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Top places to spot the Royal Bengal tiger

If you are interested in meeting the national animal of India- The Mighty Royal Bengal Tiger then these wildlife tourist destinations are a must-visit.

The dream of any Wildlife enthusiast is to witness the majestic Royal Bengal tiger in its habitat once in a lifetime. It is often said that once you meet the thrilling Bengal tiger you will never think of any other animal on earth. However, to catch a glimpse of this beautiful big cat is a rare and exhilarating experience. Here is the list of top reserves and national parks in India where you can try your luck to sight the Royal Bengal tiger in the wild

Sundarbans– Located in the delta region of the Bay of Bengal, is one of the world’s most enchanting and biodiverse regions. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is famous for its unique mangrove forests and diverse wildlife. It’s called the home to an incredible variety of animals, including the largest population of Royal Bengal Tigers in the world. It is 110 km from Kolkata and Boat safaris and guided tours take tourists deep into the forest to spot elusive creatures like the Royal Bengal Tiger

Periyar Tiger Reserve: Situated in southern India, the Periyar Tiger Reserve lies on the border between Tamil Nadu and Kerala’s Thekkady region. It is a haven safeguarding both tigers and elephants. Known as the most extensive tiger reserve (777 sq km) it houses around 35 Bengal tigers roam freely in their natural habitat, accompanied by a diverse array of animals unique to this part of the country. Boating tours and guided trekking trails are the options to explore the reserve.

Bandipur Tiger Reserve– Nestled in Karnataka’s Chamarajanagar district, Bandipur Tiger Reserve embraces the second-largest tiger population in India. Spread around 870 sq. km, it is one of the premier and oldest Tiger reserves in the country. For tiger spotting it is suitable for the adventurous to use facilities of bus, elephant and jeep safaris provided by the park. The nearest city is Bengaluru which is 220km away.

Nagarjunsagar-Srisailam Tiger Reserve: This is the largest tiger reserve that sprawls across an expansive 3,728 square km encompassing five districts namely Nalgonda, Mahbubnagar, Kurnool, Prakasam and Guntur. situated in the scenic Nallamalai Hills this reserve is renowned for its rich wildlife, sacred sites, and natural watering holes. Along with Bengal Tigers, visitors can spot sloth bears and Indian leopards that roam this wild expanse. Nearest cities are Kurnool Hyderabad and Guntur. Boating tours and official jungle safaris are available.

Witnessing the Royal Bengal tiger in its natural habitat is a dream come true for wildlife enthusiasts. These top reserves and national parks in India offer unique opportunities to experience the thrill of spotting this majestic creature.


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