Named a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Sundarbans National Park is one of the largest tiger reserves in India. With dense mangrove forest, marshy lands and over 400 tigers, this park attracts a great number of naturalists. The real draw to Sundarbans is the Royal Bengal Tiger. Other species include Leopard cats, Flying fox, Fishing cats and Jungle cat, as well as aquatic fauna, like horseshoe crab, sawfish, Gangetic dolphins and electric rays. The park is also a must-visit for bird lovers, as it is home to numerous birds, like openbill storks, black-headed ibis, black-capped kingfisher, pariah kites, herring gulls and white-bellied sea eagles, to name a few.
Best Time to Visit: September-May
Entry Fee: INR 15 for Indian and INR 150 ($2) for foreigners; Additional INR 300 ($5) for camera
Sundarbans National Park, Dayapur, Gosaba, West Bengal, India. +91 090079 95888
Nestled in Gundlupet taluq of Chamarajanagar district of Karnataka, the Bandipur National Park is one of the state’s popular and impressive national parks due to its wide variety of flora and fauna, and scenic natural beauty, which is a treat for your eyes. It is home to endangered species, like Indian elephants, sloth bears, tiger, gaurs, jackals and Indian-rock python, along with more than 200 bird species, including peafowl, grey junglefowl, drongos and crows. With several types of biomes, mainly dry deciduous forest, this park is a perfect spot for various flora and fauna to survive and thrive.
Best Time to Visit: July; September-November
Entry Fee: INR 300 for Indian; INr 1,500 ($23) for foreigners (Inclusive of Safari)
Owing to its grassy meadows, bamboo forest and diverse, rich flora and fauna, the Kanha National Park is the most vivid and popular national park in India. Testament to its popularity is that the forest described in The Jungle Book, a famous novel by Rudyard Kipling is based on the jungles of this park. Best known for its tiger, barasingha (Swamp Deer), Indian leopards, Indian wild dog, 300 species of birds and over 1,000 species of flowering plants.
Best Time to Visit: mid-October to June
Entry Fee: INR 1530 for Indians; INR 3060 ($47) for foreigners
Kanha National Park, Madhya Pradesh, India. +91 076422 50760