Achanakmar Wildlife Sanctuary

Achanakmar Wildlife Sanctuary

The sanctuary is located at 55 kms northwest of Bilaspur at 22°33’0.84″N, 81°44’5.79″E. It has been declared a Tiger Reserve under the Project Tiger in 2009. It is a tropical moist deciduous and tropical dry type forest. The sanctuary houses a number of endangered animal species, including leopards, Bengal tigers, and wild bison. It was established in 1975, under provisions of the Wildlife Protection Act of 1972. This sanctuary has been declared a Tiger Reserve under the Project Tiger in 2009.

It comprises 557.55 km2 of forest. The sanctuary is linked by the hilly Kanha-Achanakmar Corridor to the tiger reserve in Kanha, Madhya Pradesh. The park is part of Bilaspur Forest Division in northwest Chhattisgarh, around 55 km north-west of Bilaspur. The nearest railway station to the sanctuary is at Belgahna. This place is easily approachable from Pendra Road and Bilaspur railway station. The people can easily reach the place in buses, rental cars also. For the better facility for the people, coffeehouse and many other facilities are available. The sanctuary is close to Amarkantak and the source of the Narmada River. The forest vegetation comprises of sal, saja, bija and bamboo.

The sanctuary is home to Leopards, Gaur, Chital, Bengal Tigers, Striped Hyena, Jackals, the Sloth Bear, Dhole, Sambar, Nilgai, four-horned Antelope, Chinkara, Blackbuck, Muntjak, Antelope Cervicapra, Wild Boar, among other species.


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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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