Debrigarh wildlife sanctuary comprises of Lohara and Debrigarh Reserved Forests of famous Barapahad hills of Baragarh District. This sanctuary is not only famous for the sylvan beauty with magnificent waterfalls but is also very rich in wildlife. The dry deciduous forests with varied flora and fauna attract the tourists of Odisha and neighbouring states.
The Sanctuary comprises two wildlife ranges namely, Kamgaon and Lakhanpur.
It is located in Baragarh district and easily approachable from Sambalpur and Burla.
Latitude-21 deg 28’ to 21 deg 43’ North
Longitude- 83 deg 30’ to 83 deg 46’ East.
Area: 346.91 sq.km
There is no revenue village inside Debrigarh sanctuary but there are four forest villages such as Debrigarh, Jhagadabehera, Lambipalli and Mundakati.
The famous Hirakud reservoir adjoining the sanctuary not only provides scenic beauty but also meet the water requirement of wild animals during acute summer. The beauty of the sanctuary is further enhanced by hundreds of migratory birds during winter.
Annual rainfall: 1340 mm
Winter temp. Is approximately 10 deg C,
In Summer Temp. Rise above 45 deg C.
Similipal is the land of the roar of the tiger and the trumpet of the elephant. Dense forest, rugged hilly terrain and wild animals combine to shape its wilderness. Certainly, a place for nature-sensitive visitors who can rough it out.
Semi-evergreen and moist nature of the tropical forest results in luxuriant vegetation offering ideal shelter for wild animals. An amateur may feel, there are only a few animals here. Ample evidence by way of calls, songs, sounds tell-tale marks or footprints on dust tracks, however, provide the true exciting picture.
Equally fascinating are the orderly majestic Sal sands, miscellaneous forest festooned with mosses, climbers, orchids or the narrow open valleys.
At night, when one is cozily settled in the rest house, one hears the alarm calls of Cheetal, belling of Sambar or barking of Muntjac , when a predator leopard or tiger is around. During the day, sight of conspicuous footprints of big cats and elephants make the imagination run wild.
Come May-June, a large number of orchids bloom, exotically coloured and wondrously shaped. Similipal holds 94 species of these epiphytes.
A visit to the Ramtirtha Crocodile Rearing centre near Jashipur is an exposure of different kind. It provides insight into the intricacy of nature and the man’s effort to restore the balance in nature.
The landscape is beautifully dotted with numerous small and high hills densely covered with vegetation. The highest mountain is the peak of khairiburu which is 1168 m above the sea level. Among the important waterfalls of Similipal are the Joranda (150 m) and Berehipani (400m)