Wildlife of India

With a combination of mountains, lakes, valleys, and the massive coastline, it is only natural that the wildlife of India is world-renowned, considered exotic thanks to the massive ecosphere of India. With the Kaziranga National Park housing a large population of one-horned rhinoceros, the massive tiger reserve of the Periyar National Park, the wide bird varieties of Bharatpur and Ranganathittu, and the enchanting Sunderbans Delta housing the Royal Bengal Tiger, it is evident that India forms a crucial part of the world's biodiversity.

Here is the list of 20 Wildlife of India

1. Corbett National Park, Uttarakhand

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Known For : Jungle Safari, Corbett National Park | Elephant Ride in Corbett National Park | Corbett Waterfall

Corbett National Park, set amidst the foothills of Himalayas, houses a variety of flora and fauna including rare ones such as tigers and is a treat for wildlife enthusiasts and photographers.

Best Time : Mid October to Mid June

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2. Kaziranga National Park, Assam - Home to the One Horned Rhino

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Home to two-thirds of the world's one horned rhinoceros population, this national park has been declared as a World Heritage Site.

Best Time : October to June

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3. Bannerghatta National Park

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Housing the country's first butterfly park, this national park has a huge variety of fauna, making it one of the most enjoyable tourist attractions in the city. Tourists can also opt for Safari rides through the park. You can spot Lions, Tigers, Crocodiles amongst numerous other wildlife in the park.

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4. Sanjay Gandhi National park

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This is a wildlife sanctuary and a habitat to an abundance of flora and fauna, in the midst of a busy Mumbai. Famed to be one the most liked national parks, you can also enjoy a train ride through this one. You can spot here Leopards, Macaques, Boars, Lions, Flying fox, Kingfisher, Sunbird and much more. A must visit attraction of the city, the park is also known for a huge population and variety of butterflies.

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5. Bandhavgarh National Park, Madhya Pradesh - The Tiger's Den

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Formerly a hunting ground for the Maharajas of Rewa, this National Park is world-renowned as a tiger reserve.

Best Time : October to June

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6. Ranthambore, Rajasthan - One of the best national parks of the country

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Known For : Jeep Safari | Wildlife Safari | Ranthambhore Fort

This is one of the best tiger reserves of the country, known to have "friendly" tigers and chances of sighting one here is reasonably better than many other tiger reserves of India. Along with this Ranthambore has one of the richest flora and fauna making it an absolutely must visit area

Best Time : October to Apr

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7. Periyar National Park

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One of the most bio-diverse regions in the world and the best protected reserve area in the country Periyar National Park has been able to gather quite a cult following of its lovers who are enchanted by its beauty, greenery and of course by the majestic Tiger. A place perfect for lovers of nature and adventure, a place famous for its Tigers - Periyar National Park is one of the major attractions of Kerala and one that should not be missed.

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8. Nagarhole National Park

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Popularly known as Rajiv Gandhi National Park, Nagarhole National Park boasts of its rich wildlife including both flora and fauna. The place is a paradise for nature lovers and those seeking solitude.

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9. Kanha National Park, Madhya Pradesh - The land of Jungle Book

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A delightful town situated in the district of Mandla, Kanha National park is the haven of an exceptionally wide variety of wild animals, including the majestic creature tiger. Wide open grass plains with a backdrop of the city scrapers, scattered bamboo forests play host to a wide variety of wildlife and diverse birdlife with over 300 species recorded. The present-day area stretches over 940-kilometre square which is divided into two sanctuaries: Hallon and Banjar. Located in a central region of Madhya Pradesh it is the largest National Park in central India and has been ranked as one of the best parks in Asia. Among the 22 species of large mammals, the royal Bengal tigers are a major attraction.

Best Time : October to June

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10. Gir, Gujarat - The land of Asiatic Lions

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Gir National Park is the only remaining home for the Asiatic Lions that are almost a definition to this park in Gujarat, which has a lot more to offer.

Best Time : July to March

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11. Sundarbans, West Bengal - Home of the Bengal Tigers

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Known for hosting the biggest mangrove forests in the world, Sundarbans National Park is located in West Bengal, India. It is also a Tiger Reserve and a Biosphere reserve that provides a complete nature's circle to the tourist right from 'Royal Bengal tigers' to roaring rivers and beautiful estuaries. Sundarbans National Park is a part of Sundarban delta that is covered with Mangrove Forest and the largest population of the Bengal Tigers. It is a UNESCO world heritage site with a large variety of birds and reptiles including salt-water crocodile.

Best Time : September to March

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12. Pench National Park, Madhya Pradesh - The inspiration for 'The Jungle Book'

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With the majestic Pench river flowing through the greens and a variety of wildlife to be spotted in the rocky terrains, Pench National Park served as an inspiration for the famous novel 'The Jungle Book'.

Best Time : October to June

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13. Bharatpur National Park

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Now known as the Keoladeo National Park, Bharatpur National Park is a famous bird watching paradise and is among one of the World Heritage sites.

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14. Eravikulam (Rajamalai) National Park

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Located 45 min drive away from Munnar, the Eravikulam National Park houses a rich and diverse variety of flora and fauna and is a UNESCO world heritage site. Elephant, Nilgiri langur, Nilgiri marten, Atlas moth (largest in the world), lion-tailed macaque, small-clawed otter and a rare tiger or leopard are some of the main animal species that can be spotted here.

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15. Nehru Zoological Park

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With about a 100 species finding habitat here, the Nehru Zoological Park is one of the most enjoyed attractions in the city. Neighbouring the Mir Alam tank, it is also known as Hyderabad Zoo and houses the Indian Rhino, Asiatic Lion, Bengal Tiger, Indian Elephant as well as panthers, pythons, deer, and antelopes. Given the Proximity to the tank, countless migratory birds also find a second home here. The zoo also hosts safaris and educational shows.

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16. National Zoological Park

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Inaugurated in 1959, it is situated near The Old Fort or The Purana Quila. From biggest cats to the tiniest birds the zoo has every kind of animals and birds. The zoo is well maintained and is largely visited by tourists. It has mini bus and battery rickshaws so that if a person is not in a mood to walk can have a ride over it. This Park was initially known as Delhi Zoo. In the year 1982 it was given the status of the National Zoological Park with the idea of it being the model zoo of the country.

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17. Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary

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Located in the picturesque state of Karnataka, the Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary is a haven for a wide array of bird species. It is the largest bird sanctuary in the state and comprises of six small islands on the banks of the river Kaveri. Out of the 170 species of bird recorded here, the most notable ones are the Painted Stork, Common Spoonbill, Asian Openbill Stork, Black-headed Ibis, and Woolly-necked Stork. This biodiversity hub also houses many small animals such as bonnet macaque, flying fox and small mammals like common palm civet, Indian grey mongoose and the monitor lizard.

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18. Arignar Anna Zoological Park

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The first place that comes to mind as far as a family outing/picnic is concerned is a Zoo. Because let's be honest, kids love animals and becoming a kid once in a while has caused no harm to any adult ever. One such pleasing-to-the-eye place is the biggest zoo of South-East Asia: Arinagar Anna Zoological Park. It is situated in Vandalur, Kanchipuram District which is nearly 32 km away from Chennai city. The zoo is rich in its flora and fauna and supports as many as 138 different species.

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19. Ooty Botanical Gardens

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The Government Botanical Garden is a botanical garden in Udhagamandalam, near Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu laid out in 1848. The Gardens, divided into several sections, cover an area of around 22 hectares, and lie on the lower slopes of Doddabetta peak. The garden has a terraced layout. It is maintained by the Tamil Nadu Horticulture Department.It ascends the slopes of the hill at an elevation of 2250_ã_2500 metres above Mean Sea Level. The garden enjoys a temperate climate, with an average rainfall of 140 cms.

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20. Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary

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Perfect getaway for nature lovers, Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary is situatedin the Kottayam district of Kerala. The Vembanad Lake is also situated on its banks. The bird sanctuary is a favourite haunt of migratory birds.

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