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Sitanadi Wildlife Sanctuary in Chhattisgarh

Sitanadi Wildlife Sanctuary
Sitanadi Wildlife Sanctuary
Sitanadi Wildlife Sanctuary, located in the Dhamtari district of Chhattisgarh is listed amongst the best wildlife sanctuaries of central India. Spread on an area of about 556 square kilometers, the sanctuary was established in the year 1974 under the Wildlife Protection Act of 1972 with a purpose of preserving the rich bio-diversity of the area. The area encompassing the sanctuary is highly undulating featuring hilly terrain with altitudes ranging between 327-736 meters. Sitanadi Wildlife Sanctuary is named after the Sitanadi River which originates from the middle of the sanctuary and meets Mahanadi River near Deokhut. Exploring the rich and diversified flora and fauna of the area is an exciting and unforgettable experience for wildlife and nature buffs.

The flora in Sitanadi Wildlife Sanctuary chiefly consists of wide variety of trees including Sal, Teak and Bamboo along with major plants such as Semal, Mahua, Harra, Ber and Tendu. Due to the lush forested lands, it supports wide variety of wildlife. The major wildlife attractions in Sitanadi Wildlife Sanctuary includes 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 among many others. Some rare and exotic birds are also found here including Parrots, Bulbul, Peafowl, Pheasant, Crimson Breasted Barbet, Teetar, Tree Pie, Racket-tailed Drongos, Egrets, and Herons.

Best Season to Visit: November-June

How to Reach

By Air: Raipur (170 km) is the nearest airport
By Rail: Dhamtari is the nearest railhead
By Road: It is well connected with Dhamtari and Raipur.