Badalkhol Wildlife Sanctuary

Badalkhol Wildlife Sanctuary

It is situated at 160 kms north of Raigarh and one of the most famous wildlife reserves in Chhattisgarh. 44 percent of this sanctuary region is filled with dense forests and wildlife sanctuaries.

The sanctuary is rich in various wildlife species. The fauna comprises of evergreen sal forests, precious teak forests and mixed forests of different qualities. The species in the santuary are deer, chinkara, gazelle and the spotted dear. There are other species as well like Nilgai, Sambar, Chausingha, sloth bear, wild boar, jackal and hyna. It is also a shelter for the birds like peacock, owl, pigeon, quail, parrot and stork. The migratory birds also visit it. One can also found tigers and leopards at the sanctuary, but in limited numbers. The sanctuary is considered to be a bird watchers paradise as it is a home for the birds. At times, one can also find a bison. The people can easily visit the sanctuary with any means of transport. The people can easily get the facility of accommodation in several hotels. It is open in most part of the year but the best time to visit is November to June.

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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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