Sunabeda Sanctuary

Forest Division : Sunabeda (Wildlife) Division
District : Nuapada
Date of Notification : 10-05-1988
Notified Area :

Sunabeda Wildlife Sanctuary in Nuapada district is largely a grass-covered plateau adjoining Udanti and Sitanadi Sanctuaries of Chhatisgarh State. The sanctuary is an attraction to eco-tourists because of waterfalls, caves, archaeological sites at Giribaman, Jumlagarh Fort and Muraguda, and the bird observation points at Jalki and Raital Bandh in Maraguda. Sunabeda is home to 4 tigers and 20 leopards alongwith other species like Hyena, Barking Deer, Chital, Gaur, Sambar, Sloth Bear, Hill Myna, Pea Fowl, Partridge etc and a number of reptilian species also inhabit the sanctuary.

Quick Facts
  • Sunabeda Wildlife Sanctuary has an excellent bio-diversity and an unique eco-system.
  • It has the potential for great tourist attraction due to the wilderness in its natural condition, waterfalls and historical monuments.
  • This Sanctuary, being the source of origin and catchment of Jonk, Sunder and Indra rivers, plays an important role in socio-economic development of the locality.
  • The valley, below the Sunabeda Wildlife Sanctuary along the Jonk river, has brick structures that date back to the time of the Koshala kingdom.
  • The sanctuary is an ideal habitat for Barasingha.
  • It forms a migration link for wild buffaloes across the two states of Odisha and Chhatisgarh.
How to reach

By Road : Sunabeda Wildlife Sanctuary is 30 KM away from District Headquarters, Nuapada.
By Rail : The nearest railway station is at Nuapada Road on Raipur-Vijayanagaram line of East Coast railway.
By Air : Raipur airport is the nearest which is 150 km away and is connected with Delhi, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Mumbai, Bengaluru.

Facilities available
  • Watch tower is available for the visitors to observe wildlife.
  • Forest Rest Houses, Circuit Houses and Inspection Bungalows are available for the tourists.
Salient Detail
Geographic Extent: Longitude 82° 20’ 06” to 82° 34’ 42”(East) and Latitude 20° 24' to 20° 44'(North)
Climate : Annual Rainfall - vary from 1100 to 1500mm
Villages : 52 villages (30 Revenue village + 22 other settlements)
Contact officer: 1. Divisional Forest Officer, Sunabeda Wildlife Division, Nuapda Phone No./Fax- 06678-225372 Cell-9437966372. 2. Assistant Conservator of Forests, Sunabeda Wildlife Division, Nuapada Cell-9937527247
Best time to visit: October- February
Accommodation : Inspection Bungalows of different Departments of the State Govt. in nearby places like Khariar & Khariar Road.

Sunabeda Santuary

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