Ushakothi Wildlife Sanctuary OverviewRanked 4 of 5 sightseeing in Sambalpur
Ushakothi Wildlife Sanctuary, also known as Badrama Sanctuary, is a popular wildlife sanctuary situated 43 km north-east of Sambalpur, on the National Highway number 6. This sanctuary was established in 1962, over a total area of 130 sq km; and is one of the smaller sanctuaries of Orissa. This sanctuary also has the popular Hirakud Dam, situated to its west. It is also one of the locations for ecotourism and has accommodation facilities for its travellers, in its premises itself, in the form of the Forest Rest House. This rest house is situated 3 km away from the sanctuary and along with accommodations, it also provides guides and spot lights for nominal charges.
The main species of animals here, include elephants, tigers, leopards, bisons, nilgai, cheetal, wolves, spotted deer, gaur, black panthers, sambar, wild bears, flying squirrels and racket tail dragons. Royal Bengal tigers and wild Asian elephants are the special attractions of this place. These animals can be seen with the help of wildlife safari jeeps, available here. The forests of this sanctuary are mainly dry deciduous, containing trees like Neem, Sal, Acacia, Sandalwood, Casuarinas and Arjun.