Top 11 Must-Visit Wildlife Sanctuaries in Odisha for Thrilling Adventurous Experience

Blessed with an outstanding horde of flora and fauna diversity, the wildlife sanctuaries and its related experience and attractions of Odisha are simply beyond describing. Over the years, the wildlife sanctuaries have not only been endowed with different species but also known to captivate and allure travellers from far and beyond. Are you also seeking to relish thrilling adventurous experience in Odisha? Here below mentioned are some of the top notch wildlife sanctuaries that could turn your experience into lifetime cherishing moments for sure.

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Nandankanan Wildlife Sanctuary – It is situated at an approx. distance of 20 km from Bhubaneswar, Odisha. Backed with diverse natural habitat including reptiles, mammals, birds, and more, the major attraction is the white tigers. The sanctuary is open on all days except Mondays. The timings changes from 8 AM to 5 PM (October – March) to 7:30 AM to 5:30 PM (April – September).

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Bhitarkanika Wildlife Sanctuary – It is one of the famous and widely visited wildlife sanctuaries of Odisha. Situated at the North Eastern part of Kendrapara district, the sanctuary is an important natural habitat for porcupines, wild boars, and others. The key attractions are the availability of largest number of saltwater crocodiles. Even these saltwater crocodiles hold a record in Guinness Book of World Record due to its 23 ft long size. It remains closed during the monsoon season, and people can visit it during other season in between 6 AM to 6 PM.

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Gahirmatha Wildlife Sanctuary – It is known to be spread from Dhamra River to that of Mahanadi. This marine sanctuary is popular for its Olive Ridley turtles that are supposed to spend about 6 to 8 months at the beach side and if you are one of those lucky ones, you can also see the spectacular sight of them. It is ideal to visit there during months of February to April and in between 6 AM to 6 PM.

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Chandaka Dampara Wildlife Sanctuary – It is located at the Northern Western periphery of Bhubaneswar, Odisha. The elephant sanctuary wildlife reserve is the major attraction here to look out for along with other species. Your adventurous cum trip is going to worth every moment been spent here for sure. It remains closed during monsoon season. The timings to visit are in between 6 AM to 6 PM.

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Ushakothi or Badrama Wildlife Sanctuary – Located at an approx. 40 km distance away from Sambalpur district, the major attractions of the sanctuary are varieties of fauna, flying squirrels, racket tail drongos, sambar, and bison. There are watch towers placed to let visitors grab a nice view of the animals and the overall forest. In order to be there, it is must to have a permit card issued by the Forest Range officer. The sanctuary is closed during the monsoon time, and the timings to visit are in between 6 AM to 6 PM.


Similipal Tiger Reserve – It is been located in the Mayurbhanj district of Odisha, India. The attractions are an elephant reserve, a tiger reserve, a biosphere reserve, varieties of fauna, etc. Tourists can check out the natural splendid biodiversity of animals from watch towers. It remains closed during monsoon time and the timing to pay a visit is in between 6 AM to 6 PM.

Balukhand Konark Wildlife Sanctuary – Located in between Konark and Puri, it is been entitled to coastal dunes, sandy beaches and a large variety of cashew and casuarina plantation. The major attractions are spotted deer/cheetahs and black bucks, such rare species that could simply change your time into thrilling and adventurous one. It remains closed in between June to October and the timing to visit is in between 6 AM to 6 PM.

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Sunabeda Wildlife Sanctuary – Located in the Nuapada district of Odisha, this proposed tiger reserve is famous for its unique eco system and bio diversity attracting tourists from all around. The attractions are barasingha/swamp deer and wild water buffaloes. It remains closed in between June to October and the timing to visit is in between 6 AM to 6 PM.


Debrigarh Wildlife Sanctuary – This spectacular wildlife sanctuary is been located in the Bargarh district in Odisha. The major attractions are the possession of flora and fauna varieties, four horned antelope/chausingha, and magnificent migratory birds. It remains closed in between June to October and the timing to pay a visit is in between 6 AM to 6 PM.


Satkosia Wildlife Sanctuary – In 2007, the area was recognized to be as Satkosia Tiger Reserve spread over the Mahanadi River in Odisha, India, constituting two adjoining sanctuaries including Satkosia Gorge Sanctuary and the other is Baisipalli sanctuary. In Satkosia Gorge Wildlife sanctuary, visitors can check out a large number of leopards, elephants, Gharial breed of crocodiles and other animals. In Baisipalli wildlife sanctuary, the prime attraction is the bison along with other wildlife animals and creatures. It is open in between November to May and the timing to visit is in between 6 AM to 6 PM.


Chilika Nalabana Wildlife Sanctuary – This bird paradise or sanctuary is been located at the heart of the Chilika Lake in Odisha. It is been reckoned as a home of numerous local birds, migratory birds, including White bellied sea eagle, Flamingo, Spot billed pelican, avifaunal species and others. Adding to this, visitors can even find if they are lucky enough Irrawaddy dolphins at Satapada that is about at an approx. 50 km distance from Puri, at the Southern region of Lake Chilika. The bird sanctuary remains closed during monsoons and the best time to be there is during winter months.

In case, you are seeking for an offbeat destination to explore, or get a thrilling cum splendid lifetime wildlife moments, do make sure to visit these wildlife sanctuaries in Odisha, India. Certainly, these would be great options to discover and have a look at the numerous animals, birds and varieties of fauna and flora. Planning a trip to Odisha? Let Best Choice Holiday get a chance to manage your accommodation, tickets and everything of your tour and you will not regret it for sure. Have a memorable experience that could be cherished ever!