National Park - Wildlife Attractions in Corbett National Park
Corbett National Park was the India's first national park. Corbett
National Park was established in 1936, as the Hailey National Park to
protect the endangered Bengal tiger, it is the oldest national park in
India. Corbett National Park is located in the foothills of the
Himalayas. With the help of the WWF, Project Tiger was launched in
Corbett National Park in 1973 and this park was one of the first such
tiger reserves in the country. This park was named in honor of the
late Jim Corbett. It is located in Nainital district of Uttarakhand
and was named after Jim Corbett who played a key role in its
establishment, it contains 488 different species of plants and a
diverse variety of fauna.Winter nights in Corbett Park are cold but
the days are bright and sunny. Corbett has been a haunt for wildlife
lovers and tourists for a long time.
Jim Corbett National Park
Corbett Tiger Reserve totally spreads over an area of 1318.54 square
kms and includes apart from Corbett National Park additional areas of
Sonanadi wildlife sanctuary and Reserve Forest buffer zone. Corbett
National Park was earlier a popular hunting ground of the British. The
topography in this park comprises of hilly and riverine areas,
temporary marshy depressions, plateaus and ravines. Tourism activity is only allowed in selected areas of Corbett
Tiger Reserve so that people get an opportunity to see its diverse
wildlife and fabulous landscape. In recent years the number of people
coming here has increased significantly. Every season more than 70,000
visitors come to the park from India and other countries. It rains
from July to September.
A total of
about 580 species of birds, 110 species of trees, 50 species of
mammals and 25 species of reptiles are found in this park. Major
wildlife animals found in this park are Elephant, Jungle Cat, Wild
Boar, Leopard Cat, Himalayan Black Bear, Rhesus Monkey, Tiger,
Leopard, Deer, Blacknaped Hare, Himalayan Palm Civet, Sloth Bear, Wild
Dog, Langur, Jackal, Indian Grey Mongoose, Porcupine and Common Otter.
One can also spot the Crocodiles along the banks of the Ramganga
River. In addition to various wildlife animals about 585 species of
resident and migratory birds are also found here. Water fowl, Kite,
Storkbilled Kingfisher, Bulbul, Brown fish owl, Peacock, Red jungle
fowl, Minivets, Shrikes, woodpeckers, Cuckoos, parakeets and Barbets
are also found within Corbett National Park.
Kalagarh Dam is dam which is situated in the south-west of the
wildlife sanctuary. Plenty of migratory waterfowl comes here in the
winters.This is one of the best places for a bird watching tour.
Jungle Safari in the Park
Jeep Safari is the most convenient way to travel within the national
park. A guide will be there to accompany you during the safari in the
park. You can view the animals at a very close distance from the
watchtowers inside the park. Jeeps can be rented for park trips from
Dhikuli is a famous destination in the park, it is located at the
fringes of Patli Dun valley. One can enjoy the spectacular natural
beauty of the valley from Dhikala.
Corbett Falls is a 20 m water fall which is located about 25 km from
Ramnagar and 4 km from Kaladhungi on the Kaladhungi–Ramnagar highway.
Tourists are not allowed to walk inside the park, they can only go
trekking around the park in the company of a guide. If you are
travelling in the winter season then you should make proper
arrangements for their clothing as winter season is cold.
Best Time to Visit
Corbett National Park
The best time to visit Corbett National Park is from November to June.
During the monsoon season from July to October this park remain
closed. Some of the birds that migrate during the winter are the
Steppe eagle and various water birds.
Nearest railway station from Corbett National Park is Ramnagar which
is 12 km from the Park.
Corbett National Park is connected by road with Ramnagar, Lucknow,
Nainital, Ranikhet and Delhi.
The nearest domestic airport to Corbett National Park is located at
Phoolbagh, Pantnagar at a distance of about 50 kms. The nearest
international airport is located at Delhi, which is about 300 kms. The
major air link for tourists coming from northern parts of India is at
Dehradun and Lucknow.