The richness and diversity of the wildlife present in the numerous Wildlife conservation parks and sanctuaries of the towering Western Ghats of India attract tourists globally. Explorers looking for some fun can explore the woodlands of Bandipur, Nagarhole, Mudumalai, and Satyamangalam to find the exquisite range of untamed animals in their natural habitat.
Bandipur- Bandipur National Park is a highly acclaimed Tiger Reserve located on the Mysore-Ooty highway in Karnataka. This sprawling park is a premier biosphere reserve, which collectively with Mudumalai, Wayanad and Nagarhole Parks form an alluring landscape, complete with greenery. The Himapad Gopalaswamy temple at the highest point of the hill offers a spectacular view of the Nilgiris. Sightings of large herds of Asian elephants is a common feature of the trail in Bandipur.Bangalore to Mysore cabs covers a distance of 150 km in about 3.5 hours to reach Mysore. From Mysore, tourists need to travel around 73 km in one and half hours to reach Bandipur. Try the jeep or bus safari to experience the thrill of sighting the most endangered animals at such close proximity.
Nagarhole- The Nagarhole National Park is spread over the Kodagu and Mysore district of Karnataka. Created under the Project Tiger, this park has been declared as the UNESCO world heritage site due to its rich forest cover surrounded by picturesque hills, waterfalls, lakes, perennial streams and luxuriant variety flora and fauna. The best time to visit Nagarhole is between October -May as spotting of birds and animals become easy at this time. Reptiles and aquatic life can be seen during a boat ride on the Kabini River, while a slow ride on the Coracle (round-boat) can be great fun for spotting the land animals.
Mudumalai National Park- The Mudumalai National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary are situated in the Nilgiri district in Tamil Nadu. Strategically located as a wildlife corridor, it shares its boundary with Karnataka and Kerala. Cabs from Bangalore to Ooty are available for tourists to travel in the most hassle-free way. From Ooty, it takes only 1 hour 25 minutes to reach Mudumalai Park. This sanctuary is divided into five ranges – Masinagudi, Thepakadu, Mudumalai, Kargudi, and Nellakota. The trail through this forest is filled with a high diversity of animals that include the Indian elephant, Bengal Tiger, Gaur and Indian Leopard. The Elephant feeding camp is a major attraction here. Climb up the Chief Minister’s watch tower to catch the view of Kargudi and Ombetta Lake. Wildlife photography, bird watching, tree house camping, village tour of tribal communities within the Mudumalai are some of the engaging activities that can be done during your stay in this wildlife tourism hotspot.Sathyamangalam- Sathyamangalam is situated on the scenic foothills of the Western Ghats at the confluence of Eastern and the Western Ghats in Tamil Nadu. This expansive wildlife sanctuary is a Tiger Reserve where the coexistence of numerous tribal settlements, vulture population with the carnivorous beast can be seen. The best time to visit this sanctuary is from October to January. Your journey here is punctuated with evergreen forests, waterfalls, tea plantations and dense mists that enriches your experience and satiates your hunger for wildlife adventure.
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