Where to go
Barnawapara Wildlife Sanctuary is one of the finest wildlife sanctuaries in Chhattisgarh. Established in 1976 under Wildlife Protection Act of 1972, the sanctuary is relatively a small covering an area of 245 sq km.
The soft undulating terrain is covered with dense foliage. Mixed forests of tropical dry deciduous trees cover about half the forest area, while about one-fourth comprises teak forests. These are interspersed with grasslands, and sal and bamboo forest.
The major wildlife of the Barnawapara Sanctuary include leopard, wild dog, sloth bear, jungle cat, small Indian civet, gaur, sambhar, chital, nilgai, wild boar, jackal, hyena and barking deer. Due to absence of tigers other species have flourished, and leopards and gaurshave benefited the most.
Like most reserves in Chhattisgarh, the tourism here is still in its nascent stage. There is none of the predictability that comes with organised tourism and therefore, sighting an animal promises to be a truly exciting experience.
Barnawapara is also close to archaeological site of Sirpur which is about 25 kms on north-western edge of the sanctuary.