South India is home to some of the most awe-inspiring and biodiverse landscapes, making it a haven for wildlife enthusiasts and nature lovers. The region boasts several tiger reserves, each playing a crucial role in the conservation and protection of the majestic Bengal tiger and other endangered species. Let's look at these captivating tiger reserves of South India and delve into their unique charm.
Periyar Tiger Reserve
Located in the Western Ghats of Kerala, Periyar Tiger Reserve is a true gem of biodiversity. Sprawling across 925 sq. km., it is centred around Periyar Lake, offering breathtaking sights of the forest and wildlife. The reserve is renowned for its picturesque boat cruises, where visitors can spot herds of elephants, gaurs and an array of bird species. The lush evergreen forests, hilly terrains and rich flora and fauna make Periyar a paradise for nature enthusiasts.
Nagarhole Tiger Reserve
Also known as Rajiv Gandhi National Park, Nagarhole Tiger Reserve in Karnataka is arguably the best tiger reserve in South India and an enchanting expanse of wilderness. Spanning over 640 sq. km., it showcases diverse ecosystems, including tropical forests, swamps and grasslands. Kabini River meandering through the reserve adds to the picturesque charm. Apart from the elusive tigers, the reserve is home to leopards, Indian elephants, sloth bears and several bird species, making it a delightful destination for wildlife safaris. If you're planning a trip here, think about staying at The Serai Kabini, offering opulent villas surrounded by nature.
Bandipur Tiger Reserve
Nestled amidst the picturesque Nilgiri mountains of Karnataka, Bandipur Tiger Reserve is an integral part of Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve. Covering an area of around 874 sq. km., this reserve is celebrated for its thriving tiger population and extensive flora. The verdant landscapes, teak forests and rich biodiversity make it a perfect habitat for numerous wildlife, including the critically endangered Indian vulture. Bandipur is one of the best places for tiger safari in South India and you can experience these majestic creatures by Canters and Jeeps. Consider staying at The Serai Bandipur when you plan to visit Bandipur Tiger Reserve. Our resort is nature-centric and offers commodious villas.
Dandeli Anshi Tiger Reserve
Dandeli Anshi Tiger Reserve is situated in the state of Karnataka and is a merger of Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary and Anshi National Park. Spanning over 1,155 sq. km., it is one of the largest tiger reserves in India. The reserve is blessed with a diverse landscape of deciduous forests, bamboo groves and pristine rivers. Apart from tigers, visitors can spot black panthers, Indian bison and a variety of reptile and bird species.
Bhadra Tiger Reserve
Located in the Chikmagalur district of Karnataka, Bhadra Tiger Reserve is an enchanting wilderness spread across approximately 492 sq. km. The shimmering Bhadra River flows through the reserve, adding to its charm. Apart from Bengal tigers, the reserve is home to leopards, Indian elephants and the elusive black panthers. Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary within the reserve offers thrilling opportunities for wildlife safaris and bird-watching. The Serai Chikmagalur is a breathtaking resort for your stay. Our resort is eclipsed by nature with amazing villas.
Mudumalai Tiger Reserve
Tucked away amidst the Nilgiri Hills in Tamil Nadu, Mudumalai Tiger Reserve boasts an incredible diversity of flora and fauna. The reserve, spreading over 321 sq. km., is part of Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve and shares its boundaries with Bandipur Tiger Reserve in Karnataka and Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary in Kerala. Besides tigers, visitors can spot endangered species like the Indian elephant and Indian leopard.
Anamalai Tiger Reserve
Also known as Indira Gandhi Wildlife Sanctuary and National Park, Anamalai Tiger Reserve is a haven for biodiversity. Situated in the Western Ghats of Tamil Nadu, this reserve is spread over 958 sq. km. With its lush forests, grasslands and rivers, Anamalai provides a nurturing habitat for a variety of wildlife, including the elusive Royal Bengal tiger.
Sathyamangalam Tiger Reserve
Spanning across the states of Tamil Nadu and Karnataka, Sathyamangalam Tiger Reserve is a vital corridor for wildlife movement. With an area of around 1,411 sq. km., it is one of the largest tiger reserves in the country. The reserve houses a significant population of tigers and other endangered species, making it a prime destination for wildlife enthusiasts and conservationists.
South India's tiger reserves are not only vital for the preservation of the majestic Bengal tiger, but they also serve as critical ecosystems for a wide range of flora and fauna. These reserves offer a unique opportunity to witness nature's grandeur up close and contribute to conservation efforts. As we explore these mesmerising landscapes, let us also recognise the importance of protecting these precious havens.