Simlipal Wildlife Sanctuary

The important tree species of the region are the Sal, Bija, Terminalias, Champa, Kadam, Mesua, with varieties of Orchids and fascinating Ferns, Mosses and Lichens. The Similipal National Park is also the abode of varieties of faunas viz. Tiger, Leopard, Wolf, Hyena, Elephant, Bison, Sambar, Deer, Cheetal, Percupine, Pangolin, Wild Boar, Hornbill, Phthon, King Cobra […]


Mangroves cover the major parts of the sanctuary. This holds the richest mangrove vegetation in India with 3 species of Avicennia, 3 species of Khizophora etc. In total there are 55 species of mangrove flourishing in Bhitarknika, out of 58 species so far recorded in India. The coastal sand dunes are covered by Casuriana plantations. […]

Konark Temple

This crowning piece of Orissan architecture and sculpture, built in the 13th century A.D. The golden era of Orissan art is poetry in stone and a world heritage monument. The walls of these magnificent ruins have exquisite sculptures covering many aspects of life. Scenes of love and war, trade and court transactions, hunting, catching of […]

Ushakothi Wildlife Sanctuary

One of Orissa’s smaller sanctuaries, it still offers visitors a perfect opportunity to see elephants, tigers, panthers, sambars from the watch-towers placed strategically near the watering holes or board a jeep. About 45 km from Sambalpur, the nearest forest rest house is at Badrama (3 km away).