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Kanger Valley

Kanger Valley National Park, situated at a distance of about 30 km from Jagdalpur, in the Bastar region of Chhattisgarh, is one of the most beautiful and densest National Park. Known for its rich Biodiversity with picturesque landscape, Kanger valley is spread over an area of approximately 200 km2 consisting mainly of hilly terrain. The Park derives its name from the Kanger River, which flows throughout its length.

Kanger Valley is closer to the Eastern Ghats of Orissa and situated in a transition zone that connects moist peninsular sal forests and the South Indian tropical moist deciduous forests. This acts as a corridor for birds where numerous bird species can be found which do not occur elsewhere in Central India. Some of the rare bird sightings in the area include, black baza, blue-billed malkoha, and hill myna (State bird of Chhattisgarh). About 150 birds have been recorded from the area. But with more serious observations many more can be easily added to the existing list. Kanger Valley makes a perfect destination for birdwatchers without any tourists in sight.

Besides wildlife and plants, there are many other attractions inside the park such as the Kutamsar Caves, Kailash Caves and Dandak Caves. At these subterranean limestone cave, once can see stalactites and stalagmites in fantastic formations. Several cave dwelling species of insects and fishes have been also found here.

The valley is one of the last pockets of almost virgin forests still left in the peninsular region which is also home to many tribal communities. Kanger valley make an ideal destination for nature lover, researchers and anthropologists.