Karlapat Wildlife Sanctuary

Karlapat Wildlife Sanctuary, Orissa

Are you planning for a holiday vacation? Do you like parks and wildlife sanctuaries? If you are in India, then you would get to see the richness of India's wildlife conservation. Karlapat Wildlife Sanctuary can be the perfect place for the nature lovers and adventure enthusiasts. It is one of the famous wildlife sanctuaries in Orissa in East India. Orissa has a galore of tourist attractions, among which parks and sanctuaries deserve special mention. Karlapat sanctuary displays a wide variety of flora and fauna that can glut the appetite of any nature lover.

Get ready for an adventure of thrill and fun in the hilly terrains of Orissa. The Karlapat sanctuary unfolds to you its rich wildlife. Located at a picturesque setting, the ambience within the park is also very calm and tranquil. The greenery and scenery will impress you. So if you plan a vacation in this beautiful land, read the following that gives the subtleties and nuances of the sanctuary:


This was designated as a wildlife sanctuary in the year 1992. Many efforts were taken by the Orissa State Government with the aim of preserving, conserving and increasing the wildlife population. Several species of trees have been planted. Many of the plans have been fruitful.


This wildlife sanctuary is located on the Bhawanipatna-Thuamula-Rampur road. It is situated at a distance of 12 km from Bhawanipatna in Kalahandi District. Bhawanipatna is the district headquarters of Kalahandi.

The city of Karlapat has always been home to a plethora of wild animals. The amiable presence of the different animals and birds on this idyllic setting draws more tourists from different parts of the state.

Main attractions:

Dense deciduous forests and lush greenery are the main vegetation of the Karlapat wildlife sanctuary. The commonly found animal species are gaur, barking deer, sambhal, leopard, Nilgai, mouse deer, etc. Imagine how exciting it would be to watch the plethora of wild animals in action, like- a deer amidst green grasses and an elephant moving hurriedly to feed its baby.

You can also happen to watch some rare variety of reptiles and birds.

Best time to visit:

Like many other parks and sanctuaries, the most preferable time is from the months of October to May. During that time the temperate climate would allow you to spend quite some time viewing the graces of Mother Nature.


There is a guest house inside the park that is reasonably-charged. You have to make early-bookings for accommodation in this rest house. Otherwise the government guesthouses in Bhawanipatna can be opted for accommodation. Other luxury hotels in Bhawanipatna are Hotel Bhagirathi, Bhagirathi Inn and Central park.

How to reach the park?

The nearest railhead is Kesinga Railway Station. You can take regular buses from Bhubaneswar to go to Bhawanipatna. Bhubaneswar is well connected to all the major cities in the country.

The nearest airport to Bhawanipatna is in Raipur that is 250 km away. You can reach Bhawanipatna from Raipur via Nuapada or Dharamgarh.

What else do you get?

  • Once you are in this sanctuary, you can travel a little more to view some more attractions. Phuli Jharan waterfall, on the outskirts of the sanctuary is a beautiful spot to relax.
  • A 77 km journey would take you to the picturesque valley called Haladigundi. Many wild animals find it as their natural habitat. Again the Ampani Hills here would get you a chance to unfold the magical mysteries of Mother Nature. Charismatic confluence of the two rivers Tel and Utei River lends charm to this scenery.
  • You can also visit the nearby regions such as Debrigarh and Sunabeda that are rich in wildlife too.

The Karlapat wildlife sanctuary is home to a plethora of wild animals and birds. You might be out for a romantic vacation, a family-get together or an adventurous trip with your friends. Whatever might be the occasion, this sanctuary with its richness of wildlife, perennial streams and undulated topography would always welcome you.