Top 12 Largest National Parks in India by Area

Once upon a time in 1972, There were only five national parks in India but today there are 100 plus national parks encompassing an area of 40,501 km2 to protect the endangered wildlife. Jim Corbett National Park is the oldest national park in India having Himalayan geographically define forest and host a diverse variety of wild animals also the first to come under the Project Tiger.

Nagarjunsagar Srisailam Tiger Reserve is the largest tiger reserve in India the with total area of the 3,725 km2 and came under the protection of Project Tiger, home to Srisailam and Nagarjunasagar reservoirs.

Hemis National Park (4,400 km2), Jammu and Kashmir

Hemis High Altitude National Park is home to a number of species of endangered mammals, especially famous for its snow leopards and breeding population of wild sheep and goats such as Argali, Asiatic ibex, Ladakhi Urial and Bharal.

Desert National Park (3,162 km2), Rajasthan

Desert National Park of Rajasthan offer unique ecosystem in India and haven for migratory birds as well as home to large number of bird of prey such as eagles, harriers, falcons, buzzards and kestrel.

Simlipal National Park (2,750 km2), Odisha

Simlipal National Park is the largest national park of Odisha and also a Elephant reserve and tiger reserve also home to 432 wild elephants, Indian bison, four horned antelope along with beautiful Joranda and Barehipani waterfalls.

Gangotri National Park (2,390 km2), Uttarakhand

Gangotri National Park is a large National park with lower and higher Himalayan alpine meadow forest and home to Himalayan wild animals including snow leopard,rare and charismatic black bear and brown bear.

Namdapha National Park (1,985 km2), Arunachal Pradesh

Namdapha National Park is a lowland evergreen rainforest and a biodiversity hotspot in the Eastern Himalayas. The park is one of the largest National Park in Northeast India, home to rare five species of hornbills, Eurasian otter and four big cat species.

Khangchendzonga National Park (1,784 km2), Sikkim

Khangchendzonga high attitude national park is home to third highest peak in the world, located in Sikkim and home to mountain Kangchenjunga and mammal species including snow leopard, Himalayan tahr, Himalayan black bear and red panda.

Gir National Park (1,412 km2), Gujarat

Gir National Park (1,412 km2), Gujarat

Gir National Park of Gujarat is the is fully protected area and part of the Kathiawar gir dry deciduous forest ecoregion. The park is last home to Asiatic lions and is the largest dry deciduous forest in western India with list of supported species.

Sundarbans National Park (1,330 km2), West Bengal

Sundarbans National Park (1,330 km2), West Bengal

Sundarbans National Park is part of the Ganges Delta, covered by mangrove forest and one of the largest tiger reserve in India for the Bengal tiger. Sundarban freshwater swamp forest, Mudflats and Mangroves are unique coastal ecosystem and home to more than 400 swamp tigers as well asestuarine crocodiles, King Cobra and smooth coated otter.

Jim Corbett National Park (1,318 km2), Uttarakhand

Jim Corbett National Park (1,318 km2), Uttarakhand

Jim Corbett National Park is the finest wildlife park in North India and popular for endangered Bengal tiger. The park was first under the Project Tiger and the area consists of grasslands, mango,sal, haldu and peepal trees.

Indravati National Park (1,258 km2), Chhattisgarh

Indravati National Park is the most famous and finest National Park of Chhattisgarh and famous for wild populations of rare wild water buffalo. The park is also home to smaller mammals including porcupine, pangolin, mongoose, Indian muntjac and Indian spotted chevrotain.

Betla National Park (1,026 km2), Jharkhand

Betla National Park hosts a wide variety of wildlife as well as range of vegetation of sal and bamboo. The park has large number of Asian elephant, wild cats, scavengers and herds of gaur, chital and sambhar deer.

Papikonda National Park (1,012 km2), Andhra Pradesh

Papikonda National Park is located around the river Godavari and home to list of endangered species of fauna also recognized as an Important bird and biodiversity area in South India.

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