It's April of 2019 but we were struggling with the previous year's workload. To cope with this overloaded situation we planned a weekend trip to Kuldiha Wildlife Sanctuary. The Kuldiha Wildlife Sanctuary is situated in the Balasore district of Odisha, India. The sanctuary is spread across 272.75 sq. km in the Choto Nagpur Plateau region. It is linked with Simlipal National Park via the Sukhupada and Nato hill ranges.
It is a mixed deciduous forest dominated by the Sal tree. Various animals inhabit the forest including Tiger, Leopard, Elephant, Gaur, Sambar, Giant Squirrel, Hill Myna, Peafowl, Hornbills, other migratory birds and reptiles.
We booked the Rishia Nature Camp right beside the Rishia dam. In the camp there are 9 furnished tents powered by solar energy. The camp is well protected by trench and electric fencing to keep away the wild animals.
Besides there are 2 FRHs at Kuldiha and Jorachua similarly protected by trench. The FRHs are well inside the forest and are definitely a better option to stay at the cost of luxury but you must have special permission for that. Also Kuldiha FRH is now strictly accessible to forest officers only.