Located 190 kms from Bhubaneswar and 160 kms from Cuttack, Bhitarkanika Wildlife Sanctuary is one of the most renowned sanctuaries in Odisha. Popular for its crocodiles and turtles, the sanctuary is spread over 650 sq kms and was declared a wildlife sanctuary in 1975. Converted into a national park in 1998, to preserve the turtles; the sanctuary has a thick mangrove forest which is home to a number of endangered and migratory birds.
Apart from reptiles, different types of mammals, birds, amphibians and fish are also found here. Out of 58 species of mangroves in India, 55 are available in Bhitarkanika Wildlife Sanctuary. Endangered animals like saltwater crocodiles can also be viewed in the sanctuary. Bhitarkanika also offers several rare mammals such as Hyena, Fishing Cat, Jungle Cat, Smooth Coated Otter, Civet, Indian Porcupine, Wild Boar, Spotted Deer and Sambar. The endangered Lesser Adjutant Stork also breeds in Bhitarkanika, Odisha.
Located to the south west of Puri, covering a widespread area of 1100 sq kms, Chilika Wildlife Sanctuary is one of the most visited wildlife sanctuaries in Odisha. This wildlife sanctuary is home to various migratory and local birds such as Flamingo, White Bellied Sea Eagle, Brahminy Kite, Spotbilled Pelican, Barheaded Goose, Openbilled Stork, Spoonbill, Brahimny Duck, Wigeon, Pintail, Shoveller, Ibis, Stilt, Heron, Egret, Avocet, Gull, Tern and King Fisher etc.
Apart from residents and migratory birds, Chilika Wildlife Sanctuary is also home to Blackbuck, Spotted Deer, Golden Jackals, Hyenas and many more. Rich in aquatic wildlife, this sanctuary houses Dolphin, Prawn, Crab, Limbless Lizard and Crustaceans. More than 225 species of fish including Acentrogobius Griseus, Alepes Djedaba, Arius and the Elops Machnata are also found here.
Popular as the 'Garden of Pleasure', Nandankanan Wildlife Sanctuary is set amidst Chandaka forests in Khurda, Odisha. Located 13 kms from Bhubneswar, the wildlife sanctuary was established in 1979. A fusion of an animal zoo, a botanical garden, Kanjia Lake and an amusement park, Nandankanan wildlife sanctuary is known for housing 67 kinds of mammals, 18 varieties of reptiles and 81 species of birds.
Some of the endangered species such as Asiatic Lion, Three Indian Crocodilies, Sangal Liontailed Macaque, Nilgiri Langur, Indian Pangolin and Mouse Deer can be found at Nandankanan Wildlife Sanctuary. Tigers and White Gharials are the main inhabitants of the Nandankanan Wildlife sanctuary, Orissa.
Spread over 796 square kilometers, Satkosia Gorge Wildlife Sanctuary was established in 1976 in Odisha. Spread out in four districts of Odisha namely Angul, Budh, Cuttack and Nayagarh, Satkosia Gorge has an exclusive geomorphology feature as Mahanadi cuts it through the Eastern Ghats thus forming a wonderful gorge around 22 kms long.
The sanctuary is popular for its deciduous forests, dry deciduous forests and moist peninsular Sal forests. A varied array of fauna such as Tiger, Leopard, Elephant, Gaur, Sambar, Spotted Deer, Mouse Deer, Nilgai, Choushingha, Sloth Bear, and Wild Dog can be spotted here.
A proposed Tiger Reserve stands proudly in the newly constructed Nuapada district close to the boundary of Chhatisgarh state on the western fringe of Odisha. Eleven magnificent waterfalls, mystic caves at Ranimuhas, splendid archaeological sites at Giribaman, the firm fort of Jumlagarh and the bird observation points at Jalki and Raital Bandh in Maraguda are some of the major attraction sfor the tourists visiting Sunabeda Wildlife Sanctuary Orissa.
Spread over a sprawling area of 600 sq kms, the sanctuary is an ideal habbitata for Barasingha. Declared as a Sanctuary in 1983, Sunabeda is home to 32 tigers and 36 leopards. Hyena, Barking Deer, Chital, Gaur, Sambar, Sloth Bear, Hill Myna, Pea Fowl, Partridge and a number of reptilian species also inhabit the sanctuary.