(Last Updated on : 13/06/2014)
Khalasuni Wildlife Sanctuary offers a beautiful sketch of the diverse natural heritage of the East Indian state Odisha
. It is located at a distance of 50 kilometres from the town of Sambhalpur in the Rairakhol sub division of Sambalpur district
. The natural splendour of the sanctuary is admirable and the vivacious wildlife roaming around is a pure visual treat. Undoubtedly the place also invites a plethora of tourists and nature lovers to experience the nature's bounty. It encompasses a moderately large expanse of 116 square kilometres. Located at an altitude ranging from 223 metres to 750 metres above sea level, the splendid landscape of the region is embraced by dense foliage.
Flora and Fauna of Khalasuni Wildlife Sanctuary
The wildlife of Khalasuni Wildlife Sanctuary exhibits a huge variety. The sanctuary is mostly covered by moist deciduous and tropical dry forests. The lush greenery of the sanctuary simply has a magical appeal and an enchanting wilderness can be experienced amid the virgin forests. The prominent fauna dwelling in the sanctuary includes Wild Dogs, Barking Deer
, Mouse Deer, Spotted Deer, Sambar, Deer, Bison
and Tigers in addition to numerous other species. It is a heaven for bird watchers and ornithologist. Flocks of Hornbills
, Pea Fowls
and other gorgeous avian species create a delightful view in the sanctuary. The vivid birds twitter in the sanctuary adding to the charm of the place. A great diversity of insects and reptiles are also the inhabitants of the sanctuary.
Khalasuni Wildlife Sanctuary is one of the most cherished tourist destinations. The nearest railway station to reach the sanctuary is Sambalpur, 50 kilometres away. Bhubaneshwar
forms the nearest airport which is well connected with all the major cities of India. Roadways also connect the sanctuary with cities like Riamal, Deogarh
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