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Top 15 Best Wildlife Sanctuaries & National Parks in Odisha

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Are you Searching for the Best Wildlife Sanctuaries and National Parks of Odisha

When you think about Wildlife sanctuary, Odisha is a perfect place to start exploring. With the vast wildlife sanctuary in Odisha, the environment and forest in Odisha are suitable for wild animals. Odisha is surrounded by 50% of the Wild Forest, 480 KM of sea beach, and 33 Rivers. Odisha Wildlife Sanctuary is in the most demand among wildlife lovers for the Olive readily turtle, Irrawaddy Satapada Dolphins, Similipal Tiger Reserve, Bhitarkanika Crocodile Park, Elephant Reserve, and Deer Park.
If you are a Wildlife lover and want to plan for a Wildlife sanctuary Tour of Odisha, it might be confusing for you to start this journey as Odisha is spread over 155,707 km² and almost 50% of the area is covered with wild forest. You may ask the question how many wildlife sanctuaries in Odisha are available?
Today we’ll discuss the best 15 Wildlife sanctuaries and national parks in Odisha covered from East to West and North to South.
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List of 15 Best Wildlife Sanctuaries & National Parks of Odisha:

  1. Nandankanan Wildlife Sanctuary
  2. Chandaka Wildlife Sanctuary
  3. Chilika Bird Sanctuary
  4. Balukhand Wildlife Sanctuary
  5. Bhitarkanika Wildlife Sanctuary
  6. Gahiramatha Marine Sanctuary
  7. Similipal Tiger Reserve
  8. Satakosia Tiger Reserve
  9. Tikarapada Wildlife Sanctuary
  10. Baisipalli Wildlife Sanctuary
  11. Kotgarh Wildlife Sanctuary
  12. Ushakothi Wildlife Sanctuary
  13. Debrigarh Wildlife Sanctuary
  14. Sunabeda Wildlife Sanctuary
  15. Karlapet Wildlife Sanctuary

1. Nandankanan Wildlife Sanctuary:

nandankanan white safari tiger
Nandankanan Wildlife Sanctuary is a major attraction for tourists to start a Journey towards Wildlife sanctuaries. It offers white tiger safari and Lion safari, which is a significant attraction for visitors. Nandankanan Sanctuary turned out to be a Wildlife sanctuary on the year of 1979.
Nandankanan is enriched with Bengal tiger, White Tiger, Lion, Gharials Crocodiles, Wild Boar, Spotted Deer, Ratel, Common Mongoose, Indian Porcupine, Fox, Jackal, Rhesus Macaque, Jungle Cat, Pangolin, Indian Hare, Hyena, Phasianidae, Anatidae, Varieties of Lizard, Python, and many more.
  1. The Entry fee is 50 rs above 12 Years for Indian people & 100 rs for foreign people.
  2. Safari ride is available for 45 Min, and the Price per person is 30 rs Toy Train & Ropeway is under construction.
An ideal place for family and friends to spend time at Nandankanan. Nandankanan is located 15 KM from Bhubaneswar (the capital of Odisha)

2. Chandaka Wildlife Sanctuary:

Chandaka Wildlife Sanctuary
Chandaka Wildlife Sanctuary is another major attraction for the visitors. This place is famous for the Elephant Sanctuary, which is renowned as the Chandaka-Dampara Wildlife Sanctuary. Chandaka Wildlife Sanctuary is spread over 200 sq. Km and home to many species.
Chandaka is a major attraction for the wildlife safari for 2 hrs. Many Hanuman Langur species, three Deer (spotted deer, barking Deer, and mouse deer), wild pig, porcupine, and hare form other herbivores. Apart from that, local people found the carnivores, Panther, Jackal, wolf, Fox, Hyena; and Civets important.
Chandaka is located 15 KM from Bhubaneswar
Note: The Entry fee is 40 rs per person.

3. Chilika Bird Sanctuary:

Chilika Bird Sanctuary
A spectacular place for an amazing Bird’s view. You must travel to Chilika Bird Sanctuary once if you are traveling to Odisha. A prominent tourist attraction place that is spread over Puri, Khurda, and Ganjam districts covering 1100 KM.
Chilika Lake is the largest coastal lagoon in India and the largest brackish water lagoon in the World. Chilika Lake is home to a hundred species of birds & animals. Birds from the Caspian Lake, Baikal Lake, Aral Sea, Russia, Australia, and Southern Asia come to this place.
Chilika is home to Irrawaddy dolphins found on Satapada Island on Chilika Lake. Some names of the beautiful bird species found in Chilika Lake are White-bellied sea eagles, Greylag geese, Purple moorhen, Flamingo jacana, Herons, and Northern Pintails.
Find the ten most beautiful Island on Chilika Lake:
  1. Kalijai Island
  2. Nalabana Island
  3. Satpada Island
  4. Rambha Bay
  5. Breakfast Island
  6. Honeymoon Island
  7. Birds Island
  8. Beacon Island
  9. Rajhans Island
  10. Mangalajodi Island
Chilika lake is spread to Puri, Khurda & Ganjam district. Chilika Lake is located 55 KM from Puri and 70 KM from Bhubaneswar.
Know more about the Chilika Lake – 7 Best Island

4. Balukhand Wildlife Sanctuary:

Balukhand Wildlife Sanctuary
Balukhand Wildlife Sanctuary is located along the Bay of Bengal coast spread over 87 KM. This is famous for Blackbuck and Spotted Deer. Some other animals including Jackals, jungle cats, Hyenas, monkeys, squirrels, and a variety of birds are found in the Balukhand sanctuary.
Balukhand Wildlife Sanctuary is located between Puri and Konark town. It is located 20 KM from Puri and 75 KM from Bhubaneswar.

5. Bhitarkanika Wildlife Sanctuary:

Bhitarkanika Wildlife Sanctuary
Bhitarkanika National Park and Bhitarkanika Museum are also the most famous for exploring. Click here to read the complete details about Bhitarkanika Wildlife Sanctuary. 
Bhitarkanika spreads over 672 sq. Km and forest space spread over 163 sq. Km. Bhitarkanika is located in Kendrapara district with the Delta of Brahmani and Baitarani rivers. 
  • Bhitarkanika is located 170 KM from Bhubaneswar and 58 KM from Kendrapara.
  • Nearest Railway Station: Bhadrak (80 KM from Bhitarkanika)

6. Gahiramatha Marine Sanctuary:

Gahiramatha Marine Sanctuary
Gahiramatha was declared the largest nesting beach for Olive Ridley Turtles in the World and in 1979 Indian Government declared as a Wildlife Sanctuary of Odisha. You can also say the largest Turtle beach in the World. Gahiramatha Wildlife Sanctuary is very near to Bhitarkanika Wildlife Sanctuary (25 KM).
Gahiramatha Marine Sanctuary is home to unique Olive Ridley Turtles, and in the Winter seasons, they are easily spotted throughout the beach. This is such a unique place, and a peaceful place for them to quickly relax and visitors also enjoy the turtle paradise.
Gahiramatha Marine Sanctuary is fascinating to watch the Olive Ridley Turtles come out of the Indian Ocean, select a site, dig holes lay Eggs cover these places, and go back to sea again.
The Entry fee is 20 rs for Indian people & 1000 rs for foreign people.
  • Gahiramatha Marine Sanctuary is located in Kendrapara District and 167 KM from Bhubaneswar.
  • Nearest Railway Station: Bhadrak (100 KM from Gahiramatha)

7. Similipal Tiger Reserve:

Similipal Tiger Reserve
One of the best Wildlife Sanctuaries in Odisha is located in Similipal, Mayurbhanj District, Northem Odisha. Similipal Tiger Reserve is covering 2750 sq. Km and is a part of Tiger Reserve and Elephant Reserve. Similipal is connected to Hadgarh Wildlife Sanctuary and Kuladiha Wildlife Sanctuary with 464 Sq.Km area.
Similipal is home to Bengal Tiger, Asian Elephant, Chausingha, and many other animals. Royal Bengal tiger specifies the name of Similipal Tiger Reserve perfectly. Recently some rare Melanistic tigers or Black Tiger found in Similipal. Similipal Tiger Reserve is designated as the best tiger reserve among 9 of the tiger reserves.
Barehipani Waterfall and Joranda Waterfall are the two magnificent waterfalls that flow through the Similipal Wildlife, making the environment more beautiful. Read the blog about Barehipani Waterfall.
The Entry fee is 100 rs per person. Similipal Tiger Reserve is open from 7 AM – 5 PM.
Similipal Tiger Reserve is located in Mayurbhanj District and 197 KM from Bhubaneswar. 
Nearest Railway Station: 
  1. Jajpur Road (87 KM from Similipal)
  2. Bhadrak (126 KM from Similipal)
  3. Soro, Balasore (101 KM from Similipal) 

8. Satakosia Tiger Reserve:

Satakosia Tiger Reserve
Satakosia is a magnificent Gorge over the Mahanadi river spreads over 14 Miles or 22 KM in length. Satakosia is derived from 2 words: SATA means seven and Kosa means 2 miles and combines 14 Miles. Satakosia is famous for its Tiger reserve and Crocodiles.
Satakosia Reserve is covering 963.87 Sq.Km with wild forest. Satakosia Elephant Reserve is also famous for the Asian Elephant. Visitors attracts to this place for enjoying the deep blue water of Mahanadi River, Satakosia Gorge, Tiger Reserve, Elephant Reserve, Crocodile Reserve, leopard, Wild dog, wild boars, Hyena, sloth bear, leopard cat, jungle cat, spotted deer, pangolins, and many other animals.
Satakosia Tiger Reserve is connected to Angul, Cuttack, Nayagarh, and Boudh district of Odisha.
The Entry fee is 20 rs per person. For foreign visitors, the Price is 1000 per person.
  • Vehicle Price: 5 rs for Jeep/car/lmv per day
  • Trekking: 20 rs per person (Indian) & 100 rs for foreign visitors

9. Tikarapada Wildlife Sanctuary:

Tikarapada Wildlife Sanctuary
Tikarapada Wildlife Sanctuary is famous for its crocodile sanctuary. A major tourist place for Angul and located in Satakosia Gorge. This place’s primary attraction is Gharial Crocodile & Mugger Crocodile, found in a large number at Mahanadi River.
There is a crocodile preservation center at Tikarpada Crocodile Sanctuary to help to grow the Gharial population. Apart from that Tikarpada Wildlife Sanctuary is also famous for the wild forest and fantastic wildlife. Trekking, boating is allowed here to spend the wildlife experience here.
Tikarpada Crocodile Sanctuary is located 62 KM from Angul Town and 160 KM from Bhubaneswar.

10. Baisipalli Wildlife Sanctuary:

Baisipalli Wildlife Sanctuary
Wildlife Sanctuary is a fantastic wildlife creature located in Nayagarh District of Odisha. Baisipalli is adjacent to the Satakosia Wildlife Sanctuary. It is spread over 168.35 sq. Km area and home to Leopards, Bears, elephants, sambar, and spotted Deer. Bengal Tigers are also spotted in this place. Baisipalli is located on the opposite side of the Mahanadi Gorge.
Satakosia Tiger Reserve comprises in between Baisipalli and Satakosia Gorge Sanctuary. Baisipalli Basically Wildlife Sanctuary is located 42 KM from Angul Town and 117 KM from Bhubaneswar. 

11. Kotgarh Wildlife Sanctuary:

Kotgarh Wildlife Sanctuary
Kotagarh Wildlife Sanctuary is located in Baliguda, Kandhamal spread over 399.05 sq.Km with rich biodiversity.
Major Wildlife species are elephant, Bengal Tiger, Leopard, Sambar deer, spotted deer, bear, gaur, variety of reptiles. This is the best place for all from a vacation point of view. As these places are cold than other cities, everyone is trying to come here for a picnic. Many waterfalls flow through this area.
Kotgarh Wildlife Sanctuary is located 75 KM from Baliguda Town and 339 KM from Bhubaneswar.
Nearest Railway Station: Muniguda Railway Station is 50.9 KM from Kotgarh Wildlife Sanctuary.

12. Ushakothi Wildlife Sanctuary:

Ushakothi Wildlife Sanctuary
Ushakothi Wildlife Sanctuary located in the Sambalpur district of Odisha spread over 304.3 Sq.Km area near Hirakud Dam. Ushakothi WildLife Sanctuary connects with Badarama Reserve Forest, Ushakothi Reserve Forest & Binjipali Reserve Forest to give its rich flora and fauna.
Ushakothi Wildlife provides you with a good experience of scenic beauty and wildlife experience for nature lovers. Home to tigers, elephants, leopards, deer, sambar, bears, panthers, and many more animals. This place is also famous for its name Badarama Wildlife Sanctuary.
Ushakothi Wildlife Sanctuary is located 39 KM from Sambalpur City and 267 KM from Bhubaneswar, Odisha
  • Nearest Railway Station: Sambalpur Railway Station
  • Nearest Airport: Jharsuguda Airport (80.8 KM)
  1. The Entry fee is 10 rs per person. For foreign visitors, the Price is 100 per person.
  2. Vehicle Price: 10 rs for light vehicles and 20 rs for heavy vehicles per day

13. Debrigarh Wildlife Sanctuary:

Debrigarh Wildlife Sanctuary
An important Wildlife Sanctuary of Odisha and home to many wild species of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, and fishes have been found here. Debrigarh Wildlife Sanctuary is located in the Bargarh District district of Odisha.
For a nature lover, Debrigarh is a good Wildlife Sanctuary to explore. Its rich wildlife and Hirakud reservoir make this place very vibrant. During winter Hirakud reservoir attracts a lot of migratory birds. Debrigarh Wildlife Sanctuary home to Elephant, Chausingha, Spotter Deer, Leopard, Jackal, Fox, Wolf, Hyena, Wild Dog, Bear.
Debrigarh Wildlife Sanctuary located 35.6 KM from Sambalpur and 309 KM from Bhubaneswar.
  • Nearest Railway Station: Sambalpur Railway Station
  • Nearest Airport: Jharsuguda Airport (92 KM)
The Entry fee is 40 rs per person. Book a Jungle Safari to enjoy the Wildlife Sanctuary

14. Sunabeda Wildlife Sanctuary:

Sunabeda Wildlife Sanctuary
Sunabeda Wildlife Sanctuary is nowadays going to be very popular for its wildlife division and three major Waterfalls.
Sunabeda Wildlife Sanctuary is located in the Nuapada District of Odisha. Sunabeda Wildlife Sanctuary is spread over 600 sq. Km area and home to Royal Bengal Tiger, Leopard, Gaur, Sloth Bear, Four-horned antelope, Hares, Jackals, Peafowl, Hill Mynas, Jungle fowls, Deer, Wild Boar, Blue Bull, Hyena, Sambar, reptiles, birds species.
You may also read about the  10 Best places to visit in Koraput district.
Major Attraction near Sunabeda Wildlife Sanctuary:
  1. Three Major Waterfalls are amidst the ancient rock formation. Goudhus, Beniadhus, and Kharaldhus are the major waterfalls you can also visit to explore Nuapada Wildlife. Apart from these three Major waterfalls, 12 more small waterfalls and two Springs are crossed at Nuapada.
  2. Patora Dam, Jogeswar Siva Temple, and Goddess Sunadei Temple are the major tourist point for this wildlife sanctuary.
Sunabeda Wildlife Sanctuary is located 78 KM from Nuapada & 476 KM from Bhubaneswar.
  • Nearest Railway Station: Khariar Road to Nuapada Road (Passenger Train)
  • Nearest Airport: Jeypore (35 KM) is connected to all the major cities.

15. Karlapet Wildlife Sanctuary:

Karlapet Wildlife Sanctuary
Karlapet Wildlife Sanctuary is located in Kalahandi District Odisha spread over 147.66 Sq.Km area. This is a very popular tourist attraction place in Odisha with full of flora and fauna.
Karlapet Wildlife Sanctuary is home to Bengal Tiger, Leopard, Elephant, Jackal, Fox gaur, Nilgai, Deer, Sambar, and various reptiles. One major waterfall flows through this Wildlife Sanctuary. 
Major Attraction near Karlapet Wildlife Sanctuary:
  • Phulijharan Waterfall is a famous waterfall located 20 KM from Bhawanipatna.
  • Karlapat Wildlife Sanctuary is located 63.3 KM from Sambalpur and 449 KM from Bhubaneswar.
  1. Nearest Railway Station: Bhawanipatna Railway Station
  2. Nearest Airport: Raipur Airport (300 KM)
You can take regular buses from Bhubaneswar and Raipur to Bhawanipatna.

What is the Perfect Time to Travel:

Odisha is a state famous for its Tourist Places, Wildlife Sanctuaries, Temples, Waterfalls, and rich biodiversity. You can start to travel to Odisha at any time, and we have added the best 15 Odisha Wildlife Sanctuary & National parks in odisha.
All of these Wildlife sanctuaries are important in terms of primary to choose. Apart from these Wildlife sanctuaries, you may find many more Wildlife places.
The best time to travel is from October to February. The winter season is the perfect time to start a travel and explore the Wildlife Sanctuary.


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