One of the most popular tourist attractions in Surajpur, Chhattisgarh, TamorPingla Wildlife Sanctuary is one of the most stunning and picturesque sanctuaries in Central India. Enveloped by majestic hills with crystal river water flowing in its premises, the wildlife sanctuary has been named after the Tamor hill and Pingla Nalla and has in its habitat an abundance of exotic wildlife and floral species.
Tamor hill and Pingla Nalla are considered old and prominent elements and features of the TamorPingla Wildlife Sanctuary. Majestic Elephants and royal Tigers are the highlights here along with stunning birds that you cannot help but follow, even if it's fleeting and short-lived. The sanctuary has gained popularity, significance, and reverence along with making revenue for the district of Surajpur. The place was declared as a Wildlife Sanctuary in the year 1978 and later on in 2011, this sanctuary was notified by the state government as a part of the SargujaJashpur Elephant Reserve.
The sanctuary is spread in an area of 608 square kilometers with its northern boundary formed by River Moran, the eastern boundary by Bonga Nalla, and the western boundary by River Rihand. The scenic beauty of the sanctuary is very eye-catching and the tranquil environment will relieve your stress from the hustle-bustle of life. explore the sanctuary through trekking or just stroll around to watch the migratory birds gracing the blue sky and humming in their rhythmic voice.
The wildlife sanctuary is abode to Sal mixed with Bamboo forests. This are falls under Tamor, Khond, and Pingla ranges of the Surguja-Jashpur Elephant Reserve Forest division.
Mammals: Asian Elephants, Bengal Tigers, Indian Leopards, Bears, Sambar Deer, Wild Boars, Wild Dogs, Wolves, Blue Bulls, Chital, Bison, Four-horned Antelope, Chinkara, Barking Deer, Red Jungle Fowl, Brown Jungle Fowl, Golden Jackals, Striped Hyenas, Hare, etc.
The sanctuary has a temperate and warm type of climate with hot and dry summers and pleasant to cool winters. Average rainfall experienced is 1304mm and the average annual temperature is 24.3 degrees Celsius.
The months between November and June are the best time to visit the sanctuary as the weather is tolerable and pleasant for the visitors to explore the area in the rugged forest.
Nearest Train Station: Surajpur station is the closest railhead from the sanctuary located at a distance of 35km. taxis and buses are available from the station to the wildlife sanctuary.
Nearest Airport: The closest airport is in Ranchi, Jharkhand, at about 80km from the wildlife sanctuary which is accessible by rented cars and cabs.
Road Accessibility : While the sanctuary isn’t very well-connected with the major cities directly, there are a few routes from Surajpur, Ambikapur, Bishrampur, Ranchi, and Varanasi from where one can avail private and public transports.