India - Chhattisgarh Wildlife Tourism

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Chhattisgarh Wildlife Tourism

Indravati National Park

The Indravati National Park is the finest and most famous wildlife parks of Chhattisgarh. Also the only Tiger Reserve in the state, the Park has the tropical moist and dry deciduous type with predominance of the Sal, Teak and Bamboo trees. The most commonly found trees in the park are Teak, Lendia, Salai, Mahua, Tendu, Semal, Haldu, Ber and Jamun. Wild buffalos, Chital, Barking Deer, Nilgai, Gaurs are the herbivores of the park. The other wildlife includes endangered Wild Buffalos, Barasinghas, Tigers, Leopards, Gaurs (Indian Bison), Nilgai, Sambar, Chausingha (four-horned Antelope), Sloth Bear, Dhole (Wild Dog), Striped Hyena, Muntjac, Wild Boar, Flying Squirrel, Porcupine, Pangolins, Monkeys and Langurs among many others. The commonly found reptiles in the park are Freshwater Crocodile, Monitor Lizard, Indian Chameleon, Common Krait, Indian Rock Python, Cobra and Russell's Viper to name a few.

Kanger Valley National Park

The Kanger Valley National Park is one of the most beautiful and picturesque national parks of India. 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. The flora has mixed moist deciduous type of forests with predominance of Sal, Teak and Bamboo trees.

The animals found are Tigers, Leopards, Mouse Deer, Wild Cat, Chital, Sambar, Barking Deer, Jackals, Langurs, Rhesus Macaque, Sloth Bear, Flying Squirrel, Wild Boar, Striped Hyena, Rabbits, Pythons, Cobra, Crocodiles, Monitor Lizards and Snakes.

Sanjay National Park

The Sanjay National Park located in Surguja and Koriya districts of Chhattisgarh, is one of the most important wildlife sanctuaries in central India. It is also known as Ghasi Das National Park and has mixed forests dominated with Sal and extensive patches of Bamboo forests. Other major plants in the sanctuary include Salai, Dhawada (Anogeissus latifolia), Palas (Butea monosperma), Gurajan (Lania choromendelica), Semal, Mahua, Harra, Haldu, Ber and Tendu. The animals include Tigers, Leopards, Chital, Nilgai, Chinkara, Jackals, Sambar, Four-horned Antelopes, Jungle Cat, Barking Deer, Porcupine, Monkey, Bison, Striped Hyena, Sloth Bear, Wild Dogs, Wild Pigs, Cobra, Monitor Lizards, Python etc.

Barnawapara Wildlife Sanctuary

The Barnawapara Wildlife Sanctuary located in northern part of Mahasamund district of Chhattisgarh, is relatively a small one and known for its lush green vegetations and unique wildlife. The flora includes Teak, Sal, Bamboo and Terminalia along with Semal, Mahua, Ber and Tendu. The animals 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, and Python.

Sitanandi Wildlife Sanctuary

The Sitanadi Wildlife Sanctuary located in Dhamtari district of Chhattisgarh derives its name from the Sitanadi River that originates in the middle of sanctuary and joins Mahanadi River near Deokhut. The major wildlife include Tigers, Leopards, Flying Squirrels, Jackals, Four-horned Antelopes, Chinkara, Black Buck, Jungle Cat, Barking Deer, Porcupine, Monkey, Bison, Striped Hyena, Sloth Bear, Wild Dogs, Chital, Sambar, Nilgai, Gaur, Muntjac, Wild Boar, Cobra, Python etc.

Udanti Wildlife Sanctuary

The Udanti Wildlife Sanctuary located in Raipur district of Chhattisgarh, is a small wildlife sanctuary in the region. It is famous for its population of the endangered Wild Buffalos. The flora has Tropical Dry Peninsular Sal forests and Southern Tropical Dry Deciduous Mixed Forests.

The animals include Wild Buffalos, Panthers, Tigers, Chital, Four-horned Antelopes, Chinkara, Black Buck, Sambar, Nilgai, Jungle cat, Barking Deer, Sloth bear, Gaur, Wild dog, Porcupine, Monkey, Jackals, Bison, Striped Hyena, Fox, Cobras, Pythons etc.

 

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