Majestic Ranthambore National Park, India
With more than 1400 tigers in India, it has about 50% of the world’s tiger count and what better place to find this majestic beast than the famous Ranthambore National Park in Rajasthan.
It is one of the largest in the country, sprawled over 1,300 square kilometers of area. Once a hunting ground of the Kings, this park is now a protected haven for tigers, much like Chitwan National Park in Nepal. Wildlife thrives here with jungle cats, Indian fox, crocodile, leopards, sloth bears, and jackals seen in plenty.
Tigers are usually seen in the Bakaula region of the park with dense foliage covering the area and many watering holes. The best time to visit this paradise for wildlife enthusiasts is in April and May.
Bandhavgarh National Park, India
Located in the Umaria district of Madhya Pradesh in Central India, Bandhavgarh National Park is renowned for its exquisite collection of flora and fauna. Home to more than 250 species of birds and 22 species of mammals, it is a favorite with nature lovers and wildlife enthusiasts.
The park is spread over 450 square kilometers and, due to its small size, has a more significant density of wildlife. Once renowned worldwide for the elusive white tigers, now this species has not been spotted for years.
However, it boasts of having about 50 other tigers along with the other Indian wild species including, bison, sambars, langurs, cheetahs, and more. The best time to visit this place is between January and March.
Yala National Park, Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka abounds with wildlife and the best part is that it is all packed into a compact space. The Yala National Park is one of the most famous of the 22 parks in the country, located in the south-east of Srilanka. It is arguably one of the best places to find mammals in Asia.
The top draw here is the Sri Lankan leopard, a subspecies that is endemic to the country. In fact, the chances of spotting this species are very high, almost one cat to every square kilometer.
Another species seen easily is the sloth bear, especially during the fruiting of the palu trees. Some of the other species seen here include toque monkey, golden jackal, wild pig, stripe-necked and ruddy mongooses, Indian palm civet, amongst others.
There are a lot of bird species too owing to a combination of marine, freshwater, scrub, and woodland areas.