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Named after the Indravati river, which forms the northern boundary of the reserve, the Indravati Tiger Reserve is situated in Dantewad (formerly Bastar) district of the state of Chattisgarh. The reserve forms the catchment area of the perennial Indravati river as well as streams and rivulets that lace the rolling terrain of the region. The reserve forms an important link with the conservation areas in the vast forest belt extending into Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh. It is large and the best potential habitat for the wild buffalo.

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By Rail: Jagadalpur and Raipur are the closest accessible stations 168 km. and 496 km. away.

By Road: Bijapur is the closest Bus Stand.

Useful Contacts

Field Director, Indravati Tiger Reserves, P.O. Bijapur, District Bastr, Chattisgarh. Tel.: 07782-225073; E-mail: cfwlitrjdp@rediffmail.com

The region supports a high population of tigers and shelters animals such as the sloth bear, striped hyena, dhole, nilgai, and the famous gaur as well as reptiles lie the crocodile, monitor lizard, Indian chameleon, common krait, Indian rock python, cobra, the monitor lizard, and Russell’s viper.

The Indravati National Park, formerly known as the Kutru National Park, was established in the year 1981. It was two years later, in 1983, that it was declared a Tiger Reserve. Among the rivers that run through the state are the Indravati, Mahanadi, Shivnath, Indravati, Hasdo and Kharun rivers. The 1540.714 sq. km. hilly terrain is marked with several water falls. Open, extensive grasslands and stunning forests cover the region that forms the Indravati Tiger Reserve.

The forest type can be described as southern dry mixed deciduous forests and southern moist mixed deciduous forests. Teak is most prominent in the region. Among the other trees species are the dhaora, lendia, saja, salai, mahua, dhoban, siras, tendu, bija, achar, karra, kullu, shisham, semal, haldu, arjun, bel, jamun, rohan, bahera, mundi and the kasai.

Among the architectural monuments are an old Shiva temple (in ruins) near village Pasewada inside the Reserve, in addition to many Buddhist monuments.

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Situated in the heart of the nation, the state is endowed with a rich cultural heritage. Legend suggests that, Ram, during vanvas, resided in Dakshin Kosala or South Kosala, which is modern Chhattisgarh. The first of the famous Chalukya dynasty is said to have established his rule in the Bastar region. Several great families conquered the region. The Maratha rule from 1741 onwards was marked by large-scale unrest. The Gonds, were among those who resisted the challenges of the Marathas.

It was in 1818 that the British took over and the British made certain changes in the administrative and revenue systems of Chhattisgarh, which adversely affected the people of Chhattisgarh. The Bastar community strongly opposed intrusion by the British.


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