Tours to Chandaka Wildlife Sanctuary are popular with tourists who plan to visit Bhubaneswar, the capital of Orissa and its nearby areas. Located in the highlands of Khurdha and Cuttack and that once had covered Bhubaneswar too, the Chandaka forest was declared a wildlife sanctuary in 1982 to protect its dwindling population of natural vegetation and elephants.
Today, the gentle hillocks and table-topped plateaus are reeling under fresh air cleansed by the restored forest consisting of moist miscellaneous and xylia semi evergreen forests, Sal woods typical of coastal plains, Teak plantations, thorny Bamboo shrubs and eupatorium scrubs / herbs of medicinal importance. The Chandaka Wildlife Sanctuary extends protection to a number of endangered species but also welcomes tourists, researchers and gives refuge to people looking for solitude.
Also known as the City Sanctuary as it traverses the periphery of Orissa's commercial city centers of Bhubaneswar and Cuttack; tours to Chandaka Wildlife Sanctuary will stun you with its replenished ecosystem that includes 300 species of plants, 30 species of mammals, 27 species of reptiles and 120 species of birds and many more that are yet to discovered and classified.
The original Pachyderm country, spotting herds of elephants is relatively easy. On your animal trail, also keep an eye out for the other flourishing animal species including leopards, chitals, barking deers, mouse deers, wild pigs, common langurs, rhesus monkeys, small Indian civets, common Indian mongoose, small Indian mongoose, ruddy mongoose, pangolins, sloth bears, ratels, Indian wolves and Hyenas.
Watch out for the reptiles dwelling at the Chandaka Wildlife Sanctuary. Rock python and Bengal Monitor Lizards, Chameleon, Russell viper, Bamboo pit viper, Common krait, Common vine snake, Kukri snake and Indian bronze back are the prominent members of the reptilian clan inhabiting the sanctuary that you can see on your tour to Chandaka with Tourism of Orissa tour packages.
Peafowl, red jungle fowl, crested serpent eagle, great horned owl, black headed oriole, paradise flycatcher, coucal and stone curlew will keep the bird watcher in you occupied on your tour to Chandaka Wildlife Sanctuary, Orissa, India.
The muggar crocodiles are a major tourist attraction in Chandaka that can be found lazy in the sun around the many water bodies in the sanctuary. Other places for game sighting on your tour to the Chandaka Wildlife Sanctuary are Godibari, Ambokhali, Saunsha-berana, Mahuriabadi, Kumarkhunti, Jhalara, Ambilo and Saurabiula.
To spot the elusive leopards, who rule the jungle with the extinction of tigers in the forest, head for Kheluachua, Gadanbhanga, Ambilo, Chhatiani and Bualigarh. The watchtowers at Kochilaberana, Pitagadia and Charichhak provide a great game spotting venue where you can even stay overnight on your tour to Chandaka.
Kumarkhunti reservoir in Chandaka Sanctuary is a wonderful place to go bird watching especially during the breeding seasons in winter. In your pursuit of sizable creatures, do not overlook the plethora of insects especially the variety of butterflies that travel along with you on your jeep safari and treks.
You can also visit the tribal village and interact with the Kabaries on your tour to Chandaka besides undertaking guided excursions to Pandari Mundia (highest point in the sanctuary), game tanks or water holes, natural salt-licks and artificial salt-licks for game sighting.
Open to tourists round the year, the Chandaka wildlife sanctuary is easily accessible by road, rail and air from Bhubaneswar, Cuttack and Kolkata. There are many hotels and lodges where you can stay comfortably on your tour to the Chandaka Wildlife Sanctuary.