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Barnawapara Wildlife Sanctuary in Chhattisgarh

Barnawapara Wildlife Sanctuary
Barnawapara Wildlife Sanctuary
Barnawapara Wildlife Sanctuary, located to the north of Mahasamund district in Chhattisgarh is regarded as one of the best wildlife sanctuaries in central India. As compared to other wildlife sanctuaries in Chhattisgarh, it is a small sanctuary covering an area of about 245 square kilometers. It was established in 1976 under Wildlife Protection Act of 1972 for preserving the wide ranging species of some rare and exotic flora and fauna. The area surrounding the sanctuary mostly comprises of flat and hilly terrain with altitudes ranging between 265-400 meters. It is renowned for its dense forested lands, lush green vegetation and unique wildlife.

Wildlife enthusiasts and adventure buffs make it a point to come here for exploring the flora and fauna of Barnawapara Wildlife Sanctuary. The flora mainly comprises of tropical dry deciduous forest with Teak, Sal, Bamboo and Terminalia being the prominent trees and plants found here includes Semal, Mahua, Ber and Tendu. The major wildlife attractions at Barnawapara Wildlife Sanctuary includes 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. Bird species found here comprises of Parrots, Bulbul, White-Rumped Vultures, Green Avadavat, Lesser Kestrels, Peafowl, Wood Peckers, Racket-tailed Drongos, Egrets, and Herons.

Best Time to Visit: November-June

How to Reach

By Air: The nearest airport is at Raipur (85 km).
By Rail: Mahasamund Railway Station (60 km) is the nearest railhead.
By Road: It is well connected with Raipur.