Sundarban Tiger Reserve,Sundarban National Park,Ganges River Dolphin, Saltwater Crocodile, Estuary

Sundarban Tiger Reserve is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Sundarbans National Park, the largest estuary mangrove forest in the world, in West Bengal, India.

A Royal Bengal tiger inside the Sundarban Tiger ReserveA Royal Bengal tiger inside the Sundarban Tiger Reserve / Sundarban National Park.

Sundarban Tiger Reserve is situated on the Sundarbans, part of the Ganges Delta, which is famous for its mangrove forests. Sundarbans is home to a large species of birds, invertebrate species and reptiles, including the salt water crocodiles.

Sundarbans National Park is the core area of Sundarban Tiger Reserve which is home to around 400 Royal Bengal tigers. This National park is also a wildlife sanctuary. Some of the Vulnerable and Endangered species inside the Wildlife sanctuary includes Ganges River dolphin, Olive Ridley Sea Turtle, Royal Bengal Tiger, Saltwater Crocodile, and Mangrove Horseshoe Crab.

Hawksbill sea turtleHawksbill sea turtle

Hawksbill sea turtle and river terrapin are two a critically endangered species inside the National park.

There are 54 islands inside the Sundarbans National Park. Seven main rivers including River Ganges, flows through this estuary. The water level at some places goes up to 500 meters.

Sundari Trees is the name of the Mangrove variant found in the Sundarbans National Park. Boat safari tickets are available with the West Bengal Tourism Development Corporation counter inside the park.

How Do I Go to Sundarban Tiger Reserve inside the Sundarban National Park?

Sundarban Tiger Reserve is connected to the kolkata – Basanti Highway. The main entrance to the Tiger reserve is at a distance of around 29 kilometers from Canning Railway station, the nearest railway station. The nearest airport to the Wildlife sanctuary; Netaji Subash Chandra Bose Airport alias Dum Dum Airport at Kolkata; is at around 140 kilometers distance from the Sundarban wildlife sanctuary and Tiger Reserve cum national park.

Pench National Park and Pench Tiger Reserve – The setting for Jungle Book

Pench National Park is a situated in Chhindwara & Seoni districts of Madhya Pradesh, India.

A Tigress in Pench National ParkA Tigress in Pench National Park

The National park got its name from the Pench River , which flows through the middle of the park. In 1977 , the area was declared as a sanctuary. In 1983. it was declared as a National Park. In 1992, it became Pench tiger reserve under project Tiger, to save India’s National Animal, Royal Bengal Tigers. Thousands of spotted deer are found here in this Park.

The setting for “The Jungle Book” movie was this National Park. River rafting is a major sports activity in the park. Spread over an area of 758 square kilometers in the southern reaches of the Satpura Ranges, the park is rich in flora and fauna. There are 40 royal Bengal tigers in this park alone. 210 Bird species are found here. 39 mammals species, 13 reptiles species and 3 amphibians species are found here.

Jungle Safari is famous here. Sitaghat, a spot on the banks of River Pench offers you excellent view of rocks & artistic looking trees, which is to be seen in the morning or evening. Bodhanala range inside the National park is famous for Bird watching. Watch tower at Raiyakassa gives a good view of beautiful Pench river.

How Do I Go To Pench National Park?

Pench Turiya gate near Khawasa Border on NH 8 is the main try point to Pench National Park. Distance from Nagpur railway station to Pench Turiya gate is approximately 110 kilometers. Jabalpur is 200 kilometers away. Kanha National Park, Tadoba National Park and Satpura National Park are at 190, 300 and 340 kilometers distance respectively. Karmajhiri Gate is another entry gate to the National Park.

Nagpur airport is the nearest airport at 110 kilometers away. Jabalpur also has an airport at 200 kilometers away. The nearest railway stations are also at Nagar and Jabalpur receptively.

What are the Timings of Pench National Park?

November to May is the ideal season to visit the Park. During July to September. the park is closed. The park Gates are opened at 6 am and closed by 10:30 am and in the afternoon it again opens at 3 pm and closes by 6 pm.

Hotels Near Pench National Park

There are many hotels and resorts near the Pench Turiya Gate. Night stay is allowed to watch the beasts of the Jungle.

Jeep Safari in Buxa Tiger Reserve & Trekking Inside Buxa National Park

Buxa Tiger Reserve is a ‘Project tiger’ reserve inside the Buxa National Park at Alipurduar district of West Bengal state in India along the international border with Bhutan.

Buxa Tiger Reserve
Buxa Tiger Reserve

Tiger, Elephant, Indian Boar, Gaur (Indian bison), Civet, Red jungle fowl, etc, are found in large numbers at Buxa National Park, spread over an area of 760 square kilometers.

Jungle safari is available in this Tiger park. Jeep Safari and Car Safari is allowed inside the Buxa National Park. You need to get permission from the Forest Office situated at Rajabhatkhawa or Jayanti. Trekking of 3.9 kilometers is allowed inside the Tiger reserve and National Park from Santhalbari. Trekking tour takes around one hour and fifteen minutes. There is another trekking tour route covering 13 kilometers to Jayanti via Mahakal Cave through dense forests. There are few other trekking tour routes also. The most popular trekking tour route is ‘Pagsamkha Path Trekking‘ from Buxa Fort to Raimatung, via Aadma.

The Buxa Tiger Reserve and National park is rich in flora and Fauna. Birds species numbering around 284 are found here. 76 Snake species, 5 amphibians species, 73 mammal species, 450 species of trees, 400 species of herbs, 100 species of grass ,150 species of orchids, 130 species of aquatic flora and 250 species of shrubs are found in Buxa National Park and Tiger reserve.

Buxa Fort is associated with the Indian freedom struggle. Mahakaleshwar Jyotirlinga temple is situated inside the Buxa Tiger Reserve.

Endangered Species in Buxa Tiger Reserve

Indian tiger (Bengal Tiger), Bengal florican, Asian elephant, leopard cat, regal python, Chinese pangolin, hispid hare, Hog deer, lesser adjutant (Leptoptilos javanicus), chestnut breasted partridge (Arborophila mandellii), great hornbill, white rumped vulture (Gyps bengalensis), slender billed vulture (Gyps tenuirostris), rufous necked hornbill (Aceros nipalensis), Ferruginous pochard (Aythya nyroca), etc, are some the Endangered species found in Buxa Tiger Reserve.

How Do I Go to Buxa Tiger Reserve or Buxa National Park ?

Alipurduar is the nearest town to Buxa National Park at around 35 kilometers away. NH 31 is at a distance of 25 kilometers distance from the Tiger reserve. Alipur duar town and Rajabhatkhawa town are at 20 kilometers away. Nearest Airport is at the one at Bagdogra, at around 195 kilometers away.

Nearest Railway Station is Alipurduar Junction alias New Alipurduar at 37 kilometers away. NH 31 C runs along the southern boundary of the Tiger reserve.

Is Accommodation Available Inside Buxa Tiger Reserve?

There are many hotels and resorts at Alīpur Duar near Buxa Tiger Reserve. Buxa Tiger Reserve has forest department’s Inspection Bungalows, which sometimes allows visitors to stay there. They are not interested in Tourism activities, as it harms the beasts of the Jungle.

Bandhavgarh National Park

Bandhavgarh National Park is located in Umaria district of Madhya Pradesh. Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve is a “Project tiger’ reserve to save Bangal tigers. Maximum number of Bangal Tigers are there in this Tiger reserve.

Bandhavgarh National Park
A Tiger inside Bandhavgarh National Park

Bandhavgarh National Park and Tiger reserve has an area of area of 105 square kilometers. The buffer zone of the national park is spread over an area of 820 square kilometers. Bandhavgarh means Brother’s Fort. The name is derived from the great epic of Ramanaya. The hillock named Bandhavgarh was given by Lord Rama to his brother Lakshmana, to keep a watch on Sri Lanka , where Lord Rama’s consort Goddess Sita was abducted and kept.

The Park is rich in Flora and Fauna. This park is home to white tigers. The first White Tiger, Mohan, was captured by Maharaja Martand Singh in 1951 from this area, There is a white tiger safari, the only one of its kind in the world, at this national park. Elephant Safari is also there in the park. Leopards and various species of deer are seen in large numbers.

Bandhavgarh fort is a very ancient fort inside the park, believed to be 2000 years old. There are 39 caves inside the Bandhavgarh fort. Oldest cave belong to the first century. The largest cave with several pillars and none small rooms is dated back to 10th century. There are embossed figures and inscriptions on the caves.

The second most photographed tigress, Sita which appeared on the covers of National Geographic, is in Bandhavgarh tiger reserve. Charger, who has the habit of charging at elephants (and tourists also; but did not harm) is also seen in Bandhavgarh tiger reserve. There are 22 Tigers in the 105 square kilometers core area of Bandhavgarh tiger reserve . Unlike other parks, you have a better chance to see a Tiger at Bandhavgarh Tiger reserve.

How Do I Go to Bandhavgarh National Park?

Umaria at 35 kilometers distance and Katni at 100 kilometers distance are the nearest railway stations to Bandhavgarh national park India. Jabalpur city is has the nearest airport to the National park. at 200 kilometers away. Khajuraho temples are at 250 kilometers away.

Is There Any Hotels Around Bandhavgarh National Park?

There are many high-end and Luxury resorts along with standard resorts near the National park. Some of the resorts provides luxury safari. Some of the Bandhavgarh hotels provides safari trips to the tourists.

Kalakkad Mundanthurai Tiger Reserve

Kalakad Mundanthurai Tiger Reserve is a Tiger reserve in Kanyakumari & Tirunelveli Districts of Tamilnadu, India. Kalakad Wildlife Sanctuary and Mundanthurai Wildlife Sanctuary were combined to form Kalakad Mundanthurai Tiger reserve in 1988. Agasthiyamalai, the core area of the Tiger reserve, has been proposed as a national park.

Kalakad Mundanthurai Tiger Reserve to save Bengal Tigers
Kalakad Mundanthurai Tiger Reserve is a ‘Project Tiger Reserve’ to save Bengal Tigers.

Kalakkad Mundanthurai Tiger Reserve is rich in flora and fauna. 14 rivers and streams originate from these areas. Catchment areas of seven major dams are fed by the forests of this Tiger reserve. Agasthiyamalai forests of Kalakkad Mundanthurai Tiger Reserves is considered as one of the five centers of biodiversity in India. Around 150 endemic plant species are found here. 273 bird species, 81 reptile species and 77 mammal species are also there in this Tiger Reserve. Kalakad Mundanthurai tiger reserve office is at Papanasam. PIN code of Papanasam is 627551.

Sengaltheri forest, near Kalakkad village in Tirunelveli district is famous for its natural beauty. Sengaltheri forest is part of the Kalakkad Wildlife sanctuary and is gaining popularity among trekking community. You need to get permission from the forest office check post at Kalakkad, by buying the entry tickets from there. This Tiger reserve is the second largest protected area in the state of Tamil Nadu after Sathyamangalam Wildlife Sanctuary.

How Do I Go to Kalakad Mundanthurai Tiger Reserve?

Kalakad Mundanthurai tiger reserve is at a distance of 45 kilometers west of Tirunelveli Town. Tirunelveli Railway station is the nearest major railway station.

Thoothukudi airport (or Tuticorin airport) is the nearest airport to the Tiger reserve. Madurai airport is a nearby comparatively major airport. Thiruvananthapuram and Chennai are the nearest major International airports to Kalakad Mundanthurai tiger reserve, which are well connected to the rest of the world.