Mudumalai “Ancient Hill Range”
The large area originally known as Wynad on the northeastern slopes of the Nilgiri mountains now holds three parks in three states. The Wynad sanctuary in Kerala to the west; Bandipur Tiger Reserve in Karnataka to the north; and Mudumalai in Tamil Nadu to the South. The Moyar river flows north through the park and then turns east to form the northern boundary of Mudumalai, separating it from Bandipur. The park is split by the Mysore-Ootacamund highway running north-south and following the left bank of the Moyar river. Despite being only 116 sq miles (300 sq km) in area, Mudumalai has a great variety of attractive habitats. Read More……
Bandipur National Park
The Bandipur that the tourist sees is an open, grassy woodland. The jungles of Nagarahole are taller and denser. Bandipur has superb scenery of mountains, gorges and undisturbed forests. Nagarahole has an astonishing abundance of wildlife. Together, these two parks cover more than 580 sq miles (1500 sq km). About a third of this area has been demarcated as the “Wilderness Zone” in which all disturbances, including tourism and forestry, are prohibited. The facilities for wildlife tourism have been developed in the three “tourism zones.” Two of these, called Nagarahole and Karapura are in Nagarahole National Park while the third is in Bandipur. Read More……
Wilpattu National Park
Eighteen miles (30 km) south along Route A 12 from the ancient Sri Lankan capital of Anuradhapura is a little evergrowing hamlet amidst green surroundings known as Thmbiriwewa. At this spot is the turn-off to one of Sri Lanka’s most beautiful national parks, Wilpattu. Two of the main topographical features of this park are its villas and the copper-red, loamy, fine sand. Villus is a Tamilized version of the Sinhala word Gila meaning lake. Most of the Wilpattu villas are fairly large, spreading over many acres and do indeed look like lakes; they are not true lakes, however, but rather basin-like pans on the earth’s surface. Read More…..
Bandhavgarh National Park
Bandhavgarh is a new national park with a very long history. Set among the Vindhya hills of Madhya Pradesh with an area of 168 sq miles (437 sq km), it contains a wide variety of habitats and a high density of game, including a large number of tigers. When originally formed in 1968, Bandhavgarh was a comparatively small park of only 40 sq miles (105 sq km), but in mid-1986 it was extended to include two large areas of forest adjoining it on the northern and southern sides. These extension areas consist mainly of sal forest. In the north a series of ridges, intercut by perennial streams, runs parallel to the main. Read More……
Kanha National Park
Kanha in Madhya Pradesh (five hours driving from Jabalpur, six from Nagpur) has sometimes been called the N’Gorongoro of India. The simile is apt, albeit Kanha is far greener and its cordon of hills far more densely wooded. Unlike Tanzania’s N’ Gorongoro, the Kanha valley is not a volcanic crater, though the enclosing hills are a consequence of geologically ancient volcanic activity. The horseshoe-shaped Kanha valley, which accounts for nearly a third and the oldest part of the Kanha National Park, is bound by two distant spurs emanating from the main Mekal ridge, forming its southern rim. The spurs, in their gently tapering traverse, nearly close in the north leaving but a narrow opening for the meandering Sulkum or Surpan river, the valley’s main drainage. Herds of the Kanha miscellany, the axis deer (chital), the swamp deer (barasingha), the blackbuck ( hiran), the wild pig and occasionally the gaur, throng the central parkland of the valley, providing the basis for the comparison with N’Gorongoro. With its confiding herds and relatively tolerant predators, Kanha offers an almost unrivaled scope to a keen photographer of Indian wildlife. Read More…..
Gir National Park
The lion has always occupied a unique position in India. More than 2000 years ago Emperor Ashoka chose to inscribe some of his edicts on the famous lion capital of Sarnath which is today the emblem of the Republic of India. This magnificent animal once roamed all over North India up to Bihar, but in the last one hundred years it has been wiped out elsewhere and today, the only surviving population of lions outside the continent of Africa is found in the Gir forest. Always considered royal game by rulers in India from time immemorial, lions were protected. But modernization and the disappearance of their habitat have left them with only the Gir, their last habitat and their last refuge. Read More…..
Yala National Park
The story of this national park goes back to the days of the great kingdom of Ruhuna or Rohana as it was then known. During that period, the area that is now the national park and a vast area surrounding it must have been fairly well developed and populated. The large number of ruins of ancient temples, monasteries and secular buildings that one sees, both within and without the park, bear testimony to this. At one corner of the large Vala plain that gives the park its name, is a fairly large tank, which is today entirely overgrown with tall lephant grass. Archaeologists have identified it as an ancient irrigation tank which supplied water to the surrounding paddy fields, including those in the Yala plain.As the glory of the Ruhuna kingdom faded, these areas were abandoned and the jungle took over. Many centuries later, under British rule, the area was declared a Residential Sportsmen’s Reserve. For a long time after that, hunters, mainly British, enjoyed controlled hunting here. Read More……
Sariska Tiger Reserve
In the Aravalli range which cuts across Rajasthan, a few pockets of forest still survive. Sariska is one such. It was part of the erstwhile princely state of Aiwar whose late Maharaja, Jai Singh. was a keen shikari and his favorite hunting ground was Sariska, which received strict protection under his rule. In 1955 this forest was declared a sanctuary and it became a tiger reserve under Project Tiger in 1979. An area of 308 sq miles (800 sq km) is the project area with a core of 185 sq miles (480 sq km). Read More….
Corbett National Park
just short of 300 km northeast of Delhi, cradled in the foothills of the Himalaya lies the Corbett National Park. It is India’s first national park and also one of her finest. This park has quite a history. Long ago, on the banks of the river Ramganga, there lived a flourishing community. Read More….
Chitwan National Park
Chitwan (Rapti Valley) is situated in the inner terni region of Nepal and can be reached in 6 hours by road or half an hour by flying from Kathmandu. There are two airports close by: Bharatpur and Meghauli; the latter is used by visitors booked in at Tiger Tops Jungle Lodge. The nearest bus-stop for the Royal Chitwan National Park is Tadi Bazaar on the East–West Highway, 15 km (9 1/3 miles) from Narayanghat. Read More….
Rantham Bore National Park
The great virgin jungles of Central India were an awesome gift of nature which have been vandalized and largely destroyed over the years. What survives is but a small portion of its northwestern extremity. This region, with its relics, is a historically i mportant reminder of the misty past. Read More….
Andhra Pradesh National Parks
ANDHRA PRADESH: The largest of the four South Indian states, Andhra Pradesh, has a varied terrain with a rich and interesting population of birds and animals. a with national park status. While most of the sanctuaries have accommodation, the tourist infrastructure is limited and visitors have to make their own arrangements in most cases. Read More….
Dachigam National Park
The entry point into this wildlife reserve, one of India’s most scenically beautiful, is only 14 miles (22 km) from Srinagar. First protected in 1910, this mountainous area forms almost half of the Dal Lake’s catchment area and its importance in supplying Srinagar with pure drinking water was recognized by the then Maharaja of Jammu and Kashmir who initiated steps for the preservation of this environment. Read More….
Royal Bardia Wildlife Reserve
About 250 miles (400 km) to the west of Khatmandu, in far western Nepal, lies the Royal Bardia Wildlife Reserve, also known as Karnali because of the great river of that name that drains the region. Initially set aside as a royal hunting preserve during the Rana regime (1846-1950), it was declared a wildlife reserve in 1976 with an area of 134 sq miles (348 sq km), increased in 1985 to 374 sq miles (968 sq km). Read More….
Dudhwa National Park
Dudhwa National Park, which emerged from a struggle against a welter of vested interests, is even now threatened by a surge of ever-increasing demographic pressure. A viable pattern of coexistence between humans and other forms of life is urgently required if the latter are not to be overwhelmed. Read More….
Manas Tiger Reserve
Manias : -[his sanctuary, in contrast to Kaziranga, is far removed from the National Highway and the mainstream of human life passes it by. Barpeta Road, the railhead which also serves as the sanctuary’s headquarters, is almost three hours by road or rail from Guwahati. Read More….
Wildlife Of The Indian Subcontinent
Deep in the jungle gloom a striped predator lurks. Programed by instincts genetically implanted millions of years ago, the cat waits patiently for a herd of spotted deer to make their way through tall grass towards a nearby water hole. Barely one in 10 attempts to kill will be successful, but because of sheer persistence, such odds work in favor of the hunter. Read More….
Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary
The Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary, now one of the 16 Project Tiger Reserves in India, is an interesting example of how development need not be incompatible with the requirements of wildlife. A hundred years ago, a British engineer, Colonel J. Pennycuick, conceived a design to dam the Periyar river, which runs through some of the most spectacular forests of the Western Ghats in Kerala state in South India. Read More….
Meghalaya Wildlife Sanctuary
MEGHALAYA: “The abode of clouds” previously constituted the hill districts of Assam south of the Brahmaputra. Three tribes live in the hill areas of the same name: Garos, Khasis and Jaintias. The capital, Shillong, was previously the capital of Assam. The world’s wettest place is Cheera Punji to the southwest of Shillong which receives about 500 inches (1270 cm) of rain each year. Read More….
National Park in Maharashtra
MAHARASHTRA: The widely hdabiiftaftse orf M-.anhagrashtra range from the ;oast, inland to the rich Western Ghats and the teak, sal, bamboo and scrub areas of the Deccan. Of the 2000 plus species and subspecies of birds in India, the state has records of 540, of which 442 are found in the area of Bombay and the Western Ghats. Read More….
Jammu and Kashmir Wildlife Sanctuary
JAMMU AND KASHMIR: In the Central and Western ranges of the Himalaya are the mountains of Kashmir known to most tourists. In fact the state ranges from the Punjab plains to the Tibetan plateau. The north is bounded by the Karakoram mountains, the east by Tibet and the Great rHlyangei. lTmahe Inaadnus- river cuts through the state as it flows east to west and into Pakistan. Read More….
Himachal Pradesh Wildlife Sanctuary
HIMACHAL PRADESH: This state rises from the plains of the Punjab to the Great Himalaya and the Tibetan plateau beyond. Because of the range in altitude, the state has a wide range of flora and fauna. 28 areas are protected, including one national park. Most of the sanctuaries are in areas unconnected by public transport. The most enjoyable and in fact the only practical way to visit most of the areas is by trekking. It is possible to trek in much of Himachal and to buy food in many villages, although acouple of days’ food should always be carried. Read More….
Orissa wildlife Tour
ORISSA: With Orissa’s long coastline of offshore islands, lagoons (Chilka is India’s largest salt-water lake), salt flats and deltas along the Bay of Bengal, it is possible to forget that inland, to the west, there are large areas of hill forest running into Madhya Pradesh and Andhra Pradesh. The varied habitats contain an equally wide-ranging bird and animal life. While the wildlife is rich and in many places exciting, few of Orissa’s parks have adequate infrastructure for visitors. The parks are off the beaten track and few have transport for hire or facilities for food. Read More….
Haryana wildlife sanctuary
HARYANA: Although Haryana has only one sanctuary there are some interesting areas west of Hissar where blackbuck and even bustard are found. For further information, contact: The Wildlife Officer, Kothi No. 974, Sector 9, Panchkula Ambala Dist., Haryana. Read More….
GOA, DAMAN AND DIU
GOA, DAMAN AND DIU:Neither Daman or Diu have any protected area although the flats and narrow channel separating Diu from the mainland have plenty of shore birds. Goa’s protected areas are all in the foothills of the Western Ghats. Read More….
National Park in Nepal
Nepal’s park and reserves fall in all faunal and geographical zones and because of the physical difficulties of communication, all present problems for the tourist. The grandeur and elegance, the savagery of the Himalaya and the tranquility of the terai all make good homes for 300 species of mammals, 800 species of birds, numerous reptiles and amphibians and many thousand species of insects. Read More….
Wildlife in Bengal
WEST BENGAL: Stretching from the Himalaya to the Bay of Bengal, the narrow strip forming West Bengal includes a range of climates and diversity of habitat. Sharing a language, history and culture with Bangladesh, Bengal is both tradition-bound and in part a symbol of India’s progres with industry and booming agriculture. Read More…..
Wildlife in Uttar Pradesh
UTTAR PRADESH: This huge state ranges from the High Himalaya to the Gangetic Plain. It is densely populated, with a population larger than any country in Europe, but it nevertheless has an important and vast range of wilderness areas. The Himalayan region has many peaks between 21,000 and 26,000 feet (6000-8000 meters) high. Read More
Wildlife in Tamil Nadu
The parks of Tamil Nadu are mostly little-known, although their range is extraordinary—mixed deciduous forests of the Western Ghats, through the hot, dry plains, to the coastal and marine parks. Two biosphere reserves are proposed: one at the Gulf of Mannar and the other in the Nilgiris. Read More……
Wildlife of Sikkim
This small, strategically important state is surrounded on three sides by Nepal to the west, Tibet to the north and northeast and Bhutan to the east. The state is only 2818 sq miles (7300 sq km) in area and its only national park occupies 10 percent of this. Compressed into the 70 miles (12 km), from north to south is an incredible range of habitats and diversity of flora. Over a thousand orchids are recorded from Sikkim, and near Gangtok (the capital), is an orchid sanctuary with 250 species which flower prior to the the monsoon (in May and June), while others bloom in December and January. Read More……
Rajasthan in Wildlife
Situated in the northwest of India. The Aravalli Gills form a line across the state and about three-fifths of the state lie northwest of this line, leaving twofifths in the east. These are the two natural divisions of Rajasthan. Much of the flora is scrub jungle and towards the west, plants characteristic of the arid zone occur. Trees are scarcer Read More…….
Wildlife in Punjab
Between the Himalayan foothills and the desert of Rajasthan lies the fertile land of five rivers—Punjab. The state is now highly developed with extensive irrigation projects to enable intensive agriculture. A consequence of this is that there are few wilderness areas left. Read More….
Wildlife Sanctuary in Nagaland
To the east of Assam in the Naga hills is the small fascinating state of Nagaland, bounded by Burma to the east with the upper reaches of the Chindwin river beyond. Most of the area has a strong tribal culture and travel is restricted. As with much of northeast India, the Naga hills have a distinctive wildlife and equally fascinating flora. Read More……
Wildlife in Mizoram
In this mountainous state bounded by Bangladesh on the west and Burma to the south and east, there is at present only one wildlife protected area. Much of the state is forested and new sanctuaries need to be developed. Permission for tourists to enter the territory is yet again hard to obtain Read More…..
Karnataka Wildlife Sanctuary
The forests of southern Karnataka in what was once Mysore State have long been famous for their rich and distinctive wildlife and magnificent forests. The great tracts of forest that remain today as a legacy of the management and concern shown by the Mysore rulers are noted for elephant, gaur and other large mammals. Read More….
Wildlife Tours in Kerala
Flanked to the west by the Indian Ocean and along the east by the Western Ghats, Kerala is well endowed with densevegetation supporting a rich and varied fauns. Road communication throughout the state is good and the major airports at Trivandrum (the state capital) and Cochin are connected to all major Indian cities. Read More….
Madhya Pradesh in National Park
The heart of India and the country’s largest state. With the largest area still under forest and the largest number of protected areas. In fact, a third of India’s forest is in Madhya Pradesh. It also has the country’s largest national park (Sanjay). The state includes many geographical regions. Read More….
Wildlife Tour in Manipur
MANIPUR: There are two national parks in this small mountainous state on the Burma border. The area was a former princely state linked by treaty to India in 1825. Sixty percent of the population are members of a Tibeto-Burmese tribe, the Meitheis. Access to the area is restricted and for foreign tourists extremely difficult. Read More….
Haryana wildlife sanctuary
Although Haryana has only one sanctuary there are some interesting areas west of Hissar where blackbuck and even bustard are found. For further information, contact: The Wildlife Officer, Kothi No. 974, Sector 9, Panchkula Ambala Dist., Haryana. Read More….
Gujarat wildlife sanctuary
The westernmost state of India has many species unique to it. It is the last home of the Asiatic lion and Indian wild ass.Gujarat has little forest but 40 species of animals and over 450 species of birds— some migrant from Africa. Read More..
Wildlife Tours in Bihar
BIHAR: Lying at the eastern end of the Gangetic plain, Bihar is a state of extremes. Subject to drought and flood, of great natural wealth but having some of India’s poorest villagers, the state has some important and interesting sanctuaries. Read More….
Wildlife Tours in Arunachal Pradesh
Being close to the Chinese border, this area is sensitive and most of the region is closed to tourism. Permits for the “open areas” can be applied through Indian embassies and high commissions abroad or from the Ministry of Home Affairs (Foreigners Wing), Lok Nayak Bhawan, Khan Market, New Delhi 110003. Allow at least six to eight weeks for the application to be processed. Read More….
National Parks in Andhra Pradesh
The largest of the four South Indian states, Andhra Pradesh, has a varied terrain with a rich and interesting population of birds and animals. a with national park status. While most of the sanctuaries have accommodation, the tourist infrastructure is limited and visitors have to make their own arrangements in most cases. Read More…..
Wildlife in Assam
ASSAM: Today’s state of Assam follows the course of the Brahmaputra river from the point where it leaves the Eastern Himalaya in Arunachal Pradesh until it turns south into Bangladesh. Traditionally known for its tea, its forests and its wildlife, Assam is a fascinating mix of industry (10 percent of India’s oil is produced near Duliajan), agriculture, history, religion, and great natural beauty. Some of Asia’s conservation successes have been in Assam. Read More…
Wildlife in Andaman and Nicobar
ANDAMAN & NICOBAR ISLANDS: These islands lying in the Bay of Bengal were once a hill range stretching from Sumatra (Indonesia), 75 miles (120 km) to the south, to Burma. Many of the islands are still covered with rich tropical evergreen and tropical moist deciduous forests and are home to many endemic birds and reptiles. Most of the mammals are introduced species. Not only is the bird and forest life fascinating, but many islands are home to ancient and highly threatened tribes struggling to maintain their traditions and identity despite the pressure from the 20th century. Read More….
Wildlife of Sri Lanka
Two of Sri Lanka’s most precious and purest gems do not lie hidden in that primeval gravel called llama that lies beneath the island’s layer of alluvial clay; they are found on the surface, spreading over a fair area of her ancient face in a rich and varied pattern. They are her jungle and its denizens. Read More…