Ranked: India's most popular tiger reserves — and the chances of spotting the majestic wild cat

  • The best chance to spot a tiger is in Bandipur Tiger Reserve that constitutes one fourth tiger population in India.
  • The tourist footfall in Nagarjunasagar Srisailam Tiger Reserve was 9,72,301.
With only 3,890 tigers left in the world, it is next to impossible to spot wild cats in their natural habitat. Those to venture to, require a lot of time, and a bit of luck.

Changing habitation, wildlife poaching, and other human activities have been too harsh to the tiger population around the world. In the past century, three out of every nine tiger subspecies became extinct.

India, which is home to more than half the population of tigers in the world has been working hard to conserve them. According to the government, their population increased from 2,226 in 2014 to 2,967 in 2018.

Those who want to spot a tiger, can try them at over 40 sanctuaries and tiger reserves in the country. It is the best bet for those who go in search of tigers.

Here are some best places in India where you are likely to spot tigers :



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​Bandipur Tiger Reserve

​Bandipur Tiger Reserve

Spread across an area of 5,520 sq km, the Bandipur Tiger Reserve is home to a fourth tiger population in India, and an eight of the world’s.

Number of Tigers: 354-411 in Bandipur Tiger Reserve along with Nagarahole, Mudumalai, Sathyamangalam & Wayanad Landscape

Number of Tourists: 1,65,142

​Nagarjunasagar Srisailam Tiger Reserve

​Nagarjunasagar Srisailam Tiger Reserve

Spread over five districts in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh, Nagarjunasagar Srisailam Tiger Reserve is located 316 kms from Hyderabad. The best time to visit the reserve is from October to June.

Number of Tigers: 72 (in 2015)

Number of Tourists: 9,72,301 (2016-17)

Credits: Telagana Tourism

​Melghat Tiger Reserve

​Melghat Tiger Reserve

Melghat Tiger Reserves, the first nine tiger reserves in India to get notified in 1973-74, constitutes 30% of tigers in Maharashtra.

Number of Tigers: 45-50

Number of Tourists: 57,451 (2016-17)

Credits:Melghat Tiger Reserve

​Panna Tiger Reserve

​Panna Tiger Reserve

The best time to visit this reserve located in Madhya Pradesh is from October to June. Apart from tigers, it is also home to the largest of Indian deer --chital, apart from chowsingha, blue bull and chinkara.

Number of Tigers: 35 (2017)

Number of Tourists: 1,14,916 (2015-16)

​Anamalai Tiger Reserve

​Anamalai Tiger Reserve

The largest tiger reserve of Tamil Nadu in Southern India, Anamalai Tiger Reserve, is located at the Elephant hills popularly known as Anamalai hills.

Apart from tigers, the reserve also has 80 species of mammals, 120 species of reptiles, 140 species of fish and amphibians along with and nearly 300 species of birds.

Number of Tigers: 30

Number of Tourists: 5,83,946 in 2015-16

​Pakke Tiger Reserve

​Pakke Tiger Reserve

Pakke Tiger Reserve is also the only Hornbill sanctuary in India.

Number of Tigers: 8 (2014)

Number of Tourists: 300 annually

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