Situated between the Hirakud Dam and Reservoir, this sanctuary has a significant historical connection as it was a base for the renowned freedom fighter Veer Surendra Sai during his rebellion against the British, particularly at ‘Barapathara’ within the sanctuary.
Encompassing a sprawling 347 square kilometers, this sanctuary offers a haven for wildlife enthusiasts, providing effortless sightings of creatures like Indian Bison, Wild Boars, Sambhar, and Peacocks against the backdrop of a dry deciduous forest that attracts a myriad of winged visitors during the winter months.
The endangered four-horned antelope, known as Chousingha, finds refuge within this sanctuary, adding to its ecological significance. Boasting over 40 species of mammals, 234 species of birds, 41 species of reptiles, 12 species of amphibians, 42 species of fishes, 39 species of odonates, and 85 species of butterflies, this sanctuary gained international importance owing to its substantial populations of Leopard, Bison, and Chousingha.
Renowned for its spectacular waterfalls, the sanctuary provides a captivating panoramic view of the surrounding Hirakud Dam. Strategically positioned cottages at the Nature Camp offer a breathtaking vantage point for nature lovers to immerse themselves in the tranquil surroundings and observe the wildlife, reflecting the spirit of living free and fearless in this enchanting landscape.
Destination Attractions, Destination Facilities, Transportation, Accessibility, How to Reach
Sonamuni Jungle Beach’s opening time is Everyday Morning from 7 am to Evening 6 pm
Best Time to visit
The best time to visit Sonamuni Baitarani Beach is at all times of the year.
The nearest airport is Biju Patnaik International Airport, Bhubaneswar, which is located around 185 KM distance from Sonamuni Jungle picnic spot
Nearest Bus Stop
The nearest Bus stop is Manohar Pur, which is located around 3 KM distance from Baitarani River Beach
Nearest Railway Station
The Nearest Railway Station is Keonjhar, which is located around 72 KM distance from Sonamuni Beach Picnic Spot