12 Best National Parks to Spot Gaur or Indian Bison

Indian Bison or Gaur is the tallest species of wild cattle found in India and largest extant bovine. Gaur (Bos guarus) is native to the Indian Subcontinent and listed as Vulnerable due to habitat loss but the population is stable in protected areas of South India, particular in Western Ghats and Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve.

Nagarhole National Park, Karnataka – 1500

Nagarhole National Park at the foothills of the Western Ghats is a must visit wildlife park in India. The park has flagship species like Bengal tiger,Indian bison and Indian elephants.

Bandipur National Park, Karnataka – 1200

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Bandipur National Park of Karnataka is known for its wildlife and home to India’s endangered wild animals. The park is part of the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve and supports several endangered and vulnerable species like Indian elephants and Indian Bison.

Periyar National Park, Kerala – 1000

Periyar Tiger Reserve is notable as both elephant reserve and a tiger reserve, The park is home to rare, endemic and endangered flora and fauna. There are 35 wild animal species found in the park including Herd of Indian bisons at periyar lake,Indian elephants and few of white tigers found here.

Mudumalai National Park, Tamil Nadu – 500

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Mudumalai National Park in Nilgiri district of Tamil Nadu shares its boundaries with Karnataka and Kerala. The park is home to many vulnerable and endangered species of wild animals such as Indian leopard, Bengal tiger, Gaur and Indian elephant.

Kaziranga National Park, Assam – 30

Kaziranga National Park in Assam contains breeding populations of 35 mammalian species in India, The park has significant populations of large herbivores Gaur,Elephants,One Horned Rhinoceros and wild Asiatic water buffalo.

Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary, Karnataka – 800

Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary in Karnataka has a wide range of flora and fauna. The Sanctuary is a biodiversity hotspot and supports variety of wild animals including elephant, gaur and one of the best place to spot Black Leopard in India.

Sathyamangalam Wildlife Sanctuary, Tamil Nadu – 672

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Sathyamangalam Wildlife Sanctuary is the largest wildlife sanctuary in Tamil Nadu and noted for significant population of Indian elephants and Indian Bison or Gaur also serve as a wildlife corridor in the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve.

Radhanagari Wildlife Sanctuary, Maharashtra – 1091

Radhanagari Wildlife Sanctuary in Kolhapur is also known as Bison Sanctuary with a population around 1091. The sanctuary and natural World Heritage Site is the first declared wildlife sanctuary in Maharashtra and also an Important Bird Area by BirdLife International.

Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary, Kerala

Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary near Kalpetta is the second largest wildlife sanctuary in Kerala. The sanctuary is now an integral part of the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve and home to variety of large wild animals such as Indian bison and Indian elephant.

Tadoba National Park, Maharashtra

Tadoba Andhari Tiger Project is home to mammals including good population of Bengal tiger,Indian leopards, sloth bears and Indian Bison as well as endangered Indian python and common Indian monitor.

Indravati National Park, Chhattisgarh

Indravati National Park in Bijapur district of Chhattisgarh is home to one of the last populations of rare wild buffalo in India and significant population of gaur.

Kanha and Bandhavgarh National Park, Madhya Pradesh

Kanha Tiger Reserve and Bandhavgarh National Park of Madhya Pradesh has significant population of Indian gaur. Gaur is the largest wild animal in the park and killed by only Bengal tiger.