15 Best Places for Wildlife And Nature Tours in South India

South India is blessed with natural beauty of Western Ghats and Eastern Ghats mountain ranges run parallel to the Arabian Sea and the Bay of Bengal in Indian Ocean. India’s states of Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Telangana, Tamil Nadu and Kerala along with the union territories are the region in South India. Wild Animals and Wildlife are the major attractions of South Indian wilderness and offers a unique experience.

Bandipur National Park, Karnataka

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Bandipur National Park is a tiger reserve forest in the south state of Karnataka and known for its wildlife and many types of biomes and deciduous forest. Bandipur is the largest protected area in southern India and part of the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve.

Nagarhole National Park, Karnataka

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Nagarhole National Park is part of the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve and has a healthy tiger-predator ratio, with many tigers, Indian bison and elephants. The park is located at the foothills of the Western Ghats and has rich forest cover, small streams, hills, valleys and waterfalls.

Bannerghatta National Park, Karnataka

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Bannerghatta biological reserve is declared as a national park with a popular tourist destination with a zoo, a pet corner, an animal rescue centre, a butterfly park,an aquarium, a snake house,a safari park and a popular destination for trekking.

Kudremukh National Park, Karnataka

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Kudremukh National Park is located at a distance of 95 km south-west of Chikmagalur town, also a mountain range and name of a peak. Kudremukh National Park is the second largest Wildlife Protected Area and one of the thirty four hotspots identified for bio-diversity in Western Ghats.

Periyar National Park, Kerala

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Periyar National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary is notable as an elephant reserve and a tiger reserve in the districts of Idukki and Pathanamthitta in Kerala. The park is often called the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary or Thekkady National Park, located high in the Cardamom Hills and Pandalam Hills.

Eravikulam National Park, Kerala

Eravikulam National Park is a wild forests and wildlife park, located along the Western Ghats in the Idukki and a selection as a World Heritage Site. Twenty six species of mammals,19 species of amphibians and 132 species of birds have been recorded in Eravikulam National Park.

Silent Valley National Park, Kerala

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Silent Valley National Park is located in the Nilgiri Hills in Kerala and is the core of the Nilgiri International Biosphere Reserve of South India. The area is home to an endangered species of primate called lion-tailed macaques,Nilgiri langur, Malabar giant squirrel,Nilgiri wood-pigeon and Nilgiri tahr.

Mathikettan Shola National Park, Kerala

Mathikettan Shola National Park offers a unique opportunity to experience the biodiversity of the plants and animals endemic to the region. Mathikettan area is part of the Cardamom Hill Reserve and best place to explore shola forest environment in South India.

Guindy National Park, Tamil Nadu

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The Guindy National Park one of the very 5 national parks situated inside a city and home to blackbucks,spotted deers,jackals, a wide variety of snakes, geckos, tortoises and species of birds,butterflies and spiders. The park has a dry evergreen scrub and thorn forest, grasslands and water bodies along with good habitat for blackbuck and spotted deer.

Mudumalai National Park, Tamil Nadu

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Mudumalai National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary is lies on the Nilgiri Hills or Blue Mountains in Nilgiri District and boundaries with the states of Karnataka and Kerala. The Park is home to several endangered and vulnerable species of wild animals and birds such as Indian elephant, Bengal tiger, gaur and Indian leopard and critically endangered bird Indian white-rumped vulture and long-billed vulture.

Mukurthi National Park, Tamil Nadu

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Mukurthi National Park is a montane grasslands and shrublands at high altitude and high rainfall in the Western Ghats mountain range of South India. The park is home to an array of endangered wild animal such as Nilgiri tahr, royal Bengal tiger and Asian elephant,Nilgiri marten and Nilgiri langur.

Gulf of Mannar Marine National Park, Tamil Nadu

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Gulf of Mannar Marine National Park is consisting of 21 small islands and coral reefs in the Gulf of Mannar 10 km away from the east coast of Tamil Nadu. The Marine National Park is mangroves dominate protected area and has a high diversity of plants and animals such as Green turtle,Clownfish,Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphin,Sperm whale and an important feeding grounds for the vulnerable marine mammal the Dugong.

Sri Venkateswara National Park, Andhra Pradesh

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Sri Venkateswara National Park is a biosphere reserve in Andhra Pradesh and known for its many waterfalls including the Talakona, Gundalakona and Gunjana. The National Park is located in Eastern Ghats ranges with forest covered valleys on Tirumala Hills and home to predators such as leopard, wild dog,jungle cat and Sloth bear .

Kasu Brahmananda Reddy National Park, Telangana

Kasu Brahmananda Reddy National Park located in Jubilee Hills in Hyderabad, Telangana and also houses the famous Chiran Palace. The park provides an excellent space and environment and has over 600 species of plant life, 140 species of birds and 30 different varieties of butterflies and reptiles.

Mahavir Harina Vanasthali National Park, Telangana

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Mahavir Harina Vanasthali National Park is dedicated deer national park located in Vanasthalipuram Telangana and the largest green lung space in the city of Hyderabad. Animals living in this national park are blackbucks, Spotted deer,porcupines and several other bird species.