Chhattisgarh, the 10th largest state in India is endowed with a rich cultural heritage and pristine natural beauty. Chhattisgarh doesn't lack anything, as far as tourist spots are concerned. Waterfalls, rare wildlife, monuments, pilgrimage centers, caves, hill plateaus, palaces and rock paintings - all these are enough to offer you a unique trip to Chhattisgarh. But if you are especially interested in exploring the wildlife of Chhattisgarh, you will have endless number of options. Tamor Pingla Wildlife Sanctuary and Achanakmar wildlife sanctuary are some of the most popular sanctuaries that are capable of drawing a host of tourists from all over the country.
Achanakmar Wildlife Sanctuary
Achanakmar sanctuary houses many endangered animal species. The surroundings of the park are also attractive.
This sanctuary was established in the year 1975 under Wildlife Protection Act of 1972 and Biogeographical Province 4.8.4 (Indus-Ganges Monsoon Forest).
Area and Location:
It stretches over 557.51 sq km of land, which is a hilly forest. Actually it covers the beautiful Sal forests of the Malkal Hills. It is linked by the hilly Kanha-Achanakmar Corridor to the tiger reserve in Kanha. The altitude of this sanctuary ranges from 200 to 1000 meters above the sea level.
This wildlife park is a part of the Bilaspur Forest Division in northwest Chhattisgarh that is 55 km north-west of Bilaspur.
Although leopard, striped Hyena, Leopard, Gaur, Chital, Wild Bear, etc. are the major attractions of the park, you will find other animals. These are- Tiger Panthera (Panthera tigris), jackal (Canis aureus), sloth bear (Melursus ursinus), Indian wild dog (Cuon alpines), chital Axis (axis), sambar (Cervus unicolor), nilgai (Boselaphus tragocamelus), four-horned antelope (Tetracerus quadricornis), chinkara (mountain gazelle) Gazella (gazelle), blackbuck Antilope (cervicapra), munyjac (Muntiacus muntjak), wild boar (Sus scrofa) and others.
The floral species is also very attractive. The tropical Sal forests, saja, bija, and bamboo are the main vegetation of the region. But if you climb higher altitudes, you will find some other floral species also.
Best Time To Visit:
The climate of the sanctuary is tropical and remains same all throughout the year. The summer months are a little bit hot. Keeping all these in mind, the best time to visit this park is during the months of November to June.
If you want to spend an adventurous night in the sanctuary, if you want to hear the shrill cry of the jackal or the roar of the ocean, then it is possible. A forest rest house with basic facilities is available here.
How to reach the park?
Transportation to the Achanakmar wildlife sanctuary is not a problem as it is easily approachable by train and road. The nearest railway station is Belgahna. You can also reach the park from Pendra Road and Bilaspur Railway Station that is 35 km away. You can also take rental cars and other vehicles.
The nearest airport is Raipur that is located at a distance of 172 km away. Raipur is the state capital of Chhattisgarh.
What else do you get?
A view of the beautiful Malakal Hills would make your day. You can also visit Amarkantak or Teerthraj that is a pilgrim town. Three rivers- the Narmada River, the Sone River and Johila River emerge in this region.
Thus you would find a lot of variety and diversity in your trip to the Achanakmar wildlife sanctuary in Chhattisgarh in Central India. Let loose your fancies and enjoy nature's bounties in this beautiful place.