Wild elephant and tropical forests
Kerala might be better known for its exotic beaches and emerald backwaters, but there’s some astounding wildlife hidden in the tropical undergrowth. Periyar National Park, buried in the lush jungles behind the coastline, is home to a healthy population of wild elephants, all thriving in the thick forest. Break away from the beaches to search for wandering elephant, wild boar, squirrels and possibly, the odd tiger.
Enjoy the sunset on a camel safari
Sway off into the twilight and sleep under the stars of the Thar Desert in Rajasthan on a one-night camel safari. Travelling from the giant sandcastle of Jaisalmer, you’ll pass nomadic villages and traditional clay huts as you trudge into the rolling dunes on your clumsy steed. Watch the sun sink into the sand with a steaming cup of chai and gaze up at clear, star-studded skies.
Listen for roars in Ranthambore
Be lucky enough to spot tigers at Ranthambore National Park. A beautiful landscape sprinkled with regal ruins, crumbling lookouts and old forts, it’s an adventure waiting to happen. Set off on safari at sunrise, scouring the dense scrub for tell-tale tiger stripes, see Indian gazelles skitting between the trees and pass crocodile-filled lakes. Packed with both wildlife and nostalgia, it’s a pretty unbeatable place.
Meet the Great Indian One-Horned Rhino
Escape into the remote floodplains of Kaziranga National Park, tucked away in the north east region of Assam. Home to a large population of Great Indian One-Horned Rhino, it’s a rarely-visited area crammed with raw natural beauty. Sleep in a secluded lodge buried in the scrub, scour the endless plains for rhino, try an elephant safari and keep your eyes peeled for quietly grazing sambar deer.