Achanakmar Wildlife Sanctuary
The Achanakmar wildlife sanctuary was established in 1975, under the provisions of the Wildlife Protection Act of 1972. Achanakmar has been declared a Tiger Reserve under the Project Tiger in 2009. It comprises 557.55 km2 of forest, and is linked by the hilly Kanha-Achanakmar Corridor to the tiger reserve in Kanha, Madhya Pradesh. The park is part of Mungeli And Bilaspur Forest Division in northwest Chhattisgarh, around 50 km north of Mungeli. The nearest railway station is at Belgahna. Achanakmar is easily approachable from Pendra Road and Bilaspur railway station. Buses, rental car and other vehicles are available to visit and enjoy this beautiful place. Achanakmar has a restaurant, a coffee house and many other facilities. The sanctuary is close to Amarkantak, the source of the Narmada River.
The sanctuary is home to leopards, gaur, chital, Bengal tigers, striped hyena, jackals, the sloth bear, dhole, sambar, nilgai, four-horned antelope, chinkara, blackbuck, Indian muntjac and wild boar, among other species.
- Kanha-Achanakmar, WWF India Archived September 24, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.
- Kanchi Kohli, Achanakmar village lies within the sanctuary, providing accommodation and food to tourists. Another settlement with a tourist rest house stands at the Lormi Khudiya Dam, on the road to Khudiya, around 20 km from Lormi. At Shiv Tarai and Bari Ghat there are road crossings where bison can often be seen. When we cross the village of Achanakmar, we enter a beautiful natural sal (sarai) valley. Achanakmar has been declared a part of Project tiger in 2009 and development of this country-side is ongoing."Forest Interlude: Eco-Tourism". In The Hindu, July 30, 2006
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