NATIONAL PARKS OF INDIA


Kanger Ghati National Park - Chhattisgarh





Kanger Ghati National Park is located in the Bastar region of Chhattisgarh, near Jagdalpur. It is spread over an area of about 200 km2. The park is also referred to as Kanger Valley National Park.

About the Park
The region was declared a national park in the year 1982. It extends from Tirathgarh waterfall to the Kolab River near the Odhisa border. The park is divided into two ranges - Koleng and Kotamsar. It is named after the Kanger River that flows through the national park.

Flora
The important trees of the park include sal, Teak, Dhavara, Bija, Padar, Mahua, etc. The important grass species of the park are Phulbahari, Bamboo, Kusal, Chir, Khus and many more. Mixed moist deciduous vegetation is the prime vegetation cover of Kanger Valley National Park.

Avian-Fauna
Several colourful birds such as Drongo, Peacock, Blue-bearded lace eater, Kala Teetar, Bhura Teetar, Tree pie, Red Spur fall, etc. can be found in this national park.

Fauna
Kanger Ghati National Park is home to a wide range of animals such as Tiger, Panther, Mouse deer, Chital, Sambhar, Barking dear, Wild boar, Buck, Wolf, Jackals, Langoor, Black buck, etc. The reptile species of the forest include Python, Cobra, Monitor lizards, Kraits and many more.

Getting there
Kotamsar and Netanar barriers are the two entry points to the park. The Kotamsar barrier, on the NH 221(Jagdalpur-Darbha road), is about 27 km from Jagdalpur. It is the main entry to Kanger Valley National Park. The Netanar barrier is approximately 33 km away from Jagdalpur. The nearest bus stand and railhead is at Jagdalpur. Raipur airport is the nearest airport to the park.

Accommodation facilities
The Park Forest Rest House located inside the park at Tirathgarh and Kotamsar provide good quality lodging facilities to the tourists. Certain lodges, resorts and hotels are also available in and around Jagdalpur. The nearest petrol pump is located in Jagdalpur.

Tourists' information
Address: Kanger Ghati National Park, Dantewada, Chhattisgarh
Phone: 077 12 552221
Ideal Time to visit: November to June

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