Nestled at the foothills of the mystic Himalayas, Jim Corbett National Park is a perfect destination for those who seek to soak the unspoiled beauty of wildlife on the lap of Mother Nature. Spreading over 520 square kilometers area on the lap of the Queen of Kumaon, Nainital, Corbett National Park is a paradise on earth for the endangered Bengal Tigers, leopards, wild elephants, black bears, spotted deer, barking deer, risky pythons, crocodiles and also numerous chirping birds all around. Isn't it becomes a fantasy to imagine the existence of such rich floral faunal species without water?
Well, there are few major rivers that creep along this panoramic forest and nourish the wild habitats. Let us now talk about the rivers in Jim Corbett:
Ramganga River plays the crucial role in keeping Corbett National Park alive. Before this park was renamed after the fabulous British hunter and author Jim Corbett, it was named as Ramganga National Park, back in 1954-1955. Without Ramganga it is difficult to even fantasize about the survival of millions of animals inside the park – this river brings them into life. Originated from Gairsain in Lesser Himalayas, Ramganga meanders about 100 km before entering the threshold of Corbett Park. This river gushes through the forest nearly 40 km in the east to west till Kalagarh where the river enters the fields. Also, there is dam created in the 1970s on this Ramganga River which spreads about 80 square kilometers. After Kalagarh, the river streams through 300 kilometers of an area before merging into the Ganges near Farrukhabad in Uttar Pradesh.
Along the eastern outskirts of Jim Corbett National park, the emerald Kosi River flows from Mohan till Ramnagar through the Dhikuli region. Passing through the divine temple of Girija Devi, river Kosi holds a spiritual influence. Much like Ramganga, Kosi is also considered to be the lifeline of millions of migratory birds, mammals and aquatic species like a large number of Masheer fishes. The river bed of Kosi is dotted with boulders and pebbles.
Being a tributary of Ramganga river, Sonanadi flows from the north-west side of Corbett National park. The river is named after the Sonanadi Wildlife Sanctuary connects two significant zones – Corbett Tiger Reserve and Corbett National Park before draining into Ramganga.
However, rivers in Jim Corbett play the most significant role in balancing the entire ecosystem inside the forest. Also for every wildlife buff, these rivers are the key charms of Jim Corbett National Park and ideal for some adventure activities to quench their thrilling thirst.