Barnawapara Wildlife Sanctuary


Barnawapara Wildlife Sanctuary

Barnawapara Wildlife Sanctuary is one of the wildlife sanctuaries located in Mahasamund district of Chhattisgarh, in the region at 21°23’45″N 82°25’23″E. It covers an area of 245 sq km in the Mahasamund district of Chhattisgarh and is popular for its lush green forest cover. It is a small sanctuary and has sizeable population of the common Leopard. It was established in 1976, under the Wildlife Protection Act of 1972 and it is state’s second most popular wildlife sanctuary. The thick vegetation comprises of Teak, Sal and Bamboo. The diverse wildlife population comprises of Tigers, Sloth Bears, Jackals, Leopards, four-horned Antelopes, striped Hyaenas, Chinkara, Barking Deer, Porcupine, Gaur, Muntjac, and Bison. The tigers migrate from one forest patch to another in the state but the sanctuary does not have any resident Tiger population.The less population of tigers has cleared the way for the Leopard to thrive at the top of the food chain of this sanctuary. The tourists visit the sanctuary to spot the common Leopard which can be easily found, as compared to other forests. The whole landscape of the sanctuary is a mix of flat and hilly terrain, and offers picturesque views of rivulets and streams flowing down the rolling hills into the flat lands to create water bodies that attract a large number of bird species. The sanctuary is also the home for the several species of Parrots and Parakeets, White-rumped Vultures, Green Avadavats, Lesser Kestrels, Peafowls, Woodpeckers and Racket-tailed Drongos. The time between the months of November and June is the best time to visit it. During the monsoons,it remains closed from 1st July to 31st October


Chhattisgarh came into existence as a state on 1 November 2000 by partitioning 16 south-eastern districts of undivided Madhya Pradesh. It shares its border with six states, namely Odisha in the east, Jharkhand in the north-east, Madhya Pradesh in the north-west, Uttar Pradesh in the north, Maharashtra in the west and Andhra Pradesh in the south. The state is endowed with a rich cultural heritage that includes its varied crafts, folk dance, food and theatre, and attractive natural diversity. It is also home to some of India’s ancient caves, finest waterfalls, picturesque palaces, temples, Buddhist sites, rock paintings, hill plateaus and rare wildlife. While the northern and southern parts of the state are hilly, the central part is fertile plain. Mountains, plateaus and plains constitute roughly a third each of the state’s physiography. Major rivers of the state include Mahanadi, Indravati, Godavari, Narmada, Hasdo, Shivnath and Arpa. Identified as one of the richest biodiversity habitats in the country, Chhattisgarh has one of the densest forests in India, rich wildlife, several species of exotic flora and fauna and abundant non-timber forest products, with tremendous potential for value addition. Following its formation as a state, the nine original districts were further bifurcated, and as a result, the state now has 27 district administrative units. In the last phase of reorganization of districts, nine new districts were created and notified on 26 January 2012 to bring administration and governance closer to people, and also to address the spatial and other challenges that the state faces. There are a variety of tourist places in Chhattisgarh most of which lie virtually unexplored. The unspoilt green forests, dotted with picturesque waterfalls, scenic plateaus and winding rivers offer a feast to eyes. The caves and forts of a forgotten era add to the variety of tourist attractions in Chhattisgarh. Myriads of wild lives hide in the forests of Chhattisgarh, which occupy a huge 42% of the state’s land surface. Last but not the least important to mention is the lure of exotic tribal life of Chhattisgarh that acts as a magnet to attract tourist to the city of Chhattisgarh. *Copyright of Pictures and Information in this page might belong to someone else as all the data in this page are taken from different sources.

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