Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Nilagiri, Nov 3:
The Kuldiha wildlife sanctuary in Nilagiri of Odisha’s Baleswar district was opened for the tourists today after a gap of six months.
“We expect more tourists to the sanctuary, which was closed for six months. More than 5000 tourists, mostly from West Bengal, had visited the sanctuary from November, 2013 to June, 2014,” said Bijay Mohapatra, forester of Kuldiha sanctuary.
He said the sanctuary was opened for the tourists by the order of the DFO.
The tourists, when asked about their visit to the sanctuary, said they had come to enjoy its tranquil atmosphere and eco system rather than to see the wild animals.
“I came to the sanctuary for the first time. The landscape of the sanctuary is wonderful. I have seen a number of wild animals and hope to see more of them during my stay here,” said Trupti Mandal, a woman tourist from West Bengal.
Jyotirmoy Mazumdar, another tourist from West Bengal, who came with his family to the sanctuary today, said he was thrilled to see free movement of deer and other herbivores in the sanctuary.
“We relish the pure oxygen at Kuldiha”, he added.
The ecosystem of Kuldiha sanctuary provides an ideal habitat for large herbivore like elephants, gaurs and the burrowing pangolins. Besides, there is a good population of giant squirrel, which indicate that the forest canopy of Kuldiha is in good state.
The Forest department has set up rest houses and rest sheds at strategic locations in and around the periphery of the sanctuary to provide accommodation to the tourists.
The sanctuary covers an area of 272.75 sq km.
For the tourists, the suitable period of visit to the sanctuary is from November to mid-February.