Kalahandi (South) Forest Division

District: Kalahandi
Geographical Extent: Longitude 82° 30'E and 83° 28'E & Latitude 20° 1'N and 19° 10'N
Climate: Temperature - In summer: 45ºC, in winter: 6ºC and average rainfall is 1385 mm
 

This Kalahandi South forest division was bifurcated from erstwhile Kalahandi division in 2003. The headquater is located at Bhawanipatna , Kalahandi district is The entire sanctuary area comes under karlapat range of kalahandi south division with head quarter is at Bhawanipatna. The sanctuary was notified u/s 18 of Wildlife Protection Act.1972 vide Notification o.24498-8F-41/92FE Govt. of Orissa.Karlapat inhabits healthy for its elephant population and serves as a crucial corrider for the elephants i.e. Karlapat-Ueladani elephant corridor.

Flora

The Upper storey consists of :Arjun (Terminalia arjuna),Asan (Terminalia tomentosa),Bahada (Terminalia belerica),Bija (Pterocarpus marsupium),Dharua (Anogeissus latifolia),Haldu (Adina cordifolia),Harida (Terminalia chebula),Jamun (Syzygium cumini) along nallah bank,Kendu (Diospyros melanoxylon),Kusum (Schleichera oleosa),Moi (Garuga pinnata),Mundi (Mitragyna parviflora),Sissoo (Dalbergia latifolia),Sidha (Lagerstroemia parviflora),Simul (Bombax ceiba),Teak (Tectona grandis) The middle storey :Amla (Emblica officinalis),Bandhan (Ougenia oojenensis),Bheru (Chloroxylon swietenia),Chara (Buchnania lanzan),Karla (Cleistanthus collinus),Kumbhi (Careya arborea),Khair (Acacia catechu),Siris (Albizzia lebbek),Sunari (Cassia fistula) Ground flora:Bana Khajuri (Phoenix acaulis),Gange siuli (Nyctanthus arbortristics),Gindhi (Indigofera pulchela),Kurei (Holorrhena antidysenterica),Ranikathi (Flemengia chapper),Mirgachara (Grewia elastica),Dhatuki (Woodfordia fruiticosa),Muraphal (Helecteres isora) Climbers:Asadhua (Caparis zeylanica),Atundi (Combratum decandrum),Gaj (Milletia auriculata),Latapalas (Butea superba),Muturi (Smilax macrophylla),Patchurimia (Ventilago calyculata),Satabari (Asparagus racemosus),Siali (Bauhinia vahili) Grasses:Basana (Bethriochlooa pterma),Bena (Khus-Khus) (Vetiveria zizanoides),Broom grass (Thysanolaena maxima),Chhana (Imperata arundinacea),Dhanwantary (Cymbopogon martini),Phurphuri (Eragrostis unioloides),Sinkulia (Heteropogon conturtus),Sabai (Eulaliopsis binata),Tenda (Sacharrum spontaneum)

Fauna

The residents of this division includes Leopard,Chital,Sambar,Barking deer,Wild pig,Porcupine,Rufous tailed hare,Common Langur,Indian Elephants,Sloth Bear,Pangolin,Hyena,Jackal,Indian civet,Jungle cat,Common lizard,Indian Chameleon,Monitor lizard,Cobra,Rusels viper,Bonded Krait,Python,Ferguson toad,Common Indian toad,Common tree frog,Indian skipper frog.

Set-Ups
Administrative set-up (Range, Section, beats): Ranges- 7, Sections- 24,Beats- 84
EDC/JFM set-up: EDCs - 10, VSS - 0
Management set-up (RF/PRF/DPF/UDPF/VFs): No. of RF- 4, No. of PRF- 2, No. of DPF- 0, No. of UDPF- 0, No. of VF- 0
Major Attraction
  • Phurlijharana waterfalls is key tourist attration.People from Bhawanipatna and surrounding districts visit the place for "day picnic".In peak season people from Jharakhand,Chatishgarh and West-Bengal do visit the place.
  • Natural movement of wild animals inside the forests.
  • The luxuriant growth of forest trees providing impenetrable cover to the hill slopes with good Vegetation,in and Jacum.
  • Maa Mani Keswari temple,adjacent to old palace.
  • Ravandhara waterfalls which is 10km from Bhawanipatna.
  • Dokrichanchara waterfall near Ram Mandir,Dharamgarh which is 45km from Bhawanipatna.
  • Vadanta Alumina which is Lanjigarh 55km from Bhawanipatna.
Salient Detail
HQ Address: AT/PO-Bhawanipatna, Dist:- Kalahandi Ralway station Road,Padampur.
Contact officer: Range Officer, Karlapat sanctuary range, Bhawanipatna. Divisional Forest Officer, Kalahandi South Forest Division.
Places to see: Phurlijharan, Jakam wooden guest house,etc.,

Kalahandi Forest Division



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