A sanctuary originally means a sacred safe house where one would be protected from any harm that might occur. And being the smartest and most powerful being on this planet it’s our responsibility to preserve the beauty and balance of the nature by preserving different species of animals, hence the need of animal sanctuaries were raised.

Different places in the world are bestowed with different and unique animal species and just like others, to preserve their animals many Asian countries have created sanctuaries where their survival can be ensured. Commonly protected animals are tigers, lions, elephants, orangutans, ibexes, turtles and a wide variety of birds and reptiles in these regions. These sanctuaries are of major tourist attraction as well. Here is a list of the 10 most profound wildlife sanctuaries in Asia.

Ranthombore National Park (India)

Situated in Rajastan, North India, this is one of India’s the largest parks. It has a large variety of animals including hyenas, flying foxes, langurs and sloth bear although the greatest attractions are the tigers. The best time to visit this park is between the months of October and March when the weather is cooler and the animals come out of the woods to enjoy it. The park is also ideal for photographers, bird watchers and hikers.

Woraksan National Park (South Korea)

Located in the middle of the Woraksan Mountains in South Korea this park is ideal for hikers. It has a horde of tourist attractions. Its isolation makes it one of the least visited parks in Korea but this only serves to add to its appeal. The solitude grants one the silence they need to listen to the gentle trickle of the crystal streams of water that flow from the mountain peak as one walks through the white pine trees. The Chungjuho Lake is a major tourist attraction site within the park.

Salawin National Park (Thailand)

Also referred to as Salween National Park, this park is located near the border of Thailand and Myanmar. The park consists of a forested area that lies on the bank of the Salawin River. March and April are some of the best months to visit this park and spot a boar, antelope or squirrel.

Penang National Park (Malaysia)

In spite of its small size, this park is renowned all over the world for its camping, trekking, hiking and jogging facilities. The park also boasts of natural beaches for those who love a good swim. The Sea Otter and Flying Lemur are some of the amazing tourist attractions.

Ream National Park (Cambodia)

This park boasts of a mountain, an island, a mangrove forest and a beach. It is ideal for jungle lovers who do not mind a bit of a trek. Boat rides are available to the ocean and there are a number of food stands at the seaside with fresh sea food.

Meru Betiri National Park (Indonesia)

Located in the East Java Province, Indonesia, this park’s remote location helps it preserve its charm. It offers amazing marine tours. Its beaches provide nesting ground for several endangered turtle species.

Yala National Park (Sri Lanka)

The second largest park in Sri Lanka is divided into five blocks and Yala West is one of the best areas to photograph leopards. This makes it a prime tourist attraction site as compared to the other blocks. The park is also home to elephants, sea eagles and wild boars.

Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary (India)

The largest bird sanctuary in Asia is located in Bharatpur, Rajasthan. It is home to many migrating birds such as ibis and pelicans. The best time to visit this park is between August and November.

Corbett National Park (India)

This tourist attraction site is the oldest national park in India. It is ideal for those who like the thrill of adventure and wildlife. Bengal tigers and Asiatic elephants are a hallmark of this reserve.

Huai Kha Khaeng Wildlife Sanctuary (Thailand)

This world heritage site is home to endangered animals such as the hog deer and the clouded leopard making it a major attraction site. Moreover, almost every kind of forest in Thailand can be found within the sanctuary.

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