Tiger Safari Destinations in India

Explore the Finest Tiger Safari Destinations in India

India has more than 1400 tigers in its boundary. This accounts for nearly 50% of the tiger count of the world. Tigers thrive in India with more than 40 different national parks which are situated there. If you want a tiger safari then you must choose the parks which have a maximum number of tigers, depth safari options and good visibility, meaning, short grass regions.

Bandhavgarh National Park

Bandhavgarh National Park

This wildlife sanctuary is situated in Madhya Pradesh. It has the highest number of national animals in the country inside its boundary. There are 50 tigers here. They are spread across a land of 100 square kilometres. This park was also famous for white tigers. Although now the white tigers have not been spotted for over 50 years or more. Other animals that you can spot in this park are sambar, chital, wild boar, Indian fox, leopard, bison, blue bull, antelope, nilgai and more.

The best way to get a closer view of the tigers is if you choose a jeep or elephant safari. There are four zones to cover in this park. But there are only a limited number of vehicles allowed inside the park via each zone, every day. Therefore you must pre-book your safari.

Best Time for Tiger Spotting: April to June; closed on all Wednesdays

Safari Timing: 5:30 am to 10 am and 4 pm to 7 pm

The closest Airport: Jabalpur Airport.

Ranthambore National Park

Ranthambore National Park

This park is one of the largest ones in India. It is very famous among wildlife photographers. This park was once a hunting ground. But now this park is now a protection site for tigers. It is a top tiger reserve in India. Other important animals that you can see here are jungle cats, Indian foxes, crocodiles, leopards, sloth bears, jackals and others. Tigers are generally seen in the Bakaula region of the park. This place has a dense forest and many watering holes.

Ranthambore has very interesting stories of tigers. The park is said to have had the longest-living tigress in the world. The ween of the park was Machli. She was 20 years old when she passed away. This is way more than the average lifespan of 10-15 years. That tigress had won the Lifetime Achievement Award for being a top tourism attraction. This played a very big role in conservation. There are ten zones in Ranthambore National Park. Zone 4 has the highest number of tigers in it.

Best Time for Tiger Spotting: April to May

Safari Timing: 7 am to 10:30 am and 2:30 pm to 6 pm

Closest Airport: Jaipur Airport

Kanha National Park

Kanha National Park

This national park can be best described as the background for the Jungle Book of Rudyard Kipling. This park has a very high visibility. This is because a large area of this park is covered by open meadows. Other than spotting tigers, you can also find gaur, palm squirrel, striped hyena, chinkara, mouse deer, black buck, jackal, porcupine, sambar and others. The best way that you can see tigers is by taking the early morning elephant safari from the Mukki entrance of the park.

Best Time for Tiger Spotting: April to June

Tiger Safari Timing: Sunrise to 10 am and from 3:30 pm to sunset

Closest Airport: Jabalpur airport

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Jim Corbett National Park

Jim Corbett National Park

 This is one of the most prestigious national parks in the country. It is also one of the oldest ones as well. It is situated on the beautiful foothills of the Himalayas. This park has an amazing range of landscapes which makes it easy for a lot of animals to thrive here. The top animals that you might be able to spot in this park other than tigers are sloth bears, goral, fishing cats, leopards, chital, barking deer and more. The best way that you can spot tigers is if you visit the eastern part of the park Bijrani. You can also get amazing views of the park and see some tigers if you choose to go to the watchtowers in Dhikala and other places.

You can also choose to stay in forest rest houses in the Dhikala zone overnight if you want to catch tigers in action. Bijrani zone has one of the highest numbers of tigers in it. Jhirna zone has tigers as well but it is more famous for bird-watching.

Best Time for Tiger Spotting: March to June

Safari Timing: 6:30 am to 10 am and 1:30 pm to 5:30 pm

Closest Airport: Pantnagar Airport

Satpura National Park

Tigers are born predators. They are by nature accustomed to lurking and surviving in silence. Now if you expect such animals to show up when a long row of jeeps run into the jungle is very unreasonable. Therefore, Satpupra lets in only 12 vehicles per day. The best place to spot a tiger here is the Sonbhadra River. In the summer, you can see tigers swimming in the river to escape from the heat. This is one of the very few tiger reserves where you can take a walking tour. Other than tigers, you can also see porcupines, wild boars, chinkara, chital, gaur, leopard, hyena, black buck and more.

Best Time for Tiger Spotting: April and May

Safari Timing: 7 am to 11 am

Closest Airport: Bhopal Airport

Pench National Park

Pench National Park

This park is situated in the heart of the country. It covers 758 square kilometres of forest area. It has 43 tigers within its boundaries. The lake regions here are generally where you can spot a tiger. This park is one of the best spots to find diverse wildlife beauty. Other than the Royal Bengal Tiger, you can also see barking deer, hyenas, Indian Leopard fox, sloth bear, wild boar, wild dogs and others.

There are seven zones for safari in this park. The Turla region is the most famous place for getting to see tigers. The regions around the lake or stream in Turla are filled with tigers during the summer season. Night safari is also open in this zone. Canter and jeep safaris are the common ways to explore the place to see tigers.

Best Time For Tiger Spotting: March to June

Safari Timing: 7:30 am to 10:30 am and 4 pm to 6:30 pm (timings change with seasons)

Closest Airport: Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar International Airport

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Tadoba National Park

Tadoba is the largest park in Maharashtra. It is also the oldest one. This park is famous for spotting tigers from open-air gipsy. Here the safaris commence from either of the two entrance gates. They are namely Mohurli Gate and the Kolara Gate. Other than tigers, the park is famous for jungle cats, crocodiles, barking deer, sambar, Indian leopard, nilgai, sloth bear, small Indian civet, Indian python, wolf spiders and more.

The best tiger spotting place is the Mohurli Gate region. There are also amazing living facilities in this place. The place gets extremely hot during the summer season. If you are interested in spotting tigers then it is best to go to this forest region during the height of the summer season.

Best Time for Tiger Spotting: March to May

Safari Timing: 5:30 am to 10 am and 3 pm to 6:30 pm (timing changes with season)

Closest Airport: Dr Baba Saheb Ambedkar International Airport

Nagarhole National Park

Nagarhole National Park

It is named after the Nagarhile river of Karnataka. This national park is situated in Mysore and Kodagu. Nagarhole National is a part of the famous Nilgiri biosphere reserve. It is famous for being a protected site for tigers and elephants. Other than tigers, this park is also famous for leopards, wild boars, sloth bear, bison and more than 250 species of birds

There are three entrance points for safari here which are the Verrabahosahalli, Nanachi and Antharasan. There are two options to see tigers here. You can either take the canter safari or jeep safari. Jeep safari goes deeper into the forest. It covers top tiger habitat places too. Boat trips are open during peak season.

Best Time for Tiger Spotting: April to June

Safari Timing: 6 am to 8 am and 3 pm to 5 pm

The closest airport: Mandkali Airport

Bandipur National Park

Bandipur along with two others: Nagarhole and Mudumalai are the major Tiger population regions in Southern India. The tiger population in the Western Ghats is around 1/4th of the country’s tiger population. Bus safari, elephant safari and jeep safari are given in this park. If you choose to see tigers then it is best to opt for elephant or jeep safari.

This national park is situated on Ooty – Mysore highway. This park is one of the most famous places for seeing tigers and elephants. The park stretches across two states. On the Tamil Nadu side, this park is known as the Mudumalai Reserve. The northwest region of the park along with the Kabin region is famous for seeing tigers during the summer season. Other than tigers, you can find Niligiri Tahr, Langur, Indian Hare, Leopard and many more.

Best Time for Spotting Tigers: March to June

Safari Timing: 6:30 am to 9 am 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm (bus) 10 am to 11 am (elephant safari)  am to 9 am and 4 pm to 6 pm (jeep safari)

Closest Airport: Coimbatore International Airport

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Periyar National Park

Periyar National Park is an important wildlife sanctuary. It is also a famous tourist attraction in Kerala. Other than tigers and elephants, this place is filled with Indian wild dogs, sambar, wild pigs, barking deer, mouse deer, Nilgiri Langur, Nilgiri Tahr and others.

If you want to increase your chances of seeing a tiger you must reach the park early in the morning. Boating in the Periyar lake is the best way to see thirsty tigers with their cubs. However, the chances of seeing a tiger in this park are very small. If you want to increase your chances of seeing a tiger then you better pack binoculars with you.

Best Time for Tiger Spotting: March to June

Safari Timing: 7:25 am to 4 p, (boat ride) early morning to 3 pm (jeep safari)

Closest Airport: Kochi International Airport


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