12 Best National Parks and Reserves for Tiger Safaris in India

Tiger denotes strength and bravery. They are the rulers of the jungle and dominates the entire region with their attitude and power. The Bengal tiger is the most popular species, mainly found in India. Tigers are associated with many proud and religious movements in India.

Explore scenic beauty with the natural landscape, wildlife, animals, and rare and migrated birds away from the chaotic life of the metro. Spot how tiger sleeps, eat, and live in the tropical jungles of India. 

Have the most adventurous and thrilling experience in the most natural and serene Tiger Parks of India.

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Amazing Facts About Tiger Reserves in India

We have 51 Tiger Reserves, preserving 3890 (70% of World’s Tiger Population) tigers in India. Every Tiger reserve from the top 10 list witnesses around 1 lakh to 2 lakh visitors annually. 

Karnataka has the highest 408 number of tiger preserves in their national park and reserve.

The highest number of tigers can be seen in Jim Corbett National Park.

Some of the Parks such as Kaziranga National Park, Kanha National Park, Bandhavgarh National Park, and Jim Corbett National Park also provide Elephant Safaris that allows you to get a clear and closer view of the Jungle.

Like this there are total 12 best national parks and tiger reserves to enjoy jungle safari and tiger safari in India. This 2020 Tiger safari in India Guide will detail you about all the places along with best time to visit, chances of tiger spotting, estimated cost of tiger safari, Tiger Safari Zones, Things to do other tiger safari in those destinations.

1. Ranthambore National Park

The Ranthambore National Park is the popular destination for tiger safari in India bordered by Aravali ranges in the Rajasthan. The place is famous for its picturesque beauty beneath the hills and for its lavish and comfortable stay at some beautiful architectural heritage properties.

Best Time to VisitNovermber to March
Big Cities NearbyJaipur
Chances of Tiger SpottingVery High
Number of Tigers in Reserve63
Estimated CostUS$320-US$500 (per person)
AUD400-AUD700 (Per Person)
GBP 250-GBP400 (Per Person)
Tiger Safari ZonesThere are 10 Safari Zones in the park, Zone 1 to Zone 10
Other Activities to doVisit Ranthambore Fort
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2. Hemis National Park

Hemis National Park is in the eastern part of Ladakh of J&K region. This is a small national park having a high density of globally renowned snow Leopards. This place will give you an adventurous and soul fetching a thrilling experience with many other activities happening there. The white tigers are popular in this region.

Best Time to VisitDecember to January
Big Cities NearbyLeh Kushok, Kalka
Chances of Tiger SpottingVery High on Snow Leopards
Number of Tigers in Reserve200 Snow Leopards
Estimated CostUS$380-US$600 (per person)
AUD500-AUD800 (Per Person)
GBP300-GBP500 (Per Person)
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3. Jim Corbett National Park

Jim Corbett, National park is situated in forested land of Uttarakhand. The place has rich fauna and is the best place to visit at any time of the month. The tigers, lions, elephants can be seen in the most natural way in your trip here. The rivers give a serene view to be cherished for a lifetime. Jungle Safaris in Jim Corbett National Park are also provided at the Dhikala and Bijrani Zone of the park.

Best Time to VisitNovember to June
Big Cities NearbyNainital
Chances of Tiger SpottingGood
Number of Tigers in Reserve215 Tigers
Estimated CostUS$280-US$500 (per person)
AUD400-AUD700 (Per Person)
GBP200-GBP400 (Per Person)
Tiger Safari ZonesDhikala zone, Bijarani zone, Jhirna zone, Dhela zone, Durga Devi zone
Other ActivitiesVisit waterfalls and chance to see rare species Bengal tiger
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4. Bandhavgarh National Park

Bandhavgarh National Park is in the central Tala zone of Madhya Pradesh. The ancient Bandhavgarh fort in the south of the park is proof to the royal story of the rulers and hunters. The park has lions, Bengal Tiger, white tiger, deers to be seen in the month of October and November to bring that thrilling experience to the trip. Elephant Safari is also available at the Magdi Zone of the Park.

Best Time to VisitNovember to June
Big Cities NearbyJabalpur
Chances of Tiger SpottingGood
Number of Tigers in Reserve50 Tigers
Estimated CostUS$290-US$480 (per person)
AUD300-AUD600 (Per Person)
GBP200-GBP300 (Per Person)
Tiger Safari ZonesTala zone, Magdi Zone, Bamera zone
Bandhavgarh national parkVisit world popular Khajuraho temples, ancient caves,
Chances to see the rarely seen White tiger
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5. Kaziranga National Park

Kaziranga National Park is a world heritage site declared by UNESCO in Kanchanjuri Assam. The forest is rich in vegetation and wildlife including the exclusive species of single-horned Rhino. The weather, the food and the place to stay make it an ideal place to visit with family in any season. The Park is also an ideal destination for Elephant Safaris and the best zones to enjoy it are Kohora and Bagori Range.

Best Time to VisitNovember to April
Big Cities NearbyTezpur, Guwahati
Chances of Tiger SpottingFair
Number of Tigers in Reserve104 Tigers
Estimated CostUS$300-US$550 (per person)
AUD400-AUD650 (Per Person)
GBP200-GBP500 (Per Person)
Tiger Safari ZonesKohora – The Central Range, Bagori – The Western Range, Agaratoli – The Eastern Range, Burapahar – The Ghorakati Range
Tiger Safari ZonesA chance to see Single horn Rhino, beautiful landscape
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6. Kanha National Park

Kanha National Park is in Madhya Pradesh’s hilly region Bamhnidadar. The grassland, the tall trees, the water reservoirs are the perfect place to reserve, the wildlife in the most authentic manner. The Barasingha is the jewel of Kanha National Park and more can be read and found about it in the museum totally dedicated to wildlife. In the month of May, the dry forest makes it comfortable to sight these animals on rusty land, but after monsoon the weather becomes pleasant but dense vegetation makes it hard to watch this wildlife and birds in the forest. One can also enjoy Elephant safaris at Kanha, Mukki, Kisli, and Sarhi zones of the park.

Best Time to VisitNovember to June
Big Cities NearbyJabalpur
Chances of Tiger SpottingVery Good
Number of Tigers in Reserve125 Tigers
Estimated CostUS$250-US$400 (per person)
AUD300-AUD500 (Per Person)
GBP150-GBP300 (Per Person)
Tiger Safari ZonesKanha Zone, Mukki Zone, Kisli Zone, Sarhi Zone
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7. Bandipur National Park

Bandipur National Park was the hunting ground for Mysore royals for many years in Karnataka. It is now the land for lion, Tiger, Antelopes, Elephant, Bison to wander and breed in their natural habitat. The resort here can give you the natural view of the forest from your windows, making it a memorable trip for lifelong.  Bandhipur National Park Safaris attracts every year thousands of tourists from all over the world.

Best Time to VisitOctober to March
Big Cities NearbyChamarajanagar, Mysore
Chances of Tiger SpottingHigh
Number of Tigers in Reserve70 Tigers
Estimated CostUS$320-US$500 (per person)
AUD400-AUD700 (Per Person)
GBP250-GBP400 (Per Person)
Tiger Safari ZonesEast Zone, West Zone, North West Zone, South Zone, Central Zone
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8. Nagarhole National Park

Nagarhole National Park is the other side of the Bandipur National Park separated by Kabini rivers. The Teak and Sandalwood tree aroma is spread throughout the Brahmagiri mountains. The waterfalls, rivers around the park make the park famous for various activities like hiking and river rafting. The place is the perfect destination for a thrilling experience.

Best Time to VisitOctober to April
Big Cities NearbyMysore
Chances of Tiger SpottingVery Good
Number of Tigers in Reserve250 Tigers
Estimated CostUS$320-US$500 (per person)
AUD400-AUD700 (Per Person)
GBP250-GBP400 (Per Person)
Tiger Safari ZonesZone A, Zone B
Other ActivitiesView floral vegetation
best wildlife safari in india, nagarhole national park

9. Anamalai Tiger Reserve

A beautiful forest located at Anaimalai Hills of Pollachi and Valparai is an exotic home for endangered Bengal Tiger, Indian elephant Indian leopard, and many more species. The major attraction is the Topslip area a downhill terrain popular for trekking, morning walk and amazing view from mountains.

Best Time to VisitDecember to February
Big Cities NearbyCoimbatore, Pollachi
Chances of Tiger SpottingVery Good
Number of Tigers in Reserve30 Tigers
Estimated CostUS$320-US$600 (per person)
AUD400-AUD800 (Per Person)
GBP250-GBP500 (Per Person)

10. Pench Tiger Reserve

The Rudyard Kipling famous writing Jungle book got its inspiration from this jungle which he never visited but, got just inspired by the stories and another part of India, he has visited. The 1000 km stretch of dense forest on the border of Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh is home for many species of flora and fauna and is also a beautiful holiday spot to spend on the banks of the river Pench.

Best Time to VisitFebruary to April
Big Cities NearbyNagpur, Jabalpur
Chances of Tiger SpottingGood
Number of Tigers in Reserve57 Tigers
Estimated CostUS$400-US$500 (per person)
AUD500-AUD700 (Per Person)
GBP300-GBP400 (Per Person)
Tiger Safari ZonesTuria Zone, Karmajhiri Zone, Rukhad Zone, Jamtara Zone, Teliya Zone, Khursapar Zone, Sillari Zone
Other ActivitiesTrekking on hills
best wildlife sanctuary in india, pench tiger reserve

11. Sariska Tiger Reserve

The hunting ground located near to altar is the first reserve in the world to relocate the extinction tiger in the natural habitat. The reserve is over near to Delhi, Jaipur and Agra making it perfect stop during your Golden triangle tour to India. The popular weekend getaway spot for locals for its scenic beauty and comfortable stay.

Best Time to VisitOctober to November
Big Cities NearbyJaipur, Delhi, Agra, Alwar
Chances of Tiger SpottingRare
Number of Tigers in Reserve22 Tigers
Estimated CostUS$200-US$380 (per person)
AUD300-AUD500 (Per Person)
GBP100-GBP250 (Per Person)

12. Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve

One of the oldest Tiger reserves in Maharashtra is a mythological land for Indians. The densely forested hills make a picturesque boundary of the deep valley extended in meadows and lakes in the plain land area. The cliffs, caves, and talus sheltered many wild animals in a natural way.

Best Time to VisitFebruary to June
Big Cities NearbyChandrapur
Chances of Tiger SpottingRare
Number of Tigers in Reserve43 Tigers
Estimated CostUS$280-US$500 (per person)
AUD300-AUD700 (Per Person)
GBP200-GBP400 (Per Person)
Tiger Safari ZonesTadoba Zone, Moharli Zone, Kolsa Zone
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Tiger Safari FAQ’s

Que: Which is the best Tiger safari in India?

Ans: There are 51 tiger reserves in India, preserving more than 4000 tigers all together. Among these Tiger parks, Ranthambore National park is considered to provide the best Tiger safari experience to its guests. The beautiful landscape, luxurious stay, easily accessible location and high chances to spot the tiger are the main reason for such popularity.

Que: Which national park in India has the highest number of tigers?

Ans: With 215 tigers in Jim Corbett national park, Uttarakhand and 125 in Kanha and Bandipur National Park, Madhya Pradesh, the highest number of tigers can be seen in these two national Parks. Ranthambore National Park has 63 tigers and Bandhavgarh National Park has 50 tigers.

Que: Which is the smallest national park in India?

Ans: Hemis National Park in the eastern part of the Ladakh region was considered as smallest National park in India. But after acquiring the neighbouring jungles this park is now spread in more than 4000 square km. Whereas Sariska National Park in Aravali ranges of Rajasthan is the smallest national park stretched within 900 square km.

Que: Which is the biggest national park in India?

Ans: Hemis National Park on the eastern side of the Ladakh region is the largest National Park in Asia and is popular to spot White tigers in the jungle. The area covered by Hemis National Park is around 4400sq.km, Khangchendzonga National Park is spread over 1784 sq. km and Jim Corbett National park are stretched in 1318 sq. km.

Que: Which animals are naturally found in India?

Ans: Tiger, Indian bison, sloth, peacock, elephant, sambar deer, mouse deer, Blackbuck elephants, hyenas, monkeys, Leopard, Chital, striped hyena, Indian fox, golden jackal, jungle cat, Bengal tiger, grey langurs, Indian giant squirrel, gaur, leopard,, honey buzzard, red-headed vulture, hare, gerbil, field mice, mongoose and hedgehog are few commonly and naturally found animals in the jungles of India.

Que: Where are most tigers found in India?

Ans: Madhya Pradesh and Karnataka are two popular states of India that have the maximum number of Tiger reserve. Ranthambore national park(Rajasthan), Bandhavgarh National Park(Madhya Pradesh), Jim Corbett national park(Uttrakhand), Kanha National park(Madhya Pradesh), Pench National Park (Maharashtra), Nagarhole(Karnataka) are some National park where tigers are mostly found in India.

Que: Which is the biggest tiger reserve in India?

Ans: Nagarjunsagar-Srisailam in Andhra Pradesh, India has 3728 sq. Km developed under Tiger Reserve, making it the biggest Tiger reserve in India. There are only 54 tigers in this vast region, making chances to spot the tiger meagre.

Que: Which is the smallest tiger reserve in India?

Ans: Bor Tiger Reserve in Maharashtra is spread over 138 sq.km. The unpopular Tiger Reserve surrounded by Pench and Tadoba Tiger reserve has only 5 tigers in the spread.

Que: Which is the first national park in India?

Ans: Situated in the Nainital district of India, Jim Corbett National park is the first National Park in India establishes in 1936. After 1973-1974, when the tiger project was initiated, many other popular tiger reserves like Ranthambore, Kanha, Bandipur came into existence to save endangered species, Tiger.

Que: What is Project Tiger in India?

Ans: The hunting for amusement took away the life of tigers in large numbers. The alarming situation of extinction was identified by Prime Minister Indira Gandhi in her tenure in 1973. To protect the national animal Project Tiger came into existence during this time supported by the Government of India.


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