Located in Dhamtari district, Sitanadi Wildlife Sanctuary was established in 1974. The sanctuary covers an area of 556 sq km, comprising highly undulating hills with altitudes ranging between 327 m to 736 m. The beautiful sanctuary derives its name from the Sitanadi river that originates in the middle of the sanctuary and joins the Mahanadi near Deokhut. The fauna in Sitanadi Wildlife Sanctuary chiefly comprises sal, teak and bamboo forests. Other major plants in the sanctuary include semal, mahua, harra, ber and tendu.
The rich and lush vegetation cover supports a wide variety of wildlife in the sanctuary, including tiger, leopard, flying squirrel, jackal, four horned antelope, chinkara, black buck, jungle cat, barking deer, porcupine, monkey, bison, striped hyena, sloth bear, wild dog, chital, sambhar, nilgai, gaur, muntjac, wild boar, cobra and python among many others. It is also being developed as an important tiger sanctuary in the region. The sanctuary is at a distance of 173 kms from the state capital, Raipur, which is also the nearest airport. Dhamtari Railway Station (95kms) is the nearest railhead. Sitanadi Sanctuary is easily approachable through the Raipur-Deobhog State Highway.