Indravati National Park Chhattisgarh
Indravati National Park is one of the finest and most renowned wildlife parks of Chhattisgarh. It is the only Tiger Reserve in the state, located in Dantewada district of Chhattisgarh. This sanctuary derives its name from the Indravati River, which flows from east to west and forms the northern boundary of the reserve with the Indian state of Maharashtra.
Indravati achieved the status of a National Park in 1981 covering total area of approximately 2799.08 sq km. and a Tiger Reserve in 1983 under the famous Project Tiger of India to become one of the most famous tiger reserves of India.
The terrain of the Park mainly comprises of undulating hilly terrain with altitude ranging between 177 to 599 m above the sea level. The Park is famous for its differing and exclusive wildlife and bird species including some of the most endangered species such as Wild Buffalos and Hill Mynas. A chain of mesmerizing hill ranges with lush green vegetation and exclusive and varied wildlife make Indravati National Park a must visit for wildlife fanatics and nature lovers.
Indravati National Park is rich in biodiversity with extensive flora mainly comprises of tropical moist and dry deciduous type with predominance of the Sal, Teak and Bamboo trees. There are also rich patches of finest grasslands providing fodder to the Wild herbivores of the park. The most commonly found trees in the park are Teak, Lendia, Tendu, Haldu, Ber, Semal, Mahua, Salai and Jamun.
Indravati National Park hosts the major wildlife include the endangered Wild Buffalos, Barasinghas, Leopards,Tigers, Gaurs (Indian Bison), Nilgai, Chausingha (four-horned Antelope), Samabr, Sloth Bear, Dhole (Wild Dog), Wild Boar, Flying Squirrel, Muntjac, Striped Hyena, Pangolins, Monkeys, Porcupine and Langurs and so many others.
The commonly found reptiles in the park are Freshwater Crocodile, Monitor Lizard , Common Krait, Indian Rock Python, Indian Chameleon, Cobra and Russell’s Viper to name a few. The Indravati National Park is an ideal place for bird watchers sheltering to the large variety of birds of which Hill Maina is the most important species here.
The excellent season to visit Indravati National Park is winter season since summers are very hot.
The period from 15th December to 15th June is best to visit the Sanctuary.
Air: The nearest Airport is Raipur which is 486 kms. Away.
Rail: Jagdalpur is the nearest railway station, 168 Kms away.
Road: Indravati sanctuary is well connected by road to major places such as Jagdalpur and Raipur.