Kotgarh Wildlife Sanctuary in Kandhamal district has become famous for its elephants, tigers and antelope population.
Spread over 400 sq.km of deep and dense forests — over the jurisdiction of Kotgarh and Tumudibandha ranges of Baliguda Forest Division under Kotgarh, Tumudibandha and Daringbadi revenue blocks of Baliguda sub-division — the sanctuary is one of the most important wildlife reserves of Orissa with five reserve forests, three proposed reserve forests and two deemed protected forests within its fold.
A known tiger habitat, the forest patch is adjacent to an old elephant corridor from Boudh, Karlapat and Lakhari valley in Gajapati district’s Gandahati waterfall region.
The fauna of Kotagarh Wildlife Sanctuary consists of tiger, leopard, nilgai, sambar, barking deer, peafowl, wild boar, gaur, four horned antelope, civet cat, jackal, rattle, sloth bear, pangolin, porcupine, giant squirrel, mongoose and others. It also has a rich avian life and reptiles.
The dominant flora includes sal, piasal, sisoo, kendu, gambhari, asan, kusum, harida, bahada, amala, mango, tamarind, mahua, jackfruit, randhan, kangada, jamun, salapo, bheru, arjun, char, dhaura and kochila.
Tiger was sitting on a log, Leopard with a cub sitting on a tree, Elephants, gaur, sambar, malabar giant squirrel. White bellied woodpecker, crested serpent eagle, green imerial pigeons, streak throated woodpecker and crested hawk eagle. Crocodiles and Rattlesnake.
How to reach?
Phulbani is a major town nearby (134 kms). Nearest railhead is at Berhampur (229 kms). It is 60 km from Baliguda. Nearest airport is Bubaneshwar (350 kms)