Indravati National Park - Chhattisgarh

Indravati National Park is an important abode of the endangered wild buffaloes. It is the only tiger reserve in Chhattisgarh. The total area of the park is about 2799.08 km2.

About the park
The park is situated in the Dantewada district of Chhattisgarh. It was deemed a national park in 1981 and in 1983 it was declared a Tiger Reserve under the popular Project Tiger of India. The park is named after the famous Indravati River which forms a northern boundary to the park.

Tropical moist and dry deciduous are the prime vegetation covers of the park. The prominent floras of the reserve include Lendia, Teak, Sal, Semal, Jamun, Mahua, Semal, Ber, Haldu and Bamboo.

Wild Asian buffalo, Leopards and Tigers are the main attraction for the tourists here. The other animals that are found here are Black Buck, Indian Bison, Nilgai, Dholes, Striped Hyenas, Indian Spotted Chevrotain, Indian Muntjac, Rhesus Monkeys, Flying Squirrel and Pangolins. The reptile species of the reserve include Indian Chameleon, Monitor Lizard, Indian Rock Python, Russell's Viper, Common Krait, Crocodile, etc. Indravati National Park is also home to several birds such as Hill Maina.

Reaching there
The main entry to the park is the Kutrue village. Kutrue is well connected with the important parts of Chhattisgarh through Jagdalpur-Bhopalpattanam road and Kutrue link road. The nearest railhead is at Jagdalpur (the district headquarters of Bastar), which is located 168 km away. The nearest airport is at Raipur (486 km).

Several lodges, guesthouses and hotels are available in and around Jagdalpur for lodging purpose.

Tourist Information
Address: Indravati Tiger Reserve, P.O. Bijapur, District Bastr, Chattisgarh
Phone No: 07782-225073
Entry timing: 7.00 am - 6.00 pm
Ideal time to Visit: Mid-December to mid-June
Main Attraction: Wild Asian Buffalo

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