National Parks in Odisha

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National parks and wildlife sanctuaries in Odisha are essential for the conservation of the region’s biodiversity and offer opportunities for wildlife enthusiasts.

List of National Parks and Wildlife sanctuaries in Odisha

Odisha, a state in eastern India, is home to several national parks and wildlife sanctuaries. Here are some of the notable national parks in Odisha:

National ParkDistrictEstablishedArea (sq km)Famous For
BhitarkanikaKendrapara1988650Mangrove, crocodiles
SimlipalMayurbhanj19802,750Tiger, elephant, waterfalls
NandankananCuttack197969White tigers, botanical garden, zoo

Nandankanan Zoological Park:

  • Near Bhubaneswar, there is a zoo and botanical garden.
  • Famous for its white tiger population.
  • Houses lions, leopards, and various bird species.

List of Wildlife Sanctuary in Odisha

Baisipalli Wildlife Sanctuary:

Location: Nayagarh
Area 168.35 square kilometers.
Established in 6 May 1981[2]

Balukhand-Konark Wildlife Sanctuary

Location: Puri
Area 87 km2
Established: 1984

Bhitarkanika Mangroves

Area 650 km2 (250 sq mi)
Oceans or seas: Bay of Bengal
Rivers” Brahmani River
Established: 19 August 2002

Chandaka Elephant Sanctuary

Location: Khurdha and Cuttack districts
Area: 175.79 KM2
Established: 1982

Gahirmatha Marine Sanctuary

Area 1,435 km
Location: Kendrapara
Established 1997

Satkosia Gorge Wildlife Sanctuary:

  • Located on the Mahanadi River in Angul district.
  • Home to the critically endangered gharial.
  • Offers trekking and nature exploration opportunities.

Chandaka-Dampara Wildlife Sanctuary:

Near Bhubaneswar, known for elephants.

Popular for eco-tourism and trekking activities.

Kuldiha Wildlife Sanctuary:

In Balasore district.

Home to tigers, leopards, and elephants.

Features dense forests and hilly terrain.

Debrigarh Wildlife Sanctuary:

Located in Bargarh district.

Unique combination of dry deciduous forests and hills.

Houses leopards, hyenas, and various bird species.

Karlapat Wildlife Sanctuary:

In Kalahandi district.

Rich in flora and fauna diversity.

Home to tigers, leopards, and numerous bird species.

Balimela Wildlife Sanctuary
Debrigarh Wildlife Sanctuary
Hadgarh Wildlife Sanctuary
Kapilasa Wildlife Sanctuary
Karlapat Wildlife Sanctuary
Kondakameru Wildlife Sanctuary
Kotgarh Wildlife Sanctuary
Kuldiha Wildlife Sanctuary
Lakhari Valley Wildlife Sanctuary
Saptasajya Wildlife Sanctuary
Satkosia Tiger Reserve
Sunabeda Wildlife Sanctuary
Ushakothi Wildlife Sanctuary