Top 5 Wildlife Sanctuaries in ODISHA

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Exploring the beauty of wildlife sanctuaries in Odisha has its own appeal. Whether the beasts or other   beings of the jungles, watching them at their natural habitats has always been a delightful as well as speculating experience in Odisha.

Here are the Top 5 Wildlife Sanctuaries in Odisha

Simlipal Wildlife Sanctuary

Simlipal is situated in Mayurbhaj District of Odisha, 320 Km from Bhubaneswar., Odisha, spanning across an area of 2,750 sq. km and covered with lush grassland and Sal forests. Once a hunting place for the Kings of Mayurbhanj, Simlipal got established as a tiger reserve in 1956 and became a part of the Project Tiger Scheme in 1972, followed by its attainment of the status of a ‘National Park’ in 1979. Currently there are around 95 tigers in the sanctuary. The ecosystem of Simlipal falls under Mahanadi-biogeographicElephants at Simlipal Wildlife Sanctuary region. The sanctuary is home to twelve rivers and countless waterfalls. Going deep into Simlipal one can some across the spotted deer, listen to the cries of Cheetahs and the barking of the Muntjacs or watch the Sauthali women searching for bark and twigs for firewood. Simlipal is also home to more than 87 varieties of orchids. Orchids of the most exotic varieties bloom here.

Among the 42 species of major mammals and 30 species of reptiles recorded so far in the reserve are Tigers, Panthers, Elephants, Gaurs, Four horned Antelopes etc. Ratel, Pangolin, Giant squirrel, sambar and Cheetal are among the other few worth mentioning. The sanctuary can boast of around 95 tigers and the rare Mugger Crocodiles. The Simlipal national park consists of the Sal forests, which are predominantly tropical moist deciduous forests. The forests are a treasure as it houses 501 species of plants belonging to 102 families. There are around 87 species of orchids identified. The forest has innumerable medicinal and aromatic plants, which act as a source of income for the tribals. There are around 230 bird species here. Some of the rare ones include Red Jungle Fowl, Alexandrine Parakeet, Crested Serpent Eagle, Grey Hornbill, Indian Trogon Hill Mynah, Peafowl, etc.

Getting There

Air: Simlipal Tiger Reserve can be reached easily through three major airports at Jamshedpur(140 Km), Bhubaneswar(320 Km) and Kolkata(240 Km). Taxi and bus services can be utilised to reach the national park.

Rail: The nearest railhead is at Baripada, 50 Km from Simlipal. Baripada has direct rail connections to all of India’s major cities.

Road: Baripada has extensive road links to other cities and states. Regular buses leave for Simlipal from Baripada. Private cars or taxis can be used to drive around the park.

Satkosia Wildlife Sanctuary of Odisha

Spread over the splendid gorge over the vigorous River Mahanadi in Odisha, Satkosia Wildlife Sanctuary Odisha was founded in 1976. The nature lovers can get lots of picturesque beauty at Satkosia. Considered among the best ecosystems in India, Satkosia represents a varied flora and fauna. Later in 2007, the region was declared as the Satkosia Tiger Reserve Odisha, which consists of two adjoining wildlife sanctuaries – the Satkosia Gorge Sanctuary and Baisipalli Sanctuary. The tiger reserve sprawls over 4 districts – Angul, Cuttack, Nayagarh and Boudh. Satkosia Sanctuary in Odisha is visited by a number of people who want to fill lots of thrill in their life.

Satkosia, the name of the area, has originated from two words – sat which means seven and kosk which means two miles, signifying 14 miles (22 km) that is the length of the gorge. The reserve bears an area of 964 sq km, of which 524 sq km is core area. Also being a part of the Mahanadi Elephant Reserve, Satkosia connects of two bio-geographic Indian regions – the Deccan Peninsula and the Eastern Ghats. This contributes enormous biodiversity in the region and makes it a perfect tourist destination. You have a lot to see and observe in the wildlife sanctuary.

Sunabeda Wildlife Sanctuary of Odisha

A proposed Tiger Reserve stands proudly in the newly constructed Nuapada district close to the boundary of Chhatisgarh state on the western fringe of Odisha. Eleven magnificent waterfalls, mystic caves at Ranimuhas

The reserve is a home to a total of 30 varieties of mammals, 27 varieties of reptiles and 120 varieties of birds. You can also find here the species of elephant, leopard, chital, barking deer, mouse deer, langur, rhesus monkey, mongoose, sloth bear, wolf and hyena, among others. Apart from that, the varieties of snakes like the python and the monitor lizard are available here. Among others inhabitants here, are the Mugger crocodiles, water birds, mainly storks, heron, egrets and cormorants.

Kamarkhunti reservoir here in the forest is a breeding area for the Garganey and common teal, pin tail, white eyed Pochard, spot billed Duck and many others. You can find a wonderful sanctuary view from the watch towers at Kochilaberana, Pitagodia and Charichhak.

The re-energized Chandaka forest reserve has gained much popularity among eco-tourists and nature researchers.

Chandka Elephant Reserve

Chandka Elephant Reserve Odisha, a wildlife reserve lying in the north western fringe of Bhubaneswar in Odisha, is located on the Khurdha highlands of ‘Eastern Ghats’ biotic region. Spread over 193 sq km at the Chandaka forest, Khurda Uplands were designated as the elephant reserve in August 1982. Chandaka Elephant Sanctuary Orissa offers a full sense of wilder thrill and you get a unique experience very different from your day to day life. This offers full refreshment to your mind and body both.

The reserve is a home to a total of 30 varieties of mammals, 27 varieties of reptiles and 120 varieties of birds. You can also find here the species of elephant, leopard, chital, barking deer, mouse deer, langur, rhesus monkey, mongoose, sloth bear, wolf and hyena, among others. Apart from that, the varieties of snakes like the python and the monitor lizard are available here. Among others inhabitants here, are the Mugger crocodiles, water birds, mainly storks, heron, egrets and cormorants.

Kamarkhunti reservoir here in the forest is a breeding area for the Garganey and common teal, pin tail, white eyed Pochard, spot billed Duck and many others. You can find a wonderful sanctuary view from the watch towers at Kochilaberana, Pitagodia and Charichhak.

The re-energized Chandaka forest reserve has gained much popularity among eco-tourists and nature researchers.

Baisipalli Wildlife Sanctuary

Baisipalli Wildlife Sanctuary Odisha, spread over 168.35 sq km entirely in Nayagarh district, makes a co-end with the Baisipalli Reserve Forest. Situated in the close proximity of the Satkosia Gorge Sanctuary, the Baisipalli Wildlife Sanctuary is lying in its south. The Baisipalli Wildlife Sanctuary provides you an opportunity to fill all the wild thrill of woodland in your life. Offering a full relaxation to your mind and body both, Baisipalli Wildlife Sanctuary Orissa delivers you the fine location to get relief from all the pains of the rest of the world.

The sanctuary has got its name from the 22 settlements existing within its span. The whole area has been constituted as the revenue villages. Being a part of the Deccan Peninsula Bio-geographical Zone, Eastern Plateau province and Eastern Ghat sub-division, the sanctuary is an ideal tourist destination. The sanctuary is blessed with a well-wooded hilly terrain, rendering abode to elephants, tigers, leopards, herbivores like Chousingha and water birds, and a few varieties of reptilian including Python and King cobra, among others. The tourists get recreational and educational facilities during their visit at the Deer Park at Kuanria lying in the outskirts of the sanctuary.

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