28 Jan, 2018
Kuldiha Wildlife Sanctuary: is situated in Balasore district of Odisha, India. The sanctuary is spread across 272.75 km2 (105 sq mi) in the Chota Nagpur Plateau region. It is linked with Simlipal National Park via Sukhupada and Nato hill ranges. It is classified as an Eastern Highlands moist deciduous forests ecoregion.
It was declared a sanctuary on 4 January 1984.It is famous for the Mayurbhanj Elephant Reserve that spreads across Simlipal, Kuldiha and Hadgarh wildlife reserves. Locally in Kuldiha, the elephant reserve is known as Tenda Elephant Reserve. There is a watch tower strategically created at Garsimulia for animal lovers to have a look at elephants taking bath or drinking water from a small stream that runs right through the reserve. The sanctuary offers night stay accommodation at Kuldiha entrance, Jadachua and Rishia in form of huts, tents and few concrete houses. Prior reservation is required for night stay. It is usually closed during peak monsoon season which typically falls between July and September months. Major fire was reported in 2012 that engulfed both Simlipal and Kuldiha forests causing significant damage to flora and fauna. The sanctuary has been declared an ecological sensitive zone as of August 2, 2013 by the government.
Kuldiha is an integral part of northern Odisha tourism. It attracts tourists and scholars alike. The best time to experience to the wildlife of Kuldiha is summer. Elephant, Bison, Sambar, Giant Squirrel, Leopard, Bear and Royal Bengal Tiger are the real attraction of this forest.
Odisha government took recognition of the environmental damage being done by private operators to many parks, sanctuaries and reserves resulting in a sustainable threat to biodiversity . It came up with an ecotourism focus to conserve the pristine state of nature while making it economically viable with a PPP model. Kuldiha sanctuary is operated in a community based ecotourism model that benefits locals/tribesmen inhabiting the core area of sanctuary.
How to reach:
The sanctuary is almost equidistant from Bhubaneswar and Kolkata cities. It is easier to reach the place from Bhubaneswar, being the capital city of Odisha state. The nearest airport is Biju Patnaik International Airport. The nearest railway station is Balasore railway station. One can take NH16 (earlier designated NH5) and reach Nilagiri via State Highway 19. Thereafter scenic narrow road leads to the sanctuary entrance.
How Voyager Castle can help you:
We can help you by arranging the tour with all necessary amenities like the Forest Guest house booking, Your food arrangement in the Guest House, The special car for your jungle safari, Special guide for Wildlife Photographers, Guide for Tourist, Well trained Driver and Tour Manager for a team of 12 persons minimum, Sanctuary Entry permit and permission from the Forest Department.