Bannerghatta National Park
The Bannerghatta National Park in Bangalore was established in 1971. It is a very famous tourist destination with a zoo, a planted Aquarium, Snake House, Butterfly Enclosure and a small pet corner. The Bannerghatta National Park also has ancient temples which are still worshipped by the tourists coming to the park. The park is spread over a large area of 22 kilometers, which encloses six villages within its boundary. The very popular Suvarnamukhi stream runs through the park which is said to have magical curative properties in it. A part of the Bannerghatta National Park has been has been declared as a Biological Reserve for the conservation of rare species like Indian tigers and lions. The Bannerghatta National Park is the first biological park in India in which Elephants can roam around in an area of 122 acres without any chains, as because the whole forest has been fenced and has been designed by the elephant behavior expert Carol Buckley.
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.
Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary
Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary is an animal sanctuary in Wayanad, Kerala, south India. It is on the way from Mysore to Sultan Battery. A variety of large wild animals such as Indian Bison, elephant, deer and tiger are found there. There are also quite a few unusual birds in the sanctuary. In particular, Peafowl tend to be very common in the area.Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary is the second largest wildlife sanctuary in Kerala. It is bestowed with lush green forests and rich wildlife. Also known as the Muthanga Wildlife Sanctuary, this wildlife area houses some of the rare and endangered species of both flora and fauna. Established in 1973, the sanctuary is now an integral part of the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve. It is bounded by protected area network of Nagarhole and Bandipur of Karnataka in the northeast, and on the southeast by Mudumalai of Tamil Nadu.
Mhadei Wildlife Sanctuary
From the balcony of my room I had a view of four magnificent waterfalls and absolute dense green jungle. In the campsite there are numerous snakes and all other creatures which live in perfect harmony with the guests. We actually saw a Vine snake on a tree about 3 meters from my room. We had an orientation session first. Niramal Kulkarni explained about the ventures and activities of MRS. The lunch was a stunning one. An amalgamation of rustic Kokani cuisine with a hint of French cooking. Chicken, fish, mutton curies in coconut gravy, fried fish, rice bhkaries, local red rice and sol-kadhi. Who doesn’t have an appetite for such a delicious food after night long journey! Our trails taught us a lot about the current scenarios (political) that hinder the conservation and also many technical aspects of wildlife research. MRS has a beautiful collection of data charts that give practically all details about the rich wild heritage of the region. The interns working there are very enthusiastic and open a treasure of knowledge both during the slide shows and on field. The first trail took us to the chief highland plateau where MRS is currently working on snakes and caecilians. A moderate trek for half hour takes you to this place from the MRS. We were warned to carry dry bags and raincoats with us, to good reason also. Just upon reaching the top we were lashed with torrential rainfall which drenched us to the bone. We actually could feel the force the rain drops had as the battered down on all our gear and selves. After this ten minutes standstill and suffer affair the weather opened up to a beautiful sunny afternoon. Scourging the plateau we spotted an amazing collection of small animals. Bright coloured fresh water crab, a pied bellied shieldtail (snake), a caterpillar trying to save its eggs from ants, a scorpion and millipedes were the show stealers. Motherly love exsists even in the small creatures. MRS also runs the Pit Viper Expedition every year to study the behavioural and habitat patterns of pit vipers (snake). On coming back to MRS along with some hot tea we had a session on the use of various field record equipments used in wildlife research. it was mesmerising to see the dedication of the MRS team to fight all odds and work tirelessely towards conservation. They have successfully stopped mining in the region. The night trail on the first day was also a rewarding experience. We saw two colour morphs of Malabar Pit Vipers, a Bronze Backed Tree snake, Dobson’s Burrowing Frog, dozens of Malabar Gliding Frogs, Prashad’s Gecko and my favourite a Cicada with its molt amongst many others. the serenity of the jungles here and the melody of thousands of insects, nightjars and the pure dark black night make you rethink your definition of peace. The starry sky (if there is no overcast) gives you a feeling of truly being a small part of this giant universe. It is a sight to behold and remember for all the days that you spend in the busy and bright night life of cities. The night definitely gives you all the rest that you need without any disturbance from the other small world that we dwell in. This is such a remote and beautiful place which has no mobile connectivity. That means no emails from the office to throw deadlines and no calls to remind about the overdue and pending tasks. It is a bliss that only a fortunate few will experience. And I am one of those few.
Daroji Bear Sanctuary
Dorji Bear Sanctuary is few kilometers away from Hampi town famous for Sloth Bears. You need to wake up early the next day and after witnessing sunrise from Matange hill take a ride for Bear Sanctuary. The best time to see bears is around 12 in the afternoon so by the time you reach there you'll see sloth bears resting in grass or looking for water.
END POINT is a place a lot of students choose to hangout. It consists of a park, KMC cricket and football grounds, and a view point. The view point overlooks the Suvarna river surrounded with a lot of greenery. The sunset from End Point is just amazing. It is a good spot for couples.
Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary
Mollem National Park and Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary are an epicenter of flora and fauna in Goa but remain one of the many hidden places in Goa. Where Mollen National Park boasts reptile spotting, the Wildlife Sanctuary is known for sights of leopards, gaur and sloth bears. 2. Cumbarjua canal: