Sunabeda Wildlife Sanctuary

Sunabeda Wildlife Sanctuary is a proposed tiger reserve located in the Koraput district of Odisha, adjoining Chhattisgarh. It has a total area of 500 km2. The sanctuary is home to a wide variety of wildlife. It also forms the catchment area of the Jonk River. A dam has been constructed on the river to be able to navigate irrigation. Among all major sanctuaries of Odisha, it can be said that the Sunabeda Wildlife Sanctuary has definitely seen better days in terms of wildlife. One can spot a host of wildlife here including Indian mammals such as tigers, swamp deer, leopards, gaurs, sloth bear, barking deer and more. You can also spot the common langur and rhesus monkeys. Among the birds, the sanctuary is home to vultures, hill mynah, Patridge, and peafowls. Interestingly, a rare species of wild buffaloes travel from Chhattisgarh to Orissa through this beautiful sanctuary. The surrounding Ranimuhas caves, bird observatory at Jalki and some nearby archeological sites adds to the charm of the sanctuary.