Kanger Valley National Park
· Summer: March-May (22°C - 40°C)
· Winter: November-January (12°C - 33°C)
· Monsoon: June-September
Best time to visit:
Opening Time: 07:00 a.m.
Closing Time: 06:00 p.m.
Entry Fees for Indians
Adults: INR 25
Video Camera: INR 200
Entry Fees for Foreign Nationals
The richest biodiversity hotspot of Chhattisgarh, Kanger Valley National Park (or Kanger Ghati National Park) is acclaimed for its variety of tourist attractions. Named after River Kanger flowing through its length, it was proclaimed as a national park in 1982. Pictorial landscapes adorn the park’s area of about 220 sq. km. and existence of wild lives like tigers, sloth bear, leopard, wild cat, sambar, wild boar, flying squirrel, jackals and striped hyena make it a frequently visited wildlife destination in India.
The park also boasts of reptiles like crocodile, cobra, python and monitor lizard and diverse avifauna which include hill myna (the state bird), steppe eagle, phakta, heron, tree-pie, racket-tailed drongo, peacock and many more. Apart from the extensive presence of sal, teak and bamboo trees, the park is further beautified by grasses, climbers, canes, ferns and other sorts of vegetation.
Apart from being a wildlife destination, the park also boasts of crystal clean water pools (called darhas), limestone caves, enthralling waterfalls and numerous picnic spots. Don’t miss the attractions like Tirathgarh Waterfalls, Kailash Caves, Kotumsar Caves, Kanger Darha, Bhainsa Darha (home to a crocodile park) and Dandak Cave. Be sure to hire local guides to explore the park, a large part of which still remains unexplored.
About 27 km. from Jagdalpur is the main entry gate of the park at Kotamsar, accessible by NH 221. The second entry point at Netanar is about 36 km. from Jagdalpur and is accessible by a well-maintained road. Prefer to rent a car or hire a taxi from Jagdalpur to access the locations.
Jagdalpur also has the closest railway station, about 40 km. from the park. Again, you can hire a taxi or private car for the road journey from the station.
Raipur, which is about 335 km. from the park, has the closets airport. You can either board a state transport bus from Raipur to Jagdalpur and continue further in a taxi or hire a direct taxi from the airport for the whole trip.