Nestled between the Hirakud Dam and Reservoir makes for a picturesque setting, the sanctuary finds a special mention because of noted freedom fighter Veer SurendraSai. During his rebellion against the British Veer SurendraSaimade his base at ‘Barapathara” located within the sanctuary.
Spread over 347 Sq KM, the beautiful sanctuary is known for its easy sightings of animals particularly Indian Bison’s, Wild Boars, Sambhar and Peacocks to name a few. The dry deciduous forest attracts a host of winged visitors during the winters.
The four-horned antelope or Chousingha as it’s called is one of the endangered animals also inhabits this sanctuary. The sanctuary is home to more than 40 species of mammals, 234 species of birds, 41 species of reptiles, 12 species of amphibians, 42 species of fishes, 39 species of odonates, 85 species of butterflies and is important Internationally because of significant population of Leopard, Bison and Chousingha. The sanctuary is also famous for magnificent waterfalls.
The sanctuary offers a panoramic view of the Hirakud Dam which surrounds the sanctuary. The strategically located cottages of the Nature Camp offers breathtaking view of the surroundings and wildlife makes it a popular destination for nature lovers.
The spirit to live free and without fear is what reigns in the animals that inhabit this wonderful landscape.