5 Tiger Reserves You Didn’t Know About

The debate over tiger tourism has been going on for eternity. Currently, India is home to nearly half of the world’s wild tiger population. According to the last official count, there are nearly 2,967 tigers in India. So, if catching a sneak peek of  a tiger in the wild is on your bucket list, then there is nowhere else better than India. With as many as 50 tiger reserves across the nation, the tiger population has made a quick recovery over the last few years. 

This majestic creature has never failed to fascinate tourists and wildlife enthusiasts. And what better way to catch a glimpse of this wild beast than in its natural habitat. But what intrigues us is the fact that most of the prominent wildlife sanctuaries are limited to the northern belt of the country. Aren’t wildlife expeditions through Bandhavgarh, Kanha and Ranthambore a done and dusted deal? Apart from Periyar in Kerala and Bandipur in Karnataka, how much do we really know about the wildlife situation in the southern part of the country? Well, we’ve handpicked a few less frequented tiger reserves in southern India. Head to these hidden treasures to spot the untamed beauties in their natural wilderness. 

The minute you hear about a wildlife safari in Kerala, the only image that pops in one’s head is of the lush greenery of Periyar wildlife sanctuary. Well, high time we moved beyond Periyar and explored the plethora of options that Kerala has to offer. Located in Palakkad district is the Parambikulam tiger reserve that spreads across a total area of 643 sq. km. Often labelled as a biodiversity hotspot, this tiger reserve is part of the Anamalai sub unit.  Parambikulam is also a popular holiday destination among trekkers. It not only boasts of an enthralling view of the hill ranges but also guarantees an ideal climate to tourists to explore the abundance of wildlife. The lush flora serves as a natural habitat to around 32 - 36 tigers. The tiger reserve is also first scientifically managed teak plantation and houses the world’s tallest and oldest teak tree.