Have you ever dreamt of holidaying in a destination that is filled with species of animal kingdom? The simple lifestyle of wild animals and winged creatures humming the mysteries of nature would allure you. The sharp mewing of the jungle cat, hissing of snakes, laugh of hyena, roar of tigers, chatter of monkeys, chirping of cuckoo and many more- how exciting this adventurous trip would be! If you are planning for such a trip, then you must visit Lakhari valley sanctuary in Orissa.
Wildlife of Orissa: Orissa has a number of wildlife sanctuaries and national parks that exhibits some rare and endangered species. Ambapani Sanctuary, Belghar Sanctuary, Padmatala Sanctuary, Karlapat Sanctuary, Bhitarkanika Sanctuary, Simplipal Tiger Reserve, etc. are some of them. The popularity of these sanctuaries has made the state a well-known tourist destination in East India.
Sambar, a species of deer and Blue Jay, an azure-colored bird are the state animal and the state bird respectively. Not only fauna, the floral species are also very rich and pleasant to view. "Ashoka" flower and "Ashwatha" tree are the state flower and tree respectively.
Read the important information about Lakhari Sanctuary that will help you in planning your holiday:
Area and Location:
Established in the year, 1985 this sanctuary spreads over an area of 185.87 sq. km. It is located in the district of Ganjam in Orissa. It is situated at a distance of around 60 km from the city of Berhampur.
Many visitors come to the Lakhari valley sanctuary to visit its chief attractions; elephants and blackbucks. This is one of the most elephant populated sanctuaries in the country. You will also get to see leopard, tiger, pea fowl, etc. and many other species.
There are a huge number of blackbucks also. Blackbuck (Antilope cervicapra), also known as Krishna Mrigam is a species of antelope which is one of the fastest of all terrestrial animals. These are found primarily in India, southern Nepal, Texas, Argentina and Pakistan.
The sanctuary is marked for the rich tropical forests, hilly terrain, deep valleys and water sources. The panoramic vista created by all these is really enchanting and you can spend quality time here in the lap of nature.
Best time to visit:
The area enjoys tropical climate. It receives a high precipitation during the monsoon. The summer temperature may range from 26°C to 33°C. January to May remains the ideal time to visit the park.
You can stay in the hotels of Ganjam that are characterized for the special food of Orissa. Hotel Palm Beach Gopalpur on Sea overlooking the Bay of Bengal is one of the best hotels. Hotel Sea Pearl and Hotel Mintokling are also good hotels.
How to reach the park?
The nearest airport is at Bhubaneswar. The sanctuary is well connected to all the major areas. It is only 15 km away from Chandragiri. Bhubaneswar, the state capital is 153.06 km away from Berhampur.
What else do you get?
The temple of Balakumari, historical place of Athagadapatna, Silk City of Berhampur, Aryapalli beach, etc. are the nearby places of attraction. You can also visit Mahendragiri hill, close to this sanctuary which is rich in flowers and medicinal plants.
Along with all these a trip to the Lakhari valley sanctuary would definitely be pleasant. Catch some moments of wilderness and cherish it forever.