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Almost all the tourists traveling to India visit the popular destinations. Especially if it is the first visit to this country, they prefer to stay in North India and visit the Jim Corbett National Park, Ranthambore National Park, Bandhavgarh National Park and Kaziranga National Park. Few travelers venture to stretch their route further south, or to discard other more famous northern cities to see this very different part of India. And it is that the South India is another India.

Karnataka is a state which has a rich diversity of flora and fauna. It is a state with lush greenery and thick jungles with plenty of water resources. 25% of Indian elephants, 15% of Indian Tigers reside in Karnataka. The state of Karnataka is blessed with over 5 national parks, 18 wildlife sanctuaries and 9 Bird sanctuaries.

National parks are strictly reserved for the conservation of wildlife and biodiversity. Controlling the activities like poaching, hunting, forestry and gazing on cultivation are not permitted. In the national parks private ownership is also not allowed. Karnataka is home to dense forests and breathtaking wildlife gateways.

Top National Parks in Karnataka

The top national parks in Karnataka are described below:

1. Bannerghatta National Park

Bannerghatta National Park is one of the popular national parks in Karnataka. This national park is situated at a distance of 23 km from Bangalore City Railway station. The park is spread across an area of 25000 acres. There are parks inside the national park like a snake park, an aquarium, a crocodile park, and safari park.

In the Bannerghatta National Park you can see all kinds of animals including variety of tigers, lions, leopards, crocodiles, different species of birds and many other animals. The park is famous for its Grand Safari. A jeep safari provides you an opportunity to spot leopards, white tigers, Bengal tigers and lions present there inside the park. The park is even famous for bird spotting. This national park remains closed on Tuesdays.

2. Bandipur National Park

This national park is situated at a distance of 204 km from the capital city of Bangalore. It was once the hunting place for the Maharaja of the kingdom of Mysore. Bandipur National park is spread across 874 square km and surrounds 69 square miles of the protected forest land.

Currently the national park houses over ten thousand animals which include tiger, snakes, Indian elephants and many more. The national park of Bandipur is often visited for conservation activities like research, monitoring, habitat management, and education. The national park is home for 70 tigers and 3000 Asian elephants which is very good information. The safari is opened all the day of a week.

3. Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary

A popular refuge for nature lovers and adventure buffs, Dandeli is just 103 kilometers from Goa. For all couples interested in adventure, go on a safari tour and rapids. Tourists can enjoy birds and fishing. Many camps in Dandeli organizes activities such as night camps, hiking, canoeing, bird watching, tiger and crocodile spots and fishing, picnics, ecotourism and excursions to nearby caves and temples.

4. Anshi National Park

This national park was a part of Dandeli wildlife sanctuary before it was carved out to form the Anshi national park. It is spread across 340 square km and is at a distance of 509 km from the city of Bangalore. It is a park which is located in the Uttara Kannada district in the eco-sensitive region of western ghats.

It was granted with the prestigious status of Project Tiger Sanctuary in January 2007. It is the home of many reptiles, mammals, and variety of animals. You can find some important species like bonnet macaque, Sloth bear and many more.

5. Nagarhole National Park

The Nagarhole national park situated 236 km from Bangalore is home for many wild animals. Nagarhole National park is a popular destination for Tiger spotting, located in Mysore district of Karnataka. It can also be known as Rajiv Gandhi National Park, which had more than 96 species of Dung Beetles, 60 various species of Ants and 250 species of birds.

It was established as a wildlife sanctuary and later converted into a national park. This park was an integral part of the Government’s project tiger scheme till 1999. With the highest numbers of tigers here this park was also awarded the best national park of South India.

The black leopard, reminiscent of Bagheera from The Jungle Book, is just one of the incredible species you’ll have the chance to see on this tour. This lesser-known national park in India is also home to tigers, elephants, Asian wild dogs and an array of stunning birds.

Among the list of national parks in Karnataka, Nagarhole National park contains a significant number of Sloth Bear, Indian Bison, Elephants and Leopard. It contains quite a large number of Tigers. This garden forest is very rich with several high-value commercial tree species. Sandalwood, Teak and silver Oak are the major trees in this park. The mugger crocodile is an endangered species located in this park.

Best time to visit Nagarhole National Park: April to May

6. Kudremukh National Park

Kudremukh literally means the horse face. As green as someone's imagination can run, the place is a literal paradise reclining on Western Ghats. The Kudremukh Peak, which is the third highest peak in Karnataka, is a paradise for trekkers while Kudremukh National Park, the nirvana of the wildlife enthusiast.

It is situated at about 350 km from Bangalore. This is the second largest wildlife protected area in the Western Ghats which spreads across 600 square miles. In this national park there is a wide variety of animals that can be found.
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  1. These look like such amazing national parks. Thank you for sharing!

  2. I'd love to go on a JEEP safari and see tigers!!!

  3. I love this. Parks refreshes my mind really.

  4. I've never been to Karnataka, I would love love love to visit one day and hike in one of these parks. So cool.

  5. Love national parks. These are definitey some I want to go to!

  6. These parks look amazing. I haven’t made it to India yet but ya high on my list of places to go!

  7. Woah! i love visits to national parks! Would love to go here!- myweethoughts

  8. I have never been to India but my parents have and they had a very unique experience. I would live to visit any of those parks.

  9. Wow, all of these look like amazing places to visit. I love supporting national parks.

  10. So many parks to love about Karnataka! It's really beautiful out there. Truly a bucket list material.

  11. Wow, Karnataka looks incredible. There are so many parks to see there! Looks like a brilliant place to take the whole family

  12. Wow looks like a beautiful park to visit one of this days. Thank you for the information. Love the pictures!

  13. I love visiting parks and museums whenever we travel. I hope to visit one of these parks if ever we come to India. :)

  14. We love visiting national parks. These all sound so great!

  15. look like such amazing national parks, parks always refresh our mind.

  16. I would love to visit Anshi National Park to see the sloth bears! Loved reading your post and getting to know the National Parks :)

  17. Lovely how informative this post is!


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