India is home to some of the most famed National Parks and Sanctuaries in the world. India owing a diverse ecology boasts of plush vegetation and dense forests, often housing house rare medicinal plants and exotic flowers. The wildlife dwelling in these sanctuaries and reserves are abundant. Also the Conservation programs to save wildlife have saved many species from near extinction along with successful breeding programs.
The most pleasant time to visit any wildlife sanctuary in India, with the exception of Dachigam is the months between October and March. However, the chances of spotting wildlife are better from March to June when the weather is hot. Below are listed just a few of India’s wildlife sanctuaries. In total, India offers nearly sixty reserves in addition to a great number of national parks.
Gahirmatha Turtle Sanctuary is close to the Bhitar Kanika of Orissa. This is the breeding ground for the giant Olive Ridley Turtles, who travel all the way from the Pacific Ocean to mate and lay their eggs here.
The Gharial sanctuary at Tikarapada is a must for wildlife fans. Located at about 211-km from Bhubaneswar and 58-km from Angul, it offers forest bungalow accommodation at strategic places. If one wants to camp inside the sanctuary then he has to take special permission to do so.
Chandaka elephant reserve is located in the Bhubaneshwar in the state of Orissa.
Simlipal National Park is one of the earliest to come under Project Tiger. It was declared as one of the nine tiger project reserves in the country in 1973. It was declared a sanctuary in 1979. The floral treasures of Simlipal National include about 501 species of plants belonging to 102 families including medicinal and aromatic plants. The waterfalls, tribal settlements and mountain peaks, increase the glory of the park.