Ultimate guide to 50 Tiger Reserves in India

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India has 50 Tiger Reserves and over 70,000 sq km of forest area dedicated to the Beautiful Royal Bengal Tigers in the form of Tiger Reserves. India hosts more than 70% of Tigers of the world and the number is probably going to increase, once the result of Tiger Census 2018 will come out.

With so many Tiger Reserves and a decent population of Big Cats, India is the favorite destination of all the wildlife and tiger lovers, Plus a hot-spot for the wildlife photographers.

The first Tiger Reserve was declared way back in the year 1973 and since then NTCA has introduced many tiger reserves on a regular interval and today the number of tiger reserves in India is 50.

Big Cats India brings you an ultimate list of all the Tiger Reserves along with important information for the visitors to visit Tiger Reserves in India or to book Tiger Safari in India.

Complete list of 50 Tiger Reserves of India

Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve

Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserves India
Photo credit @Pushkar Karn

Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve is located in Umaria district in Madhya Pradesh and it is one of the most famous Tiger Reserve of India. Bandhavgarh has one of the Highest Tiger Density in India as compared to many other Tiger Reserve.

Spread in more than 1500 sq km, and having a core area of 715 sq km. Bandhavgarh has approximately 80-85 Tiger Population as per the last tiger census in 2014.

Best time to visit Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve

February to June is considered to be the best time to visit Bandhavgarh for tiger sighting. However, November to January is also a favourable time as the weather remain pleasant during this time of the year.

Bandhavgarh remains closed during the monsoon season from 1st July to 15th October every year.

Bandhavgarh Tiger Safari timing and safari zones

Park remains open for the visitors from 15th October to 30th June every year. Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve has four safari zones from where tiger safari starts. Different safari Zones of Bandhavgarh are:

  1. Tala Zone
  2. Magadhi Zone
  3. Khitauli Zone
  4. Panptha Zone

Safari Timings:

Safari
Zone
Period / SeasonMorning Afternoon
Tala15 Oct to 15 Feb
16 Feb to 31 Mar
1 April to 30 June
6:30 to 11:00 AM
6:00 to 11:00 AM
5:30 to 10:00 AM
2:30 PM to 5:30 PM
3:00 PM to 6:00 PM
4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Magadhi 15 Oct to 15 Feb
16 Feb to 31 Mar
1 April to 30 June
6:30 to 11:00 AM
6:00 to 11:00 AM
5:30 to 10:00 AM
2:30 PM to 5:30 PM
3:00 PM to 6:00 PM
4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Khitauli 15 Oct to 15 Feb
16 Feb to 31 Mar
1 April to 30 June
6:30 to 11:00 AM
6:00 to 11:00 AM
5:30 to 10:00 AM
2:30 PM to 5:30 PM
3:00 PM to 6:00 PM
4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Panpatha 15 Oct to 15 Feb
16 Feb to 31 Mar
1 April to 30 June
6:30 to 11:00 AM
6:00 to 11:00 AM
5:30 to 10:00 AM
2:30 PM to 5:30 PM
3:00 PM to 6:00 PM
4:00 PM to 7:00 PM

Corbett Tiger Reserve

Corbett Tiger Reserve
Jim Corbett Tiger Reserve, img@Sujaysj

Corbett Tiger Reserve is located in Nainital district in Uttarakhand and the total area of the reserve is around 1288 sq.km. Corbett Tiger Reserve is the oldest and the prime tiger reserve of the county. It is also the biggest tiger reserve of Uttrakhand.

It was declared in 1973 and was the first Tiger Reserve considered under Project Tiger in India by NTCA.

Corbett Tiger Reserve has approximately 215 tiger which makes is one of the most visited wildlife destinations in India with a great chance to spot a tiger.

Corbett is a haven for wildlife photographer and filmmakers because of its Tiger population and other notable wild species.

Best time to visit Cornett Tiger Reserve

Jim Corbett Tiger Reserve remains open from mid-October to June. However, some gates of the park remain closed till November but most of the park is accessible from mid-October.

February to May has better chances to spot a tiger and to view the beautiful landscapes of Corbett Tiger Reserve.

Jim Corbett Safari Timings and Safari Zones

Jim Corbett Tiger Reserve has 4 safari zones from where the tiger safari begins.

  • Dhikala Zone – 32 Km from Ram Nagar
  • Birjani Zone – 2 Km from Ram Nagar
  • Dhela Zone – 15 Km from Ram Nagar
  • Jhirna Zone – 15 Km from Ram Nagar
  • Durgadevi Zone – 28 Km from Ram Nagar
  • Sonanadi Zone – 51 Km from Ram Nagar

Corbett Tiger reserve is said to have one of the finest Tiger Safari in India. Safari timing for Corbett Tiger Reserve is

Zone Season / MonthsMorning Evening
DhikalaWinter Safari
Summer Safari
07:00 – 10:00 AM
06:00 – 09:30 AM
02:00 – 05:30 PM
03:00 – 06:30 PM
BirjaniWinter Safari
Summer Safari
07:00 – 10:00 AM
06:30 – 09:30 AM
02:00 – 05:30 PM
03:00 – 06:30 PM
DhelaWinter Safari
Summer Safari
07:00 – 10:00 AM
06:30 – 09:30 AM
02:00 – 05:30 PM
03:00 – 06:30 PM
JhirnaWinter Safari
Summer Safari
07:00 – 10:00 AM
06:30 – 09:30 AM
02:00 – 05:30 PM
03:00 – 06:30 PM
DurgadeviWinter Safari
Summer Safari
07:00 – 10:00 AM
06:30 – 09:30 AM
02:00 – 05:30 PM
03:00 – 06:30 PM
SonanadiWinter Safari
Summer Safari
07:00 – 10:00 AM
06:30 – 09:30 AM
02:00 – 05:30 PM
03:00 – 06:30 PM

Ranthambore Tiger Reserve

Ranthambore Tiger Reserve
Ranthambore Tiger Reserve, Img@thestripedshutter

Ranthambore is one of the prime, most visited and Picturesque Tiger Reserve of India. Located in Sawai Madhopur region of Rajasthan, Ranthambore Tiger Reserve is spread in an area of 1411 sq.km.

Ranthambore was declared as Tiger Reserve in the year 1973 under Project Tiger.

According to the tiger census held in 2014, Ranthambore has around 62 Royal Bengal Tiger which makes it a must visit Tiger Reserve of India. Machali was one of the Iconic and most famous Bengal Tiger of Ranthambore and one of the most pictured Tiger of all time as well.

There is also a famous fort inside the Tiger Reserve known as Ranthambore Fort.

Best time to visit Ranthambore Tiger Reserve

Ranthambhore Tiger Reserve can be visited throughout the year. However, if we talk about the best time to spot a tiger in Ranthambore Tiger Reserve then March to June has a better probability to spot a tiger near water bodies.

Best time to visit the reserve to spot other animals and the beauty of the reserve is between October to March, Weather is pleasant during this time of the year.

Reserve remain closed from 1st July to 30th September every year.

Safari Timing Ranthambore Tiger Reserve

Ranthambore Tiger Reserve provides two types of safari:

  1. Open Gypsy Safari
  2. Canter Safari

Safari timing during morning and afternoon in Ranthambore

  • Morning Safari during the winter season: 07:00 Hrs to 10:30 Hrs
  • Morning Safari during the summer season: 06:30 Hrs to 10:00 Hrs
  • Afternoon Safari during the winter season: 14:00 Hrs to 17:30 Hrs
  • Afternoon Safari during the summer season: 14:30 Hrs to 18:00 Hrs

Pench Tiger Reserve

Pench Tiger Reserve
Pench Tiger Reserve, Img@riturajrahi

Pench Tiger Reserve is the joint pride of Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh. Located in Seoni district of Madhya Pradesh. Pench is the most popular Tiger Reserve of Central India as it shares its area among two states. Pench is the smallest Tiger Reserve of Madhya Pradesh.

Pench got its name from the River Pench which flows in the Reserve. Pench Tiger Reserve covers a total of 1192 sq km area in Madhya Pradesh and a total of 741 sq km including the core and the buffer area in Maharashtra. Pench is the smallest Tiger Reserve in both Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra.

Pench is also world famous because of its appearance in the story “The Jungle Book” in 1984.

Best time to visit Pench Tiger Reserve

Winter season between November to February is considered to be the best time to visit Pench Tiger Reserve. Because the Reserve gets too hot and humid during the summers.

Like many other Tiger Reserve, Pench Tiger Reserve also remains closed during monsoon.

Safari Timing in Pench Tiger Reserve

Because Pench can be visited from two states, there are two timings for Pench Tiger Reserve.

Safari Timings for Pench, Madhya Pradesh

Season / MonthsMorning
Entry
Morning
Exit
Evening
Entry
Evening
Exit
October06:00 Hrs11:00 Hrs15:00 Hrs18:00 Hrs
November06:00 Hrs 11:00 Hrs 15:00 Hrs 18:00 Hrs
December06:00 Hrs 11:00 Hrs 15:00 Hrs 18:00 Hrs
January06:00 Hrs 11:00 Hrs 15:00 Hrs 18:00 Hrs
February06:00 Hrs 11:00 Hrs 15:00 Hrs 18:00 Hrs
March06:00 Hrs 11:00 Hrs 15:00 Hrs 18:00 Hrs
April 06:00 Hrs 11:00 Hrs 15:00 Hrs 18:00 Hrs
May06:00 Hrs 11:00 Hrs 15:00 Hrs 18:00 Hrs
June06:00 Hrs 11:00 Hrs 15:00 Hrs18:00 Hrs

Safari Timings for Pench, Maharashtra

Season / MonthsMorning
Entry
(Hrs)
Morning
Exit
(Hrs)
Evening
Entry
(Hrs)
Evening
Exit
(Hrs)
July – Nov06:00 – 08:0010:3014:30 – 13:0018:30
Dec – Feb06:30 – 08:3011:0014:30 – 16:0018:00
Mar – Apr06:00 – 08:0010:3014:30 – 16:3018:30
May – June05:30 – 07:3010:0014:30 – 17:0019:00

Bandipur Tiger Reserve

Bandipur Tiger Reserve is one of the oldest Tiger Reserve declared in 1974 by NTCA under Project Tiger. Bandipur is located in Karnataka and is one of the important parts of Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve in India.

Bandipur is also the biggest Tiger Reserve of Karnataka and one of the prime tiger safari destination for wildlife lover and photographers.

Nagarhole Tiger Reserve

Nagarhole Tiger Reserve is very popular and most visited Tiger Reserve during monsoon. It is located in the Mysore district of Karnataka. The Reserve was declared in the year 1999 and is spread in an area of 1205 sq km.

It is also famous for spotting the rare Black Panther and one of the favourite wildlife destination for photographer and wildlife lovers who want to see Black Panther.

Sariska Tiger Reserve

Orang Tiger Reserve

Manas Tiger Reserve

Tadoba Tiger Reserve

Anamalai Tiger Reserve

Sunderban Tiger Reserve

Melghat Tiger Reserve

Kanha Tiger Reserve

Sanjay Dubri Tiger Reserve

Periyar Tiger Reserve

Bhadra Tiger Reserve

Panna Tiger Reserve

Kaziranga Tiger Reserve

Indiravati Tiger Reserve

Namdapha Tiger Reserve

Kali Tiger Reserve

Satpura Tiger Reserve

BRT Tiger Reserve

Bor Tiger Reserve

Similipal Tiger Reserve

Madumalai Tiger Reserve

Dudhwa Tiger Reserve

Sathyamangalam Tiger Reserve

Pilibhit Tiger Reserve

Buxa Tiger Reserve

Nawegaon Nagzira Tiger Reserve

Kamlang Tiger Reserve

Achanakmar Tiger Reserve

Kawal Tiger Reserve

Rajaji Tiger Reserve

Dampa Tiger Reserve

Sahyadri Tiger Reserve

Palamau Tiger Reserve

Valmiki Tiger Reserve

Nameri Tiger Reserve

Parambikulam Tiger Reserve

Satkosia Tiger Reserve

Mukundra hill Tiger Reserve

Amrabad Tiger Reserve

Nagarjunsagar Srisailem Tiger Reserve

Pakke Tiger Reserve

Udanti-Sitanadi Tiger Reserve

Kalakad-Mundanthurai Tiger Reserve

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