This huge wildlife sanctuary which spans a vast area of 347 sq kms remains open on all days during the daytime and the tickets are really inexpensive. Mainly dry deciduous forest blankets the Barapahad Hills down to the shores of the vast Hirakud reservoir. This is a home for large number of migratory birds that come here in the season of winters. The wildlife here includes deer, antelopes, sloth bears, Langur monkeys, and the ever-elusive tigers and leopards. Badrama Wildlife Sanctuary is 37 kms from Sambalpur, hosts elephants, tigers, panthers, and bears. If you want to go there you will have to get a special permission from Orissa’s state tourism department.