Asia being the largest continent in the world is known for its diversity both in culture as well as ecosystems. With most parts of Asia lying in the tropics, the diversity in wildlife is varied too. This makes it the ideal destination for wildlife enthusiasts. If you are one among them, then here is the list of top 10 wild life sanctuaries in Asia:
1. Ranthambore National Park, India
Located in Rajasthan, a state in North India, Ranthambore is famous for its tigers. It is a paradise for photographers who come from world over to get a glimpse of the Indian tiger in its natural environs. The best time to visit this national park is between October and March.
2. Woraksan National Park, South Korea
Woraksan is a mountainous national park that is located in the Chungcheongbuk-do province of South Korea. It is a thicket of pine and oak forests and is home to a wide variety of flora and fauna. It is open to visitors throughout the year. The slopes of the mountain are dotted with many ancient Buddhist shrines, which are an added attraction to the wildlife tourists coming to this park.
3. Salawin National Park, Thailand
Situated in North Thailand, Salawin National Park is spread over 721 sq. kms of dense forests by the Salween River. All types of tropical animals and birds like barking deer, tigers, bears and gibbons have made this park their home. Best time to visit the park is between November and March.
4. Penang National Park, Malaysia
This is a national park that boasts of everything from forests to natural beaches despite being one of the smallest of all the top national parks. Flying Lemur and Sea Otters are the star attractions of the park. If you have more time then you could enjoy hiking, camping and swimming as some of the outdoor activities.
5. Ream National Park, Cambodia
This all-in-one park boasts of an island, a mangrove, a mountain and a beach. It is ideal for outdoor lovers, as they can enjoy every type of terrain and the activities associated with it in one place. The park is great for amenities and food here is great unlike the many other national parks.
6. Meru Betiri National Park, Indonesia
Situated in the province of Java, this Indonesian national park is in the middle of nowhere. The untouched beauty of the park is what makes it a hot spot for wild campers. The park is of particular interest to those who are interested in the endangered turtle species.
7. Yala National Park, Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka’s second largest park, Yala has 5 zones within it. The park is home to many large mammals such as leopards and elephants. This is the best place to view sea eagles. Yala west is the most popular part of the park among tourists.
8. Corbett National Park, India
Located in the sub-Himalayan belt of India is the Corbett National park, which is home to the famous Royal Bengal Tiger. The park is spread over 520 Sq. Kms of dense deciduous forests with a rich collection of flora and fauna. It is one of the pilgrimage sites for wildlife lovers around the world. The best time to visit this park is from October to March.
9. Huai Kha Khaeng Wild Life Sanctuary, Thailand
Situated in the Dawna range of Uthai Thani province in Thailand, the Huai Kha Khaeng sanctuary is a designated world heritage site that stretches over 257,000 hectares. Many rare species of birds and animals inhabit this dense forest space including the Hornbill, Wild Buffalo, Otter and the Asian tiger.
10. Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary, India
Having the distinction of being the largest bird sanctuary in Asia, the Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary is situated in Rajasthan. It is known for the innumerous species of migratory birds that visit the park from August to November every year. It is an ornithologist’s paradise with dwellings of bird species such as pelicans and ibis among the many others.