South India is home to a wide range of biodiversity and also has diverse landscapes all over. With this, here’s taking a look at 15 National Parks that you must visit in South India.
1. Bandipur National Park, Karnataka
Located in district of Chamarajanagar in Karnataka, This national park has an excellent variety of flora and fauna, and it also happens to be one of the few reserves where you could try the elephant safari in India. The backwaters of the Kabini Reservoir in the park is home to a flock of large mammals. The diverse habitats consisting of open dry deciduous forests, scrub forest and tropical mixed deciduous forests support an enormous diversity of animal life.
Best time to visit: October till March.
2. Guindy National Park, Tamil Nadu
Guindy is a popular tourist attraction for all nature and wildlife enthusiasts. The park was given the status of a national park in 1978. It stretches over an area of 2.70 square kilometers and various species of flora and fauna can be found here. Blackbuck, spotted deer, chital are among the best wildlife attractions.
Best time to visit: Any time of the year.
3. Bannerghatta National Park, Karnataka
It is one of the most famous tourist spots in India. The man-made Park hosts several endangered species of flora and fauna. The stunning National Park is a heaven for wildlife enthusiasts and nature lovers. This park is established in 1974 and it is famous for Bengal Tiger, Leopard, White tiger, Bears, jackels, Wild Dog.
Best time to visit: September to January
4. Viralimalai National Park, Tamil Nadu
This is the best place to watch peacocks in their natural habitat. There are varieties of peacocks in different colors and species that roam freely in the park. This sanctuary is supposedly the home ground for six species of peacocks. The number is now 500 and all the birds are scattered over the district of Pudukkottai.
Best time to visit: October to April
5. Nagarhole National Park, Karnataka
Nagarhole National Park is a popular tiger and elephant reserve of India and it is located in Karnataka. Popularly referred to as Rajiv Gandhi National Park, this was given the designation of National Park in the year 1988. The park now hosts more than 270 species of birds. This national park is about to be included in the UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
Best time to visit: November to February
6. Kudremukh National Park, Karnataka
As you start exploring the Kudremukh National Park you will come across varieties of flora and fauna. Covered with evergreen forests in the coastal plains and grassland in the elevated areas plantations of eucalyptus, casuarinas, acacia auriculiformis and Grevillea robusta are found here. Tea and coffee plantations are also found here.
Best time to visit: December to February
7. Mukurthi National Park, Tamil Nadu
Mukurthi National Park, in Tamil Nadu, is a popular tourist attraction for all the wildlife lovers and nature enthusiasts. The park, which was given the status of National Park in 1990, stretches for over 80 km and various species of endangered flora and fauna can be found here.
Best time to visit: February to May
8. Mrigavani National Park, Telangana
The Mrigavani National Park has different species of animals and birds with some animals like jackal, sambar, forest cat, cheetal, black napped hare, porcupines, wild boar, mongoose and spotted deer and reptiles like monitor lizard, Russell’s viper, partridges, pythons, cobra and rat snakes.
Best time to visit: October to May
9. Shamirpet Deer Park, Telangana
Originally called as Jawahar Deer Park, this is one of the most popular wildlife parks in India. It is obvious that it is a park for deer protection as their population is drastically going down. It is spread over an area of 80 acres allocated to deers and other animals.
Best time to visit: October to March
10. Indira Gandhi Zoological Park, Andhra Pradesh
The extremely dense vegetation of this place provides a safe refuge to the various species of wildlife in the wildlife parks of the state of Andhra Pradesh. Some of the animals which can be found in the different wildlife parks of the state are Tiger, Wild Boar, Panther, Fox, Gaur, Jackal Muntjack, Wild Dog, Sloth Bear and Spotted Dee
Best time to visit: December to April
11. Sri Venkateswara National Park, Andhra Pradesh
Sri Venkateswara National Park is also known as the “small zoo” that provides shelter to various animals, birds and reptiles. With the total coverage of 506 sq km, the national park also boasts for its rich flora.
Out of the total area, the national park covers an area of 353.62 sq km collectively from two districts of Andhra Pradesh, namely Chittoor and Cuddapah. The park hosts 168 mammals, 349 birds, and 138 reptiles
Best time to visit: June to March
12. Mahaveer Harina Vanathali National Park, Telangana
Mahaveer Harina Vanathali National Park was a private hunting ground for the former rulers of Hyderabad and the ‘deer park’ is to preserve the heritage and make a rehabilitation center for the animals. The national park is now an important tourist destination where the tourists can see various animals and birds.
Best time to visit: Throughout the year
13. Nehru Zoological Park, Telangana
One of Asia’s largest zoological parks, the Nehru Zoological Park in Hyderabad offers a natural habitat to the animals in the park and the zoological park has the Mir Alam Tank in the premise. The tank is a major attraction for some of the rare species of birds like pelicans, peacock, dove, love birds, parakeets, pied horn bills, grey horn bills and manias.
Best time to visit: Throughout the year
14. Silent Valley National Park, Kerala
Silent Valley is one of the significant national parks in Kerala. The national park hosts various wild animals and you will surely have a wonderful time in this land of beautiful colorful butterflies. The butterflies are the main attraction in this national park.
Best time to visit: September to March
15. Eravikulam National Park, Kerala
Eravikulam National Park was established for the conservation of the endangered Nilgiri Tahr and the park hosts the most number of Nilgiri Tahr in the world. The wildlife sanctuary houses many other animals like Gaurs, Elephants, Langur, Leopard, Tiger, and Lion-tailed Macaque.
Best time to visit: September to February