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About Balukhand-Konark Wildlife Sanctuary

Twenty-six kilometers from Puri, the Balukhand-Konark Wildlife Sanctuary is a must visit destination for nature lovers. Spread over an area of 72 km square, the wildlife sanctuary is located between Puri and Konark along the Bay of Bengal and so offers a different experience than the other wildlife refuges in the country. One can find undulating sand dunes, lonely beaches, cashew plantations, casuarina groves in this stretch but little of the native plants remain. Black-buck, spotted dear, stripped hyena, jungle cat Olive Ridley sea turtles are the main attractions in this wildlife sanctuary. A marine drive road traverses through the area. The ecologically sensitive wildlife sanctuary also houses two rivers, the Nuanai and the Kushabhadra. These rivers under tidal influence pass through the sanctuary area supporting more than three hundred plant and animal species in the forest area including plenty of casuarinas, tamarind, Anacardium, karanja, polanga, neemalong among others.

Highlights

  • Best Time to Visit Morning, Afternoon
  • Facilities Food Stalls, Washrooms
  • Recommended Hours Min. 4 hours
  • Best Visited With Group, Solo, Couple, Family
  • Not Allowed Pets
  • Allowed Footwear, Camera, Video

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