Tiger – the national animal of India — is also (sadly) very close to its extinction. Well, that makes preserving and caring for them more urgent and mandatory. Thank God, we have taken all the necessary steps for this. And today India prides in having around 2200 tigers in its boundaries. We know the numbers are still worrisome, but they’ll surely increase soon as these tigers are well cared for in their reserves. Are you curious to know how? Well, then why don’t you plan a trip to one of the tiger reserves of the country? We don’t have to emphasise on the fact that there are many of them in India! And we all know that a wildlife expedition can be one of the most exclusive experiences of your life. So, may we suggest a road trip to the tiger reserves of the country?
Essential pointers to remember when travelling to the tiger reserves
The experience of road trips in India becomes even more fantastic if you are mindful about certain factors.
- Best time to visit the tiger reserves — The best time to visit any tiger reserve of the country is from March to October. The winter months make it hard to spot the tigers.
- Other things to do in these reserves — Apart from spotting the tigers, you can indulge in other things to do at these places too — like:
- Visiting the temples
Plan an ideal road trip to the tiger reserve parks in India
- Jim Corbett National Park
- Sunderban Tiger Reserve
- Sariska Tiger Reserve
- Periyar Tiger Reserve
- Bandipur National Park
- Nagarhole National Park
- Pench National Park
- Anamalai Tiger Reserve
- Ranthambore National Park
- Tadoba National Park
The tiger reserve parks in India are certainly the most favourite destinations for the national and international tourists. And if you are wondering about how many tiger reserves exist in India, then you’ll be surprised to know that there are actually 51 of them. But let’s talk about the most celebrated ones today!
1. Jim Corbett National Park
The biggest tiger reserve of India – Jim Corbett National Park is the most important sanctuary for them in the country. The wildlife safari organised at this national park lets you view all of these tigers in their natural surroundings. But apart from the Bengal Tigers, you also get to view the crocodiles, deer, bear, and 33 species of reptiles. So, you’ll definitely get to view plenty of flora and fauna when you visit this park. However, remember to inquire in detail about the entry fee and other charges plus the timings before you head to this park.
- Entry fees – 200 INR
- Timings — 6:30 am – 6:00 pm
2. Sunderban Tiger Reserve
One of the most exceptional and prominent tiger reserve is the Sunderban Tiger Reserve located in West Bengal. Home to the royal Bengal tigers, this reserve also includes lots of other endangered animal species as well. The location of the tiger reserve is such that you’ll see creeks of three major rivers of the country meandering across the land which leads to the presence of lots of birds here. So, apart from spotting the tiger, you’ll get to view some rare species of birds as well.
- Entry fees — 15 INR
- Timings — 7:00 am – 5:00 pm
3. Sariska Tiger Reserve
If you are taking a self-drive car rental from Delhi, you’ll reach Sariska Tiger Reserve after driving for about 200 kilometres. A great sanctuary and national park to spot the Bengal tigers, Indian leopards, and crocodiles easily, you even get to view some of the most magnificent flora and sceneries in this reserve too. After viewing the rare species of animals and birds like Egyptian vultures and eagles, you should also visit the ruins from the 10th century — Garh-Rajor.
- Entry fees — 20 INR
- Timings — 7:00 am – 4:00 pm
4. Periyar Tiger Reserve
One of the most astounding holiday destinations of Kerala, the Periyar Tiger Reserve lets you view some of the most astounding offerings of nature. The forest area of this reserve is famous for its luscious greenery and artificial lake. But yes, you should plan a jungle safari to view the tigers residing here apart from the wild boar, elephants, and langur.
- Entry fees — 150 INR
- Timings — 7:30 am – 5:00 pm
5. Bandipur National Park
One of the famous nearby places to visit from Bangalore, the Bandipur National Park of Karnataka, is known as the best maintained sanctuary in the country. This spacious national park is also the largest habitat of rare wild animals like the Indian rock pythons, sloth bears, Indian elephants, and tigers. What’s more! If you want to camp in the national park itself, you’ll find lots of camping options and tents in the vicinity for your convenience.
- Entry fees — 300 INR
- Timings — 6:30 am — 8 :30 pm and 3:30 pm — 5:30 pm
6. Nagarhole National Park
With your safe and sanitized car on rent in Karnataka, you’ll reach the Nagarhole National Park or the Rajiv Gandhi National Park easily. This majestic park actually is quite a pleasant retreat as you get to see around 48 royal tigers roaming freely here. And that’s not all. There are even mammals and birds habituating here like leopard, dhole, and wild dog, etc. Not to mention the charming streams and lush, rich flora of this park.
7. Pench National Park
If you are a true nature admirer and wildlife lover, then you should definitely visit the Pench National Park in Maharashtra. This exclusive national park just near the Pench River boasts of a lavish number of birds and animals and around 25 tigers presently. Apart from viewing all these, you can also enjoy nature walks and sightseeing.
8. Anamalai Tiger Reserve
Located in Tamil Nadu, the Anamalai Tiger Reserve is one of the most prominent ones in South India. You get to spot quite a few tigers in this sanctuary no doubt. But apart from these, there are around 2,000 species of plants and a large number of reptiles and mammals like giant elephants, cobra, pythons and more in this park. The Valparai Waterfalls just around the tiger reserve makes the ambiance even more pleasant and inviting.
9. Ranthambore National Park
10. Tadoba National Park
These tiger reserves are certainly helping a lot in protecting our endangered national animal. But if you want to know about some more, then visit the Rajaji Tiger Reserve in Uttarakhand, Indravati Tiger Reserve in Chhattisgarh, and Manas National Park in Assam, in Maharashtra. Remember, you’ll require good transportation to commute to these sanctuaries and the best option for the same is a car rental from Revv!