Other Wildlife Sanctuaries of Orissa
The region of Ambapani is famous for the idol of Budharaja, which is established in a small temple at the base of a hill, and is located at a distance of 77 kilometers from Bhawanipatna, and at a distance of 45 kilometers from Nowrangpur. The Ambapani hills are picture-perfect and offer a bird's-eye view of the nature around.
The Ambapani wildlife Sanctuary in Orissa is generally much-admired for its biodiversity - its rich flora and fauna. The Ambapani Sanctuary is the second largest dense mangrove ecosystem in India. Ambapani is considered both a Sanctuary and National Park. The entire area of the Ambapani Sanctuary extends for more than six hundred square kilometers. It is one of the very few evergreen repositories of the luxuriant mangrove vegetation in the world. In this sanctuary, more than sixty varieties of mangrove plants are found, which provide homes to a variety of pretty rare and unusual species of the plants. The breathing roots, which are known as the pneomatophores, stand like the sentinels of the land of Ambapani.
In the Ambapani hills,a frolicking valley called Haladigundi exhibits some peculiar features due to the reflected rays of the sun. The whole area abounds in spotted Deer, Sambar and Black Panthers which can be seen at the Behera reservoir. At a distance of 5 kms away, you will came across the pre-historic cave paintings at Gudahandi .
158 kms from Phulbani lies the thick tropical forests of Belghar which holds the Belghar wildlife sanctuary. The dense vegetation of the area is a host to a variety of flora and fauna. Belghar, houses plenty of long-tusked elephants which are the pride of this forest. The masculine wild tuskers of the jungle (elephants) were used by the erstwhile kings in battlefields. Almost synonymous with the concept of nobility, these tuskers have a great role in transporting wooden trunks, found in abundance at Belghar Wildlife Sanctuary. Being the assets of the woodland, these wild creatures are accompanied with many smaller animals adding to the list of animal species at this Wildlife Sanctuary of Orissa.
Housing a wide array of flora and fauna, Belghar Wildlife Sanctuary in Orissa is a favorite tourist destination for common travelers and avid nature lovers alike. The forest is dwelled mostly by the Dogria Khond, tribe who practice shifting cultivation as their profession till today. They live mainly on juice exuded by Salap and Date palm, mixed with a little alcohol to enhance the savor. Watered by the natural streams, Belghar Wildlife Sanctuary is an apt locale for a short visit. Wildlife Safari provides a wide range of jungle- tourism encouraging people to leave the humdrum of city life and get out for a fresh gulp of air.
Near Ganjam, Lakhari Sanctuary has a large concentration of elephants and other wildlife. Blackbucks are copiously found in this region. This sanctuary is located in the Lakhari valley. Besides providing tourists with a glimpse of the majestic elephants, this wildlife sanctuary of Orissa also offers other attractions which include Blackbucks, which abound the areas in and around the Bhetnai region of Orissa.
Known for having a typically tropical climate with extremely heavy rainfall, the entirety of the province of Orissa including the Lakhari Valley Sanctuary Orissa has extreme summers with temperatures ranging from 26 degrees Celsius to around 33 degrees Celcius during summers.
Positioned at a distance of 37-kms from Phulbani, Padmatala Sanctuary presents one of the most remarkable vistas of forest and river. Situated close to the Satkosia gorge, the place presents mesmerizing variety of wild life. Especially, the Gharials of this sanctuary deserve a special mention. This is also the perfect place for angling, boating in addition to some other adventure sports. The hills and forest in the vicinity of this place boast of some fascinating varieties of fauna that attract a lot of tourists round. A pond inside the sanctuary is used by the wild animals as a watering hole and one can easily spaot amazing variety of wildlife in this pond.
This place is 211 kms from Bhubaneswar and 58 kms from the district of Angul. Cities closest to this place are Angul, Talcher and Dhenkanal which are 58 kms, 78 kms and 120 kms respectively. The Airport at Bhubaneswar, at a distance of 160-km is the nearest one while the closest rail station is at Angul. Padmatala Sanctuary should be preferably visited between Octobers to March.
Kuldiha Wildlife Sanctuary
Kuldiha is located in the district of Balasore. The hilly terrain and the deciduous forest support a wide range of animal species that have made it their natural habitat. The whole topography of the place provides ample scope for trekking and hiking. Interestinglyis connected to Simlipal through Sukhpada hills and Nato hills.Some of the animals that can be encountered while on a trip to the sanctuary are elephant, gaur, sambar, tiger, leopard etc. With lucky ones can glimpse the rich avian life that consists of peafowl, myna, hornbills, and a wide species of reptiles. There are two rest houses in Kuldiha that serve for accommodation option. There is a perennial stream nearby which is an ideal picnic spot and serves as a welcome respite after the tiring trip in the Wildlife sanctuary.
Debrigarh Wildlife Sanctuary
Spread over 347 sq kms of dry deciduous mixed forests, Debrigarh Wildlife Sanctuary forms part of the famous Hirakud Dam that attracts numerous migratory birds during winter. Prominent species of fauna that you will get to see here are the leopard, hyena, bison, Royal Bengal tiger, sambar deer, chousingha, spotted deer, chameleon, crested serpent eagle and monitor lizard. Besides the migratory birds, this sanctuary also plays host to many resident birds.
Debrigarh Wildlife Sanctuary is located about 40 kms from Sambalpur in Orissa's Baragarh District. To reach this place, the nearest railhead lies at Sambalpur while the closest airport is at Raipur. The best time to visit Debrigarh Wildlife Sanctuary of Orissa is between November and June.
Karlapat Wildlife Sanctuary
Located at a distance of 12 kilometers from Bhawanipatna, Karlapat makes for an ideal tourist destination in Orissa. The main vegetation of Karlapat Wildlife Sanctuary consists of lush greenery and deciduous forests. This supports the wildlife population of this sanctuary. The government of Orissa has taken initiative to preserve and conserve these sanctuaries for a healthy wildlife population in order to strike a balance in the ecosystem of the place. Plans are chalked out, trees have been planted and a vigorous breeding program has already started to bear fruit. There is a scenic picnic spot close by the Karlapat Wildlife Sanctuary where leisure tourist can take a stroll. It was upgraded as a sanctuary 1992.
Some of the animal species that one could see face to face in Karlapat Wildlife Sanctuary are Sambal, leopard, gaur, Nilgai, mouse deer, barking deer. This sanctuary also houses a rich variety of avian life.
The best time to visit the Karlapat Wildlife Sanctuary is from October to May. The nearest station is in Raipi. One can also access many government guesthouses in Bhawanipatna.
Baisipalli Wildlife Sanctuary
Baisipalli Wildlife Sanctuary in Orissa, was established in the year of 1981. Baisipalli Wildlife Sanctuary stretches on a land of over 166 square kms and houses a considerable number of elephants and tigers. One can also see sambar and mouse deer at this place. The habitat features of Baisipalli Wildlife Sanctuary are similar to that of the Satkosia gorge sanctuary. The panoramic sight of the Satkosia gorge and the forests that this sanctuary offers is simply majestic. Besides the elephants and tigers, Baisipalli Wildlife Sanctuary also plays home to an enthralling variety of fauna that includes migratory and resident avifauna. The best time to visit the sanctuary is between the months of December and February.This Wildlife Sanctuary of Orissa borders the river Mahanadi along the Satkosia George and is positioned on the Eastern Ghats.
Badarama Wildlife Sanctuary
The Badarama Wildlife Sanctuary came into being in 1957-58 and is also popularly known as Usakothi. It is situated 43 kms to the north-east of Sambalpur on NH-6. Though this sanctuary remains open all the year round, the best period to visit is from November to June.
It lies at an elevation of 1,200 ft. from the sea level and covers the complete Ushakothi Block of the Badarama Forest Division, an area of almost 80 sq. miles. The main attractions of the Badarama Wildlife Sanctuary are the huge herds of sambar and bison. Visitors can also see panthers, bear, tiger, wild bear, leopard, barking deer, herds of elephant and spotted deer at this place. This sanctuary has two masonry watch towers of 30 feet height from which the visitors can watch the animals roaming in their natural surroundings.
Balukhand Wildlife Sanctuary
Balukhand Wildlife Sanctuary was established in the year of 1984 in order to protect the shoreline nesting sites of green sea turtles and olive ridley. It stretches on a terrain of 72 square kms. The best time to visit this place is between the months of October and May. Before entering this sanctuary, a person has to apply and obtain the entry permit from DFO Puri (T) Division situated at Khurda.
Balukhand Wildlife Sanctuary in Orissa, India houses a variety of flora and fauna. Some of the important fauna that one can see here consist of spotted deer, blackbuck, monkey, squirrel, striped hyena, jackal, jungle cat and mangoose. This sanctuary is also home to a wide range of birds and reptiles. Significant flora housed in Balukhand Wildlife Sanctuary is anacardium, casuarina, neem, tamarind and karanja, to name a few.
Hadagarh Wildlife Sanctuary
Hadagarh Wildlife Sanctuary of Orissa lies in the district of Keonjhar and Mayurbhanj. It is near the Hadagarh reservoir of Salandi dam. This region is rich in mixed deciduous forests and plays home to a variety of wildlife. The wide range of fauna that can be seen at Hadagarh Wildlife Sanctuary includes leopard, tiger, fishing cat, jungle cat, elephant, langur, pangolin and hyena. Hadagarh Wildlife Sanctuary is also the abode of several species of birds and reptiles.
The conservation area of Hadagarh Wildlife Sanctuary is very popular with the tourists who wish to relish the wild and unspoilt natural environment. The quiet tranquility of Hadagarh Wildlife Sanctuary weaves magic that has to be experienced to believe.
Khalasuni Wildlife Sanctuary
Khalasuni Wildlife Sanctuary is situated on a hilly terrain that ranges from 220 meters to 50 meters. The whole area is replete with dense forests. It is located in Sambalpur district which also houses some of the other Wildlife reserves in Orissa. The sanctuary sprawls over an area of 11 square kilometers and lies at a distance of 50 kilometers from Sambalpur main. It mainly houses tiger, leopard. Elephant, bison, barking deer, mouse deer, wild dogs and a rich variety of avian life forms the main population of the sanctuary. It is well connected to Sambalpur, Deogarh, Riamal by road. Jeep Safari is an ideal way to enjoy the ambience of the sanctuary. It is an excellent destination for tourists who want to enjoy the call of the wild and see the animals in their natural habitat.
Kotagarh Wildlife Sanctuary
Spreading over 400 square kilometers of forest, the Kotagarh Wildlife Sanctuary is one of the important wildlife reserves of Orissa. The animal population of Kotagarh Wildlife Sanctuary consists of tiger, nilgai, sambar, barking deer, peafowl, wild pig, gaur etc. It also has a rich avian life. The different variety of vegetation in Kotagarh also deserves special mention. The area also shelters different hued birds. A tour to Kotagarh Wildlife Sanctuary will infuse you with a sense of adventure and thrill. The main vegetation of the place consists of dense deciduous forests with grasslands. The lush greenery of Kotgarh coupled with the serene ambience is ideal for tourists who want to enjoy a leisurely vacation. There is a tribal village around Kotagarh Wildlife Sanctuary which can also be visited by the tourists.
Sunabeda Wildlife Sanctuary
Sunabeda Wildlife Sanctuary is one of the most recent additions to the Wildlife sanctuaries of Orissa. Located on the border of Chhattisgarh in the Nuapada district of Orissa, Sunabeda Wildlife Sanctuary sprawls over an area of 600 square kilometer. The natural vegetation consists of dry deciduous forests which supports the animal population of the region. The nearby waterfalls in the region add to the beauty of the place. The sanctuary houses animals like tiger, chital, gaur, sambar, leopard, barking deer etc. Sunabeda Wildlife Sanctuary also has a rich avian population. One might come across myna, peafowl or partridges in the dense of the park.
Sunabeda Wildlife Sanctuary adjoins the Sitanadi and Udanti sanctuaries of Chhattisgarh. Wild buffaloes travel from Chhattisgarh to Orissa through this beautiful sanctuary. The surrounding Ranimuhas caves, bird observatory at Jalki and some nearby archeological sites adds to the charm of the sanctuary.