Achanakmar Wildlife Sanctuary is a wildlife sanctuary, located in Mungeli district of Chhattisgarh and in the Anuppur and Dindori districts of Madhya Pradesh. It covers an area of around 557.55 kilometres square. The sanctuary was established in 1975, and declared as a Tiger Reserve under Project Tiger, in the year 2009. The ideal time to visit is from the months of November to June.
Tourists visiting the sanctuary can book a jungle safari which has two options - bus safari and jeep safari. The jeep safari operates from 6:00 am – 10:00 am and from 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm, which can carry six tourists, one guide and one driver at the same time. The cost ranges from Rs. 2000 - Rs.3000. The bus safari also operates from 6:00 am – 10:00 am and from 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm that can accomodate 20 tourists and a driver. The cost is Rs. 500
The vegetation of the sanctuary consists of trees like Bija, Sal, Teak, Dhawara, Khamar, Saja and many more. A number of medicinal plants are also found here.
Mammals: Bengal tiger, Indian leopard, gaur, chital, striped hyena, Indian jackal, sloth bear, Ussuri dhole, sambar, nilgai, four-horned antelope, chinkara, blackbuck, Indian muntjac, wild boar, monkeys.
Birds: More than 150 species of birds are found here.
Reptiles: Crocodile, Lizard, Python, etc.
The ideal time to explore the sanctuary is from the months of November to June.
Nearest Train Station: The nearest railhead is Bilaspur Railway station, located about 60 km away from the sanctuary.
Nearest Airport: The nearest airport is in Raipur, located about 200 km away from the sanctuary.
Road Accessibility : Tourists can reach Bilaspur junction by road through the Mumbai-Howrah line. From there, a ride for another 1 and a half hour is required to reach the sanctuary.