India Nature

Usually when someone thinks of India, the country’s nature isn’t the first thing that comes to mind. We think of crammed super cities, heavy traffic, and dense population. But get beyond all that and you’ll find that India nature is well worth the experience, and you’ll be glad to escape the hubbub of everyday Indian life.

When it comes to wildlife, India has several national parks to visit. Go on game rides in Kanha, Bandhavgarh, and Panna. You’ll have the opportunity to see herds of elephants, lounging Bengal tigers, and even rhinoceroses. There are lions, sloth bears, and leopards…and many more. With a local guide you’ll be able to see India’s wildlife at a safe and reasonable distance. The backwaters of Kerala also make for excellent wildlife viewing on your India nature tour. You’ll learn about the unique culture of the area, as well as its agricultural methods. You’ll see birds and fish as well.

If you’ve especially come for the tigers, Corbett National Park is a must. It was formerly a popular hunting ground for the British, and is named after Jim Corbett – a hunter turned naturalist who helped to set up this park. About 160 endangered tigers live here, and with a guide you can do a game drive with 4×4 jeeps.

Seeing India’s waterfalls are also well worth a visit. Athirapally and Vazhachal are two majestic and picturesque waterfalls located just 90 kilometres from Fort Kochi on the edge of the Sholayar forest. Standing at 80 feet high, these waterfalls spill into the stunning Chalakudy River.

Want a real Indian experience? Hop on a boat and take in a snake boat race. It’s the only game in the world where one team has 100 or more team members! It takes place in a traditional manufacturing boat, and has games related to Kerala’s Onam Festival. The best way to witness the mayhem is from the comfort of a houseboat. If you’d prefer some beach time, Cherai offers a sandy beach with shining blue water, and on the other side of it is a beautiful lake with lazy lagoons. Take a quick walk and you’ll also find Kuzzupilly beach and Munambam Beach. Cherai beach is shallow and calm, and ideal for sunbathing and swimming. While in the area, visit the fishing harbour, the coir weaving factory, and the weaving center. You might even see some dolphins from the beach!

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Munnar is another excellent destination, and is now as the “Venice of the East.” Check out the tea estates and Munnar hill station in western Ghat. Take a houseboat out on the water to enjoy Kerala’s scenery. There are also some small waterfalls around, named Cheyyapara and Vallara. Pause for fresh fruits and veggies if you’re road tripping! Visit Eravikulam National Park for more nature viewing and wildlife viewing.

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