Who doesn’t like watching dolphins whooshing in and out of the water, like they don’t have a care in the world? Dolphins are one of the gorgeous marine species ever, and to spot them is always a surreal experience. In case you didn’t know, there are a ton of places in India where you can catch them in action in their natural habitat. From Karnataka to Assam, Punjab to Bengal – you can spot them along the length and breadth of the country. But if you had to pick, here are the top places you must visit.

Vikramshila Gangetic Dolphin Sanctuary, Bihar

Home to Gangetic Dolphins, an endangered species, this sanctuary in Bihar’s Bhagalpur is a haven for wildlife lovers. Spread over 50km, an ideal time to visit this protected sanctuary is between October to June when you’ll see swarms of dolphins here.

Lakshadweep

Lakshadweep is an enchanting place for a vacation; and the idea of spotting a dolphin while you’re immersed in a number of water activities sounds out of the world. Keep an eye out for the Bottlenose Dolphins in Lakshadweep, while you’re bobbing on a boat in the deep blue waters of the island.

 
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Tarkarli, Maharashtra

This one’s a shocker; but you can actually spot dolphins on the most secluded beach of Tarkali in Maharashtra. You can sign up for the special dolphin tours here, that mostly happen around sunrise. You will probably come back with the most surreal dolphin sighting experience of your life. Tarkali also has a reputation for being one of the most gorgeous coral beaches in India.

Lake Chilika, Odisha

A haven for Irrawaddy Dolphins, Odisha’s Lake Chilika offers the most enchanting experience to the wildlife lover. Hop onto a dolphin safari and see your dream turn into reality. There are many dolphins here, so you’re bound to make great memories on the lake. Apart from dolphins, keep an eye out for the hyenas, deers and golden jackals.

Cherai Beach, Kerala

If you’re in Kochi, this is an experience you must not miss. Head to Cherai Beach and you will get to spot dolphins galore; all you’ll have to do is take a boat ride to the north of Vypeen Island.