Eastern Orissa's pristine forests - Kuldiha and Satkosia. Kuldiha and Panchalingeshwar on Page 1 and Satkosia and Bangriposi on Page 2

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Brilliant colours of Rissi Dam around the periphery of Kuldiha forest, near Jodachua FRH - early Dec 2010
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[KULDIHA WLS - PANCHALINGESHWAR - KHUMKOTE TANK]

Kuldiha Forest near Balasore is one of the most pristine forests in eastern India and that too just some 300 km from Kolkata and much, much nearer if one goes from Bhubaneshwar and Cuttack. This dense forest is an absolute visit for any traveller. With our mid December 2010 travel, we have been to Kuldiha thrice and each and every time we have found the forest enchanting and mesmerizing, and we cherish each and every conversations and interactions with the forest guards during each of our journeys. Almost every other day, the elephants and other animals, particularly gaur and deer come down to the salt lick near the Kuldiha FRH.

Last year, 2010, Cyclone Aila transformed the forest to a monsoon forest, again a rare treat to watch as what a forest looks like in monsoon we saw first hand, as forests are closed during monsoon months. In summer time as the elephants go after the small ripe but hugely sweet smelling mangoes and the jackfruits as they ripen.

Kuldiha Wildlife Sanctuary is situated in the Balasore district of Orissa, near Nilagiri and sprawls over 272 sq km, over rolling hills that rise to heights of 200 m at places,

This sanctuary is located in the district of Balasore and is blessed with a charming forest and a variety of wildlife such as elephants, bears, gaur, sambar, giant squirrel, a number of bird species like hill myna, peafowl, hornbills and various reptiles. The sanctuary is linked with Similipal through Sukhupada hills and Nato hill ranges.
A trek within Kuldiha forest with a forest guide is a must.



Absolutely remember to buy ration [food] before entering the forest, cooking is done by the forest guards. Booking is done by the DFO office at Balasore, phone number for enquiries:
[0678-2256142].


Kuldiha map
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Two rest houses at Kuldiha and Jadachuan and the perinnial streams are treat for the visitors. There are Swiss tents at Kuldiha. Both of the locations have their own charm. The salt lick at Kuldiha is the best spot to spot wildlife, particularly elephants, gaur, wild boar and deer.

Two rest houses at Kuldiha and Jadachuan and the perinnial streams are treat for the visitors. There are Swiss tents at Kuldiha. Both of the locations have their own charm. The salt lick at Kuldiha is the best spot to spot wildlife, particularly elephants, gaur, wild boar and deer.

If you are driving by your own car, one has to take additional car permission from Nilagiri range office. So it goes like this: Drive down to Balasore forest office, take the papers, drive down to Nilagiri [it is on the way to Kuldiha], take the car and additional papers, enter the forest through the main forest gate.




Thus in all, till now, we have travelled to Kuldiha 3 times, all self-drive journeys, one overnight and other two very early morning departure.



1. First travel, when it was very less known - late January 2008
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2. Second travel, late May 2009, when the periphery clouds of Cyclone Aila, turned the forest into a monsoon forest[and what a sight] - normally we miss this view as forests are closed during the monsoons..
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3. Early December 2010, with again with some of my good friends.
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Also while visiting Kuldiha, one can easily travel to Panchalingeshwar as a morning journey and vice versa, i.e., if you are staying at Panchalingeshwar OTDC. Also do try to visit the remote Khumkote tank, a dilapated watch tower looks over to the jungle, the watch tower was constructed long before as target shooting by some zamindar or so, wonderful surroundings to say the least. Some images of these places and more of Kuldiha coming up in the next two posts.

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