Achanakmar Wildlife Sanctuary
The Achanakmar Wildlife Sanctuary is an Indian sanctuary in Mungeli district, Chhattisgarh State. It had been established in 1975, under the provisions of the Indian Wildlife Protection Act of 1972, and declared a Tiger Reserve under Project Tiger, in 2009. It is a part of the Achanakmar-Amarkantak Biosphere Reserve.
Geography and history
Linked by the hilly Kanha-Achanakmar Corridor to the tiger reserve in Kanha, Madhya Pradesh, the sanctuary comprises 557.55 km2 of forest. 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 can be reached from Pendra Road and Bilaspur railway stations. 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 the Bengal tiger, Indian leopard, gaur, chital, striped hyena, Indian jackal, sloth bear, Ussuri dhole, sambar, nilgai, four-horned antelope, chinkara, blackbuck, Indian muntjac and wild boar, among other species.
- Tiple, Ashish (October 2010). Joshi, K.C.; Negi, M.S.; Tiple, Ashish, eds. "Achanakmar-Amarkantak Biosphere Reserve". Biosphere Reserve Information Series (BRIS). Jabalpur: Tropical Forest Research Institute. 2. Retrieved 15 June 2013.
- 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 20.0 km (12.4 miles) from Lormi. At Shiv Tarai and Bari Ghat, there are road crossings where bison can often be seen. 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
- Achanakmar tiger reserve, Achanakmar. "Achanakmar Tiger Reserve". tigersofachanakmar.org. ATCF. Retrieved 15 December 2016.
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