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Top 10 national parks in India to spot a tiger

One of my top items on my bucket list is to see a tiger in the wild. India is the number one place to do this, so I am pleased to announce this really cool guest post.

Tiger India National Park

Beautiful tiger in Nagarhole National Park – All photos courtesy of Thrillophilia

The tiger is the national animal of India. Unfortunately though, our selfish motives have endangered this majestic animal, putting it on the brink of extinction. All is not lost though. In the past decade, efforts have been made to conserve the tiger and increase its numbers. A number of tiger projects have been initiated in various wildlife reserves of the country, and most of them have been successful.

Seeing a tiger in the wild is a thrilling experience. The majestic walk of this predator is enough to give you goosebumps. But you don’t have to rely on your wildlife channel to see the tiger in action. There are wildlife reserves in India where you can spot one, some of the best ones being:

1.  Corbett National Park

Jim Corbett National Park was established in 1936 after the name of Jim Corbett, a British conservationist. It is the oldest national park of India, located in Nainital district of Uttarakhand. The national park has always been associated with conservation projects ever since its establishment, including tiger conservation projects. In fact, the national park has one of the highest tiger densities in the world. According to last consensus, there were 112 tigers in the national park.

2 Kanha National Park

Kanha National Park was established in 1955 in Madhya Pradesh. Expanding over an area of 940 square kilometers, the national park is one of the largest in India. Tigers are the most popular inhabitants of the national park, apart from other wild animals such as jackal, wild cat, fox etc. The vast expanse of the national park is inhabited by around 130 tigers, giving you a good chance to spot them during a jungle safari.

3. Bandhavgarh National Park

Established in 1968, Bandhavgarh National Park is another national park located in Madhya Pradesh, spread across an area of 105 square kilometers. Bandhavgarh is home to a number of Bengal tigers, including the most photographed tiger in the world, Sita.

4. Ranthambore National Park

Situated in Sawai Madhopur District of Rajasthan, Ranthambore is one of the most popular national parks of India. The national park is comparatively small compared to other national parks in the country, but is still a home to about 50 tigers.

Tigers in Ranthambore India

Two tigers at Ranthambore National Park

5. Sunderban National Park

Sunderbans Delta is a biosphere reserve, a part of which lies in the Indian state of West Bengal. The area is full of marshes and mangrove trees, an ideal habitat for tigers and other wild animals. It is one of the best national parks in India to spot the tiger. According to a 2004 Census, the tiger population in the wildlife reserve was about 249.

6. Kaziranga National Park

Kaziranga National Park, in Assam, may be well known for its population of one-horned rhinoceros, but it also has plenty of tigers as its residents. According to recent estimates, there is one tiger in the reserve in every 5 square kilometer of area.

7. Sariska Wildlife Sanctuary

Located in Alwar in Rajasthan is Sariska Wildlife Sanctuary, spread across an area of 866 square kilometers. In 2004, the wildlife reserve had no tigers left. However, efforts were made to reintroduce the tiger. According to latest census done, there are about 5-10 tigers left in the forest reserve.

8. Bandipur National Park

Spread across an area of 874 square kilometers, Bandipur National Park is one of the most popular wildlife reserves in the southern part of India. It is an important part of Project Tiger in India, and has a sizeable population of tigers. According to recent census done, there are about 70 Bengal tigers in the national park. One can take a quick trip to Kerala to see the adjoining Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary which makes the region one of the best to spot tigers in India.

Tiger at Bandipur

Tiger in Bandipur National Park

9. Satpura National Park

Located in the Satpura Range of Madhya Pradesh is Satpura National Park. The park is spread over an area of 425 square kilometers. The park organizes a tiger show, whereby you are taken on an elephant safari in the interior of the jungle to spot the tiger in its natural habitat.

10. Pench National Park

Pench National Park is situated close to Pench River, toards the southern boundary of the Satpura Hills. According to 2011 Census, there are about 25 tigers in the wildlife reserve, apart from several other species of animals such as elephants, jackal etc.

About author: Shilpa is an adventurer and a writer with a taste for alternative travel. Her passion is to explore all the offbeat destinations in India. She tries to pack light when she travels, as she ends up bringing back too many stories. Currently, she writes articles on travel for www.Thrillophilia.com

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14 Responses to Top 10 national parks in India to spot a tiger

  1. flipnomad August 21, 2012 at 1:54 pm #

    i have never been to a tiger reserve in india but i’ve visited two national parks (jaldapara and keoladeo) so many animals to see… hopefully next year when the parks open i could check the ones youve mentioned here 🙂

    • travelingted August 26, 2012 at 4:25 pm #

      I hope you do Flip. If you do please let me know because I would love to see your pictures and posts on the subject.

  2. Arianwen August 23, 2012 at 2:10 am #

    Those are some ggggggreat pictures. I’d love to see a tiger in the wild, but never been to the right place. Who knew India had so many options?!
    Arianwen recently posted..Cocora Valley near Salento: beauty in the palm

    • travelingted August 26, 2012 at 4:26 pm #

      India is by far the best country to see the tiger in. They have nearly disappeared in countries like Thailand, Vietnam, Myanmar, Cambodia, and Indonesia. Very sad.

    • ankit November 28, 2013 at 6:39 am #

      kanha national park is the right place for tiger sighting ……
      because Tigers are the most popular inhabitants of the national park………..

      • ankit November 28, 2013 at 6:43 am #

        because i have spent 1 year in that national park it is a best place to see them…….

        • Ted Nelson December 2, 2013 at 5:26 am #

          Thanks ankit, Kanha looks and sounds amazing.

    • Cedia April 12, 2017 at 12:30 am #

      Now a lot of tigers are spotted in kabini forest in Karnataka, everyday spotting, check jungle lodges.com,

  3. deepak February 4, 2013 at 6:49 pm #

    jim corbett is the best of them all.

    • travelingted February 5, 2013 at 4:12 am #

      Thanks Deepak,

      I will keep that in mind. I am really intrigued with the Sundarbuns.

  4. John December 16, 2015 at 1:40 am #

    You have mentioned Kerala and Wayanad Wildlife sanctuary but missed one of the biggest tiger reserves in the country – Periyar Tiger Reserve in Thekkady, Kerala. It is one of the 27 tiger reserves in the country and a safe place to spot tigers in close proximity. Another advantage of this nature reserve is the wild safari through the lakes and boats which makes the wild safari unique here. And the tourists to this place can visit the nearby destinations like Munnar which is one of the most visited tourist destinations in South India.
    John recently posted..Rental car agencies in Kochi Airport

  5. Palak Gupta June 22, 2017 at 5:39 am #

    Great article for wildlife lover ,,,,Wanna see a real wild tiger ? then go Ranthambore National Park. I visited Ranthambore National Park last year and spot a tiger after a long wait..,There are estimated to be one tiger to every 4km, which makes your chances of spotting them quite high!.
    Thanks for sharing such great type of article.

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