CHAPRALA WILDLIFE SANCTUARY

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Location: Chandrapur District Of Vidarbha Region In Maharashtra
Area: 134.78-sq-km
Main Attraction: The Home Of Giant Indian Squirrels
Best Time To Visit: February To May

This sanctuary is located in Chandrapur district in the Vidharba region of Maharashtra covering an area of 134.78-sq-km. Majority of the area is under thick forest that is wood land, with small patches of grass lands distributed over the entire protected area.

One can even find wetlands in the protected area. Notable among them are Murgikunta Tank, Ushirkunta Tank, Komatkunta Tank, Raikonta Tank, Lagam Tank, Chandankhedi Nala and Wainganga River. Cliff, Tallus, caves and Nala beds come under the category of unique habitat which have no plant community associated but act as major shelter area for various wild animals.

Flora

The land vegetation is Southern Tropical Dry deciduous type. Teak is the dominant tree specie. Other major tree species found in this sanctuary are - Ain, Arjun, Behda, Bija Pterocarpus Bhera, Bel, Chichwa, Dhawada, Ghoti, Hiwar Kalam, Mahua, Mowai, Rohan, Salai, Semal Shisham, Sisoo, Shivan, Surya, Sirus, and Tendu.

Fauna

Black Buck in Chaprala Wildlife Sanctuary in MaharashtraChaprala Wildlife Sanctuary is a home of variety of wild animals. Out of 23 species of mammals recorded in this area, there are 4 species of mammals, which are of endangered status, namely Tiger, Leopard, Jungle cat, Sloth Bear, and Wild dog. There are 131 species of avifauna recorded in the Protected Area of which as many as three bird species are of endangered status.

There are 2 species of reptiles, which are of endangered status namely Indian Python, and Common Indian Monitar. Others include Black Buck, Wild Boar, Spotted Deer, Sambar, Barking Deer, Blue Bull, Common Langoor, Harep, Jackal, Mungoose, Peacock, Jungle Fowl, and Flying Squirrel.

NEARBY ATTRACTIONS

Prashand Dham at Chaprala, Chaprala Temple, and Markanda Temple are the near by attractions from the sanctuary.

HOW TO GET THERE

Air: Nearest airport is at Sonegaon Nagpur, 243-km via Chandrapur.

Rail: Nearest railway station is at Ballarpur, 70-km on Delhi Madras main line.

Road: Nearest bus station is Chandrapur, at 85-km. Other station is situated at Ballarpur, which is 70-km from the sanctuary.

WHERE TO STAY

There is a Rest house at Chaprala with 2 suits and permission is required from R.F.O. Choudampalli.



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