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Indravati National Park

Location : Dantewad (formerly Bastar) district

Area : 1258.00 hectare

Uniqueness : There are around a score of excellent grasslands. Wild buffalo, Chital, Barking deer, Neelgai, gaur are seen grazing in these areas. It is the only tiger reserve in the state. Indravati forms an important link with the conservation areas in the vast forest belt extending into Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh. It is large and the best potential habitat for the Wild Buffalo.

Flora : Teak, Dhaora, Lendia, Saja, Salai, Moyan, Mahua, Dhoban, Siras, Tendu, Bija, Achar, Karra, Kullu, Shisham, Semal, Haldu, Arjun, Bel, Jamun, Rohan, Bahera, Mundi, Kasai etc.

Fauna : Tiger, Leopard, Striped Hyena, Wild Dog, Wolf, Sloth Bear, Flying Squirrel, Indian Fox, Spotted Deer, Sambhar, Barking Deer, Blue Bull, Wild Pig, Wild Buffalo and Gaur . Reptiles: Fresh Water Crocodile, Common Monitor Lizard, Indian Chameleon, Common Krait, Indian Rock Python, Cobra and Russell's Viper.

Accessibility(By Air) : The nearest airport from Indravati National Park is Raipur (at a distance of 486 kilometers).

Accessibility(By Rail) : The nearest railhead to visit Indravati is Jagadalpur (at a distance of 168 kilometers).

Accessibility(By Road) : The nearest bus stand form Indravati National Park is Bijapur.

Season : December to June

Kanger Valley National Park

Location : Bastar District

Area : 200 Sq. Km

Uniqueness : Kanger Valley National Park is one of the most beautiful and picturesque national parks of India. Known for its scenic beauty and the unique and rich biodiversity, Kanger Valley attained the status of a National Park in 1982. Besides wildlife and plants, there are many tourist attractions inside the park such as the Kutamsar Caves, Kailash Caves, Dandak Caves and Tiratgarh Waterfalls. Kanger Dhara and Bhaimsa Dhara (a Crocodile Park) are the two beautiful and exotic picnic resorts in the Park.

Flora : Sal, Teak, Bija, Saja, Haldu, Char, Tendu, etc.

Fauna : Tiger, Leopard, Chital, Barking deer, Sloth bear, Wild beer, Indian Fox, Mouse deer, Bastar Hill Myna, Racket tailed Drongo, Spotted owlet, Red Jungle Fowl etc.

Accessibility : Kanger Valley is well approachable from Jagdalpur, district head quarter of Bastar. It is at a distance of about 27 km from Jagdalpur on the Jagdalpur - Konta road. You can also approach the park via Jagdalpur - Sargipal - Jatam - Nianar - Bodal road. Raipur (330 km) is the nearest airport and Jagdalpur (27 km) is the nearest railhead and bus stand from the Kanger Valley National Park.

Season : November – June.

Achanakmar Biosphere Reserve

Achanakmar Biosphere Reserve is situated in Bilaspur district of Chhattisgarh, at North West between he Maikal Ranges of Satpura hills. The longitude is between 22 224 to 22 35 North and 81 85 East. It was declared as wildlife sanctuary on Dt. 10.02.1975 and Tiger Reserve in Feb 2009 enclosing an area of 553.286 Sq. km. with altitudes ranging from 200 m to 1,000 m above sea level. The forest of Tiger Reserve is mainly tropical moist deciduous type and has following classifications; Sal Forest (b) Mixed forest (c) Bamboo forest (d) Teak plantations.

Flora & Fauna: The Census of wild life is done every year which reveals that the Tiger & leopard population is more or less static, where as that of spotted deer, Sambhar, Barking deer, Gaur, Wild boar, and Sloth bear has shown increasing trend. Other recorded species are four horned antelope, Hyena, Wild dogs, Hare, common grey langur, Rhesus macaque, Common Palm squirrel, Indian giant squirrel, Indian rattle, Porcupine, Jackal, Flying fox, Jungle cat and possibly Mouse deer. The census 2007 indicates 26 tigers (males – 13, females - 11, cubs - 2) and around 40 leopards. The Park is very rich in avi-fauna, 100 species have been recorded exclusive of winter migratory birds. Butterfly species recorded are 38 no. mostly from moist river/nullah beds. The reptiles are also reported in good numbers, special attraction in a solitary crocodile in Sihawal sagar. Noticeable sighting has been that of a male Black capped Black bird (Turdus merula nigropileus) in a dry nullah in undulating broken low hills near village Sambar-dhasan. Occurrence of this species has not been recorded earlier in Chhattisgarh. Nearest location is around Seoni (Madhya Pradesh) in Satpura range, which is about 450 Kms away form here. Another interesting matter relates to joining of a greyish –back sub- adult domesticated bull with the herd of Gaur, which loiter in Sihawal area. It would be interesting to keep watch on this herd, particularly the future offspring. A tree shrew was also sighted near forest rest house Achanakmar. Although there is no perennial water source in the sanctuary but the Maniyari River, a life line, flowing zig-zag through the area provides ample water to the wild animals and human population. In addition more than 20 tanks/ water holes also exist most of them have sufficient water available even in summer season. Achanakmar is a nature made heaven for wild life, so is its rich bio-diversity, it also affords sizeable population of predators.

Best Time To Visit : A visit to the Tiger Reserve assures to be a very mesmerizing experience of Maikal range. Discover the dense lush green Sal and bamboo forests and take delight in wild life viewing made all the more easier because of the presence of observation towers like Tangli Patha , Diya Barr and a good network of hilly roads. You are sure to thoroughly enjoy the trip particularly the best and the most favorable time to visit Tiger Reserve is from the month of November to the month of June. The climate during this period remains pleasant and comfortable. The available information might prove to be valuable when arranging a trip.

Accessibility : By Airways: The nearest airport is at Raipur which lies at a distance of about 200 km from the park. By Railways: The most convenient railway station is Bilaspur (95 kms) and also Pendra road (30 km) from the kheochi gate. By Roadways: From Bilaspur the park is around 56 kms and from Amarkantak it is 21 kms. It can also be approach from Bandhavgarh (225 kms) & Kanha, Mukki Gate (230 kms).

Bar-Nawapara Wildlife Sanctuary

Located in northern part of Mahasamund district of Chhattisgarh, Barnawapara Wildlife Sanctuary is one of the finest and important wildlife sanctuaries in the region. Established in 1976 under Wildlife Protection Act of 1972, the sanctuary is relatively a small one covering an area of only 245 sq km. the topography of the region comprises of flat and hilly terrain with altitudes ranging between 265-400 mts. The Barnawapara Wildlife Sanctuary is known for its lush green vegetations and unique wildlife.

Flora and Fauna: The flora of Barnawapara Wildlife Sanctuary chiefly comprises of tropical dry deciduous forest with Teak, Sal, Bamboo and Terminalia being the prominent trees. Other major plants found in the sanctuary include Semal, Mahua, Ber and Tendu. The rich and lush vegetation cover supports a wide variety of wildlife in the sanctuary. The major wildlife of the Barnawapara Sanctuary include Tigers, Sloth Bear, Flying Squirrels, Jackals, Four-horned Antelopes, Leopards, Chinkara, Black Buck, Jungle Cat, Barking Deer, Porcupine, Monkey, Bison, Striped Hyena, Wild Dogs, Chital, Sambar, Nilgai, Gaur, Muntjac, Wild Boar, Cobra, Python to name a few. The sanctuary also has a sizable bird population with prominent being the Parrots, Bulbul, White-rumped Vultures, Green Avadavat, Lesser Kestrels, Peafowl, Wood Peckers, Racket-tailed Drongos, Egrets, and Herons to name few. Barnawapara wildlife sanctuary tour promises to be an exciting and rewarding experience for all wildlife enthusiasts, bird lovers and nature lovers.

Best Time to Visit: The best time to visit the Barnawapara Wildlife Sanctuary is November-June.

Accessibility: The nearest airport from the sanctuary is Raipur (85 km). Mahasamund Railway Station (60 km) is the nearest railhead from the Barnawapara Sanctuary. The place is easily approachable through the PWD forest road, which connects Barnawapara with Raipur via Patewa and with Pithora on NH 6.