One of the most famous Tiger Reserves of India, the Indravati National Park is spread over a 2799.08 square kilometer area in the Dantewada District of the state of Chhattisgarh. Recognized as a National Park in the year 1981, it is home to the Indravati River which flows through the Park from east to west and forms the northern boundary of the reserve with the state of Maharashtra. The topography of the Park mainly comprise of undulating hilly terrain with altitudes ranging between 177 to 599 meters above mean sea level. A continuous series of beautiful hill range filled with lush green vegetation and a unique and varied flora & fauna make Indravati one of the best wildlife tourist destinations on the Indian map.
The flora of the Park is made up of the tropical moist and dry deciduous forest cover mainly comprising of the Sal, Teak and Bamboo trees interspersed with rich parches of excellent grasslands. Other commonly found trees in the Park are Lendia, Salai, Mahua, Tendu, Semal, Haldu, Ber and Jamun. Most of the islands within the Park are densely forested, and the open spaces covered with scrub and creepers. Visitors can easily spot brilliant tropical flowers, including orchids spread around this vast expanse. This rich flora supports an exquisite wildlife which includes Wild Buffalo, Chital, Barking Deer, Nilgai, Gaurs, Chausingha, the Barasingha, Sambar, Sloth Bear, Dhole, Striped Hyena, Muntjac, Wild Boar, Flying Squirrel, Porcupine, Pangolins, Monkeys, & Langurs.
Some of the reptiles of the Park include Freshwater Crocodiles, Monitor Lizards, Indian Chameleon, Common Kraits, Indian Rock Python, Cobras and the Russell ’s viper. An interesting variety of Birdlife which includes the Hill Maina, Cattle Egret, Pond Heron, Babblers, Parrots, Parakeets, Blue Jay, Wag-Tails, Quails, Bulbul, Koels, Fly Catchers, Woodpeckers, Sun Birds and Weaver Birds are found here providing for some excellent Bird Watching.
Jagdalpur is the nearest railhead to the Village Kutrue, the main entry point and easily approachable by road at a distance of 168 kilometers. However, the best time for visiting this Park starts from December and lasts till June.