With the monsoon sweeping across India, notable national parks across the country have shut down. Well known parks such as the Jim Corbett National Park and the Kaziranga National Park are closed during this time of year. But with over a 100 national parks dispersed across the nation, with plans to establish further, there are many other parks that are still open for visits.
Sunderbans National Park
Make your way from across the west of India to the east to the state of West Bengal. The Sunderbans National Park, which extends till Bangladesh, is densely covered by mangrove forest and is home to the salt-water crocodile and of course, the Bengal Tiger. Take the Sunderban safari, where you are taken on a boat ride across the Brahmaputra River. If the safari isn't your calling, you can visit the Tin Kona Island. Literally meaning the three-cornered island, this island is popular for spotting deers. The island is quite isolated and offers a breathtaking view, and a mixture of wild forest and estuaries only help accentuate its beauty.
Bandipur National Park
Situated in the state of Karnataka, the Bandipur National Park is under the Project Tiger initiative of the Indian Government. It is one of India's premier Tiger reserves in the country and forms Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve along with three other wildlife sanctuaries. The rainy season is also the best time to spot large herds of Asiatic elephants, while the tigers can also be regularly spotted here. Bandipur National Park is located on the highway connecting Mysore and Ooty and the best mode of transportation is by car. By rail, the closest station is Mysore, 65 kilometers away. By air, Bangalore's Kempegowda International Airport is the closest airport at nearly 204 kilometers away.
Kudremukh National Park
Another national park located in Karnataka, Kudremukh stands for 'horse-faced' referring to a picturesque view of the side of a mountain that resembles the face of a horse. Leopards, tigers, sloth bears, among many others occupy the park. The Kudremukh National Park is also remembered for the Kadambi Waterfalls. A trekker's paradise, a range officer's permission is required to trek within the confines of the park. Around the park, attractions like the Ganga Moola, Sringeri Sharada Peetham, and Horanadu Annapoorneshwari Temple are other go-to places when in this area.
Nagarhole National Park
Home to a extensively large population of Indian Elephants, Bengal Tigers, and Indian Bisons, the park derives its name from naga, meaning snake, and hole, referring to streams. Known previously as Rajiv Gandhi National Park, it has a rich forest cover, hills, valleys and waterfalls, and it borders the Bandipur National Park. The Nagarhole National Park is another one of India's premier tiger reserves. Unique to this park is the boat safari on the river Kabini from where you can spot extensive amounts of aquatic species. In addition, if you wish to encounter animals of greater variants or at a higher frequency rate, then we'd recommend the bus safari at Rs.150 per person or the even the Jeep safari for a more personalised experience.
Desert National Park
One of the largest national parks in the country, the Desert National Park is a haven for migratory and residents birds of the desert. It is home to exotic species of eagles, vultures, falcons, and many more. The endangered Great Indian Bustard also seeks a sanctuary around these areas. The park, located between Jaisalmer and Barmer, is spread over 3,000 square kilometers. Rajasthan tourism, in 2016, also introduced the wildlife safari within the confines of the national park at Rs. 50 per person.