TADOBA, INDIA, July 9, 2017 – There’s nothing quite like observing animals in their natural habitats. Indians are extremely lucky that irrespective of where they live, there will be a few wildlife sanctuaries within easy access.
Some national parks have proved to be immensely popular and draw tourists from all over the world, while many others are yet to get their share of the limelight despite being really beautiful and unspoiled, and a treasure trove for nature and wildlife lovers.
Some pristine but little-known destinations that you could consider for your next adventure with nature:
Situated in the foothills of the Nilgiris near Ootacamund, Masinagudi is a tranquil wildlife retreat with dense forests and an immense biodiversity that’s a delight for visitors.
It is one of Mudumalai National Park’s five ranges. With a tiger population of 48, there’s more than an even chance of getting to spot one of these majestic animals. You can also see the Indian leopard, Indian elephant, gaur, sambar, wild boars, pythons, cobras and an amazing 256 avian species, including the long-billed vulture and white-rumped vulture, both on the endangered list.
The best time to visit is between October and May. Mysore, just 85 km away, is the closest railhead while Coimbatore, 125 km away is the nearest airport.
The lovely hill stations of Ooty and Coonoor are a day’s drive.
With a tiger population in excess of 80, frequent tiger sightings is no surprise. Even if you miss spotting a tiger, you can see leopards, wild boars, civets, deer, crocodiles, sloth bears, langur and an amazing 200 avian species. Spread over 625 square km., it is accessed by 12 gates that are quite far from each other.
While there is a large variety of accommodation available, you need to ensure that you stay near the gate where your safari has been booked; else you will lose a great deal of time just traveling.
Tadoba national park resorts are some of the finest you can get at any wildlife sanctuary in the country; however, you can opt for more modestly priced accommodation.
Named after the river of the same name, Kabini is the perfect gateway to teeming wildlife in the forests of Nagarhole. The erstwhile hunting ground of the Mysore royals is now part of the Rajiv Gandhi National Park, and a declared tiger reserve.
Apart from the magnificent tigers, you can get to see a variety of animals like elephants, four-horned antelopes, spotted deer, leopards, Asiatic elephants, peacocks, spectacled cobras, and pythons. The massive Mahseer is a big attraction of the gushing waters of the river.
Rail access is through Mysore, 80 km away, while the nearest airport is at Bangalore, 200 km distant.
If you are not one of those who just wants to follow the footsteps of others, you will do very well to visit any of the three tiger reserves on your next vacation.
Not only will you be able to experience a huge biodiversity but also enjoy the pristine wilderness and the absence of large crowds of tourists.
Author Bio: Bill Williams is a professional travel writer and award-winning wildlife photographer. He has published an online guide on Tadoba national park resorts that is updated annually.