If Rudyard Kipling had to write Jungle Book again, he could easily use Barnawapara Wildlife Sanctuary as the plot of his story. The land of virgin wood, where wildlife is still unexplored and unperturbed by tourists, Barnawapara in the GREEN state Chhattisgarh is truly a place that one must not miss out on! At Barnawapara Wildlife Reserve life has its own pace, and the tik-tok of the clock seems to just vanish and all one remembers is the magic of nature’s beauty. The perfect light, fascinating backgrounds and the existence of a variety of majestic animals make this sanctuary a perfect place for photography as well. Barnawapara wildlife reserve is an ideal getaway from the bustles of the concrete jungle; it is certainly one of those special places that touch your heart.
Location: Spread over an area of about 245 sq km in the Mahasamund district of Chhattisgarh, Barnawapara Wildlife Sanctuary is known for its rich vegetation and unique wildlife species. The reserve is about 100kms from Raipur and about 45kms from Mahasamund city. One is allowed to take a private vehicle in the sanctuary; however, taking a guide is mandatory.
Flora in Barnawapara Wildlife Sanctuary: The sanctuary is replete with Tropical Dry Deciduous Forests and Bamboo is amongst the most commonly spotted tree here. Sal, Teak and other tropical dry deciduous trees like Tendu, Terminalia, Mahua, Ber and Semal trees are also common sights in the reserve.
Fauna in Barnawapara Wildlife Sanctuary: The major wildlife of the Barnawapara Sanctuary include 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, Python to name a few. The sanctuary also has a large population of birds that include Parrots, Bulbul, White-rumped Vultures, Green Avadavat, Lesser Kestrels, Peafowl, Wood Peckers, Racket-tailed Drongos, Egrets, and Herons. Bird watching in Barnawapara is one of the most enjoyed activities.
Barnawapara Wildlife Sanctuary has various tourist attractions which vary from temples to sightseeing places. The following list consists of some popular tourist attractions near this wildlife sanctuary:
There are a couple of good hotels available in Raipur and Mahasamund; to name few – Mohda Eco Resort, Muba’s Machaan and Hareli Eco Resort are some good options. Other than these, there are some good budget hotels like Manasi Lodge (Mahasamund) and Samrat Lodge (Mahasamund).
Summer in Barnawapara is exhausting and it is better to avoid visiting during this season. Monsoon starts in July and ends in September here and after which the forest becomes lush green; therefore, the best time to visit Barnawapara Wildlife Sanctuary is after monsoon season i.e between November and June.
Barnawapara Wildlife Sanctuary is the reflection of how well the state of Chhattisgarh maintains its wildlife. To come to think of it not only Barnawapara but other wildlife sanctuaries in Chhattisgarh like Achanakmar and Sitanadi have been looked after with great care. Barnawapara Wildlife Sanctuary is an ideal example of eco-tourism in India as it let us get the best of wildlife without even disturbing the natural environs.
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