Top 30 National Parks For Best Wildlife Safari in India

According to the Indian Ministry of Environment and Forests, there are total 103 national parks in India. Jim Corbett National Park was the India’s first national park and also first to come under the Project Tiger initiative.

1. Gir Forest National Park, Gujarat

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Gir Forest National Park is the only place in the world where Asiatic lions are found. The park gives shelter to the largest population of lions in Gujarat and the total population of Asiatic Lions in India is 523.

2. Ranthambore National Park, Rajasthan

Ranthambore-Tiger

Ranthambore National Park is famous for its Bengal tigers, especially the queen tigress of Ranthambhore – Machli. The park has large tiger population and best place in India to spot wild Bengal tigers in their natural jungle habitat.

3. Kaziranga National Park, Assam

Kaziranga National Park of Assam is home to the highest density of Indian rhinoceros and healthy populations of tigers, wild water buffalo and elephants. The big five of Kaziranga National Park are known as Indian rhinoceros, Bengal tiger, Indian elephant, wild water buffalo and Barasingha.

4. Sundarbans National Park, West Bengal

Sundarbans National Park is part of the Ganges Delta and covered by mangrove forest. The swamp tigers of Sundarbans are known to be man-eater and the forest is home to more than 400 tigers.

5. Jim Corbett National Park, Uttarakhand

Jim Corbett National Park was created to protect endangered Bengal tiger and now the best place for tourists and wildlife lovers. The park and its zones like Dhikala are well known destination in the park.

6. Bandhavgarh National Park, Madhya Pradesh

Bandhavgarh National Park of Madhya Pradesh has the highest known density of Bengal tiger in India along with large population of leopards. The park offers best Jeep,  elephant and wildlife safari in India.

7. Kanha National Park, Madhya Pradesh

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Kanha National Park is the largest national park of Madhya Pradesh and one of the top 10 famous places for tourist visiting India. The park has good population of Bengal tiger, barasinghaand Indian wild dog.

8. Tadoba National Park, Maharashtra

Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve in Chandrapur district of Maharashtra is one of the best places to Bengal tigers in India. The keystone species of Tadoba reserve inlcude the Bengal tiger, Indian leopards and very rare honey badger.

9. Nagarhole National Park, Karnataka

Nagarhole National Park along with Kabini reservoir which separates the park with Bandipur is home to endangered and vulnerable species of wild animals. The flagship species of Nagarhole are Indian bison, dhole dog, Bengal tiger and Black panther also known as ghost of kabani.

10. Namdapha National Park, Arunachal Pradesh

Namdapha National Park is the third largest national park in India and offers richest biodiversity in the country. The area is home to great diversity of mammal species including 3 big cat species and clouded leopard.

11. Mudumalai National Park, Tamil Nadu

Mudumalai National Park around the side of the Nilgiri Hills in Tamil Nadu is home to list of endangered and vulnerable wild animal species. The Indian leopard, Bengal tiger and leopard cats are main carnivores mammals of the park.

12. Periyar National Park, Kerala

Periyar National Park near Thekkady is a notable elephant reserve of India and supports many threatened species. The park is one of the best place to see valuable Indian elephants and few of white tigers in India.

13. Hemis National Park, Jammu Kashmir

Hemis National Park around the Ladakh region of India is a high altitude national park and famous for highest density of snow leopards in India. The late winter is the best season for spotting snow leopards in Hemis national park.

14. Great Himalayan National Park, Himachal Pradesh

Great Himalayan National Park supports a great diversity of high altitude Himalayan wildlife. The GHNP is home to faunal species such as snow leopard, Himalayan tahr,blue sheep and musk deer.

15. Bhitarkanika National Park, Odisha

Bhitarkanika National Park in Kendrapara district of Odisha is mostly famous for large size Saltwater crocodile, King cobra and Indian python. The national park and wildlife sanctuary supports mangrove forest and swamp region.

16. Dudhwa National Park, Uttar Pradesh

Dudhwa National Park is one of the best and lesser known terai ecosystem in India. The tall wet grasslands of Terai supports large number of endangered barasingha,jungle cat and leopard cat.

17. Manas National Park, Assam

Manas National Park is known for healthy population of rare and endangered endemic wildlife. The pygmy hog, hispid hare and wild water buffalo are key endangered and endemic animals of Manas wildlife sanctuary.

18. Rajaji National Park, Uttarakhand

Rajaji National Park near the foothills of the Himalayas in Uttarakhand is a dense jungle and home to vivacious wildlife. The dense green jungles of Rajaji offers most suitable habitat for a number of wild animals.

19. Simlipal National Park, Odisha

Simlipal National Park in the Mayurbhanj district is a treasure house for more then 42 species of mammals. The park has good population of snakes, birds, animals and provide grasslands and the savannas for grazing.

20. Desert National Park, Rajasthan

Desert National Park near the town of Jaisalmer supports the most unique ecosystem and amazing bird life. The sand dunes of Thar desert is a haven for migratory birds such as laggar falcons, tawny eagles and marsh harrier.

21. Indravati National Park, Chhattisgarh

Indravati National Park is the most famous wildlife parks of Chhattisgarh and home to last populations of wild water buffalo in the state. The endangered wild Asian buffalo, Indian spotted chevrotain and sloth bears are few keystone species of park.

22. Balphakram National Park, Meghalaya

Balphakram National Park is one of the lesser known park that supports most unique bird and wildlife. The pristine beauty of Balphakram along with Nokrek reserve offers beautiful landscape and best Canyon view in India.

23. Pench National Park, Madhya Pradesh

Pench National Park across the two states of Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra offers extremely rich and diverse wildlife. Pench Tiger Reserve is topmost wildlife destinations for tourism in Madhya Pradesh.

24. Eravikulam National Park, Kerala

Eravikulam National Park in Idukki district is the first national park in Kerala and consists of a high rolling hill plateau. The high altitude sholas grasslands of the park is home to largest surviving population of Nilgiri tahr in India.

25. Bandipur National Park, Karnataka

Bandipur National Park of Karnataka is home to list of India’s endangered wildlife and part of the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve. The park along with adjoining Nagarhole National Park supports good population of endangered Indian elephants,Indian bison and Indian leopard.

26. Sariska National Park, Rajasthan

Sariska National Park is home to many species of wildlife, including Indian leopard and Bengal tigers. The national park and tiger reserve was first in the world to successfully relocated tigers.

27. Velavadar National Park, Gujarat

Velavadar Blackbuck National Park is home to large population of blackbuck and Indian wolf. The park and grassland ecosystem was famous for hunting cheetahs in India.

28. Keoladeo National Park, Rajasthan

Keoladeo National Park is a major tourist centre in India and richest bird areas in the world. The park was known as the Bharatpur bird sanctuary one of the wintering area in India for Siberian crane, Saurus crane and waterfowl.

29. Dibru Saikhowa National Park, Assam

Dibru Saikhowa National Park is the largest salix swamp forest in India and haven for list of endangered wild animals and bird species. The swamp forest of park supports different species of primates, big cats and and feral horse.

30. Rann of Kutch National Park, Gujarat

LRK national park and wildlife sanctuary of Gujarat is the largest wildlife sanctuary in India and only remaining habitat of endangered Indian Wild Ass. The salt marsh of Little Rann of Kutch offers richest biodiversity in India and paradies for list of local and migratory birds.