Top 10 National Parks in India

From diverse flora and fauna to exotic wildlife, India boasts of a charming landscape for any nature lover.

If you love exotic wildlife, transcending natural beauty and tranquillity then add these top 10 National Parks to your bucket list.

10.Ranthambore National Park, Rajasthan

Dotted with several lakes and rivers, the Ranthambore National Park lies at the junction of Aravali and Vindhyas in the state of Rajasthan. The undulating landscape dramatically changes from gentle to steep slopes. The dry, deciduous forest is not only home to tigers, but also a variety of birds and animals like langur (monkey), leopard, caracal, hyena, jackal, jungle cat, marsh crocodiles, wild boar and bears.

9. Jim Corbett National Park, Uttarakhand

Famous as the oldest national park in India, it was established in 1936 in Uttarakhand as Hailey National Park to protect the endangered Bengal tiger. Interspersed with hilly ridges and vast grasslands, Jim Corbett National Park is a paradise for wildlife enthusiasts.

8. Bandhavgarh National Park, Madhya Pradesh

If sighting a tiger is at the top of your list, then look no further. Known for its spectacular landscape enriched with green valleys and rocky hill terrain, this park in Madhya Pradesh houses a wide array of wildlife like sloth bears, deer, leopards, jackals and birds.

7. Periyar National Park, Kerala

Set in the heart of God’s own country, Kerala, this park is a popular Indian destination among tourists. Situated in the lap of Western Ghats, it paints a beautiful picture with its picturesque lakes that are also a source of water for the local wildlife tour. Apart from elephants, other animals like gaur, wild pigs, sambar, barking and mouse deer can be spotted here.

6. Kaziranga National Park, Assam

An ideal habitat for the one-horned rhinoceros, this park is located on the banks of the mighty Brahmaputra River in Assam. This World Heritage Site is also a paradise for bird watchers as migratory birds in large numbers make their way to this place during winters.

5. Sunderbans National Park, West Bengal

Unlike other national parks where tourists travel to the heart of wilderness by jeeps, here boats glide through creeks and rivulets, bordered with mangrove forests. Sunderbans, world’s largest estuarine forest and delta is situated on the lower end of Gangetic West Bengal. If you want to experience the essence of spirituality then this is the place to be.

4. Kanha National Park, Madhya Pradesh

Rudyard Kipling’s most notable work, The Jungle Book, drew inspiration from its grassy meadows, ravines and bamboo forests. Located in Madhya Pradesh, this park is a popular tiger reserve adorned with captivating flora and fauna.

3. Mudumalai National Park, Tamil Nadu

Mudumalai with its splendid location in the foothills of Nilgiri hills in Tamil Nadu paints a beautiful scenery. The thin, spindly trees sprawling the park conceal spotted chital deer and wild grunting boar.

2. Gir National Park

Abode of the handsome Asiatic lions, this wildlife haven is located in Gujarat. The thick and undistributed forests make it a perfect sanctuary for wild animals like spotted deer, sambar, nilgai and antelope.

1. Keoladeo National Park

Home to over 230 species of birds, it is famously known as Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary. What was once a venue for the annual duck shoots held in the honour of British viceroys, is now an ornithologist’s paradise.

Now that you have a fair idea of the 10 most dazzling national parks gracing India, pack your bags and set out for an adventurous rendezvous with nature.

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  1. SANDEEP BABBAR

    I want to go some hill station in with my family which is arround some 6 to 7 hrs journey. please suggest if you have some best option

  2. Hello there! I could have sworn I’ve been to this blog before but after reading through some of the
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  3. Aakash

    I have seen Keoladeo Bird Park. It is very good. The best way to explore it is on a rented cycle which is available inside the park. Now, up on my wish list is Ranthabore. I have grown up watching the tale of Machli the tigress on Nat Geo.

  4. Pooja Raman

    Hi. Can anyone tell me what is the best time to visit Sundarbans? Though I am eager to check it out, I have heard some very sinister tales about it and even stories of prowling tigers and crocodiles.

    • Pratyush Jain

      Hey Pooja.

      Those scary tales are true but the tourists don’t get stalked since they are not allowed to explore the prohibited areas. Most of the exploration is done on boats. So, you will be safe from the croc’s jaws unless you decide to go for a swim. The best time to visit Sundarbans will be between November and April. Just stay clear of this deltaic region during the monsoons and you will survive.

  5. sudha rungta

    A delightfully good article. It makes me yearn for all these places. It’s an irony we crave for African and Amazonian forests when our own wildlife is so rich in fauna. I am yet to get a taste of my maiden wildlife trip. Of these, I would prefer Sundarbans any day. It has a mystery which no other sanctuary can rival.

  6. Deepti

    I have already been to Corbett and Ranthambhore. Next on my list are Kaziranga and Sundarbans. I pledge to uncover both the day I travel east. Good juicy article by the way.

  7. divya nivetia

    What a yummy post! I love nature and natural places. Alas, I am yet to open my account of wildlife trips. If I could go to one of the above-listed parks, I would choose Bandhavgarh. Heard that tiger density is very high there.

  8. Abhilash

    I have been to quite a few national parks over the past decade. I must confess that the experience you get in Sundarbans is unique, even outlandish. To be fair, I didn’t get to see any of those mighty and much-talked about Bengal Tigers. Don’t go with the expectation of seeing a tiger. The forest is deep, dense and you’ll mostly be on a boat. But the fear factor is there. So are the snakes and crocs.

  9. Ritesh Agarwal

    Good to see Keoladeo in the top rung there. This is the only wildlife park i have ever visited and had a good time even though i was short on time….