the greatest benefits of Orissa s vast expanses of us point natural
landscape has been its ability to offer a protected yet natural
habitat to the states incredible wildlife. There are many wildlife
sanctuaries which are home to a wide variety of flora and fauna ,bird
life reptiles and water creatures. Some of the most important
experiments of wildlife conservation are taking place in these natural
habitat, giving the tourists an excellent opportunity to see natures
Similipal Tiger Reserve
Thick and green forests, extensive grassy lands and meadows, cloud
kissing peaks, precipitous and sparkling waterfalls, meandering
rivers, roaring tigers and trumpeting tuskers, fleeing deer and flying
squirrels, talking myna and dancing peacocks et al make Similipal a
dreamland of Nature in the wilderness and an irresistible destination.
Spread over an area of 2750 kms. the park was specially chosen by
project tiger for continuing the onerous task of conserving for the
countrys deteriorating tiger population. One of Indias tiger
reserves Similipal has over more than 95 tigers within the lavish
bounds of the sanctuary. Leopards, elephants, Mugger crocodiles and
numerous reptiles abound here. Over 231 species of birds people the
forest and waterways in the park.
A short distance from the capital city, Bhubaneswar, the Nandankanan
zoo lies in the splendid environs of the Chandaka forest, along the
rippling waters of the Kanjia lake.It also contains a botanical garden
and part of it has been declared as sanctuary.
Famous for its white tiger population ,Nandankanan or the Garden of
Gods has become a hot family favorite, with visitors getting an
excellent opportunity to enjoy seeing these regal animals in their
natural glory - in an environment conductive to their growth. Over 67
kinds of mammals, 18 varieties of reptiles and 81 species of birds
coexist in the deeply forested boundaries.
The zoo enjoys an excellent reputation internationally,
forsuccessfully breeding black panthers,gharial crocodiles and white
tigers in captivity. Currently Nandankanan is home to over 34 white
tigers. Endangered species such as the Asiatic lion, Indian
Crocodiles, Shanghai lion-tailed macaque, Nilgiri langur,Indian
pangolin, mouse,deer and countless birds, reptiles and fish have been
breeding successfully at Nandankanan.
Some of the other attractions of Nandankanan are the 34 aquaria which
are home to a large variety of fresh water fishes. The reptile parks
cave like entrance is guarded by a lifesize dinosaur,Inside, numerous
species of crocodiles, lizards turtles and snakes share the park with
The rope way connecting the zoo with the botanical garden over the
lake, the boating facilities and the toy train for children have added
Located slightly further away is the coastal area of Gahirmatha, where
the giant Pacific ridley sea turtles, traveling annually from as far
away from South America nest by the millions. Special arrangements
were made to ensure their protection as the turtles were preyed upon
by the local folk many years ago.
Located in the second largest mangrove forest in the country, the
sanctuary has protected the estuarine crocodiles since 1975.
Bhitarakanika is a natural habitat of a lot of wild creatures like
Crocodiles, King Cobra, Pythons, Wild Pigs, Rhesus Monkey, Sambars,
Spotted Deer etc. There. is a Crocodile Breeding Farm at Dangmal. The
pride possession of this Farm is the White Crocodile Sankhua, a rare
species in the World.
Over 170 species of resident and migratory birds of different hue
enhance the beauty of the wild. Prominent among them are King Fisher,
Open billed Storks, Sea Eagles, Kites, Sand Pipers, Darters, Whistling
Teals, Sea Gulls, etc. The chirping of birds nesting at Baga Gahana is
sure to leave an indelible impression in any body's mind. Watching the
wildlife in their natural habitat while cruising through the creeks is
a thrilling experience. A trek on the laid out routes will also be