Monsoon Wildlife Safaris in India
Wildlife safari in the monsoon? Seems difficult right? But in India, there is always a choice. Given the geographical expanse and different weather conditions, there are many options to wildlife safaris open all year round, including monsoon. True, monsoon wildlife safaris in India is not traditionally the favourite but it is certainly an interesting time. Most of the national parks and wildlife sanctauries close down for visitors on the 30th of June and reopen on the 1st of October, with certain exceptions.
So, if you are thinking of spending time amid lush greenery of the forests, wildlife sanctuaries and national parks, then here are some of the best places to check out.
Periyar National Park, Kerala
Settled on the banks of the Periyar Lake, Periyar national park is known for its elephant population. This park is not just open during the monsoon, it is in fact the best time. Spot herds of elephants and monkeys in the lush jungles. The bloom of orchids sprouting wild everywhere is a sight to not miss out on. If luck favours, you get to spot a tiger (there are around 40 of them), barking deer, sambar and avian life like darters, cormorant, kingfisher, the great Malabar hornbill and racket-tailed drongos. Besides jeep safari, you can also take an early morning boat ride and stay at one of the jungle treehouses and cottages.
Jim Corbett National Park, Uttarakhand