Indravati National Park

Indravati National Park

It is located in the Dantewada district of Chhattisgarh state. Located at a distance of 296 km from Jagdalpur (Bastar), it is the only tiger reserve in the district. The coordinates are 19°11’53″N 81°1’12″E. Indravati National Park is a national park located in Bijapur district of Chhattisgarh state of India. It derives its name from the nearby Indravati River which flows from east to west and forms the northern boundary of the reserve in Maharashtra state. It is home to one of the last populations of rare wild buffalo. In 1981, it attained the status of a National Park and a Tiger Reserve in 1983 under the famous Project Tiger of India. The national park has a total area of approximately 2799.08 km2. The park is the home to one of the last populations of the endangered Wild Asian buffalo. It is also a home to a variety of other ungulate species. Some of the species from the area are Gaur (Indian Bison), Nilgai, Black Buck, Chausingha (Four-horned Antelope), Sambar, Chital, Indian Muntjac, Indian Spotted Chevrotain and Wild Boar. Large predators are represented by Tigers, Leopards, Sloth Bears, Dholes (Wild Dog) and Striped Hyenas. It also has smaller mammals include Flying Squirrel, Porcupine, Pangolins, Rhesus Monkeys and Langurs. 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. The Park also gives shelter to the large variety of birds of which Hill Maina is the most important species here. The park has become one of the most famous tiger reserves of India.


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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