Chandaka-Dampada Sanctuary

Forest Division : Chandaka (Wildlife) Division
District : Khurda
Date of Notification : 30-12-1985
Notified Area : 193.39 sq. Km

Chandaka Sanctuary is a wildlife reserve located in north western fringe of Bhubaneswar in the Indian state of Odisha.Chandaka –Dampara Wildlife Sanctuary comprises major forest area i.e. notified forest blocks of Chandaka Wildlife Division. This Protected Area is notified in the Orissa Gazette vide Notification No.21 dated 7th January 1994.

Quick Facts
  • It is a popular destination for solitude seekers, hunt for eco-tourists, laboratory for researchers and temple of learning for all.
  • Chandaka Wildlife Sanctuary was declared primarily to preserve wild elephants and elephant habitat.
  • A variety of snakes, like the python, and the monitor lizard can also be sighted there.
  • The bird life of the sanctuary is no less significant as large number of species of birds can be sighted there.
  • Chandaka is a premier wildlife destination in Odisha.
How to reach

By Road : Chandaka in about 20 km by road from Bhubaneswar, which has good inter-state road linking all major cities in INDIA.
By Rail : Nearest Railhead is Bhubaneswar on Eastcost Rly., which has super fast trains connecting all major cities.
By Air : Nearest airport Bhubaneswar (20 km) with air connection to Bangalore, Kolkata, delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Vizag, Hydrabad.

Facilities available
  • At present, camping at Godibari (3 suites) through online booking.
  • Camping at Godibari (another 5 suites and dinning) and Deras (8 cottages, dinning & view point) are being developed and expected to be opened for visitors by October, 2017.
  • Safari vehicles (12 and 8 seaters) are expected by October, 2017 to make trips in designated circuits.
  • Watch towers at strategic locations to experience wilderness of nature.
  • Nature trails near camping sites at Godibari and Deras.
  • Interpretation Centre and Souvenir Shop at Godibari.
  • Elephant ride.
  • Adventure sports.
Salient Detail
Geographic Extent: Longitude 85°49'35" to 85°34'42"(East) and Latitude 20°12'30" to 20°26'03" (North)
Climate : Temperature - In Summer: 42°C ,In winter:11°C, Average annual rainfall is 1500 mm. Humidity - 77%(morning) and 68% (evening).
Villages : 57 villages(40 villages of Khordha District and 17 villages of Cuttack district)
Contact officer: Divisional Forest Officer Chandaka Wildlife Division Gajavihar, Barmunda, Bhubaneswar – 751003 Phone: 0674 2355885 Tele Fax: 0674 2355400 Email:
Best time to visit: Round the year.
Accommodation : Watch towers can be occupied for animal watching during day time only.

Chandaka Santuary

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