A True Delight for the Animal Lovers: Wildlife in Odisha

Odisha offers adventurous wildlife tours. Odisha wildlife is a home of a number of rare flora and fauna species. Odisha has a rich wildlife treasure, providing all the thrill of the woodland. Tourists come here from all over the world to Odisha to observe the Wildlife.

Almost one-third of Odisha is covered with forest. The wildlife sanctuaries in Odisha are not only unique but also attracted by every nature lover. Here is a glimpse of the status of wildlife and programmers of wildlife conservation in the state of Odisha.

Some of the most Visited Wildlife Sanctuaries of Odisha

Chilika Lake is home to a diverse range of aquatic life, including 225 species of fish and the Irrawaddy dolphin (Orcaella Brevirostris). Chilika Lake is designated as a wetland of international importance under the Ramsar Convention. Chilika Lake is a popular bird watching spots in India, and is also popular for fishing and angling.

Satkosia is a famous tiger reserve. It spreads over the mighty river Mahanadi in Odisha. The wildlife sanctuary established here in the year 1976. It is located at Angul district.

Bhitarkanika National Park is a national park located at the Kendrapara District of Odisha. It is designated as a National Park since 16th Sep 1998. The park is home of Saltwater Crocodile, White Crocodile, Indian python, King Cobra, black ibis, darters and many other species of flora and fauna.

Hadahgarh Wildlife Sanctuary offers a picture perfect setting with its breathtaking beauty. It is located at a distance of 20km from Bhadrak, in the Kendujhar district. It is home to several species of avifauna in addition to other animals that include tigers, leopards, fishing cats, jungle cats, pangolin, hyena, wolf, porcupine, and languor.

Ushakothi Wildlife is located roughly 40km from Sambalpur, spread over an area of more than 300 square kilometers. Neem, Acacia Sandalwood, Arjun, Sal and Casuarinas are the main trees in the dense forest. The sanctuary is home to panthers, tigers, spotted deer, wild boar, snakes and hyenas. Racket-tailed dragons and flying squirrels are found in the sanctuary.

Gahirmatha Beach, the Turtle Sanctuary is the place where one can spot Olive Ridley Turtles. These turtles travel all the way from South Pacific Ocean to breed on the coast of Gahirmatha.

Simlipal National Park is home to several flora and fauna. Royal Bengal Tigers, Asian Elephants, Gaurs (Indian bison), and leopards, sambar, barking deer, flying squirrel, wild boar, and common languor are the major mammals that can be spotted in the park.

How to reach?

By flight– The nearest airport is Bhubaneswar.

By train– Bhubaneswar railway station is well connected to all over India.

Best Time to Visit

The best time to visit is the winter months from November to February are the best time to visit as the weather is at its best.