Wednesday, 14 December 2016

Spot the Wild Life at the Woods of South India

South India is one of the most beautiful places in India, blessed with scenic beauty and a tranquil atmosphere. Under this amiable atmosphere the flora and fauna of South India has flourished and undeniably is worth a visit. Let us checkout some of the remarkable wildlife retreats of South India.


The thick forests of Masinagudi makes it a safe shelter for tigers, elephants, red giant squirrels, grey langurs, sambar and gaur deer species, pythons, wild boars and cobras. Located at the foothills of Nilgiri, the place has an inviting atmosphere. You can choose between day and night safari rides or both and stay at the resorts located within the forests.

How to reach? Mysore is the nearest railway station, which is just 85 kms from the forest. The nearest airport is at Coimbatore, 125 km from the retreat.

When to visit? October to May.

Tip for travel: You may also visit the nearby hill stations of Ooty and Coonoor; known for the natural bliss or enjoy a thrilling ride along the Kalhatty Ghats challenging the 36-hairpin bends.

Masinagudi Wildlife Resort


The Nagarhole Forests with the River Kabini flowing by its side it a natural abode for tigers. Part of the Rajiv Gandhi National Park, this tiger reserve is also the terrain of large Asiatic elephants and the crystalline waters of Kabiniis filled with Mahseer fish. You may also come across leopards, spotted deer, four horned antelopes, peacocks, crocodiles, pythons and cobras.

How to reach? The nearest railway station to Kabini is Mysore, just 80 kms from the retreat while the nearest airport is just at 200 kms at Bengaluru.

When to visit? October to May

Tip for travel: Enjoy a pleasant boat ride over River Kabini, witnessing animals and birds in their own mood.

Nagarhole Forests near Kabini River

Bandipur National Park

This is another popular tiger reserve of the country. While the wild cats are treat to the eyes, the twitters of 300 bird species creates a melodious environment. Malabar Grey Hornbill and Blue Winged Parakeet are some of the rare avian species available here.

How to reach? The closest railway station is Mysore, just 80 kms from the place. Bengaluru International Airport is just 260 kms from the place.

When to visit? November to June.

Tip for travel: You may also checkout the Himavad Gopalaswamy Betta, the highest mountain peak of this region. The place is also known for its tuskers.

Bandipur National Park

Muthanga Wildlife Sanctuary

This is the kingdom of the Asiatic Elephant, who can be seen strolling through the forests, also sometimes creating jam on the roads. The colorful birds are another attraction of this forest; hornbills, woodpeckers and beeeaters are the popular avian species available here. The bison, tigers and panthers are the other species.

How to reach? Kozhikode, 100 kms, is the nearest railway station and airport to the forest. 

When to visit? October to February.

Tip for travel: Go for an elephant safari to get the real feel of the jungles.

Muthanga Wildlife Sanctuary

Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary

This is another beautiful park known for its sprawling valleys, wild rivers and mystic mountains. The Kavala Caves and Syntheri Rocks are the natural attractions here. Among wildlife, the place is known for the endangered species of black panthers, flying squirrels, sloth bears, tigers, great hornbills, deer and crocodiles.

How to reach? Hubli is the closest airport, just at 75 kms. Londaat 48 kms and Alnavar at 32 kms are the closest railway stations to the park. Moreover, Goa one of the exotic sea beaches of India is just 150 kms from Dandeli.

When to visit? October to May

Tip for travel: Dandeli is also a paradise for adventure sports lovers. White river rafting in dandeli, rappelling, nature treks and rock climbing can act as great stress busters.

Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary

Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary

Nestled in the hills of the Western Ghats, the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary or the Thekkady Wildlife Sanctuary is one of the most popular tourism hot spots in Kerala. Spread over an area of 675 sq km, this wildlife sanctuary is a reservoir of several endemic, rare and endangered species of animals. Named after the Periyar Lake, which is located within the sanctuary, this wildlife reservoir is home to 1800 flowering plants, 171 grass species, 143 species of orchids, 35 species of mammals and 265 species of birds.

How to Reach? Madurai Airport at a distance of 140 km is the closest airport to the protected forests and Kottayam Railway Station, located at a distance of 114 km from Periyar National Park, is closest in proximity.

When to visit? November to April

Tip for travel: You can indulge in trekking and boating at the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary or take an elephant ride into the jungle.

Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary

Vacations are ideal for rejuvenating yourselves and wildlife tours are known to be one of the best rejuvenators of recent times. So pack your bags and get ready for a South India thrilling holiday.


  1. Hi,
    Really South India is the best destination to book a trip for wild life tour. So it will be better if you book that through any travel agency & also go with a tour guide. Recently I have also returned from my South India wild life tour which I have booked from Complete India & Asia. They also provided a tour guide with me for my comfort journey. I think everyone should have to go for a wild life tour with his children & for this South India is best.
    Thank you.

  2. Excellent Post! Rejoice life during holidays through Dandeli Resorts; located in Uttara Kannada, Karnataka state.


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