The name of Kanger Ghati National Park is derived from the Kangar river, which flows in its length. Kanger Valley is spread over 200 square kilometers.
Kanger Valley got the status of a national park in the year 1982. It is a friendly place for high mountains, deep valleys, giant trees and various species of wildlife. Kanger Valley National Park is a typical mixed humid deciduous type of forest, in which the Sal, Saugaun, teak and bamboo trees are available in abundance. The most popular species in this area is Bastar Maina which enchant everyone with their human voice . The state bird, Bastar Maina, is a type of Hill maina (gruncula Dhariosoa), which is capable of emulating the human voices. The forest is home to migrant and resident birds.
Apart from wildlife and plants, this National Park is home to three exceptional caves – famous for their amazing geological structures of Kutumbasar, Kailash and Dandak- Stellagmites and Stalactitees. National Park is known for the presence of underground limestone caves with dripstone and floston. The stalegmites and stalactite formation is still increasing. Caves in the National Park provides shelter for various species of wildlife. In the eastern part of the National Park, the Bhainsadhara is located where one can see the sandy beaches where crocodiles (crocodlus palestris) mostly found.
Tirathgarh Waterfall is located in Kanger Valley National Park. The Kenjhardhara and Bhainsadhara are famous for Crocodile Park. Gypsy Safari is available for tourists to explore the natural beauty of the park.
How to Reach:
Bastar has its own Airport which is operated by State Government under UDAN Scheme . At present the AIRODISHA has operating flights from Jagdalpur to Raipur and Jagdalpur to Vishakapatnam. The nearest airport accessible is in Raipur, approximately 300 km away from Bastar. Many Airplane operators operate regular flights from here connecting it to all the major cities. Prepaid taxis are easily available from the Raipur Airport to Jagdalpur.
Jagdalpur a district headquarter of Bastar district is well connected to the Vishakapatnam and Raipur by railways. Jagdalpur railway station is operated by East Coast Railway. This Railway line is the primary source of iron ore transport from NMDC bacheli to Vishapakatnam. At present Vishakapatnam -Kirandul Passenger (58501), Durg -Jagdalpur Express (18211), Hawrah-Koraput Express (18005), Hirakhand Express (18448) and Vishakapatnam-Jagdalpur(Night Express) are operational from Jagdalpur.
Regular bus services, whether express or sleeper based, ply to and fro the city of Jagdalpur (Bastar). They operate on a daily basis, through a well-connected network of national highways such as NH 30 . The other state bus transporters also operates such as TSRTC (Jagdalpur-Hyderabad), APRTC(Jagdalpur -Vishakapatnam,Vijayawada,Rajmundry),OSRTC etc.