India is home to a vibrant and diverse range of wildlife, from the northern mountain ranges to the marshy lands of the east, to the bushes in the south, and wildlife-rich western ghats and the desert area of western India, wherever we see we may find the beauty of the wildlife around.
If we talk about South India, It has an amazing natural attraction, and it also offers highly dense forests and a vast variety of flora and fauna.
This part is one of the best travel destinations in India witnessed a variety of wildlife and a decent population of elephants as compared to other parts of India. So here are some of the must-visit wildlife destinations of South India, where wildlife is a significant attraction and also offers a unique experience.
Bandipur National Park
Bandipur National Park, located in the Gundlupet Taluq of Chamarajanagar district, which lies at a distance about 80 kilometers from the Mysore city.
Later, It included under project tiger in 1973, and later in the year 1974, the reserve was officially declared as the Bandipur National Park. The total area covered by the park is about 874.2 Sq. Km., where the entire area of the reserve is about 90 Sq Km
The Bandipur National Park was established for protecting the wildlife of the Karnataka; this national park is through a part of the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve.
Visitors can visit the Bandipur National Park throughout the year, but to explore the real wildlife, the best time to visit is between March and October.
Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary
Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary is the second largest wildlife sanctuary, located in a Wayanad in Kerala. Stretched across the four ranges named as Sulthan Bathery, Muthanga, Tholpetty and Kurichiat, the sanctuary is spread across 344.44 Sq Km.
This wildlife sanctuary established in 1973, to protect rare and endangered species and give a home to some of the rare bird species.
The Sanctuary is an integral part of Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve. In the year 1991-92 the Wayanad Wildlife sanctuary was added under the “Project Elephant” to conserve the elephant population in Kerala. Nagarhole and Bandipur National Park surround Wayanad Sanctuary in the north and Madhumalai in the southeasterly direction.
The best time to visit the sanctuary is between October to May; Weather is pleasant during this time of the year.
Silent Valley National Park
The Silent Valley National Park, located in the Palakkad, Kerala that lies in the Nilgiri hills and the region is known as the Sairandhrivanam. It was officially declared as the national park in the year 1984, with the aim is to conserve its unique and diverse wildlife and bird species. Moreover, in the year 1986, the Silent Valley was included in the core area under the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve.
The total area of the park is about 237.52 Sq.Km. Silent Valley National Park Includes the core area of approximately 89.52 Sq.Km. And a buffer zone of about 148 Sq.Km.
Though the Silent Valley National Park can visit at any time of the year, the best time to visit the park is between September to March.
B.R. Hills Wildlife Sanctuary
B.R. Hills Wildlife Sanctuary is located in the southeastern Karnataka and touches its border with Tamil Nadu in South India. It is the home of many rare and endangered Indian Wildlife Species.
It was established in the year 1974 and is a protected reserve under the Wildlife Protection Act 1972. The total area of the reserve is about 322.4 Sq. Km that was later extended to its present area of approximately 539.52 Sq.Km. Around 800 plant species found in the undulating field of the Western Ghats and the sanctuary is also famous for endemic species of plants along those who possess the medicinal properties.
The B.R. Hills Wildlife Sanctuary can be visited in the middle of November and March when the climate remains pleasant to explore the wildlife.
Nagarhole National Park
Nagarhole National Park is one of the most visited parks of South India, located in Kodagu district of Karnataka. It is also known as Rajiv Gandhi National Park. Established in the year 1988 and spread in an area of 642 Sq Km, The parks main attraction is Royal Bengal Tiger and India Leopards.
The park is also home to a variety of other wild animals, birds, reptiles, and insects. The ideal time to visit the Nagarhole National Park is between October to March when the climate is pleasant. However, if you are explicitly looking to spot Big Cats, then the ideal time is summer’s when these big cats come near water bodies in search of water and food.