Barnawapara Wildlife Sanctuary (Chhattisgarh) Weekend Safari
Barnawapara Wildlife Sanctuary
This small wildlife sanctuary covering an area of 245 sq km in the Mahasamund district of Chhattisgarh is known for its lush green forest cover and a sizeable population of the common Leopard. It is the state’s second most popular wildlife sanctuary, established in 1976 under the Wildlife Protection Act of 1972. The thick vegetation here mostly comprises Teak, Sal and Bamboo, and supports diverse wildlife such as Tigers, Sloth Bears, Jackals, Leopards, four-horned Antelopes, striped Hyenas, Chinkara, Barking Deer, Porcupine, Gaur, Muntjac, and Bison.
Tourists come to this forest mostly to spot the common Leopard, which is more elusive and harder to spot than the Tiger.
The landscape is a mix of flat and hilly terrain, and offers picturesque views of rivulets and streams flowing down the rolling hills into the flat lands to create water bodies that attract a large number of bird species.
It is possible to see several species of Parrots and Parakeets, White-rumped Vultures, Green Avadavats, Lesser Kestrels, Peafowls, Woodpeckers and Racket-tailed Drongos.
The site of bamboo shoots and tall sal trees swaying in unison with the wind, coupled with the sounds of the forests, water trickling over pebbles, insects, toads and frogs croaking in the background, and melodious birds calling out to one another; this is the experience that you will have on a trip into this forest at any given time of the day.
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