Welcome to Debrigarh Wildlife Sanctuary
The 347-sq-km Debrigarh Wildlife Sanctuary, 40km from the market town of Sambalpur in northeastern Odisha, is an easy though rarely taken day out from the city. Mainly dry deciduous forest blankets the Barapahad Hills down to the shores of the vast Hirakud Reservoir, a home for migratory birds in winter. Wildlife here includes deer, antelopes, sloth bears, langur monkeys and ever-elusive tigers and leopards, as well as 234 species of birds. Access to the sanctuary usually requires a 4WD, which can be arranged through your hotel in Sambalpur for ₹1300 to ₹1500 plus mileage charges. Stop by Odisha Tourism in Sambalpur for (limited) information about the sanctuary.