Barnawapara Sanctuary since its inception attracting tourists from every part of the nation.
Barnawapara is the name of the village Bar and Nawapara.
It is a land mass with numerous low and high hillocks and well-forested areas.
It is in the Northeastern corner of the Raipur district.
The Tributaries of Mahanadi are the source of water.
River Balam Delhi forms the western boundary and Jonk River forms the north-eastern boundary of the Sanctuary.
Location of Barnawapara Sanctuary
Sanctuary between the longitudes 800 22’30‟ to 820 37.30‟ E and latitudes 210 18’45‟ to 210 30.0‟N in the district Raipur of Chhattisgarh.
The total area of the sanctuary covers 244.66 Sqkm.
It was established in the year of 1976
Flora in Barnawapara Sanctuary
The sanctuary contains major vegetation of Teak, Sal, and Mixed forest.
It holds a good density of prey and predators to maintain the ecosystem.
The Balar reservoir inside the sanctuary supports a number of wetland birds and fishes.
This sanctuary promotes Ecotourism to create awareness among the public.
Dazzling white Kulu (Sterculia Ureus) trees scattered around singly in the forest stand out.
The old plantation patches of teak and understory Bamboo add orderly vistas in the age-wise general wilderness.
Fauna in Barnawapara Sanctuary
Cheetal, Sambhar, Nilgai, and Wild Boar are common.
The Bison is a conspicuous presence in Sanctuary and can be very frequently sighted.
Sloth Bears, Wild Dogs, Porcupine, Jungle Cat, Fox, Striped Hyena, and Barking Deer are also here.
Barnawapara boasts of over 150 species of Birds including several migrating ones.
Some of them are Peafowl, Jungle Fowl, and Crow Pheasant.
The Bamboo forms a rich and dense understorey throughout.
How to reach Barnawapara Sanctuary
To approach Barnawapara is two hours journey by road from Raipur while driving Joy of Rid can be 106 km. away from Raipur on N.H.53 on 78th km. Patewa is a small town where Barnawapara can be 28 km.
The nearest airport to the sanctuary is Raipur which is almost 85 km.
Mahasamund Railway Station (60 km) is the nearest railway station to the Sanctuary.
The place is easily approachable through the PWD forest road, which connects Barnawapara with Raipur via Patewa and with Pithora on NH 6.
There is also a canteen available on the premises for the benefit of the travelers
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.
The entry fee is INR 55 per person for Indian tourists and INR 200 per person for foreign tourists.
A guide is also available if you want.
Basically, can charge an additional cost of INR 250.
A safari is also available with different rates depending on the kind of vehicle.
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 gypsy vehicle, which is usually an eight-seater.
Best time to visit Barnawapara Sanctuary
The best time to visit the Barnawapara Wildlife Sanctuary is between November and June when the weather conditions remain pleasant.
Visitors enquire before visiting in the Rainy season.
the sanctuary remains closed during the monsoon season.