One of the most famous tourist attractions in Chhattisgarh, the Barnawapara Wildlife Sanctuary is home to the Bar and Nawapura forest villages. It was established in the year of 1976 and is spread over a vast area of 245 sq. Km. The rich and lush vegetation caters to a broad spectrum of wildlife in this region. The landscape is mostly flat terrain with occasional low and high hillocks.
Major Attractions in Barnawapara Wildlife Sanctuary
The Barnawapara Wildlife Sanctuary is home to Neelgai, wild boar, tigers, leopards, porcupine, pythons, antelopes, sambhar and Cheetal, along with 150 species of birds including parrots, Black Bucks, herons, egrets, peafowl etc. Another sight to behold is the barking deer. The fearless Indian bison, also known as ‘Gaur’ is regarded as the main offering of the Barnawapara Wildlife Sanctuary. The sanctuary is part of a tropical dry deciduous forest, and the plethora of flora include Mahua, Semal, Tendu Ber etc. There is also a canteen available on the premises for the benefit of the travellers.
Barnawapara Wildlife Sanctuary – Entry Fee and Timings
The Barnawapara Wildlife Sanctuary operates from 6:45 AM to 11 AM and then from 2:30 PM to 5:30 PM during the summer season. The operating hours are from 6 AM to 10:30 AM and then from 3 PM to 6:30 PM during the winter season. The sanctuary remains closed from 1st July to 31st October, owing to the monsoons.
Barnawapara Wildlife Sanctuary
The entry fee is INR 55 per person for Indian tourists and INR 200 per person for foreign tourists. A guide can be requested with an additional cost of INR 250. A safari is also available with different rates depending on the kind of vehicle opted. However, booking for the safari will have to be done in advance through resorts or tour operators. Charges for 30 km can vary from INR 1300 to INR 2800 for a gipsy vehicle, which is usually an eight seater. There is no fee charged for photography or videography for non-commercial purposes.
Best time to Visit Barnawapara Wildlife Sanctuary
The best time to visit the Barnawapara Wildlife Sanctuary is between November and June when the weather conditions remain pleasant. Travellers are requested to note that the sanctuary remains closed during the monsoon season.
How To Reach Barnawapara Wildlife Sanctuary
The Barnawapara Wildlife Sanctuary is located around 100 km from Raipur and around 45 km from Mahasumund City. The nearest airport is the Swami Vivekanand Airport of the capital city, Raipur. It is at a distance of 85 km from the Barnawapara Wildlife Sanctuary. The nearest railway station is located in Mahasamund, at a distance of 60 km. There are no direct buses available. Private cars or taxis can be hired from Raipur to travel to the sanctuary by road.