1. Bandipur, Karnataka
He wanted to just go away from everyone and cool his heels in peace. To his surprise, Vamsi found that he had unknowingly saved Vasundhara, who was in the trunk of her car. So Vamsi and Vasundhara (played by Ali Reza and Pallavi Ramisetty, respectively) in the hit Telugu serial Maate Mantramu are together in a cottage in a forest, and it seems like slowly but surely love is about to bloom between them. He has already fed her biryani. And from what we see in the previews, it seems that he is about to reveal his true feelings.
And there can’t be a better place to get in touch with his inner self. After spending most of our times in concrete jungles, a forest, with its unending mysteries, flora and fauna, is something worth exploring. A jungle retreat is always good to add fire to a budding romance or rekindle an old one. Why don’t you follow Vamsi’s lead too and head to a vacation in a forest with your SO to watch your love story bloom? We got you a list of seven national parks in India you should head to with your loved one. Read on:
This national park in Karnataka spans an area of 880 sq km. Bandipur was once the private game reserve of the maharaja of Mysore. Now it has over 100 species of animals including tigers, elephants, leopards, Indian bisons, sloth bears, langurs, sambars and spotted deer, etc. There are also about 350 species of birds you need to watch out for.
2. Gir, Gujarat
The only place in India where you can see the majestic Asian lion. It was once the hunting grounds of the Junagadh nawabs, Gir now spreads across an area of 1,412 sq km. Not just lions, expect to catch a glimpse of leopards, desert cats, cobras, four-horned antelopes, striped hyenas and more.
3 Sunderbans, West Bengal
Far away from civilization, that’s what Sunderbans will feel like as your vessel leaves the shore. Sunderbans, effectively a collection of islands, is what the majestic Royal Bengal Tiger calls home. If you are lucky, you will get to see one. Or you might see a water monitor which is very common in the area. But even if you don’t, the journey through the delta’s rivulets, surrounded by dense mangrove forests, will surely make you want to pull your SO closer towards you.
4. Mudumalai, Tamil Nadu
Mudumalai has the classic south Indian landscape, what with its thin, spindly trees and light-slotted leaves. Expect to see deer, wild boars, wild elephants, peacocks, giant Malabar squirrels, gaur and more. And yes, if you are lucky, you might even spot a tiger. There are reportedly 50 of them in this park which is spread over 321 sq km.
5. Jim Corbett, Uttarakhand
Remember the book Man-Eaters of Kumaon written by legendary hunter-turned-naturalist Jim Corbett? This jungle, which is also India’s first national park, has been named after him. This wildland in the Terai region of Uttarakhand has about 200 tigers, langurs, rhesus macaques, peacocks, gharials, otters, deer and some 300 wild elephants. While parts of the park consists of dense vegetation, yet other parts comprise rolling grasslands – adding to its charm.
6. Bandhavgarh, Madhya Pradesh
Want to watch tigers in their natural habitat? Head to Bandhavgarh in Madhya Pradesh. It is one of the few forests where you have high chances of actually coming across a big cat during the safari. The reason being a higher concentration of tigers in a relatively smaller area. Tigers apart, feast your eyes on other animals like deer, wild boar, sambar, barking deer, Indian bison, etc.
7. Kaziranga, Assam
Home to the one-horned rhino, this national park in Assam is known for its unending grasslands. There are about 1,800 rhinos, that’s about two-thirds of the world’s rhino population in just one area. There are also about 2,000 resident elephants, swamp deer, leopards, water buffaloes and more, along with migratory birds.