Indravati National Park

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Indravati National Park, Dantewada Overview

The only tiger reserve in the green state of Chhattisgarh, Indravati National Park boasts of a wildlife population larger than many others in the country. It is among the three royal tiger reserves this state, the other being Achanakmar and Undanti-Sitandadi tiger reserves. Deriving its name from the Indravati River in much proximity, the national park is said the be one of the best in the state.

It is frequented quite often by travellers and wildlife enthusiasts who make it a point to visit this beautiful strip of dense flora and fauna. One can find the rare and endangered Wild Asian Buffalo at the park, along with Nilgai, Black Buck, Sambar, Gaur, Tiger, Leopard, Chital, Sloth bears and countless other species of fauna.

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The best time to visit Indravati National Park is from 15th December to 15th June. The reserve remains closed to visitors during the three months of monsoon from July to September.

Forest Rest house are available at Pharsegarh, Sendra, Pengunda, Karkeli and Kutru . Otherwise one can put up at Jagalpur, keeping it as base and taking a day trip to the park.

One might not find too many options for food here, except at their own hotels and resorts in nearby areas. It is best to carry some packed food for a day trip to the park.

Visiting Indravati national park is best accompanied with visiting its nearby counterpart sanctuaries , Ketru, which is at a distance of 27.2 km, and Pamed sanctuary at a distance of 37 km.

  • Air: Raipur (486 km) is the nearest airport

  • Rail: The nearest railway station is Jagdalpur (168 km) from which easy access is available in the form of buses and

  • Road: Indravati National Park is easily approachable from Jagdalpur, the district headquarters of Bastar. Kutrue is the main entry point of the park which is situated 22.4 km north of Jagdalpur- Bhopalpattanam road. The Kutrue link road is at the distance of 145.6 km from Jagdalpur.

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