Kuldiha Forest, Balasore – 350 kms from Kolkata

Kuldiha Forest

Kuldiha Forest | Courtesy: sunupam

Kuldiha Forest covers a total area of 282 square kilometers. It is a dense forest mostly covered with thick growth of sishu, sal, piyasal, mango, bahera, jam and simul trees that make it the perfect home to a wide number of animals like wild cats, elephants, long tailed monkeys, cheetals, gaur, leopard, giant squirrel as well as some bird species like peafowl, hill myna and hornbill. Kuldiha is located in Balasore district and is known for supporting wide varieties of reptiles too. The Kuldiha forest area merges into the Similipal Forest through the Nato hill and Sukhupada hill ranges.
There is a hilly stream that flows along the forest and a watch tower that is tactically built at Garsimulia on the bank of the river. Kuldiha also has a Lion Sanctuary. BOOK YOUR TRIP TO KULDIHA

Places to see at Kuldiha Forest: The Kuldiha Forest itself is the best attraction to watch out for. The forest is also the home to Tenda Elephant Sanctuary and a Lion Sanctuary.

Nearby attractions at Kuldiha Forest: Among the nearest destinations, you can definitely visit the Russia Dam or Rishia Dam as it is locally known. This is a great place to look for some seclusion. The dam is also the place to watch out for some elephants from the Tenda Elephant Sanctuary who come here for water. You can also visit Panchlingeswar on a short trip.

Things to do in Kuldiha Forest: You can go for an exciting trek from Nilagiri through the forests of Kuldiha. Plus, exploring the Kuldiha Forest Sanctuary along with the Tenda Elephant Sanctuary is a must when you are in this part of Balasore.

How to reach Kuldiha Forest: From Balasore, you have to reach Shergarh via the National Highway. Then from Shergarh, reach Sujangarh via Nilagiri and Panchlingeswar. Now, you need to turn left from Sujangarh to reach the Kuldiha Sanctuary.

Best time to visit Kuldiha Forest: You can visit Kuldiha Forest during anytime of the year except for rainy season when the forest becomes inaccessible.

Lodging and dining facilities at Kuldiha Forest: You can avail accommodation at the Forest Bungalow equipped with solar lights. But for food, you have to bring your own as there are no dining facilities available.


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