Barnawapara Wildlife Sanctuary
IndiaThe adage ‘big things come in small packages’ couldn’t hold truer than in the case of Barnawapara Wildlife Sanctuary. This 245 square kilometres park is known for its sizeable population of the common leopard, large gaur herds, sloth bears and a host of prey species. Leopards thrive in this region - free of resident tigers - and they have managed to climb on top of the food chain without any fierce competition from their eternal enemy. Wildlife enthusiasts come here to catch a glimpse of this elusive cat, making this the state’s second most popular Wildlife Sanctuary. The Sanctuary was established in 1976 under the Wildlife Protection Act of 1972 and is a fascinating alternative to the more crowded tiger parks of the country. The mixed deciduous forests coupled with the sounds of the residents, made by over 150 species of melodious birds make for an ideal wildlife experience
Enjoy morning and afternoon jungle safaris and stop to observe wildlife from water towers strategically placed inside the Sanctuary to give you the best wildlife viewing opportunities. Accompanying guides are adept at spotting wildlife
Leopards are the main attraction here but not everyone gets a chance to see this shy creature as it hides in the dense forest canopy. Other wildlife that reside here are sloth bears, jackals, four-horned antelopes, striped hyenas, chinkara, barking deer, muntjac, and gaur. The bison is locally known as the gaur. Take in the landscape, which is a mix of flat and hilly terrains and offers picturesque views of rivulets and streams that attract a large number of bird species. Keep an eye out for white-rumped vultures, green avadavats, lesser kestrels and racket-tailed drongos.
Nature walks in the buffer zone of the Sanctuary are a delight as you get a chance to get up close and personal with nature, and spot things and creatures you might have missed otherwise. There are trails designed specifically for birders that take you near meandering water bodies to observe migratory birds.
How To Book
Your tour operator or lodge would be able to make the bookings for you. Or you can book at the entrance directly.
Winter: Morning: 06:00 am to 11:30 am Evening: 03:00 pm to 05:30 pm Summer: Morning: 05:00 am to 10:00 am Evening: 03:00 pm to 05:30 pm It is closed from 1st July to 31st October during the monsoons.
Getting Around the Park
Jeeps are available to book through your lodge or at the gate costing R 2,800
R 55 for Indian Nationals R 200 for Foreign Nationals Gate Entry: R 100 Guide Charges: R 100
By Air: Raipur (85 km) By Rail / Road: Mahasamund railway (60 km). The park is easily approachable through the PWD forest road, which connects Barnawapara with Raipur via Patewa and with Pithora on NH 6
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