Katarnighat Wildlife Sanctuary

Located in the Terai of the Bahraich district in Uttar Pradesh, Katarnighat Wildlife Sanctuary is spread over an area of over 400 sq. km. This sanctuary in the plains of Upper Ganga is part of the Dudhwada Tiger Project. The location of the sanctuary is such that it is like a bridge between the other two sanctuaries of this tiger project- Dudhwada National Park, and Kishanpur Wildlife Sanctuary- in India and Bardia National Park in Nepal. As a result of such a position, the sanctuary is the home of a wide range of wild animals.

Travel Tips

The best time to visit Katarnighat Wildlife Sanctuary is between the months September and November. The weather during that period is neither too hot nor too cold. As temperatures in both summer and winter tend to be quite extreme, it is better to avoid those seasons. It is also advisable to carry light luggage as you might need to do quite a lot of walking.

When to visit

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  • 22.7° Max
  • 8.0° Min
  • 15.9 mm
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Things to do

Katarnighat Wildlife Sanctuary is the homeland of a number of animals, some of which have almost vanished from the other places in the world. It has not only a vast number of terrestrial animals, but a fair number of aquatic attractions as well. In fact, one of the major attractions of the sanctuary is the small crocodile, or gharial, as it is called. It is one of those rare places where you can watch these reptiles in their natural habitat. The sanctuary is also home to the endangered Gangetic dolphin. The sanctuary is quite rich in reptilian life form. While travelling across its huge expanse, you can easily come across a Yellow Speckled Wolf-snake, Banded Krait, Paradise Flying Snake, or a Burmese Rock Python. Apart from these, you can also see tigers, swamp deer, rhinoceros, blue bull, hispid hare, flying squirrels, Chital, kankar, Sambhar, blackbuck, jackal, bear, four horned antelope, elephant, Indian Gazelle, barking deer, and a host of other animals. However it is not only the animals that are the attractions of this sanctuary. You are also very likely to be charmed by the flora here. Apart from a large number of flowering plants, the sanctuary is a fascinating amalgamation of swampy land and Terai vegetation. Bird enthusiasts are not to be disappointed as the sanctuary plays host to a large variety of birds. Rufous Treepie, Shikra, Cinereous Vulture, Crested Serpent Eagle, Long Billed Vulture, Egyptian Vulture, White-Romped Vulture, Grey-headed Fish Eagle, , Red-headed Vulture, Indian Roller are just a few names in a large roster.

Getting Around

If you are staying at the forest resort, you can get boat rides, as well as rides on elephants. As for getting to the nearby locations, your best bet is to hire a private car. Public transports are also available. Buses leave at regular intervals and can be boarded from Bahraich, Lucknow, and other nearby towns.

Places to Stay

There are not too many hotels in the vicinity of the sanctuary. You can apply for accommodations in Tharu Hut, or the forest resort. However if you are willing to find accommodations in Lucknow, there are a wide variety of hotels that you can choose from.

How to Reach

  • The nearest airport to Katarnighat Wildlife Sanctuary is at Lucknow, which is around 230 km from the sanctuary. You can board a plane to Lucknow from any of the major airports in India. From the airport, you have to take a car or a cab to the sanctuary. It will take about two to three hours and cost around 3000 INR.
  • The nearest rail station is at Bicchia. You can get off at Lucknow and from there take another train to Bicchia. The fare for interstate train service will be between Rs.1600 and Rs.2800, while train fare within the state will be in the region of Rs.300. You can book your tickets from sites like makemytrip.com, yatra.com and irctc.in.
  • If you are planning to go there by road, you can take a bus from Lucknow and go there via Bahraich to Bichhia. You can also rent a car from either Lucknow or Bahraich and go directly to the sanctuary.

Surrounding Attractions

Quite near Katarnighat Wildlife Sanctuary is located Dudhwada National Park. The park is famous for its tigers and gharials. You can also go and visit Kishanpur Wildlife Sanctuary. If you are willing to travel a bit far, there are many historical places in the city of Lucknow. Also, you might want to just wander about in the vast undulating planes of the region, bringing yourself that much closer to Mother Nature.

About 3 hours away is the state capital of Lucknow. The Bara Imambara, the Chota Imambara, the Residency building of the British era, the Bhool Bhulaiya (labyrinth), etc create a haunting image and a memorable experience for all those who visit all along the year.

Important Numbers

Police: 100

Fire Brigade: 101

Tourism Dept.: 0522-330 30 30

Railway: 139

Medical: 108