Top 6 Forests in India That are a Must Visit
I love the forest. It is the place where you hear yourself better. – Fahadh Faasil
If you are a nature lover, you may surely resonate with the above quote. The woods are nature's best gift to mankind, for it plays an important part in maintaining the balance of the ecosystem. Nature has been extremely kind to bless India with some of the best forests in the world.
From the unexplored and virgin forests replete with lush greenery, marshy lands and unique wildlife in the north east to the dry deciduous forests in the west coast of India, there is plenty of wilderness that you can explore. If you are looking for an adventure vacation in the woods, you can go on a vacation to the forests in India.
Home to the Royal Bengal Tigers, the rare White Tiger, and a host of other wild and big cats, the Sundarbans forest in West Bengal stretches about 10,000 square kilometres and is one of the largest deltas in the world. The lush green mangrove forest is a Tiger reserve and a biosphere reserve.
The mighty Brahmaputra River flowing through the Sundarbans forest adds another layer of charm to it. The Sundarbans is a delight for the nature lovers as you get to know about a variety of rare animal and plant species that are the natives here.
One of the most famous forests in India to spot the rare and endangered Asiatic lions, the Gir Forest is a haven for nature lovers and wildlife enthusiasts. Spread over 1412 square kilometres, the forest was once a private game preserve of the Nawab of Junagadh. It was later established as a national park in 1965 and special efforts were taken to conserve and protect the lion population in the jungle, which was reduced to less than 15.
Apart from the Asiatic lions, this dry deciduous forest is home to several other animals including sloth bears, leopards, Indian mongoose, chital, four-horned antelopes, wild boar, golden jackals and more. You can go on a jungle safari here; the jeep ride takes you in the heart of the forest where you can get up close and personal with the wildlife and different species of unique plants.
One of the most popular tourist places in India, Corbett has the distinction of being the first national park established in India. It was opened in 1936 and since then it has been attracting many wildlife lovers and photographers from all over the world who come here to revel in the wilderness of the forest and enjoy watching the wild animals’ antics in their natural habitat.
The most commonly found wildlife at Corbett include langurs, spotted deer, barking deer, otters, peacocks, wild elephants, bears and tigers. Even if you are too fond of the wildlife, you can still take a jungle safari and enjoy a wonderful time in the tranquil environment inside the forest; it would definitely calm your mind and rejuvenate your senses.
The Kanha National Park is credited for being the forest that inspired British Author, Rudyard Kipling to write the all-time kids’ favourite and best-selling novel, The Jungle Book. The ethereal beauty of this forest lies in its pristine wilderness and the vast expanse of bamboo and sprawling Sal plantations.
The forest is home to some of the most exotic wildlife, birds, and a variety of plant species. Many people come here to see the Royal Bengal tigers that roam the forests freely and the more shy and rarely visible leopards. While on Jungle safari, you may also come across guars, Indian wild dogs, sloth bears, sambhars and different deer species.
A protected forest area in Chennai, it is one of the best forest reserves in south India. It also houses the Madras Zoo, which is a popular tourist attraction. Surrounded by the Vandalur hills, you can enjoy a stunning view of lush green inside the forest. It is an excellent offbeat holiday location where you can spend a peaceful time amidst nature and enjoy watching the wildlife.
One of the biggest forests in India, this forest area is spread over a 1985 square kilometres in the buffer zone and 1808 square kilometres in the core area. Nestled between the Patkai mountain ranges and the Dapha bum range, it also has the distinction of being the third-largest National Park in the world.
Probably the greatest and most dense forest region in India, it is home to some of the best wildlife species in India that you may not find elsewhere, including the rare and critically endangered snow leopards, the flying squirrels, and Red Panda. You can also find many indigenous and migratory birds and species of monkeys including capped langurs, Assamese Macaques, etc.
A holiday spent in the jungle resort amidst nature is always rejuvenating and enriching. It not only makes you feel closer to nature but also gives you an understanding of India’s topographical diversity and the flora and fauna that reside in it. Now that you know of the different forests in India, which one are you most excited about?