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Chandigarh Pamed Wild Buffalo
The Pamed (often spelt as Pameda) Wildlife Sanctuary is an important wildlife reserve in Chhattisgarh. With an area of 262 sq km, it is placed in the Dantewada district in southern part of Chhattisgarh and the Sanctuary is close to the sate border with Andhra Pradesh.
Counted as one of the Wildlife Sanctuaries in central India, the Pamed region is known for its forest cover. Mainly consisting of deciduous hard wood like Sal and Teak, such a dense forest with expensive wood being left untouched, in an industrially active State is rare. The Pamed Sanctuary was primarily was created to protect a population of the Wild Indian Buffalo.
The Pamed forests are popular among tourists as safe and easy to trek and explore, as a result, this region has been receiving an increasing number of tourists, every year.
The Pamed Wildlife Sanctuary was notified by the Government of Madhay Pradesh in 1986 and focused on the providing the expanding Wild Buffalo population in that part of the State, as a protected area to thrive and keep out of human activities.
Weather and Best Time to Visit
The climate of Pamed is typical of central India, being dry and sub-tropical. The summers are dry and the heat is extreme. Monsoons bring moderate rainfalls and make the climate hot and humid. The winters are relatively cool and pleasant. The best time to visit the Pamed Wildlife Sanctuary is from December to April.
How to Reach
The airport at Vishakhapatnam, the capital of Orissa, is the nearest. However, the airport of the Chhattisgarh capital – Raipur is more convenient although being at a distance of about 400km.
Travelling to Kirundal is the safest bet to reach the Pamed Sanctuary easily. One can travel here from Raipur, Hyderabad or from Vishakhapatnam.
The scenic small town of Kirundal is closest to the Pamed Sanctuary, at a distance of 42 km. it is connected to all the surrounding states and cities by good roads and frequent state run and private transport services.
There are common birds like Peacock, Stork, Wood Pecker, Quail and Parrots, are often easily spotted. Various migratory birds have been regularly spotted here but not duly recorded.
The Wild Buffalo is the most common large animal in Pamed Sanctuary. Deer are also spotted continually by visitors, species like the Spotted Deer, Black Buck, Indian Gazelle and Sambar are common. Carnivores like Hyena, Wild Dog, Jackal, Wolf are common, whereas the larger predators like Tiger and Leopard are common too, but are hard to spot in the dense forest. Other mammals like Sloth Bear, Porcupine and Mongoose are also fairly easily spotted here.
The tourists can avail many private organizers and guides to explore and enjoy the solitude and wildlife of the Paned Wildlife Sanctuary. The Forest Division of Dantewada at Kirundal also arranges for guided safaris in four wheelers.
Where to Stay
Getting accommodation at Kirundal is the best and most convenient practice as it is comfortable and one can also cover the nearby attractions. The scenic appeal of Kirundal is significant too.
- It is important to visit the Pamed Sanctuary along with a group organized by either the Range officers or private organizers.
- Getting lost in the densely wooded forest of Pamed is very easy so a guide is mandatory for any kind of visit to the Sanctuary.