This is also referred to as the” City Sanctuary” as this city is located at a very close distance to the Chandaka Wildlife Sanctuary. Chandaka is located at a distance of 20 kms from the city of Bhubneswar. Chandaka was mainly meant for preserving the wild elephants and was developed as a place for keeping the elephants, was declared as an elephant reserve in 1982.As per the information collated by the Zoological survey of India, there are 167 species of birds like the Cotton Teal , Little blue Kingfishers, White breasted Waterhen, Red jungle fowl, Bramhiny duck, Pied white breatsed, Egrets, Butterfiles, Great horned owl, Crested serpent eagle, Paradise fly catcher, stone curlew, Black headed oriole, and Coucal.
In this sanctuary you will get to see 33 species of reptiles like the Indian flap shell turtle, Russel's viper, Rock python, Bamboo pit viper, Common vine snake and Bengal Monitor lizard, Indian bronze back are quite common. Chameleon, Common skink, Common krait, Kukri snake and mugger crocodiles.
Besides elephant, there are many more animals that you will get to see once you visit this sanctuary are Leopard, Barking deer, Common Indian mongoose , Sloth bear, Ruddy mongoose ,Wild pig , Chital, Rhesus monkey ,Mouse deer, Common langur, small Indian civet, Small Indian mongoose, Pangolin, , Indian Wolf, Hyena and Ratel are the common animals to be seen here.
There are a lot many numbers of trees here, which are mostly semi-evergreen forests. The common tress found are thorny bamboo brakes, Coastal Sal forests, Kalicha, Kochila, Belo, Giringa, Kangada , Kumbhi, Sunari, Sal, Jamu, Teak, Karanja, and Sidha. Here you will also see many medicinal plants which are quite common like the Baidanka, Duramari, Thalkud, Bhuinlimbo, Apamaranga , Indrajaba, Brudhadaraka, Salparni, Guluchi lata, Kurchi , Satabari, Bhuin-kakharu, Patalgaruda etc. You will also see a few types of Lichens, Orchids, Ferns as well as Bryophytes here.
There is an entry fee of Rs 10 for Indians and Rs 1000 charged from foreigners. Guides are also available who could walk you through the forests which are available for a nominal fee of Rs 150. The hours of visiting the Sanctuary are from 8:00am to 5:00pm. Before visiting the sanctuary you need to pay the fees and then take the entry permit, in case you wish to click pictures or take videos, then you require permission for that too. There separate charges for clicking pictures and vide photography.
If you like to stay within the Sanctuary then there are rest houses, in which you could stay overnight.
|Visit Duration||1 to 2 hours|