Those looking for an alternative to Corbett, Ranthambore, Sariska, and Kanha in terms of a wildlife excursion in India are in for a surprise. Even though we are deeply in love with these incredible wildlife spots in India, the country is also the home to many other marvels and treasures that can just become your next great passion. Here are some of our favourite unusual wildlife encounters in India.
Kabini Wildlife Sanctuary, Karnataka
One of the top wildlife destinations in Karnataka is Kabini Forest Reserve, which is distinguished by its accessibility, lush greenery, water bodies, and potential for observing animals including herds of Elephants, Jaguars, Tigers, and Black Leopards. People from Karanataka may access the origin of the Kabini River through Wayanad with a 90-kilometer journey from Mysore or a 205-kilometer drive from Bengaluru, making access considerably easier. People from Kerala can also access the location via Wayanad. The connectivity of the southern portion of Nagarahole National Park increases the possibility of viewing animals in the summer. We could see steep slopes, 55 acres of forest area, and various bodies of water on the banks of Kabini Reservoir. Kabini was the hunting location for the Mysore Maharaja, British viceroys, and Indian royalties in antiquity.
Achanakmar Tiger Reserve, Chhattisgarh
Achanakmar wildlife sanctuary, which is situated in Chhattisgarh, India’s greenest state, is a pristine, well-known destination for wild tourists. It covers a 557 sq km region in Chhattisgarh’s Bilaspur district’s Kota Taluk. To maintain the genetic connections, it is connected to the Kanha Tiger Reserve in Madhya Pradesh via the Kahna-Achanakmar corridor. It is a section of the Biosphere Reserve in Achanakmar-Amarkantak. It is a portion of the forest area that makes up the heartland of the Central Indian tiger population and is home to roughly 26 tigers. In this hilly environment, the altitude ranges from 200 to 1000 metres above sea level. In this location, the Narmada, Sone, and Johila rivers erupt.
Hemis National Park, Ladakh
Ladakh’s Hemis National Park is a well-known wildlife attraction known for its large population of snow leopards and a diverse array of bird species. After Nanda Devi Biosphere Reserve, it is India’s second-largest continuous protected area. In addition to being a must-see destination for animal fans, the 3,350 square kilometre park also offers opportunities for photographers and hikers.
Karnala Bird Sanctuary, Maharashtra
This bird sanctuary will be the ideal tourist destination in Panvel for you if you enjoy the outdoors, thanks to its impressive collection of exotic flora and more than 200 kinds of native and migratory birds. To see birds like the Malabar Lark, Small Sunbird, Nilgiri Woodpigeon, Slaty Legged Crake, and other species, you can choose from intriguing paths like the Hariyal and Mortaka nature trails. Each year, the sanctuary is visited by around 30 different species of migrating birds, including the Bluethroat, Ashy Minivet, and Red-breasted Flycatcher.
As you go through the breathtaking environment, don’t forget to look out for the vibrant butterflies. If you go during the monsoons, you can witness a lot of little ravines bursting over with water, which would further enhance the sanctuary’s beauty. The historic Karnala Fort from the 12th century is also housed in the sanctuary.
Keibul Lamjao National Park, Manipur
The park is situated in Loktak Lake’s south-western region. The brow-antlered deer (Sangai), a dancing deer native to Manipur, has its last remaining natural habitat here. The only floating park in the world is Keibul Lamjao National Park. Any wildlife enthusiast who visits this particular wetland ecosystem must catch a glimpse of the deer. Other animals that can be spotted include hog deer, otters, numerous waterfowl, and migrating birds, which are often visible from November to March. Within the park, the Manipur Forest Department maintains two rest houses and two watchtowers. Shooting is forbidden.
Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park, Andamans
The Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park was established in 1983 with the goal of protecting the local sea turtle nesting colonies and coral reefs. The park is guarded by the Chief Wildlife Warden of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands Forest Department and is located near Wandoor, on the Andaman Islands, 29 kilometres from Port Blair. The park has a total area of 281.5 square kilometres and consists of 17 islands. Sea creeks flow through the entire park. The Labyrinth Islands and the Twin Islands are the two principal island groups that make up the Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park. To the Rutland Archipelago these 17 islands belong.
Pakke Tiger Reserve, Arunachal Pradesh
Pakke Tiger Reserve is a portion of Pakhui, or Pakke Wildlife Sanctuary, and is located in the East Kameng District. The wildlife reserve is a great location to see and photograph all four species of hornbills as well as a wide variety of other animals and birds. Some of the rarest species of plants and animals can be found in the Pakke Tiger Reserve, which also has beautiful terrain. PTR is unique because of the outstanding work done by the Forest Department and nearby towns to protect the indigenous animals, including the Nyishi Tribe. The considerable steps, which included penalties for wildlife violations, altered the environment in the reserve and created a secure environment for the flora and fauna to thrive.
Pampadum Shola National Park, Kerala
Pampadum Shola National Park in the Idukki district of Kerala may be the smallest national park in the state, yet it may nevertheless astound tourists with its extraordinary assortment of flora and fauna. The park, which is situated in the eastern portion of the Southern Western Ghats, is around 35 kilometres away from Munnar. The park has a year-round misty and overcast environment and gets a lot of rain during the North-East monsoon. Due to its diverse range of environments, the park is home to 22 species of trees, 74 types of plants and shrubs, and 16 species of climbers. Some of the creatures that are frequently sighted in the park are the elephant, gaur, leopard, wild boar, sambhar, and common langur. The park’s wooded areas feature several fantastic hiking trails.
Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary, Assam
The Pobitora National Park is located in Assam’s Morigaon district. The distance from Guwahati to the national park is roughly 48 kilometres. It takes an hour to get there through a road that passes by the River Brahmaputa and part of the settlement of Mayong. The great Indian One-Horned rhinoceros is abundant there. Pobitora’s most notable resident is the magnificent Indian one-horned rhinoceros. In addition to rhinos, additional wildlife includes leopards, wild boars, barking deer, and wild buffalo. Along with several reptiles and more than 2,000 migratory birds, Assam’s Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary is home to migratory birds. It is a significant bird area as well.