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A part of Western Ghats declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2012, the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve (NBR) is an International Biosphere Reserve and also India’s first and foremost Biosphere Reserve. It includes the Mudumalai, Mukurthi, Nagarhole, Bandipur, and Silent Valley national parks, as well as the Wayanad and Sathyamangalam wildlife sanctuaries. The reserve boasts a heritage rich in flora and fauna and is the home for many tribal groups.
Established in 1974 as a tiger reserve under Project Tiger, BNP is located in Karnataka and is famous for its many types of biomes of which dry deciduous forest is dominant. The Ooty-Masinagudi-Mysuru route which passes through this national park is a one of the most favourite forest roads of bikers. Animal sightings are common during early morning and late evening drives.
Bandipur National Park, Bandipur, Karnataka, +91 8229 236 043/60
WWS is the second largest wildlife sanctuary in Kerala and covers a large area in the northern part of the state. The vegetation is predominantly of the south Indian moist deciduous teak forests and pastures of the west coast semi-evergreen tree. WWS is one of the safest havens for different species of vultures like the White-rumped Vultures and Red-headed Vultures.
Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary, Wayanad, Kerala, +91 4936 220 454
SWS is the largest wildlife sanctuary in Tamil Nadu and a major corridor between NBR of the Western Ghats and Biligiriranga Swamy Temple Wildlife Sanctuary of the Eastern Ghats. The consistent sightings of tigers here led to the declaration of SWS as a tiger reserve in 2013 and became the fourth tiger reserve as a part of the Project Tiger in Tamil Nadu.
Sathyamangalam Wildlife Sanctuary, Talamalai, Tamil Nadu. +91 97515 94701