National Park and Wildlife Sanctuaries in Chhattisgarh
The scenic and pristine land of Chhattisgarh is an untamed abode of nature where around 40-45% of the land area is under thick forest cover. Chhattisgarh
is enriched with Monsoon Forests fed by river Ganges, Indus, and their many other tributaries. Monsoon Forest! The mention of the fact itself is enough to give you idea of the adventure and excitement these national parks and sanctuaries behold to offer you. Undulating land, succulent valleys and lofty green mountains; fed by enriching waters of Mahanadi, Indravati, Godavari and Narmada rivers and its tributaries; is home to a wide variety and large population of both flora and fauna.
What keeps Chhattisgarh on an edge over all other wildlife sanctuaries of India, is its lesser explored and pristine forest areas. And this is the reason some of the most endangered and rare species of animals, birds and plants can be seen around here, along with all other well known wildlife attractions. Due to limited human activities and commercialization, the natural inhabitation of its wildlife is still intact.
Tribal heritage adds lots of charm and more excitement to the thought of planning a honeymoon trip to Chhattisgarh’s National Parks and Wildlife Sanctuaries. Chhattisgarh is indeed no less than heaven for those who love nature, wildlife, tranquility and tribal ambience. You doubt? Where else can you find an impeccable combination of wooden hills with dense foliage of high rising forests and carpeting shrubs with natural caves, exhilarating waterfalls, undulating hills, gages plains, valleys, and booming around animals!
Chhattisgarh has 3 national Parks and 11 wildlife sanctuaries, each with its own set of attractions and appeal. Visit any of these and experience yourself the spellbinding charisma of this virgin land beholding splendors of nature and wildlife.
National Parks of Chhattisgarh
Government of India has identified and established three national parks in Chhattisgarh. Unauthorized human access & activities are strictly forbidden in all of these, like all other national parks of the country. Famous National Parks of the state of Chhattisgarh are:
•Indravati National Park
- Famous for - Tiger and other species of animals, birds and plants.
- Location - Banked by the side of Indravati river
- Landscape - Hilly
- Park Area - 2800 sq. km.
- City/District - Dantewada
•Kanger National Park (Bastar)
- Famous for - Its untamed wilderness and rich biodiversity. Park area also houses naturally created caves, lakes, etc.
- Location - Banked by Kholaba River.
- Landscape - Hilly region and valley.
- Park Area - 200 sq. km.
- City/District - Bastar
•Guru Ghasidas National Park
- Famous for - Rich biodiversity with various species of animals and birds. Well fed by many rivers, it can be claimed as one of the best national parks.
- Location - Riva-Varanasi Highway.
- Landscape - Hilly region with grasslands.
- Park Area - 2300 sq. km.
- City/District - Sarguj/Koriya
Wildlife Sanctuaries of Chhattisgarh
The virgin succulence of forests of Chhattisgarh also has 11 thriving wildlife sanctuaries. Thrilling list of the Wildlife Sanctuaries of Chhattisgarh includes:
1.Achanakmar Wildlife Sanctuar
2.Badalkhol Wildlife Sanctuary
- Famous for - Large variety of both wild and rare species of animals and birds.
- Location - Indus-Ganges Monsoon Forest.
- Landscape - Mainly dominated by hills.
- Park Area - 550 sq. km.
- City/District - Bilaspur
3.Bhairamgarh Wildlife Sanctuary
- Famous for - Various important and rare species thrive here. It is a famed bird paradise and also known for spotting Indian Bison.
- Location - Rajgarh
- Landscape - Undulating land.
- Park Area - 104 sq. km.
- City/District - Jashpur/Rajgarh.
Apart from the high plunging and well known waterfalls, there are more scenic, lesser known and thronged falls. These smaller yet serene falls worth visiting are:
4.Bhoramdev Wildlife Sanctuary
- Famous for - Booming around chitals & chikankaras, chamois and wild buffaloes. Along with the important and rare species of fauna of Indian sub-continent you can also spot many rare floras around here.
- Location - Near Jaigur and Mathwada.
- Landscape - Rolling down hilly region.
- Park Area - 150 sq. km.
- City/District - Dantewada.
5.Pameda Wildlife Sanctuary
- Famous for - It is rich is all the peculiarities of Chhattisgarh wildlife both in flora and fauna. All the species known to be found in the state can be seen and spotted here.
- Location - Rolling down Maikal Hills.
- Landscape - Plain and Hilly
- Park Area - 165 sq. km.
- City/District - Kawardha/Kabirdham.
6.Sitanadi Wildlife Sanctuary
- Famous for - Dense forests, rich biodiversity and carefree roaming around animals gives you the thrill that is unparallel and inexpressible.
- Location - Nearby Andhra Pradesh Border
- Landscape - Undulating Hilly Region.
- Park Area - 260 sq. km.
- City/District - Dantewada.
7.Virgin Kurschel Wildlife Sanctuary
- Famous for - Richness of Indo-Gangetic plain and diverse wildlife.
- Location - Close to Madhya Pradesh Border.
- Landscape - Sited on hill.
- Park Area - 556 sq. km.
- City/District - Dhamtari.
8.Semarsot and Tamor Pingala
- Famous for - Natural splendor and hot biodiversity. Along with significant and rare species, Sanctuary also mothers various endangered wildlife species.
- Location - Near Narainpur
- Landscape - Hilly terrains.
- Park Area - sq. km.
- City/District - Bastar
9.Barnawapara Wildlife Sanctuary
- Famous for - Comprises of two sanctuaries with mixed wildlife. Ambikapur, which is the core of state’s wildlife, is quiet closeby.
- Location - Near Ambikapur-Daltongun Road
- Landscape - The combined area comprises of hills, plains and Moran river valley.
- Park Area - 430 + 600 sq. km.
- City/District - Sarguj.
10.Udanti Wildlife Sanctuary
- Famous for - Rich and hot variety of biodiversity makes it a nature lover’s paradise.
- Location - Indo-Gangetic Monsoon Forest.
- Landscape - Both plain and hilly terrains.
- Park Area - 250 sq. km.
- City/District - Raipur/ Mahasamund.
11.Gomarda Wildlife Sanctuary
- Famous for - Prominently known for the rare and endangered species of its Wild Buffaloes.
- Location - Raipur.
- Landscape - Ascending hills and plain areas.
- Park Area - 232 sq. km.
- City/District - Raipur.
- Famous for - Diversity of its wildlife. Many rare species of animals, birds and plants thrive in the widely spread over the area of the sanctuary.
- Location - Sarangarh.
- Landscape - Rugged hilly area.
- Park Area - 275 sq. km.
- City/District - Located Raigarh.