1) At 20 K.M.s driving distance from Bhubaneshwar lies Chandaka-Dampara wildlife sanctuary. It was declared a safe-haven for elephants on the outskirts of the city in 1980. One of the main entry points to the reserve is through Godibari. There are three watchtowers within the reserve for elephant sighting at Bharatpur reserve forest, Kochilaberena and Pitagadia. The reservoir at Deras Dam within the Chandaka forest was built as an irrigation project but also serves as a watering hole to wild animals. There are huts near Deras dam. Prior permission is needed to be taken from the Divisional Forest Officer to book these huts for a night’s stay. Another dam close to Deras is the Jhumka Dam. This is a good picninc spot and you don’t require permissions to visit here.•Contact of DFO, Chandaka Wildlife Division: Phone/fax: 0674-2355400•Info on eco tourism: +91 9438879488
ChandakaDesignated as an Elephant reserve in 1982, Chandaka is situated in the outskirts of Bhubaneswar (the capital city of Odisha). Though the major attraction of Chandaka is giant Indian Elephants, Chandaka is inhabited by a number of wild animals including Leopards, Chital, barking deer, mouse deer, wild pig, common langur, rhesus monkey, small Indian civet, common Indian mongoose, small Indian mongoose, ruddy mongoose, pangolin, sloth bear, ratel, Indian wolf and hyena. The Deras Dam situated inside the reserve is a perfect place to spot wild animals and witness a gorgeous sunset. Wild animals can also be viewed from a number of watchtowers constructed inside the reserve.