Chhattisgarh’s Udanti Sitanadi Tiger Reserve best for tourists. 

Udanti-Sitanadi Tiger Reserve

The Udanti-Sitanadi Tiger Reserve is in the Gariaband district of Chhattisgarh. 

It has been established in the year 2008-09.

 It is 1842.54 Sq.Km. Spread over forest area.

 This tiger reserve was created by merging two separate wildlife sanctuaries (Udanti and Sitanadi Wildlife Sanctuaries).

It is noteworthy that the Udanti River flows from west to east in the Udanti Wildlife Sanctuary and the Sitanadi River originates from the middle of the Sitanadi Wildlife Sanctuary.

The purest breed of wild buffalo in the country is Chhattisgarh, which is the state animal of the state. 

These forest buffaloes are in the Udanti Sitanadi Tiger Reserve of the Gariaband district.

Where tourists are going to get the facility of tourist cottages along with gypsy and boating to roam in the forest. 

Actually, Chhattisgarh is becoming the favorite state of tourists.

Sitanadi Tiger Reserve is in the Gariaband district on the Chhattisgarh-Orissa border.

 Which is the oldest sanctuary in Chhattisgarh.

 It is now going to expand the facilities of the Forest Department for tourists and wildlife lovers coming from abroad. 

Four motorboats by the Forest Department in Sodhun Reservoir.

 Tourists can do boating. 

At the same time, cottages of wood and bamboo have near the reservoir.

Apart from this, there will be arrangements for the canteen. 

Which is by Forest Management Committee Mechka, Belarbahara, Tumdibahar, Barpadar, and Sondhur. 

Gypsies will be able to take a walk in the sanctuary area. 

At the same time, apart from this State Animal Forest Buffalo Conservation Promotion Center, there are Devdarha Waterfall, Godhena Waterfall, Choksil religious mountain place, and many other beautiful waterfalls in the major tourist places.

 Where a very old rest house is still present. 

Where celebrities with politics and the film industry often reach.


History of Udanti-Sitanadi Tiger Reserve

The approval for the formation of this sanctuary area by the Ministry of Forest and Environment, Government of India in view of favorable conditions for the habitat of tigers in its  3-1/2003 

 After this, on 20 February 2009, the government of Chhattisgarh formed it.

Udanti-Sitanadi Tiger Reserve has been named after the rivers Udanti and Sitanadi flowing through Udanti Sanctuary and Sitanadi Sanctuary.

Wildlife in Udanti-Sitanadi Tiger Reserve

Apart from the tiger, other endangered and rare species in Udanti Sitanadi Tiger Reserve

It includes the Indian wolf, leopard, sloth bear, and mouse deer.

A large number of rare wildlife including, nilgai, bison, wild boar, son dog, deer, chausingha, royal, and wild cats are in this sanctuary.

There are more than 120 species of rare birds in this sanctuary. 


At present, there is 01 female buffalo and 09 male buffalo.

to increase their number, a rescue center has been built in an area of about 25.00 hectares.

where their number goes up by breeding female buffalo, but now the male buffalo increasing.

There is a great need for female forest buffalo to run their progeny.

Therefore, in the institute in Karnal, Haryana, Prepare a canonical female wild buffalo.

as soon as it is ready, it will be brought to the Udanti Sitanadi Tiger Reserve, so that the progeny will increase.

Forest of Udanti-Sitanadi Tiger Reserve

This tiger reserve mainly has sal, mixed forest, and bamboo forest in hilly areas.

Apart from this, there are natural teak forests in some areas, in which mainly species like Bija, Shisham, Tinsa, Saaj, Khamhar, Haldu, Mudi, Kullu, Karra, Senha, Amaltas, etc.

Various types of medicinal plants are abundant in the tiger reserve and the area of the tiger reserve is full of biodiversity.

Forest Rights Act, 2006 

In India, tribals and forest dwellers were denied theirs due to the exploitative British law before independence.

They were denied land and other resources for decades.

To overcome this problem, the Government of India passed the Forest Rights Act, 2006 (FRA, 2006) in December 2006.

The Act gives legal recognition to the rights of traditional forest dwellers and communities.

Rights conferred by this Act

Ownership rights

Tribals or forest dwellers will be given a patta of the land on which they cultivate or live for about three generations or 75 years.

This lease is up to a maximum of 4 hectares.

The ownership is only for the land that is actually being cultivated by the family concerned, which means that no new land will be granted.

Right to use forest products

There will be the right to use minor forest produce, pastures, and access roads.

Rights related to relief and development 

rehabilitation and basic facilities in case of illegal extraction or force-displacement in view of forest protection.

Right to forest management

The right, to protect forests and wildlife.

There will also be arrangements for a jungle tour and boating in Gypsy.


How To Reach Udanti-Sitanadi Tiger Reserve

by air

Swami Vivekananda International Airport is 163 km from Raipur.

by train

177 KM from Raipur Railway Station.

by road

177 KM from Pandri Bus Stand Raipur.


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