More than 25 percent of Indiaâ€™s landmass is covered by thick forests, which are home to a large variety of wildlife found in India. Watching them in the wild roaming free around rather than being captive is an unique experience in itself and these are some of the best forests in India that every nature lover can visit.
1. Jim Corbett National Park, Uttarakhand
The Corbett National Park is the home of some of the largest concentration of tiger populations in the country. It is located at the foothills of the Himalayan range and is a perennial favorite among nature and wildlife lovers for its scenic beauty and vibrant wildlife.
2. Kaziranga National Park, Assam
The Kaziranga national park is the only place in India where you would find the one-horned rhinoceros and is the largest protected wildlife sanctuary in North East India. The park is also home to a substantial population of Elephants, wild buffaloes and a variety of migratory birds making an ideal trip for a wildlife photographer and a nature lover.
3. Forests of the Sundarbans, West Bengal
The Forests of Sundarbans is a wildlife reserve which is the largest population of Royal Bengal Tigers in India. The forests are pretty dense here and one can sail along the river Ganges and enjoy the wildlife on view, ranging from tigers, crocodiles, deer and of course the endemic Gangetic Dolphin.
4. Bandipur National Park, Karnataka
One of the largest protected forest areas in Southern India is home to a large population of elephants and several other endangered species. The best part which makes it popular is that itâ€™s just over 200 kilometers from the city of Bangalore making it a ideal destination for nature lovers.
5. Kanha National Park, Madhya Pradesh
The forest area under this National Park is one of the most well maintained parks in Asia since its inception in 1955. It is home to the highly endangered species of Swamp Deer and has been in attention for the extensive efforts undertaken to conserve them. Another attractive feature out here is the sunset point, Bamni Dadar from which you can catch a 360-degree view of the surroundings around and the wildlife in their natural habitat.
6. Gir National Park, Gujarat
The Gir National Park is the only place in India where one can find Asiatic Lions. The forest area is protected since 1965 and is one of the most well maintained and monitored captivity centers of the Asiatic Lion in the world. Ideal time to visit is between October to June.
7. Periyar National Park, Kerala
The forests of Periyar which make up the Periyar National park is the only place in Southern India that has an artificial lake flowing through it, on which you can boat on and see the wild animals such as Elephants, deerâ€™s and Langurs scattered around the lake. Situated on the Western Ghats it is also an important Tiger reserve.
8. Bandhavgarh National Park, Madhya Pradesh
The forest area in the Umaria District of Madhya Pradesh has been protected and declared a National Park since 1968. It is home to a substantial tiger population and one of the largest National Parks in central India.
9. Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary, Karnataka
The wildlife sanctuary in Dandeli is the second largest protected forest cover in Karnataka and is situated on the banks of the river Kali. Main attractions here include the black panther, elephants and leopards which can be easily spotted here making it a feast for the nature lover.
10. Ranthambore Wildlife Sanctuary, Rajasthan
Royal Bengal tigers are also a main draw for the wildlife sanctuary. The habitable wildlife with the Banas and Chambal river flowing through makes it an ideal ground for both the carnivores and herbivores to survive and prosper. Other major animals include Leopard, Wild Boars and Hyenas.