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7 Most Beautiful National Parks In South India

South India is popular for its exotic population of flora and fauna. The national parks in South India offer a visual treat for every curious traveler and wildlife enthusiasts likewise. With different eco-systems, it houses many important animals like Elephants and Tigers. There are many picturesque national parks in South India that is a must-visit place for every nature lover. Other than wildlife and vegetation, these parks are blessed with thrilling trek paths.

We present you 7 most beautiful national parks in South India that you should include in your wanderlust.

Periyar National Park

Periyar National Park

Located near Thekkady in Kerala, Periyar National Park is a notable Tiger Reserve and Elephant Reserve in India. It is nestled in the Cardamom Hills and Pandalam Hills of the South Western Ghats along the Tamil Nadu border. It was established in the year 1982 and extends over an area of 925 sq.km. It acts as a sanctuary for many exotic and endangered species of flora and fauna. The park is enclosed by rich estates of tea, coffee, and cardamom. It attracts a plethora of tourist crowds every year with its scenic backdrop and rich biodiversity. If you want to explore this park, you should stay at jungle cottages and resorts near the park.

Opening Timings: 06:00 A.M-07:00 P.M

Things to do: Try trekking, night safari, and boating in the Periyar Lake.

Guindy National Park

Guindy National Park

Situated in the heart of Chennai city in Tamil Nadu, Guindy National Park is the 8th smallest National Park of India. It covers an area of 2.70 sq.km and encompasses breathtaking forests, lakes, scrublands, and streams. It shelters different species of flora and fauna which live with less disturbance from human beings. It is the home to 2000 spotted deer, 400 blackbucks, 24 jackals, and over 60 species of butterflies and 100 species of birds. The park charms more than 700,000 tourists every year.

Opening Timings: 09:00 A.M-06:00 P.M (Tuesday Holiday)

Things to do: Visit Children’s Park, Snake Park, and memorials of great Indian leaders.

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Bandipur National Park

Bandipur National Park

Established in 1974, Bandipur National Park is a beautiful National Park in the southern state of Karnataka. It has the highest population of tigers and is one of the premier Tiger Reserve in India. It comes under the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve and plays a crucial role in Eco-conservation in South India. It is popular among travelers for its wildlife and different types of biomes especially dry deciduous forests. The park expands to an area of 874 sq.km and is a safe haven for several endangered species of flora and fauna in India.

Opening Timings: 06:00 A.M-06:00 P.M

Things to do: Indulge in bus safari, elephant safari, and jeep safari.

Nagarhole National Park

Nagarhole National Park

Nestled in the districts of Kodagu and Mysore of Karnataka, Nagarhole is one of the foremost Tiger Reserves in India along with Bandipur National Park. It is also a part of the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve. It extends for a total area of 643.39 km2. It has a flourishing forest area, waterfalls, small streams, canyons, and valleys.  The fauna found in the park is Tiger, wild dog, leopard, sloth bear, gaur, wild boar, hyena, spotted deer, four-horned antelope, and sambar. Also, it houses more than 250 species of birds that you can spot on the banks of River Kabini.

Opening Timings: 06:00 A.M-06:30 P.M

Things to do: You should definitely try Coracle Ride, Bus Safari, and Jeep Safari.

Mudumalai National Park

Mudumalai-National-Park

Set on the northwestern part of the Nilgiri Hills, Mudumalai National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary is one of the declared tiger reserves in India. It is one of the best places in South India for a wildlife holiday. It is divided into 5 ranges called Masinagudi, Mudumalai, Thepakadu, Nellakota, and Kargudi. It is an oasis for several vulnerable and endangered species like Indian Elephant, Gaur, Indian Leopard, and Bengal Tiger. Moreover, there are around 48 tigers and 266 species of birds in the sanctuary.

Opening Timings: 06:00 A.M-06:00 P.M

Things to do: Try thrilling activities like Elephant Safari, Van Safari, and Private Jeep Safari.

Papikonda Wildlife Sanctuary

Papikonda Wildlife Sanctuary

Positioned in East Godavari and West Godavari districts of Andhra Pradesh and Khammam district of Telangana, Papikonda Wildlife Sanctuary is one of the fascinating parks in South India. The total area of the park is 1012.86 km2. It is nestled on the banks of River Godavari and crosses through Papikonda hills of Eastern Ghats. The River Godavari supplements the Papikonda Wildlife Sanctuary with its natural beauty. You can stay in the forest guest house in the park and explore its beauty.

Opening Timings: 06:00 A.M-06:00 P.M

Things to do: Visit Environmental Education Center, Museum and also try jeep safari and bus safari.

Gulf of Mannar Marine National Park

Gulf of Mannar

The Gulf of Mannar Marine National Park encloses 21 islets and adjoining coral reefs in the Gulf of Mannar in the Indian Ocean. It is located between Rameswaram and Tuticorin on the southeast coast of India. The park stretches for an area of 560 sq.km. Also, it is the key area of the Gulf of Mannar Biosphere Reserve. It has a high diversity and animals and plants in its intertidal, marine and nearshore habitats. It is one of the flourishing regions in marine biodiversity perspective all around the world.

Opening Timings: 06:00 A.M-06:00 P.M

Things to do: Try adventure activities like Snorkeling, Scuba Diving, and Skin Diving. Also, explore coral reefs, green sea turtles, mangrove islands, and seagrass from glass-bottomed.

India is a huge landmass and home for some endangered species. It may have some more national parks. Here I listed some National parks which I explored myself. If you guys know more national parks in South India. Let me know by commenting below.