Apart from archaeology and pilgrimage sites, Bilaspur also nestles wildlife. Some of the impenetrable forests along with hills and rivers are found in this area of the country. Achanakmar Wildlife Sanctuary is one of the famous sanctuaries of Chhattisgarh.
It houses innumerable endangered species like leopards, Bengal tigers and wild bison. Other animals include chital, striped hyena, canis, sloth bear, dhole, sambar deer, nilgai, Indian four-horned antelope and chinkara. Established in 1975, Achanakmar is also a tiger reserve.
Sprawling over an area of 557.55 sq km, variety of wildlife resides here. It is situated at a distance of 55 km north-west of Bilaspur. Tourists are prohibited to enter in the monsoon season. It is linked to Kanha-Achanakmar Corridor, which is a part of the tiger reserve of Kanha, Madhya Pradesh. Sal, saja, bija and bamboo are found in high frequency throughout the forest.
Ghongapani Jalashya is a dam situated on the way to the sanctuary. Tourists do not have an option to stay there. The day view of the dam is bewitching. Government guest houses are available beyond the wildlife sanctuary at Achanakmar, Keonchi and Lamni. They are well maintained and the forest guest house at Lamni was constructed during the British period.
Belgahna is the nearest railway station while Bilaspur station is also accessible. Apart from rental cars and buses, tourists can reach this sanctuary by any other vehicle. It is indeed a good place for ecotourism.