Wildlife Sanctuaries in India

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Pakhui Tiger Reserve

Pakhui Tiger Reserve is a Project Tiger tiger reserve in the East Kameng district of Arunachal Pradesh in northeastern India. The 862 square kilometres (333 sq mi) reserve is protected by the Department of Environment and Forest of Arunachal Pradesh.

Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary

Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary is an estuarine mangrove habitat, which is declared as a bird sanctuary, and located on western tip of the Island of ChorĂ£o along the Mandovi River, Goa, in India.

Changthang Cold Desert Wildlife Sanctuary

The Changtang Wildlife Sanctuary is home to many rare species of flora and fauna, which are well cared for in this wildlife sanctuary. The sanctuary is located at high altitude in the Ladakh district of Jammu and Kashmir. The Changtang Wildlife Sanctuary is surrounded by two large and world-famous water lakes, the Tsomoriri and the Pangong Tso.

Pulicat Lake Bird Sanctuary

Pulicat Lake Bird Sanctuary is located in Nellore district of Andhra Pradesh and Protected area in Thiruvallur District of Tamil Nadu state in South India. The sanctuary is most noted for the many greater flamingos seen here. The biodiversity of this lake attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors per year.

Netravali Wildlife Sanctuary

Netravali Wildlife Sanctuary is located in South Eastern Goa, India. It constitutes one of the vital corridors of the Western Ghats. Netravali or Neturli is an important tributary of River Zuari, which originates in the sanctuary. Forests mostly consist of moist deciduous vegetation interspersed with evergreen and semi-evergreen habitat.

Chintamoni Kar Bird Sanctuary

Chintamoni Kar Bird Sanctuary situated at south Kolkata and near Narendrapur Ramkrishna Mission. This is also known as Kayal-r Bagan. This garden is famous for availability of wide variety of birds, butterflies, ferns and orchids. This was an honour to celebrated sculptor Chintamoni Kar, who had for many years fought relentlessly to gain the status kayaler bagan for the sanctuary.

Mehao Wildlife Sanctuary

Owing its name to Mehao Lake, located within the reserve, Mehao Wildlife Sanctuary is one of the most popular wildlife places in Arunachal Pradesh. The sanctuary was established in 1980 and is home to many species of wild animals including the Bengal tiger, hoolock gibbon, leopard and clouded leopard. A paradise for the wildlife and nature lovers, Mehao Wildlife Sanctuary is located in Lower Dibang Valley, a district of Arunachal Pradesh.

Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary

Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary or Keoladeo Ghana National Park is located in Rajasthan state of India. It is one of the finest bird sanctuaries in the world. Besides a number of birds, the Bharatpur bird sanctuary or national park offers protection to various animal species as well. The bird sanctuary is home to numerous indigenous water birds as well as migratory birds and also inhabited by Sambar, Chital, Nilgai and Boar.


Dalma Wildlife Sanctuary is located 10 km from the city of Jamshedpur in the Indian state of Jharkhand. It was inaugurated by Sanjay Gandhi in 1975. It is a notable wildlife sanctuary and contains significant population of Indian Elephants. Dalma Wildlife Sanctuary is situated around the Dalma Hills.

Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary

Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary is located in northeastern Goa, India in Ponda taluka. It is a popular destination for both tourists and schoolchildren. A wide variety of animal life can be encountered, including sambar deer, Indian bison, Malabar giant squirrel, Indian peafowl and many species of snakes.

Nelapattu Bird Sanctuary

Nelapattu Bird Sanctuary is a bird sanctuary in Nellore district, Andhra Pradesh, India, near the village of Nelapattu. It is an important breeding site for spot billed pelicans - Pelecanus philippensis. Nelapattu has two major plant communities, Barringtonia swamp forests and southern dry evergreen scrub.

Senchal Wildlife Sanctuary

Senchal Wildlife Sanctuary was set up in 1915 in the Darjeeling District of West Bengal, India. It is one of the oldest wildlife sanctuaries of India. High-altitude animals such as barking deer, wild pig, himalayan black bear, leopard, jungle cat, common rhesus monkey, Assam macaque, Himalayan flying squirrel, etc. are found in their natural habitats. The sanctuary is also rich in bird life.

Kondakarla Bird Sanctuary

Kondakarla Bird Sanctuary is a bird sanctuary at 40 kms from Vishakhapatnam having a rich variety of bird species. The area is recommended for Bird watchers in Winter.

Tirumala Deer Park Reserve

Deer Park in Tirupati is one of the best nature parks in the state offering dramatic landscapes along a wide range of flora and fauna. Nestled in rich natural beauty, the Deer Park in Tirupati is the home to incredible array of flora and fauna. It is a tourist-friendly park allowing you to enjoy nature as well as engage in amusement with deer.

Coringa Wildlife Sanctuary

Coringa Wildlife Sanctuary is a wildlife sanctuary and estuary situated in Andhra Pradesh, India. It is the second largest stretch of mangrove forests in India with 24 mangrove tree species and more than 120 bird species. It is home to the critically endangered white-backed vulture and the long billed vulture.

Daying Ering Wildlife Sanctuary

Daying Ering Wildlife Sanctuary is spread over a cluster of river islands. A cruise through the Siang River is the only way to reach the sanctuary. One can reach there by cruising the Siang River. The unique ecosystem of this sanctuary has made it a natural habitat for different species of birds. The sanctuary is a veritable delight to amateur and professional ornithologists.

Hazaribag Wildlife Sanctuary

Hazaribag Wildlife Sanctuary is a wildlife sanctuary in Jharkhand, India. Nestling in low hilly terrain, is home to sambar, nilgai, chital, peafowl, sloth bears, black bears, hyenas and pigeons. Earlier it was home to tigers, leopards, and many more animals but now rarely animals other than nilgai and hyena are seen. It is known that many foreigners also used to visit the then-called National Park, but due to lack of care by government, it has become mere a forest.

Ramgarh Vishdhari Wildlife Sanctuary

Ramgarh Vishdhari Wildlife Sanctuary is located close to Bundi on the Bundi-Nainwa road. Covering an area of 252 sq. km., this sanctuary is home to a variety of flora and fauna. Established in 1982, it forms a buffer for Ranthambore National Park. The best time to visit is between September and May.

Sariska Tiger Reserve

Sariska Tiger Reserve is a national park and tiger reserve located in the Alwar district of the state of Rajasthan, India. The topography of the protected area comprises scrub-thorn arid forests, rocky landscapes, dry deciduous forests, rocks, grasses and hilly cliffs.

Gulmarg Wildlife Sanctuary

Gulmarg Wildlife Sanctuary is located approximately 48 km from Srinagar. Blessed with immense natural beauty, this paradise comprises species of flora and fauna, which unfortunately have now become endangered or almost extinct.

Koundinya Wildlife Sanctuary

Kaundinya Wildlife Sanctuary is a wildlife sanctuary and an elephant reserve situated in Andhra Pradesh, India. It is the only sanctuary in Andhra Pradesh with a population of Asian elephants, which migrated after 200 years from neighbouring regions. The habitat of Kaundinya sanctuary is rugged with high hills and deep valleys.

Cotigao Wildlife Sanctuary

The Cotigao Wildlife Sanctuary is located in Canacona Taluka, South Goa district of Goa, India. The sanctuary is known for its dense forest of tall trees, some of which reach 30 metres in height. A special feature of the sanctuary is a treetop watchtower positioned 25 metres above a watering hole where animals go to drink.

Ranthambore Wildlife Sanctuary

Ranthambore National Park or Ranthambore is a national park in northern India, covering 282 km. Ranthambore was established as the Sawai Madhopur Game Sanctuary in 1955 by the Government of India and was declared one of the Project Tiger reserves in 1973. Ranthambore became a national park on 1 November 1980.

Ballabhpur Wildlife Sanctuary

Ballabhpur Wildlife Sanctuary, popular as Deer Park was established in 1977. This wooded area is located near Santiniketan in Bolpur subdivision of Birbhum District in the Indian state of West Bengal. It has an average elevation of 56 metres. It is home to a number of deer including the Blackbuck and Spotted deer. Other animals include jackals, foxes and a variety of water birds.

Ramnabagan Wildlife Sanctuary

Ramnabagan Wildlife Sanctuary is in Burdwan, West Bengal, India. The animals found include spotted deer and common langur. Blackbuck have been introduced recently. Ramnabagan Mini Zoo in the Ramnabagan Wildlife Sanctuary spread over an area of 14.31 hectares is in Mouza Baburbag in Burdwan.

Gundla Brahmeswara Sanctuary

Situated on the Gundla Brahmeswaram plateau the Gundla Brahmeswara Wildlife Sanctuary spreads over the Nallamallai hill range and includes lovely valleys and green plateaus. The Gundlakamma River stretches across the sanctuary. The perennial river provides water to the inhabiting animals and the lush surrounding, the valleys and the undulating topography offers a comfortable habitat for the animals.

Kamlang Wildlife Sanctuary

The Kamlang Wildlife Sanctuary is rich in flora and fauna. It is situated in the Lohit District of the northeastern Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh. The park is named after the Kamlang River which flows through it. The Mishmi, Digaru, and Mizo tribal people who reside around the periphery of the sanctuary claim their descent from the King Rukmo of the epic Mahabharata. They believe in a myth of an invisible god known as Suto Phenkhenynon jamalu. An important body of water in the sanctuary is the Glow Lake.

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