The geographical location of South India on the coastline Arabian Sea, Bay of Bengal and Indian Ocean, highlands of Western and the Eastern Ghats and Deccan plateaus blessed this region with diverse flora, fauna and birds species. This Southern region of India is also known for its number of wildlife reserves and national parks which are teeming with number of species. The charm of South India wildlife sanctuaries calls on scores of nature lovers, wildlife enthusiasts and wildlife lovers from across the globe. The well – known South India wildlife sanctuaries are:
Bandipur Wildlife Sanctuary
It is one of the beautiful wildlife reserves of South India situated in the state of Karnataka. It is located amidst the awe-inspiring surroundings of the Western Ghat Mountains on the Mysore-Ooty highway. This wildlife reserve covers an area of 874.2 sq km. Large number of tourists come here to enjoy the scenic spell of nature scattered in the form of landscapes, scenic ambience and number of flora, fauna and avifauna species. The prime attraction of this sanctuary is the Asiatic elephant which are found here in large number. The Moyar, Kabini and Gagur are three popular rivers that supports the life of species dwelling here and increases the scenic beauty of this place. The poplar animals which can be easily sighted here are Asian elephant, jungle cat, wild boar, lion tailed macaque, leopard and many more.
Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary
This is another popular wildlife reserve of South India situated at an altitude of 1000 meters above sea level. It is located amidst hilly terrain of the Western Ghats which increases its scenic glamour. Large number of tourists flocks here to spend their thrilling and exciting vacations. The scenic landscapes and diverse wildlife species make it an ideal place for wildlife photographers and wildlife trail tour. During wildlife safari at this place tourists can see the various species wild animals, birds, reptiles and amphibians. Some of the easily sighted wild animals of this place are Asiatic wild dog, sloth bear, gaur, leopard, jackal, hyena and more.
Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary
It is another most famous wildlife reserve of South India situated on the bank of Periyar Lake in the Idukki district of Kerala. This national park sprawled over an area of 777 sq. km in the Western Ghats region. The location gifted the national park with diverse collection of flora, fauna and avifauna species. The dense evergreen and savannah grasslands surroundings nurture some of the exotic and endangered wildlife species. Based on the census this wildlife reserve cradles 900 elephants, 40 tigers, 280 gaurs, 20 leopards, 180 birds species and number of other wild animals like sloth bear, nilgiri langur, porcupine, lion-tailed macaque. The boat safari is the most thrilling way to explore and experience the diversity of this wildlife reserve. This is the only wildlife park in India where tourists can enjoy the exhilarating fun of boat safari.