India is filled with natural wonders. With eighteen biospheres all over India, there is no shortage of forests, jungles, deserts or mountains in the country. You can find a range of wildlife from the mountains in the North, desert in the West, tropics in the East, and rainforests in the south. Every state in India has various landscapes which makes it an exciting place if you are into nature. India is an amazing place to experience nature at its best. Here are a few locations that are sure to make you fall in love with nature all over again.
Chilika Lake, Odisha
Chilika lake is the largest coastal lagoon situated in India, and second largest in the world after New Caledonia. At Chilika lake, you will be able to find many migratory birds. The Nalaban Island, which is situated in middle of lagoon is part of the wetlands declared as part of international importance under the Ramsar Convention. It is part of a bird sanctuary and you can catch a glimpse of birds that come from the Caspian Sea or other parts of Russia. The lake is also a home to the vulnerable Irawaddy Dolphins. With its arsenal of various flora and fauna, any nature lover would want to visit.
Kaziranga National Park, Assam
Home to the Great One-Horned Rhinoceros, Kaziranga is a perfect place to go to if you want to be around nature. Located around 200 kilometres away from Guwahati, it covers an area of 430 square kilometres. Brahmaputra River flows nearby creating many unique landscapes such as chapories. You can see many wild animals here, such as foxes, jackals, the Great Indian Hornbill, hares, and the Royal Bengal Tiger. Kaziranga is also home to a number of reptiles such as the King Cobra and Rock Python, so you should watch your step. With it’s amazing landscapes and wildlife, this is an amazing place for nature lovers.
3. Ranthambore National Park, Rajasthan
Another National Park that is home to tigers, Ranthambore is a popular eco-tourism destination in India. It covers an area of 392 square kilometres and offers views of many different landscapes. It is covered in by a deciduous forest, giving you an amazing sight while you travel through it. As the leaves change colours and shed, the scenery changes. At Ranthambore you can also see woodpeckers, various types of geese, hyenas, sloth bears, leopards, and nilgais. Home to many other mammals, birds, and plants. Ranthambore is a true beauty.
4. Jotsoma Village, Nagaland
A remote village in Nagaland, Jotsoma is surrounded by scenic beauty. Inhabited by various tribes that are indigenous to the area, you can also connect with tribal culture here. The nearest city with a train station or airport is Dimapur. You can lodge at Kohima which is nearby. With its lush green fields and amazing virgin forests, you will be in for a treat.
5. Coorg, Karnataka
Coorg is the home to the Kodava tribe. Surrounded by one national park and three wildlife sanctuaries, Coorg is one of the main destinations for eco-tourism in India. At Nagarhole National Park you can catch a glimpse of the Royal Bengal Tiger, Asian Elephant, antelopes, various types of deer and various plants. The three sanctuaries surrounding Coorg are Brahmagiri, Pushpagiri, and Talakaveri. Exploring them is a great way to see the various flora and fauna found in this region. There are many waterfalls in the area and one of the most famous ones is Madikeri.
6. Zanskar Valley, Jammu and Kashmir
Zanskar Valley is located in the region of Ladakh. The mountain range situated here is called the Zanskar range which separates Ladakh from the Spiti region. Zanskar Valley is an extremely remote location untouched by man and machine, where you can truly experience nature at its best. You can trek to the many villages in the area. The lakes, gorges, canyons and rivers are enough to keep you awed at how beautiful this place is.
7. Matheran, Maharashtra
Located around 90 kilometres from Maharastra’s capital, Mumbai, Matheran is the smallest hill station. The total area covered by this beautiful town is 7 square kilometres. It is home to a toy train and is surrounded by beautiful green forests of the Western Ghats. It is declared as an eco-sensitive region by the Ministry of Environment and Forest. The toy train winds through hills and passes by amazing landscapes. There are many trails you can hike on. You can visit the waterfall at echo point or visit Charlotte Lake. With its dirt roads and green beauty, Matheran is a great trip for nature lovers.
8. Alleppey, Kerala
Kerala is known as Gods own country, and its backwaters is an absolutely beautiful sight for anyone. Here the rivers from the Western Ghats meet the coast and gently flow through lush green fields. There are canals and lakes which you can traverse on a house boat. The house boats, known as Kettuvallam, used to carry heavy cargo around the area. The area is known for its scenic beauty and it is the perfect way to relax and enjoy nature in Gods own country.
9. Sunderbans National Park, West Bengal
Sunderbans is one of the most famous national parks in India. Located in the Ganges Delta, it is home to the largest mangrove forest. Home to the Royal Bengal Tiger, it is the only place where tigers live in a mangrove forest. Sunderbans is filled to the brim with wildlife, and you are sure to see tigers, saltwater crocodiles, Ganges River dolphins, various species of whales, and many different types of turtles. Sunderbans is also where the beautiful Chargeri Char mudflat is located, giving you a glimpse of beautiful landscape.
10. Krem Liat Prah, Meghalaya
The longest natural cave in India, Krem Liat Prah is also one of the deepest in the world. Here you can get to come face to face with small creatures that live in caves. The natural rock formations make for a breath-taking sight and traversing the cave is very fun. You can find underwater ponds and you should also see the huge trunk passage in the cave, which is known as the “Aircraft Hangar”. Slowly as the cave connects with other caves, the Krem Liat Prah will soon become larger. This is a must see to see how beautiful nature can truly be.
Rohit is an avid traveller, and has travelled around India and the world. His passion for exploring the wonders of nature is also paired with his passion for writing. His blog, TransIndiaTravels.com, is filled with his adventures so that you can plan your next trip and not miss out on any must-see attractions.