Are you fond of the roar of tiger and lion, sharp mewing of jungle cat, yelp of jackal, laugh of hyena, chirping of birds and melody of cuckoo? Then you must have a fascination of wildlife. Really it's fun and exciting to know about the animal kingdom. We cannot understand their language, but can watch them from close quarters. That is why, the national parks and wildlife sanctuaries in India are so popular. Ambapani sanctuary located in Orissa in East India is a renowned tourist destination.
It is very interesting to know that the total forest area of Orissa covers 38% of the state's overall geographical area. The Ambapani wildlife sanctuary is a part of this forest area. It is one of the largest habitats of mangrove trees which houses sixty types of mangrove trees.
It is marked for its idyllic green setting displays a diverse natural heritage that Orissa can boast of. The picturesque Eastern Ghats also lend charm to it. But the beauty is heightened by the diverse range of wild animals, bids and vegetation.
The name of the sanctuary is derived from the name of the region Ambapani that is famous for the deity of Budharaja set up in a temple at the foot of a hillock.
The sanctuary is located at a distance of 77 km from Bhawanipatna and 45 km from Nowrangpur. It is located near the coastline of Orissa in the vicinity of the Bay of Bengal.
As mentioned earlier the Ambapani wildlife sanctuary houses a wide variety of flora and fauna. More than 60 varieties of mangrove forests form the main vegetation of the sanctuary. The sanctuary remains to be one of the evergreen repositories of mangrove forests in the world. You would also find Teak, Bamboo, Salaia, Tendu, Bel, Cassia, Terminenalai Hiwar, Zizphus, Helicteres, Dhawda, Sal, Babul, Bija, Palas, etc.
Notable faunal species include Jungle Fowl, Sambar, Blue Bull, Sloth Bear, Crocodile, Barking Deer, Leopard, Wild Boar, Hyena, Chinkara, Four-Horned Antelope, etc. But the most famous species that is found here is deer that is marked for the curved antlers. You can see Black Panther and Spotted Deer at the Behra Reservoir.
Best time to visit:
Due to its proximity to the Bay of Bengal, the climate of the sanctuary remains wet throughout the year. Heavy precipitation occurs during the months from mid-June to September. Avoiding the monsoon, the ideal time to visit the sanctuary is from the months of October to May.
If you want to visit the sanctuary while staying in Nowrangpur, then hotels like Hotel Trupti, Hotel Manisha, Binayaka Bhawan and Circuit House & R&B House can be the best options. Otherwise you can also stay in the hotels of Bhawanipatna like Hotel Hind Plaza in the Kesinga Road Check Gate, Hotel Mid Town near Town Hall, Hotel Bhagirathi in the Jail Road.
How to reach the park?
Bhawanipatna which is 77 km away from the park is the nearest airport. Nowrangpur railway junction is the nearest rail station. It is situated almost 45 km from the sanctuary. The sanctuary is well connected to all the major cities in Orissa like Bhubaneswar, the state capital, Bhawanipatna, Nowrangpur, Konark, Puri, etc.
What else do you get?
You might like to visit some other places while planning a trip to the sanctuary. Budharaja Temple & Haladigundi Valley can never be missed out. The extraordinary valley called Haldigundi in the range of Ambapani hills exhibits some unusual features due to the reflection of the sunrays. Sylvan lakes glimmering with the sunrays take the beauty of the park to its height.
The pre-historic cave paintings at Gudahandi located just 5 km away will take you back to the ancient times. Nowrangpur is itself a town that exudes heavenly tranquility.
The Ambapani sanctuary is also considered as a national park. The scenery and greenery of the park and the wide range of wild animals and birds that it provides shelter to, will make your journey unforgettable.