The Chaprala Wildlife Sanctuary in Gadchiroli district of Maharashtra is also home to a variety of wild animals and birds. Do make sure to make it a part of your tour itinerary of Maharashtra.
If you belong to the group who loves watching animal planet on television, is fond of reading about books on animals, is very keen on seeing these wild animals in their natural habitat and capturing those priceless moments on camera, then the Chaprala Wildlife Sanctuary is definitely well worth a visit. You are sure to be amazed by the wide array of wild animals that have made the Chaprala Wildlife Sanctuary their home.
The Chaprala Wildlife Sanctuary covers an extensive area of 139.44 sq km and reserved forests form a major part of it. Patches of grasslands are found in this thick forest cover which is bordered in the west by the perennial Pranhita River.
The fauna of the Chaprala Wildlife Sanctuary includes several exotic and endangered species. Some of the animals that can be sighted here are tigers, leopards, sloth bears, wild dogs and jungle cats in addition to reptiles like the famous Indian python and the common Indian monitar. The list also includes inhabitants like wild boar, spotted deer, sambar, barking deer, blue bull, jungle cat, jackal, peacock, jungle fowl and flying squirrel. The greatest attraction however remains the Giant Indian squirrel which is the state animal of Maharashtra. Unfortunately its number is steadily on the decline.
It is best to visit the Chaprala Wildlife Sanctuary between February and May. Other times of the year, the weather is too extreme and not conducive for a visit. A visit in the rainy season should definitely be avoided.
The Chaprala Wildlife Sanctuary is easily accessible from the important places of Maharashtra.
- Nearest airport is at Nagpur at a distance of about 243 km.
- Nearest railhead is at Ballarpur about 70 km away.
- Nearest bus stands are Chandrapur and Ballarpur.
Gond Tribals live within the Chaprala Wildlife Sanctuary. A visit will enable you to get an insight into the kind of life led by them. The Chaprala Wildlife Sanctuary is not just a paradise for animal lovers but for ornithologists as well. You can witness about 131 species of birds and listen to their sweet notes. The existence of several of these species is under threat.
Wild life lovers should make it a point to visit the Chaprala Wildlife Sanctuary and they will definitely not be disappointed.