Odisha welcomes you all to its unexplored and untouched beauty narrated in the tagline of Odisha Tourism aptly “scenic, serene and sublime”. On the eve of International Day of Forests (21st March) I would like to share my recent forest trail experience that I had on a small visit to Kuldiha Wildlife Sanctuary, Balasore, Odisha.
One fine day in mid-March I got a call from my friend asking me to join her for a picnic to a nearby wildlife sanctuary. I agreed immediately. It was not because I hardly deny any opportunity of travelling, but also because I was meeting her after a gap of two long years. Moreover, it was really hard on my part to resist to the temptations of an overnight stay in tents amidst billions of stars in the jungle. The next day we reached our destination that was hardly 25 kilometers away from our home.
The route: Balasore – Nilagiri – Sajanagarh - Kuldiha Wildlife Sanctuary.
This Sanctuary is spread approximately across 272 square kilometers in Chota Nagpur Plateau region which comes under Eastern Highlands.
The best part of visiting a sal forest during spring is the marvelous sal blooms which make the forest look astoundingly beautiful. The moment you enter the reserve area you would smell the sweet aroma of sal flowers which would definitely make you fall in love with the place. The trees look as vibrant as an acrylic painting on a never ending canvas. We were blessed enough to visit after four days of consecutive rain which had made the forest look clean and colourful. Rain washed away the dusts and forest was in its ‘actual’ shades of leaves and bushes.