10 Best Places to Spot Wild Leopards in India

Indian Leopards are the most spectacular wild predator,versatile and opportunistic hunters, live in and around urban area,buffer zones and wild habitats of the Indian subcontinent. First ever leopard census in India shows impressive numbers, there are 12,000 leopards live in the wild forest of entire country.

Maximum population of wild Indian leopards are found in the state of Madhya Pardesh, Karnataka, Maharashtra,Mudumalai National Park, Rajasthan,Uttarakhand,Chhattisgarh,Tamil Nadu and Assam.

The most popular national parks in India to spot wild leopards are Nagarhole National Park,Nagzira Wildlife Sanctuary,Jim Corbett National Park,Rajaji National Park,Mouling National Park,Gir Forest National Park,Sariska Wildlife Sanctuary,Bandipur National Park and Kanha National Park.

Sanjay Gandhi National Park

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Sanjay Gandhi National Park of Mumbai city is one of the large protected area, which is surrounded by Mumbai Suburban district. The Borivali National Park is home to a number of endangered species of wild animals and famous place to spot wild Indian Leopard in India. Image- nationalgeographic

Jawai Dam Sanctuary

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India’s Leopard Hills of Jawai Dam Wildlife Sanctuary is situated near Ajmer-Ahmedabad route in Pali district in Rajasthan. Jawai Dam is winter paradise for migratory birds including Flamingo, Crocodile, Panther, Bear, Hyena, Wolf and home to highest density of Leopards in India.Image-discovery

Jhalana Reserve Forest

Jhalana Reserve Forest near Jaipur is famous for its large numbder of leopard population in India. The reserve forest is developed into country’s leading leopard park.

Bera Village, Rajasthan

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Bera is a small village with pristine beauty and tranquil rock hills, nestled in the Arravali ranges and situated 180 km from Jodhpur and 150 km from Udaipur by road. Jawai and Bera are two most famous place to see wild leopards in Rajasthan.

Kabini Wildlife Sanctuary

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Kabini Wildlife Sanctuary is one of the finest wildlife Sanctuary in Karnataka state and best place to spot Black Panthers in India. The Sanctuary is part of Nagarhole National Park and Indian leopards are present at an equivalent density of tigers.

Jim Corbett National Park

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Jim Corbett National Park support diverse variety of fauna and a favorite place for wildlife lovers in India. Corbett is home to large number of wild Leopards, found in hilly areas of the state.Image- nationalgeographic

Bandhavgarh National Park

Bandhavgarh National Park is the most popular national parks of central India, located in the Umaria district of Madhya Pradesh. This park is known for highest density of the tiger population in India and also has a large breeding population of leopards in India.

Bandipur National Park

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Bandipur National Park is known for its wildlife and several species of India’s endangered wild animals. It is part of the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve with Mudumalai National Park of Tamil Nadu, Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary in Kerala and Nagarhole National Park of Karnataka. Image- sanctuaryasia

Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary

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Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary near Chikkamagaluru town of Karnataka host a wide range of flora and fauna. The protected area is a biodiversity hotspot and one of the best place in India to spot black Panther and Leopards in India.

Barnawapara Wildlife Sanctuary

Barnawapara Wildlife Sanctuary is known for its lush green forest cover area and highest population of wild Indian Leopards in the state. This small wildlife sanctuary supports a wide variety of wildlife.

Tadoba National Park

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Tadoba Andhari Tiger Project is the largest and  oldest national park of Maharashtra state. The park is actually a  tiger reserves but also known for large population of leopards in India with its near by Nagzira wildlife sanctuary. Image- nationalgeographic