Debrigarh Forest is nestled on the bank of Hirakud Dam and Reservoir (743 Sq.Km) is inside the famous Debrigarh Wildlife Sanctuary.
Debrigarh Sanctuary is popular for having healthy population of wild animals and easy sighting of wildlife by the visitors. Forest Nature Camp is 40 Km away from Sambalpur Town approachable from Hirakud and Burla township through right dyke of Dam.
This Sanctuary spreading over 347 Sq Kms is an excellent habitat for Leopard, Bison, Sambar, Elephants, Wild Boar, Chital, Chousingha, Wild Dog, Porcupine, Nilgai etc and being flanked by the Hirakud Reservoir (right dyke of Hirakud Dam) attracts thousands of birds to the landscape.
Nestled along the Hirakud reservoir, this Wildlife Sanctuary houses a varied flora and fauna. It comprises Debrigarh and Lohara reserve forests under the Barapahad hills of Bargarh district in Western Odisha. Among all kinds of animals found here, Indian gaur (bison) and four-horned antelope or chousingha can be easily seen in the sanctuary, which was established by the government in 1930. There are around 500 endangered four-horned antelopes in the Debrigarh forests.
Tourism inside the sanctuary is entirely managed by people of four villages. Boating facility can be availed in the protected area of the sanctuary. One of the popular sites within the sanctuary is the waterfall named Ushakothi. There is a historical side to Debrigarh sanctuary as well. During the freedom struggle, freedom fighter Veer Surendra Sai hid himself in the forests on the hilltop of Barapahar and fought a war against the British. He was captured by the British from his hideout inside the sanctuary. The total sanctuary area is 353.81 sq km and best time to visit is from November to April. Entry point to the sanctuary is Dhodrokusum.
Nearby Places –
Hirakud Reservoir -Spreading over 743 Sq Kms Hirakud Reservoir is the biggest artificial lake in India.
Nearest Rail Head-Sambalpur/ Airport-Bhubaneswar-Sambalpur Via Dhenkanal – Angul(289km)
Accommodation in Debrigarh
Debrigarh Nature Camp has 14 nos of luxury AC rooms with all modern facilities.
5 nos.AC Double Bed Room @Rs.5900 in APAI for Two Pax
7 nos.AC Double Bed Room @Rs.6600 in APAI for Two Pax
1 nos.AC Four Bed Room @Rs.7900 in APAI for Two Pax