Kuldiha Wildlife Sanctuary

Kuldiha Wildlife Sanctuary is situated in South – Western side of this Division notified under Section 18 of the Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972 by the Govt. of Odisha, Forest, Fisheries & Animal Husbandry Department vide their Notification No. 243-FFAH dt.04.01.1984, published in the Odisha Gazette No.5 dt.03.02.1984 which comes under Deccan Peninsula in Chhotnagpur plateau of Garjat Hills. The Sanctuary includes Kuldiha, Devgiri and Tenda Reserved Forests and other Protected Forests. Kuldiha sanctuary area, adjoining Nilgiri forest in the North and Mayurbhanj Forest in West, is a typical representative of a mixture of peninsular (coastal) Sal forest and moist mixed deciduous forest. It comes in the Biogeographic region of Deccan peninsular zone which is of enormous genetic and ecological importance with a variety of flora and fauna. The significance of the Kuldiha Wildlife Sanctuary can be categorized as follows: It abodes a number of endangered and threatened wild animal species like Asiatic Elephant, Leopard, Gaur, Mouse deer, Pangolin, Ratel, Giant squirrel, etc. Besides that, some endangered bird species like Hill myna, Woodpecker, Hornbill, and Eagles are also found in the Sanctuary. It forms part of Mayurbhanj Elephant Reserve and linked to Similipal Biosphere Reserve through Hadgarh Wildlife Sanctuary, thus forming a vast landscape contributing to the cause of conservation of long-ranging Asiatic Elephants and Tiger. It plays a significant role in ameliorating the local climate. It is the largest catchment which feeds to the major river and tributaries of the district along with maintaining the groundwater regime of the locality. It is the major tourist destination in the District for nature lovers and one among the important tourist destinations of the State. Panchalingeswar, the sacred shrine of Lord Shiva, draws devotees from all corners of the State and outside.