Nestled between the meandering Wardha River and the Penganga Rivers, the Ushakothi (Badrama) Wildlife Sanctuary unfolds as a concealed gem within the rich tapestry of Odisha. Bestowed with the name of the nearby town, Ushakothi, this sanctuary is situated approximately 40 kilometers from Sambalpur. Spanning a vast expanse of over 300 square kilometers, it was officially designated as a sanctuary in the year 1962.
Defined by its lush deciduous forest, adorned with the likes of Neem, Acacia, Sandalwood, Arjun, Sal, and Casuarinas trees, the sanctuary holds a captivating allure. While the coveted Asian elephants grace the landscape as prized residents, the sanctuary plays host to an array of other wildlife, including panthers, tigers, spotted deer, wild boar, snakes, and hyenas. Adding to the biodiversity are the enchanting presence of racket-tailed drongos and the graceful flight of flying squirrels.
Embark on a visual journey into the wilderness by ascending the two watchtowers or opt for a safari to explore the sanctuary’s deep interiors. For those seeking a more immersive experience, reservations allow a stay at the forest bungalow nestled within the sanctuary premises. Capture the untamed beauty through your camera lenses and embrace the serenity of this natural haven.
Destination Attractions, Destination Facilities, Transportation, Accessibility, How to Reach
Ushakothi Wildlife Sanctuary’s opening time is Everyday Morning from 7 am to Evening 6 pm.
Best Time to visit
The best time to visit Ushakothi Wildlife Sanctuary is at month October to March of the year.
The nearest airport is Sambalpur Domestic Airport, Bhubaneswar, which is located around 54 KM distance from the Ushakothi Wildlife Sanctuary picnic spot
Nearest Bus Stop
The nearest Bus stop is Bhojpur, which is located around 25 KM distance from Ushakothi Wildlife Sanctuary
Nearest Railway Station
The Nearest Railway Station is Jharsugauda, which is located around 85 KM distance from Ushakothi Wildlife Sanctuary