Ushakothi Sanctuary


Ushakothi Sanctuary, Orissa

In the present age, our life is full of hurries and worries aimed at gaining some materialistic pleasures. To come out of our monotonous routines, we plan trips to romantic and adventurous locations. Such trips relax our body and soul. If you want some pleasurable trips to some exciting place, Ushakoti Sanctuary in Orissa in East India is the perfect place for you. Although this is one of the smaller sanctuaries in Orissa, but you will find a lot of variety and diversity here.


Etymology:

The park is located in the area named Yavatmal that is near Ushakothi. Due to its proximity to Ushakothi, it is known as Ushakothi sanctuary. This sanctuary is also known as Badrama Sanctuary.

Area and Location:

Set up in the year 1987, this park spreads over an area of 130 sq km. It is situated 45 north-east of Sambalpur and around 200 km away from Rourkela. It is 48 km from Ushakothi.

Main Attractions:

The sanctuary gives shelter to a number of wild animals. The floral diversity is also noticeable. It includes trees like neem, sal, sandalwood, arjun, casuarinas, etc. Generally the wood of these trees are used for making furniture. You and your child can know a lot about these age-old trees.

15 tigers and 35 elephants reign the forests of Ushakothi. Apart from tiger and elephants, you will also find sambal, chital, nilgai, panthers, wolves, bears, gaur, bisons, etc. This sanctuary is the home of many bona fide denizens of nature.

You will watch hunting leopards very frequently; sloth bears are noticeable at dusk because this is the time when they come to the nearby river to quench their thirst. Very often wolves raid on cattle of the farmers from the nearby areas. Some rare varieties of chital and nilgai will enthrall you.

Drainage system: The drainage system of the park deserves special mention. The two rivers watering Ushakoti sanctuary are Wardha and Penganga. These rivers flow along the boundary and make way for the infiltration of these wild animals into the area close to the nearby villages. Knowing all these, the tribal villagers can do nothing but to live carefully.

The frequent showers at the region add to the beauty of the river. It is also favorable for the natural vegetation of the sanctuary.

Best time to visit:

The ideal time to travel to this sanctuary remains during the months of October to April.

Accommodation:

You can accommodate in the Forest Rest House (FRH) in Badrama. If you don't desire to spend much on your accommodation, there are a number of budget hotels in Sambalpur. Hotel Upahar Palace, VSS Marg, Hotel Laxmi Nivas, Gole Bazar Chowk, Hotel Triveni, VSS Marg, etc. are some of the best hotels in Sambalpur. For a luxury stay, Hotel Sheela Tower, VSS Marg and Hotel Residency, V.S.S. Marg, etc. are the best.

How to reach the park?

Sambalpur Railway Station is the nearest railhead. Sambalpur is well connected to all the major cities of Orissa. So you can take buses or private coaches to the Sambalpur.

Some tips:

  • Most of the faunal species are nocturnal creatures, so you have to take jungle safaris in order to watch them from close quarters
  • There are two watch towers erected in the sanctuary; so you can watch the animal life from those towers also

What else do you get?

To add spice to your trip, you can visit some top spots. Hirakud Dam is situated on the west of the sanctuary. The longest dam of the world, it was the first post independence river valley project in India. Other than this dam, you can also go to the ancient Huma Temple. The most interesting feature of the temple is that it is tilted towards one side. Chiplima is a popular picnic spot that houses a splendid waterfall and Ghateswari shrine.

To conclude we can say that a trip to the Ushakoti sanctuary would definitely be adventurous. Spend some days while visiting the wildlife sanctuaries of Orissa and get back to your regular routine life with a fresh body and mind.