Best wildlife destinations of South India

Wildlife in India is very rich and diverse, taking from the northern mammoth mountain ranges, the marshy lands in the east to the South bottom Kanyakumari. It becomes the shelter to many diverse varieties of Wildlife conservation parks and sanctuaries.

However, South India is blessed with amazing natural beauty of the Western and the Eastern Ghats of the mountain ranges. While it also has a huge flora and fauna with a densely populated forest.

The survey done by ISFR shows that the Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Telangana, Tamil Nadu and Kerala with some union territories play an important role in the growth rate of the forest all over the country.

This part of India witnessed varied wildlife animals and the population of elephants in South India is more and varied as compared to other sanctuaries. So here are some must-visit wildlife destinations of South India, where wildlife animals and wildlife are a major attraction. And offers a unique experience.

Bandipur National Park

Bandipur National Park is located in the Gundlupet Taluq of Chamarajanagar district, which lies at a distance about 80 kilometers from the Mysore city.  It is on the route of the major tourist destination Ooty.

Firstly it was entered into the tiger reserve named as “Project Tiger”, whereas, it was officially declared as the national park just one year after in 1974. The total area covered by the park 874.2 Km sq., where the total area of the reserve is about 90 Km sq. .

The Bandipur National Park was established for protecting the wildlife of the Karnataka and this national park is also a part of the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve.

The place can be visited any part of the year but if one should really explore the wildlife, then the best time is between the months of March to October.

Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary

Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary is located in a Wayanad in Kerala. It is stretched up to 344.44 km2 along with the four ranges named as Sulthan Bathery, Muthanga, Tholpetty and Kurichiat.

It is established in the year 1973 and is the second largest wildlife Sanctuary in Kerala and now it has been also included as an integral part of the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve. Additionally, it also included under the Project Elephant in the year 1991-92

The main objective of Wayanad wildlife was to protect some rare and endangered species of both flora and fauna.

Sanctuary area has been covered by the protected area of Nagarhole and Bandipur from the northeast and by Mudumalai from the southeast.

If one wants to explore the real wildlife, then the best time to visit the place is between the months of October to May, when the weather is pleasant.

Silent Valley National Park

Silent Valley National Park is 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 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 Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve.

The total area of the park is about 237.52 Km2, that includes the core area of about 89.52 km sq. and a buffer zone of about 148 km sq. Whereas, the is a home for many valuable reserves of rare plants and herbs.

Though the Silent Valley National Park can be visited any part of the year, except the mansion, but the best time to visit the park is between the months of September to March.

Nagarhole National Park

Kudremukh National Park lies in the Western Ghats of  Karnataka including Dakshina Kannada, Udupi and Chikmagalur.

In the year 1916, the park gets its existence as a Reserved Forest for stopping the extensive agricultural practices from entering into the Ghats. Finally was included in the list of the national park in the year 1987. The total area of the park is about 600.32 km sq.

While the Nagarhole National Park is a home for about 195 species of birds which are Malabar whistling thrush and Malabar trogon, imperial pigeon and the great pied hornbill. Visitors can also witness snakes and tortoise here.

For exploring the actual wildlife of the Nagarhole National Park, the best time to visit the place is between the months of October to May.

B.R. Hills Wildlife Sanctuary

B.R. Hills Wildlife Sanctuary is located in the south-eastern 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 about 539.52 km sq.

Around 800 plant species found on the undulating area of the Western Ghats and the sanctuary is also famous for endemic species of plants along those who possess the medical properties.

The best time to visit the B.R. Hills Wildlife Sanctuary is between the months of November to March, when the climate is very pleasant.


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