Over 20% of land of India is covered under the forest and around 600 wildlife sanctuaries and national parks. In India, forests are the home of several plant species, unique reptiles, wild animals, birds, and tribes. Indian forests are known to be the unexplored wealth of wildlife. The one-horned rhinoceros, Royal Bengal Tiger and King Cobra, most dangerous snake species, are few of the endangered wildlife species found in Indian forests. There are sacred forests exist in some parts of India that are worshipped by the local tribes in India. India has different types of forests, such as, thorny forest, deciduous forest, evergreen forests, tidal forest, dry forest and coniferous forests.
Located on the Great Satpura Mountain ranges in Madhya Pradesh, Satpura Forest covers over the Vindhya Range with thick forest. Formerly, the Satpura Range forested heavily. It is the largest contiguous habitat of tiger in the world. The Holy River Narmada runs between the Vindhya and Satpura ranges. The Gorakhnath Temple, Pachmarhi, and Toranmal Hill station (known for Lord Shiva temple) in Maharashtra are the major center of attractions.
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Known as the Queen of Chhotanagpur, the Netarhat Forest is located on Chhotanagpur Plateau. It is known for lush greens, scenic beauty and the mighty Ghagri waterfalls. This hill station is among the coolest places in Jharkhand. The waterfall of Burha River is around 468 feet tall.
The deep thicket of the forest ranges is located on Kerala’s Western Ghats. It is well-known for its deep and dense forests, Mighty rivers, wildlife habitats, dense plantations and great waterfalls. The thick Nilambar forests are closely located to Nilgiri ranges of the Western Ghats on the Chaliyar River banks.
The rain forests in India are the gifts of Western Ghats. Some of the major attractions are the close look to the elephants, Teak Museum, King Cobra, and Kerala’s longest hanging bridge across Chaliyar River.
Located on the highway connecting the well-known hill station Ooty and Mysore, Bandipur is the rain forest and one of the best wildlife habitats and protected areas in India. The dense Bandipur forest also covers Bandipur National Park at the confluence of Nilgiri Hills and Western Ghats in Karnataka. The thrilling, well-known, and striking forest reserve houses a lot of elephants, huge number of predators like leopard, Bengal Tiger, and prey species like Sambar, Gaur and Barking deer. This forest is ideal to explore birds and wildlife in Karnataka.
It is the largest compact track of deciduous and dry forest in India. It is conserved as the Gir National Park & Sanctuary and stretches over 1412 sq. km. It is the home of Indian lions and one of the most vital protected areas in the country.
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The Sundarbans is world’s largest mangrove forest located on the river delta of holy Ganges. Located near Chidambaram, South India, the Pichavaram Mangrove Forest is the second largest mangrove forest in the world. Sundarban National Park is among the most popular wildlife sanctuaries in the country. It houses largest population of Bengal tigers in the world. It has several fauna including crocodiles, birds and large snakes.
It is the dense and deep forest stretched over seven sister states. These forests have huge wild animals living in grassland. These are the green states in the country which cover around 80% of total land area with grassland and forests. These wild, lush green forests are rich in variety of flora and fauna species and tribal population. The forests of Orissa, Chhattisgarh, and Jharkhand provide a huge range of opportunities for wilderness tour and nature tourism in the country.