India having rich variety of flora and fauna spread all over the country along with its coast lines. There are 18 biosphere reserves in India in several states. All these reserves are recognized under UNESCO’s Man and Biosphere (MAB) programme for the prevention and sustainable development of local Community. Below is the list of Biosphere reserves of India with year of recognition, location and state.

S. No.Name Date of
Location  State
1Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve1986Part of Wayanad, Nagarhole, Bandipur and Madumalai, Nilambur, Silent Valley and Siruvani hillsTamil Nadu, Kerala and Karnataka
2Nanda Devi Biosphere Reserve1988Part of Chamoli, Pithoragarh, and Bageshwar districtsUttarakhand
3Nokrek Biosphere Reserve1988Part of Garo hillsMeghalaya
4Great Nicobar Biosphere Reserve1989Southern most islands of Andaman And NicobarAndaman & Nicobar Islands
5Gulf of Mannar Biosphere Reserve1989Indian part of Gulf of Mannar between India and Sri LankaTamil Nadu
6Manas Biosphere Reserve1989Part of Kokrajhar, Bongaigaon, Barpeta, Nalbari, Kamprup and Darang districtsAssam
7Sunderbans Biosphere Reserve1989Part of delta of Ganges and Brahamaputra river system West Bengal
8Simlipal Biosphere Reserve1994Part of Mayurbhanj district  Orissa
9Dibru-Saikhowa Biosphere Reserve1997Part of Dibrugarh and Tinsukia DistrictsAssam
10Dehang-Dibang Biosphere Reserve1998Part of Siang and Dibang ValleyArunachal Pradesh
11Pachmarhi Biosphere Reserve1999Parts of Betul, Hoshangabad and Chindwara districts Madhya Pradesh
12Khangchendzonga 2000Parts of Khangchendzonga hills.Sikkim
13Agasthyamalai Biosphere Reserve2001Neyyar, Peppara and Shendurney  Wildlife Sanctuaries and their adjoining areas.Kerala
14Achanakamar –    Amarkantak Biosphere Reserve2005Covers parts of Anupur and Dindori districts of M.P. and parts of Bilaspur districts of Chhattishgarh State.Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh
15Kachchh Biosphere Reserve2008Part of Kachchh, Rajkot, Surendra Nagar and Patan Civil DistrictsGujarat
16Cold Desert Biosphere Reserve2009Pin Valley National Park and surroundings; Chandratal and Sarchu&Kibber Wildlife SancturaryHimachal Pradesh
17Seshachalam Hills Biosphere Reserve2010Seshachalam Hill Ranges covering parts of Chittoor and Kadapa districtsAndhra Pradesh
18Panna Biosphere Reserve2011Part of Panna and Chhattarpur districtsMadhya Pradesh

Also read National Parks in India