Bhadrak Wildlife Division

District: Bhadrak
Geographical Extent: Longitude 86° 14' E to 87° 05' E & Latitude 20° 43' N to 21° 15' N
Climate: maximum temp- 39° C and minimum temp- 14°C

Bhadrak (Wildlife) Division came into existence with effect from 1st October, 2003 in pursuant to reorganization of Forest & Environment Department Notification No.1F (A)-100/2003-13228 dated 08th August, 2003 of Govt. of Orissa, F&E Department. This Division was formed by carving out a portion of the Baripada Forest Division and a portion of Mangrove (Wildlife) Forest Division, Rajnagar with headquarters at Bhadrak. The Jurisdiction of Bhadrak (Wildlife) Division is the entire geographical area of Bhadak Revenue District and thus boundary of the Division is co-terminus with boundary of the Revenue District. The Headquarters of Bhadrak (Wildlife) Division is presently located at Chandbali with effect from 05.04.2006. However, the Divisional Forest Officer is attending the camp office at Bhadrak three days a week as per Govt. of Odisha, F&E Department Notification No.1F (A) Misc-2/2013-4674 dated 04th March, 2013. As per district statistical report the total Geographical area of the Division is 2505 Sq. Km. and forest area is 53.32 Sq. Km. This Division has four Ranges, their head quarter at Bhadrak, Dhamanagar, Chandbali & Basudevpur respectively.


The forest cover of this Division is almost pure mangrove forest and its few associates. The important species present including plantations are Avicennia alba, Ipomoea pes-carpae, Canavalia maritime, Hydrophlyx maritime, Sesuvium portulacastrum, Cascuta reflexa, Avicennia marina, Avicennia officinalis, Sonneratia alba, Sueda maritime, Sesuvium portulacastrum, Casuarina equistifolium, Azadirachata indica, Pongamia pinnata, Opuntia stricta, Ficus bengalensis, Calotropis gigantia, Ziziphus oenoplia, Acacia auriculiformis, Tamarindus indica, Borassus flabellifer, Sueda nudiflora, Vernonia cinera, Tylophora tenuissima, Ipomoea tuba etc.


The mangroves support rich marine life including crabs, prawns, mudskippers and variety of fishes which form the base of biological pyramid. Besides, mangrove sustains a wide range of reptiles like watermonitor lizards, pythons, king cobras, kraits, other snakes and mammals such as fishing cat, mongoose, otter etc. The mangrove wetland serve as a potential habitat for variety species of birds. Apart from that, the rivers like Baitarani, Mantei and Salandi supports fauna like crocodiles.

Administrative set-up (Range, Section, beats): Ranges- 4, Sections- 10,Beats- 31
EDC/JFM set-up: EDCs - 20, VSS - 44
Management set-up (RF/PRF/DPF/UDPF/VFs): No. of RF- 0, No. of PRF- 1, No. of DPF- 0, No. of UDPF- 9, No. of VF- 21
Major Attraction
  • Aradi: On the bank of river Baitarani about 35 KM from Bhadrak, Akhandalamani Temple is the abode of Lord Shiva. The chief interest of the place is its legendary history for which it shares a significant position in the tourism.
  • Aharapada: The Temple of the Goddess Bhadrakali is located in the outskirts about 10 KM from Bhadrak town. As per the nomenclature of the goddess one tends to believe that it is the goddess Kali who is being worshiped in this Bhadrakali Pitha. Since the deity is seated on a lion, one school of thought has opined that the goddess can be no other than the goddess Durga.
  • Palia: Sri Biranchinarayan Temple is in Palia village, which is located 15 KM south of Bhadrak, on the way from Bhadrak to Chandabali. The standing Biranchi Narayan Temple stands as evidence of the heritage of Surya Upasana in Odisha. Biranchi Narayan is another name for Lord Surya, the Sun God of light and lustre. Architecturally, the temple can be dated to the 13th century. It was renovated and reconstructed in the beginning of the 20th century by the generosity of a local zamindar.
  • Dhamara: The temple of the Goddess Dhamrai is at Dhamara a small coastal town-ship, where the river Dhamra meets the Bay of Bengal. The place is about 60 KMs from the Bhadrak town in the eastern direction. The temple built by the then king Sailendra Narayan Bhanjadeo by the year 1953 got destroyed and the remains even was washed away into the sea. Subsequently, it has been renovated and people worshiping the deity.
  • Dhamara port: Dhamara port is the second port of this district which is about 90 KMs away from Bhadrak town. Dhamra Port is well sheltered between the mainland and Kanika Sands Island on the mouth of the river Dhamra. The location of Dhamra is in close proximity to the mineral belt of Orissa, Jharkhand and West Bengal and its dedicated connectivity will help serve this hinterland with the greatest efficiency. It occupies a distinct place in Odisha's trade and navigation.
  • Chandbali Port: It is an ancient port on the bank of river Baitarani, around 55 KMs from Bhadrak town. At present it acts as entry point for the tourists to Bhitarkanika National Park through river system.
  • Eram: This famous place of sacrifice located at about 50 KM away from Bhadrak town. One side of this land is bounded by the Bay of Bengal and the other three sides are surrounded by two rivers the Gameye and Kansabansa. Secured by these natural boundaries this place is used as a citadel by the freedom fighters. Eram is popularly known as Rakta Tirtha (The Pilgrim of Blood).
Salient Detail
HQ Address: Bhadrak Wildlife Division, Chandabali At/P.O./P.S- Chandbali,, Dist- Bhadrak, Odisha
Contact officer: Divisional Forest Officer, Bhadrak Wildlife Division, Chandbali.
Key activities: Forest & Wild animal protection, awareness for ecological preservation, plantations, etc
Programmes: Conservation awareness activities, Wildlife health programmes, Eco- Development programmes, etc.
Places to see: Aradi, Aharapada, Palia, Eram, Dhamara, Chandbali etc.

Bhadrak Wildlife Division

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