, Indian Giant Squirrel, Indian Pangolin, Golden Jackal, and many more. More than 250 species of birds and 350 species of butterflies have been identified within this region.

Best time to visit: All year round except monsoons

Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve, Maharashtra

Photo of a Royal Bengal Tiger (by Sushilghugul)

Not a known wildlife destination, Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve is another perfect choice for a summer wildlife retreat in India. Today the reserve boasts of a rapidly increasing population of tigers and leopards. Some other wildlife include Sloth bears, Jackals, Sambars, Wild dogs, Indian Bisons, Blue Bulls and Flying Squirrels.

Best time to visit: February to May (closed for safaris on Tuesdays)

Nagarhole National Park, Karnataka

Photo of an Elephant at Nagarhole (by Jayanand Govindaraj)

Just 80 km away from Mysore, Nagarhole National Park is a part of the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve, and has an astonishing abundance of wildlife. Also known as Rajiv Gandhi National Park, this place is counted amongst the best wildlife spots in India. Major wildlife includes Leopard, wild Elephant, Tiger, Dhole, Chital, four-horned Antelope, Muntjac (barking deer), wild boar, sloth bear, hyena, mouse deer, mongoose, civet and otter. The jeep safaris and boat cruises are a huge attraction for tourists.

Best time to visit: September to May

So these were some of the best summer wildlife retreats in India. Pick your favourite and start booking. Looking forward to great pictures and stories from your side. Have a happy trip!

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