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Chhattisgarh : Barnawapara Wildlife Sanctuary
Situated at a distance of 125kms from Raipur, the Barnawapara Wildlife Sanctuary derived its name from some of the tribal villages present in the north-eastern zone. Barnawapara Wildlife Sanctuary is one of the finest and important wildlife sanctuaries in the region. Established in the year 1976 under Wildlife Protection Act of 1972, the sanctuary is relatively a small one covering an area of only 244.66sq km.However the topography of the region is worth visiting for it comprises of flat and undulating terrain with altitudes ranging between 265-400 mts.Two prominent rivers namely the Balamdehi River from the west and the Jonk River of the North-East, tend to intersect here giving the place abeautiful look. TheBarnawapara Wildlife Sanctuary is also known for its lush green vegetation and unique wildlife.
Flora and Fauna - Barnawapara Wildlife Sanctuary
The flora of Barnawapara Wildlife Sanctuary primarily comprises of the tropical dry deciduous forest. Some of the most prominent trees found are, theSal, Teak, Bamboo and Terminalia. Other major plants found in the sanctuary include Mahua, Semal, Ber and Tendu. This rich and lush vegetation cover thus proves to be the abode a wide variety of wildlife in the sanctuary. The major wildlife comprises of the Tigers, Sloth Bear, Jackals, Flying Squirrels, Leopards, Four-horned Antelopes, Chinkara, Jungle Cat, Black Buck, Barking Deer, Porcupine, Monkey, Bison, Striped Hyena, Wild Dogs, Chital, Sambar, Nilgai, Wild Boar, Cobra, Python and many more. The sanctuary also houses innumerable bird population amongst which the prominent being the Parrots, Bulbul, Vultures, Green Avadavat, White-rumped, Lesser Kestrels, Peafowl, Racket-tailed Drongos, Egrets, Wood Peckers and Herons. Thus those who take an initiative for a short visit, wouldn’t be returning dissatisfied, for 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
For those who are planning for a short trip, make sure you visit this sanctuary around November-June, for it is time when you are sure to enjoy the beauty of nature at her utmost.
How to Reach
If one planning to visit the sanctuary via airway Raipur (85 km) will be the desired place of your landing. And those planning to go by rail, Mahasamund Railway Station (60 km) will be the nearest railhead.