Sprawled over an area of around 194 sq. km. Chandaka Wildlife Sanctuary is located in the district of Bhubaneswar in Orissa. Located in the north-western corner of the district, the sanctuary is bordered by the Eastern Ghats and includes parts of the forests in the districts of Cuttack and Khurdha. The sanctuary is a well-known tourist destination for people all over the world. However, it is not only tourists that crowd Chandaka. It is also a haunt of the scientists and ecologists who come here to study the diverse nature of the eco-system of the region.

The sanctuary plays host to several different species of migratory birds. Black headed oriole, Red jungle fowl, Coucal, Crested serpent eagle, Peafowl, Paradise fly catcher, Great horned owl, and Stone curlew are amongst the numerous varieties of birds that call the sanctuary their home. The sanctuary also has a rich collection of reptilian like form. Several varieties of snakes like the Common vine snake, Bamboo pit viper, Kukri snake, Russel's viper, Common krait, Indian bronze back are found in the sanctuary. You can also spot Indian flap-shelled turtle, and common skunk. It is not only the fauna that makes this sanctuary attractive to the tourists. There are numerous varieties of plants that adorn the landscape.

Travel Tips

The best time to visit Chandaka Wildlife Sanctuary is between the months of October and May. During that period, the temperature is quite moderate and you will not be impeded by torrential rainfall. Also remember to obtain your entry passes well in advance.

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Things to do

Chandaka is famous for the wide varieties of animals and birds which can be found all over the small but lush green expanse of the sanctuary. The most important inhabitant of the Chandaka Wildlife Sanctuary is the Indian elephant. Efforts are being made to increase the population of the elephants which have been declared as an endangered species. You can also spot quite a few leopards during your trip through the sanctuary. Some of the other animals that can be found here are Common Indian mongoose, Chital, Rhesus monkey, Sloth bear, Barking deer, Ruddy mongoose, Mouse deer, Common langur, Wild pig, Indian wolf, Small Indian civet, Small Indian mongoose, Pangolin, Ratel, and Hyena. You can also catch occasional glimpses of wild dogs. Along with the animals, the birds also form an integral part of the sanctuary. 

Getting Around

Travelling around in the sanctuary is quite easy. Cars can be provided for in the organized trips. You can also hire a private car and use that for travelling around the sanctuary. However you will need to pay extra charge for that. As for going to nearby places, it can be easily done by public transports. Cabs are also readily available

Places to Stay

As the cities of Cuttack and Bhubaneswar are quite close at hand, you can find accommodations in a hotel of your choice. The hotels range from luxurious five-star ones to bread and bed affairs. Depending on your budget, rooms can be booked in any one of them. In addition to that, you can also get accommodation at the forest resorts and watch towers that are spread over the expanse of the sanctuary. However, you need to submit your request for accommodation well in advance to get bookings.

In addition to that, you can also get accommodation at the forest resorts and watch towers that are spread over the expanse of the sanctuary. However, you need to submit your request for accommodation well in advance to get bookings. 

How to Reach

  • The nearest airport is at Bhubaneswar. It is well connected to all the major airports in India, including Delhi and Mumbai airports. From the airport, you can take a cab to take you to the sanctuary.
  • In case you decide to complete the journey by train, the nearest station is at Bhubaneswar. You can board a train from any of the major rail stations in the county and get off at Bhubaneswar. From there, the rest of the journey can be completed by cab or bus. Tickets can be booked online from sites like,, and
  • If you prefer to visit the sanctuary by road, you can do so by hiring a cab from Bhubaneswar or Cuttack. Car renting facility is also available. There are also buses that leave for the sanctuary from the nearby towns. Buses are both private and government run and fare depends on the facilities they offer. From Bhubaneswar its just a little over a half an hour journey to Chandaka.

Surrounding Attractions

Once you have had your fill of nature and wildlife at the Chandaka Wildlife Sanctuary you can explore the several other tourist spots that are around the region. If you feel like taking a trip to Bhubaneswar, there are many temples and heritage palaces that are of great architectural value which draws visitor from all around globe for their unparallel beauty. You can also take a trip to the several waterfalls that can be found in the surrounding regions. The Nandan Kanan Zoo is another place where tourists from all over throng in large numbers. Udaygiri Caves and Barabati Fort are some of the other places, which you can visit during your trip to Chandaka. If you are interested in knowing about the local culture and customs, you may pay a visit to the Tribal Museum which houses a variety of cultural relics of the indigenous tribes of Orissa.

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