Mirissa is the gateway to Dondra Point. This is one of the best spots to witness the whale migrations in Sri Lanka from the Bay of Bengal - Sri Lanka’s southern sea is calm offering up the perfect conditions.
Few experiences compare to coming face to face with the mighty Bengal tiger in its natural habitat. Claiming half of the world’s population of wild tigers, India is the best location to spot these elusive creatures in the wild. However, with so many national parks to choose from, all offering a diverse range of wildlife experiences, it can be difficult to know where to begin when planning a trip to the Indian Subcontinent. The following itineraries are just a starting point to whet your appetite and inspire your search for the magnificent Bengal tiger.
With the highest density of Bengal tigers of all of India's reserves, Bandhavgarh offers superior tiger sighting opportunities in a vast and beautiful region that is a joy to explore. Alternatively, head to Kanha to track tigers across one of the country's largest and most well maintained parks, famed for its towering Sal trees.
Ranthambore is a major wildlife attraction and the best place to see Bengal tigers in Rajasthan. With waterfalls, ancient ruins and lush grassland, the scenery at Ranthambore is nothing short of enchanting. Hiring a private guide will increase your chances of spotting a tiger, taking you to forgotten corners of the park and unequivocally off the beaten track for a truly unique safari experience. Further south in central India, Tadoba National Park is one of the oldest and finest of India's parks and is renowned for its outstanding tiger encounters. The landscape is especially varied, ranging from vertiginous cliffs, to perennial lakes and endless scrub land; the perfect backdrop to spot the majestic tiger.
The lesser known Satpura National Park and Pench Tiger Reserve are great options for those who want to track tigers away from the crowds. At Satpura, the guiding is exceptional, and the sheer enthusiasm that the naturalists have for the park is simply boundless. The lush green landscapes, rich forests and thriving species of Pench famously inspired the setting for Rudyard Kipling's Jungle Book and the magic of the novel comes alive on its plains.
Further afield in Nepal, the Chitwan National Park is home to both tigers and rhino. The UNESCO World Heritage Site is home to sizeable wildlife populations and one of the largest populations of the rare Bengal tiger. The ultimate addition to any Nepal itinerary.