Balasore, Nov 1 (LocalWire) Kuldhia Sanctuary, bestowed with natural beauty and home to varieties of flora and fauna, was thrown open for the tourists today.
Tourists throng this sprawling sanctuary, spread over an area of 272.75 square km in Nilgiri block of Balasore district, to enjoy its serene and scenic beauty and see wild animals like leopards, elephants, deer and other threatened species like porcupines, bison and pangolins.
The authorities have made all arrangements for safety of visitors to the sanctuary where the footfall increased after facilities were made for day visit and provision of night stay at Gohirabhol in the buffer zone to attract more tourists and promote-eco-tourism.
The sanctuary area was closed for visitors due to rainy season and opened today after withdrawal the monsoon, the sources said.
With an investment of Rs. 96 lakh, four tents have been installed by the department since 2017 to provide accommodation for two persons each with washroom and kitchen facilities. Provision of round-the-clock water supply through bore wells and power through solar panels have also been made for the tourists besides a watchtower for better view of the sanctuary area.
Moreover, to ensure safety of tourists, trenches have been dug and solar fencing installed around the sanctuary area, the sources said.
A visitor for night stay would pay Rs 1,000 for a bed and another Rs. 500 for food. One can see elephant herds near the salt pits and other wild animals coming up to the water tanks, said an official of the department.
The tourists can witness the wildlife from Jodachua, Purunapani, Mukhachaturi, Chemcheta, Raisia , Gadasimulia and the forest rest house.
The department provides guides to the tourists. Except fish and egg , other non vegetarian foods are prohibited in the sanctuary, the sources said.