Sitanadi Wildlife Sanctuary Chhattisgarh (Dhamtari)
The Sitanadi Wildlife Sanctuary is considered to be one of the densest forests in our great Bharat. Sitanadi was established in 1972, as per the Wildlife Protection Act, and it rose to quickly become one of the popular tourist attractions in Chhattisgarh. This great sanctuary had received its name due to the proximity of the Sitanadi River, whose source is right in the middle of the sanctuary, and goes on to merge with Mahanadi River.
Flora and Fauna:
As Sitanadi Wildlife Sanctuary is one of the densest forests in India, it is not surprising that there are many varieties of flora and fauna available here for visitors to lay their eyes on.
Sitanadi is covered with a wide range of Bamboo, Teak, and Sal. The other kinds of major plants that one will find here at Sitanadi are Haldu, Bija, Seman, Lendia, Tendu, Salai, Mahua, and Dhaora. Whereas, the surface of Sitanadi is covered in grass, shrubs, and saplings.
Sitanadi has a diverse range of animals that one can see. SItanadi’s visitors can run into majestic tigers, flying squirrels, striped hyenas, sloth bears, wild dogs, sambar, pythons, sloth bears, whistling teals, and herons. Along with these, Seethanadi Sanctuary has a whopping 175 species of birds.
This wide array of flora and fauna is also a reason Sitanadi is a wonderful place for people of all types of nature lovers, bird watchers, wildlife enthusiasts, and adventure seekers in general.
Best Time to Visit:
It is recommended that people visit during the winter months. Specifically, March to October. However, the Sitanadi remains open throughout the year.
A Word of Advice before you visit Sitanadi:
Although Sitanadi Wildlife Sanctuary has a great deal of flora and fauna, visitors have often complained that they are not always clearly visible, or claim they are not there. However, the thing is not that they are not there or not visible. It’s just the animals are in their natural habitat, so sometimes it is hard to spot them.
However, it is always a good place to go with your family to just enjoy the lush greenery, and just simply have fun. But if your main interest is the animals, then we suggest visiting other sanctuaries in Chhattisgarh such as Barnawapara Wildlife Sanctuary.