Indravati National Park
· Summer: March-May (26°C - 43°C)
· Winter: October-January (12°C - 26°C)
Best time to visit:
Opening Time: 7:00 a.m.
Closing Time: 06:00 p.m.
Weekly Holiday: Nil
Entry Fees for Indians
Adults: INR 20
Video Camera: Nil
Entry Fees for Foreign Nationals
Recognized as a national park in 1981, Indravati National Park was declared a Tiger Reserve in the year 1983. Named after River Indravati which flows through the park, it represents the rich forest wealth of Chhattisgarh, the state located in Central India.
Apart from tigers, the park is famous for its population of endangered species like wild buffalo and barasingha (swamp deer). Other wild animals easily spotted at the park include leopard, gaur, sloth bear, striped hyena, four-horned antelope, Indian spotted chevrotain, flying squirrel and many more. Indravati is also home to numerous reptiles like Indian rock python, monitor lizard and crocodile and some exotic birds like hill maina.
Vegetation includes tropical moist and dry deciduous forests along with huge patches of grasslands. Occupying an area of about 2,800 sq. km., the park is must-visit attraction for wildlife enthusiasts. It remains closed for three months during monsoons.
The main entrance gate to the park is at the village called Kutru, which is linked to Jagdalpur-Bhopalpattanam Road. The park can be best accessed in private vehicles or hired taxis and jeeps.
Dantewada Railway Station with limited train connectivity is about 69 km. from the park. The better option is Jagdalpur Railway Station which is about 146 km. away. Taxis must be hired from these stations to reach the park.
The closest airport is at Raipur, about 400 km. away from the park. To cover this long distance, you will have to depend on taxis and rented cars.