Run Amuk The Giant Elephants At Dalma Wildlife Sanctuary

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Photo of Run Amuk The Giant Elephants At Dalma Wildlife Sanctuary by Priya Pareek

If the idea of running amuk giant elephants fascinates you then Dalma Wildlife Sanctuary is the place for you. The place lets you go wild with the animals. Attracting thousands of wildlife enthusiasts, Dalma Wildlife Sanctuary is a paradise for elephants. The wildlife sanctuary is located very close to the steel city of Jamshedpur and has plenty of other attractions around it.

Dalma Wildlife Sanctuary lies in the catchment area of Subarnarekha River offering suitable habitat for wildlife to exist. Explore this pristine ecosystem guarded with dense forests, rare wildlife, and lush hills for a wild weekend.

Basic Information

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Photo of Dalma Wildlife Sanctuary Entrance, National Highway 33, Saharbera, Jharkhand, India by Priya Pareek

Where: Jamshedpur, Jharkhand

Area: 195 sq km.

Established: 1976

Elevation: 3,000 ft

Fauna: Apart from the big ears pachyderms, the sanctuary is also a habitat to leopard, barking deer, mouse, deer, sloth bear, and giant squirrel

Best Time To Visit

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Photo of Run Amuk The Giant Elephants At Dalma Wildlife Sanctuary by Priya Pareek

October to March is the best time to visit Dalma Hilltop Wildlife Sanctuary. With 26 degrees Celsius temperature during the day, winters offer pleasant weather to explore the flora and fauna. The temperature in the night gets chilly with temperature setting close to 11 degrees Celsius.

Avoid visiting the park from April to September when the temperature soars to 38 degrees during the day.

Dalma Wildlife Sanctuary Entry Fee

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Photo of Run Amuk The Giant Elephants At Dalma Wildlife Sanctuary by Priya Pareek

Tourists: ₹05/-

School children: ₹02/-

Car/jeep: ₹150/-

Charge for camera: ₹80/-

Charge for videography: ₹500/-

Dalma Wildlife Sanctuary Timings

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Photo of Run Amuk The Giant Elephants At Dalma Wildlife Sanctuary by Priya Pareek

Summer Timings: 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Winter Timings: 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM

How To Get There?

Dalma Wildlife Sanctuary is located 33 km away from Jharkhand on NH-33. As there is no direct connectivity to the sanctuary, hiring a private car or a taxi is the best way to reach the sanctuary.

Things to do

1. Nature Trails

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Photo of Run Amuk The Giant Elephants At Dalma Wildlife Sanctuary by Priya Pareek

Explore the Dalma Wildlife Sanctuary on foot by taking nature trails through the wilderness. While the sanctuary does not offer a safari, visitors can walk through the trails, marked well by the forest authorities, to get up close with flora and fauna of the region. Visitors can roam around freely under the supervision of forest guide.

Timing: Operational only in the mornings

Fee: INR 100

2. Visit Lord Shiva Temple

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Photo of Run Amuk The Giant Elephants At Dalma Wildlife Sanctuary by Priya Pareek

The wildlife sanctuary houses an ancient Shiva Temple which holds great importance among locals. People from all walks of life visit the temple to offer prayers on the eve of Mahashivratri. After visiting the shrine, you can also visit the Dalma Mai shrine after whom this sanctuary has been named.

3. Museum cum Interpretation center at Makulakocha

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Photo of Run Amuk The Giant Elephants At Dalma Wildlife Sanctuary by Priya Pareek

Museum cum Interpretation center at Makulakocha provides all the information related to flora and fauna of the region. Established to promote the biological and zoological research of the vegetation and zoological species, the center has all the information related to the species of animals in the century and much more.

Where To Stay?

Bamboo Huts at Makulakocha

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Photo of Run Amuk The Giant Elephants At Dalma Wildlife Sanctuary by Priya Pareek

Staying at the bamboo hut in Makulakocha offers you a chance to stay in the lap of nature. There are single bamboo huts as well as plush cottages surrounded by the abundance of flora.

Tariff: INR 700

Tip: If you are planning to visit during October to December then make sure to book in advance as the cottages are overbooked during this period.

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