Barnawapara Wildlife Sanctuary is about Tiger or Leopard

The closest wildlife sanctuary to Chhattisgarh’s capital city Raipur is Barnawapara Wildlife Sanctuary. Spread in about 245 sq kms, this place embraces villages of Bar and Nawapara and hence the name. Established in 1976 under Wildlife Protection Act 1972, this place has got the attention of many renowned wildlife conservationist and second favourite tourists’ Wildlife Sanctuary in Chhattisgarh. It’s one of the most beautiful stretch of forest land with a very diverse flora and fauna and delightful landscapes connecting to many hot spots of Chhattisgarh like Sirpur and Dev Hills.

Barnawapara embraces a diverse ecological setup with tigers, leopards, bears, antelopes, deers, monkeys, wild buffalo, wild hogs and many more. Government of Chhattisgarh has arranged an amazing jungle safari that’s totally worth it, especially the morning trips. Although Barnawapara happens to be a tiger conservation, but the tigers here have a pride settled away from the location and they mostly roam about in the premise of this sanctuary. Nature’s ecological balance works on its own and that led to growth of leopards on the top of the food chain in this region. While on the go, the commanders and the guide told this fact when I was halfway through the journey and then on, I started focusing on the trees as well and not just the ground. Apart from the leopards, birds here are an attraction too. Although it gets even better towards Dev Hills, birds in Barnawapara are in variety and in peace as in one flock we could observe a parquet, parrot, road runner and a rat tail drongo together.

There are about three resorts in the vicinity of Barnawapara Wildlife Sanctuary of which Eco Hareli is right in the middle of the jungle, a little far away is Muba and then, there’s a resort made by a German. Stay anywhere, but I suggest do spend a night or two to experience the splendid sound of this jungle in the dark. It’s soulful.

By G. Swapnil

G. Swapnil has over 8 years of professional experience in developing Branding & Promotion Strategies for clients from various industrial backgrounds. He is MBA in Marketing & HR and prior to that he graduated M.Sc.Biotechnology from Amity University, Noida. With a flair for writing and experience in Editorials from a leading magazine of India, he started Welcome236 chapter to compile his weekend journeys in Chhattisgarh. Welcome236 is a travelogue that explores and present the beautiful state of Chhattisgarh. He can be contacted on for website and social network related queries and on for professional consultation.