Bandipur National Park and Tiger Reserve
This is one of the first Tiger Reserves of India which was established in the year 1931 by the Maharaja of Mysore. It was later declared a national park in 1974. This is a few kilometeres north of Mysore and shares boundaries with other sanctuaries and national parks of tamil Nadu, Maharashtra, etc. The national Park is one of the most popular in the country and the Kabini River is an added attraction here. There are about 70 tigers out here in this open area where the animals lead a free life with lots of space to roam about. The main animals here include leopards, chitahs, gaur, sloth bears, sambhars, mouse deer, wild dog, wild boar, barking deer, hyena and four horned antelope. The many species of birds include pompadour green pigeon, grey jungle fowl, honey buzzard, red headed vulture, owls and hawks.
Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary
We left from Goa at around 9:30 am. It took around 1 hour to reach the base village of Dudhsagar. It was a clear sunny day. The guide gave us some basic guidelines and divided us into smaller groups of 8-9 people. The road trail was through Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary so we boarded a forest department jeep. The jeep cost and the Sanctuary entry fee were included in the package.The road was through forest, it was not that dense as it was March. We had to cross the Mandovi river couple of time, which was a thrill itself. The road condition was extremely poor, which makes it impossible to use it in monsoon. Trekking is the only option in monsoon. It took us almost one hour to reach the end of the road, the last 1 km we had to trek. We were more than happy to walk after the long painful ride. The trek was easy, you just need to follow the trail through the rocks. It took us around 10 minutes to reach the base of the waterfall. And here it was, the mighty Dudhsagar.
Anshi National Park
Located at a little more than 50 kilometers from the Uttara Kannada District, this was first opened as a Wildlife Sanctuary in May, 1956. Later, a part of this was declared as a National Park and then again later, in January 2007, the status of this was promoted as a Project Tiger Sanctuary. The place is of course rich in both flora and fauna and the main species of flora found here are the lantana, bauhinia, silver oak, bamboo, teak and eucalyptus. The major species of fauna here are the bonnet, Malabar Giant Squirrels, Malabar civets, deer, panglin, sloth bear and bisons. The common leopards, tigers and elephants are also found here. There are a number of birds which come here as migratory birds round the year.
This is an awesome amusement park near the Venkaiiah Park on the Necklace Road. This also forms the heart of the twin cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad and take its water sources from the very beautiful Hussain Sagar Lake. The nearest landmark is the IMAX theatre and is almost always crowded. Apart from the rides there is a lush green lawn for you to relax with your friends and family or also enjoy a nice picnic.