(Last Updated on : 10/11/2014)
Semarshot Wildlife Sanctuary is the prominent tourist spot of Ambikapur located that is in the Surguja District
. The sanctuary is located near Semarsot on the Ambikapur- Daltongunj road. Semarsot is about 50 kms from Ambikapur district headquarters of Surguja district the nearest railway is Jainagar near Ambikapur. The nearest airport is Varanasi
, which are 31 Kms away and Garwah that is 97 kms away respectively. The area is situated in the northern extension of Ramgarh hills
in a northeasterly direction. The area has a border with Bihar
state in the east. Tropic of Cancer passes through the area.
The forest types found in the sanctuary are Sal forest, mixed deciduous forest and Riverine forest. The species that generally occur are Shorea robusta, Terminalia alata, Terminalia chebula, Terminalia arjuna Terminalia bellerica, Lagerstroemia parviflora, Anogeissus latifolia, Adina cordfolia, adhuca indica, Emblica officinalis, Butea monosperma, Pterocarpus marsupium, Grewia species etc.
Again, the Wildlife is constituted of a variety of animals and birds. As per the 1997 census of animals, there were 1 Tiger and 19 Leopards in the sanctuary. The other animals found are Gour, Chital, Sambar, Sloth bear, Nigai, Chinkara, Wild boar, Fox, Jungle cat, Wild dogs etc. A variety of reptiles and birds are also seen.
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