Achanakmar Wildlife Sanctuary


Achanakmar Wildlife Sanctuary

The sanctuary is located at 55 kms northwest of Bilaspur at 22°33’0.84″N, 81°44’5.79″E. It has been declared a Tiger Reserve under the Project Tiger in 2009. It is a tropical moist deciduous and tropical dry type forest. The sanctuary houses a number of endangered animal species, including leopards, Bengal tigers, and wild bison. It was established in 1975, under provisions of the Wildlife Protection Act of 1972. This sanctuary has been declared a Tiger Reserve under the Project Tiger in 2009.

It comprises 557.55 km2 of forest. The sanctuary is linked by the hilly Kanha-AchanakmarCorridor to the tiger reserve in Kanha, Madhya Pradesh. The park is part of Bilaspur Forest Division in northwest Chhattisgarh, around 55 km north-west of Bilaspur. The nearest railway station to the sanctuary is at Belgahna. This place is easily approachable from Pendra Road and Bilaspur railway station. The people can easily reach the place in buses, rental cars also. For the better facility for the people, coffeehouse and many other facilities are available. The sanctuary is close to Amarkantak and the source of the Narmada River. The forest vegetation comprises of sal, saja, bija and bamboo.

The sanctuary is home to Leopards, Gaur, Chital, Bengal Tigers, Striped Hyena, Jackals, the Sloth Bear, Dhole, Sambar, Nilgai, four-horned Antelope, Chinkara, Blackbuck, Muntjak, Antelope Cervicapra, Wild Boar, among other species.

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