Kuldiha Wildlife Sanctuary – 1


Kuldiha Wildlife Sanctuary spreading across an area of 272.75 square kilometers is situated in the district of Balasore, Odisha. The forests of the region cover the Nato hills and the Sukhupada hills merging with the Similipal National Park.
The forest houses a variety of wild animals like Asiatic elephants, Leopards, Spotted Deer, Indian Bison, Malabar Giant Squirrels, Sloth Bears, etc and also a variety of birds and reptiles. I was even lucky to spot the rare and elusive Indian Wolf during this trip !
There are two Government Rest Houses in the forest, one at Kuldiha and another at Jorachua. The Jorachua FRH  is sort of a small bungalow with two bedrooms and one dining space. Usually you won’t find many people over here and hence, the ambiance would be much more peaceful. If I had to choose between the two, then I would prefer Jorachua over Kuldiha (but, the infrastructure in Kuldiha FRH is better).

Best time to visit : October to May
Check this website to find more details regarding this place : www.kuldihatourism.com

Here are a few pictures taken during my first trip to Kuldiha (Nov’2012)

On the way to the Forest Rest House

 

Downstream
Downstream
Kuldiha Forest Rest House
Kuldiha Forest Rest House
Jorachua Rest House
Jorachua Rest House
A night Safari
A night Safari

 

Forest Painting
Forest Painting
A lucky sighting of the rare and elusive Indian Wolf
A lucky sighting of the rare and elusive Indian Wolf

 

Giant Wood Spider
Giant Wood Spider

 

Grasshopper says "Peek-a-boo" !
Grasshopper says “Peek-a-boo” !

 

An ageing leaf
Oriental Turtle Dove
Oriental Turtle Dove
Malabar Giant Squirrel
Malabar Giant

Meeting place for elephants Kuldiha Wildlife Sanctuary

Russia Dam, locally known as Rissia Dam
Russia Dam, locally known as Rissia Dam
Kuldiha Hills
Kuldiha Hills
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