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Sitanadi Wildlife Sanctuary
It is situated at 173 kms from Raipur in Dhamtari District. It comprises of highly undulating and hilly terrain. Its name is Sonanadi because river Sitanadi originates in the middle of the sanctuary joins Mahanadi River near Deokhut.
It is one of the most famous and important wildlife sanctuaries in central India. The sanctuary was established in 1974 under Wildlife Protection Act of 1972. It covers an area of approximately 556 sq km. The area comprises of highly undulating and hilly terrain with altitudes ranging between 327-736 mts. The beautiful sanctuary is famous for its lush green flora, rich, unique and diverse fauna. It has immense potential and in built resources to emerge as one of the finest wildlife destinations in central India.
The flora comprises of moist peninsular Sal, Teak and Bamboo forests. Other major plants in the sanctuary include Semal, Mahua, Harra, Ber and Tendu. The major wildlife in the sanctuary include Tigers, Leopards, Flying Squirrels, Jackals, Four-horned Antelopes, Chinkara, Black Buck, Jungle Cat, Barking Deer, Porcupine, Monkey, Bison, Striped Hyena, Sloth Bear, Wild Dogs, Chital, Sambar, Nilgai, Gaur, Muntjac, Wild Boar, Cobra, Python among many others. The sanctuary is also a home for the birds the Parrots, Bulbul, Peafowl, Pheasant, Crimson Breasted Barbet, Teetar, Tree Pie, Racket-tailed Drongos, Egrets, and Herons to name few. It is being prepared to develop it as an important tiger sanctuary in the region. The wildlife enthusiasts and nature lovers will love to experience the visit to the sanctuary.The best time to visit the Sitanadi Wildlife Sanctuary is November-June.