Kuldiha sanctuary opened for tourists

Nilagiri: After a gap of three-and-half months, the Forest department opened the Kuldiha wildlife sanctuary in Nilagiri of Odisha’s Balasore district on Sunday.

The sanctuary had remained closed for the tourists since June 15 during rainy season.

“We have made all arrangements for the tourists. For the night halt of the tourists, we have put up four tents with two beds in each tent at Kuldiha and Jadachua with provision of light and water for them. Besides, we have assigned a Forest guide for each tourist team who will accompany them to various parts of the sanctuary”, said Laxman Kumar Pradhan, Ranger, Kuldiha Sanctuary.

To facilitate the tourists to have the view of the wild animals, the Forest department has made specific arrangements at Luna Padia inside the sanctuary where these animals come to eat salt from the field provided by the department.

The entry fee for each tourist to the sanctuary is Rs 20 while the night halt charge for each tourist is Rs 450.

The ecosystem of Kuldiha sanctuary provides an ideal habitat for large herbivores like elephants, gaurs and the burrowing pangolins. Besides, there is a good population of giant squirrel, which indicate that the forest canopy of Kuldiha is in good state.

The Forest department has set up rest houses and rest sheds at strategic locations in and around the periphery of the sanctuary to provide accommodation to the tourists.

The sanctuary covers an area of 272.75 sq km.

For the tourists, the suitable period of visit to the sanctuary is from November to mid-February.