Dhenkanal is a district in Odisha. It is an administrative division of Odisha and is centrally located in the geo-political map of Odisha. It is situated on the Cuttack-Sambalpur highway i.e. NH 55. The district of Dhenkanal is surrounded by both floral and faunal diversity. The rich lush green forests covering this place is a must visit for nature lovers. The Dhenkanal forests host Odisha’s natural abundance.
It is a popular belief that this district of Odisha gets its name from a Savara chief named “Dhenka” who formerly ruled over this region.
The abundance of forests has made his place a popular tourist destination. The Dhenkanal Forest Division was established in the year 1948. It had three sub-divisions namely Dhenkanal, Kamakshyanagar and Hindol of Dhenkanal district.
The forests of Dhenkanal house the ‘Kapilash Wildlife Sanctuary’. It is a famous tourist destination and a paradise for nature enthusiasts.
Kapilash Wildlife Sanctuary
Kapilash Wildlife Sanctuary houses a wide variety of flora and fauna. It is spread across a region of 125.5 square kilometers. The initiative for developing this region as a tourist place started in the year 2016. The Government of Odisha has taken major steps to overcome this task.
Flora in Kapilash Wildlife Sanctuary
One can understand the floral beauty of this place by dividing the wildlife sanctuary into three major parts. The top story are mostly deciduous. As a result of which they remain leafless for a short period of time. The middle portion constitutes evergreen vegetation. They remain green throughout the year. They species in this region includes Saraca India, Cane, Mangifera Indica etc. one can find bamboo at the foothills. The ground flora includes shrubs like Kamini, Cyrus, Nahalbeli etc. are observed here. The lateritic soil of the region supports a wide variety of floral species too. Thorny shrubs like Carissa spina rum, Flacourtia Indica etc. are seen here. These forests also host a wide variety of climbers.
Fauna in Kapilash Wildlife Sanctuary
The major faunal diversity includes Barking deer, Elephant, Sambar, Mouse Deer, Peacocks, Pangolin and other varieties of reptiles. There also exists monkeys, Jungle cats, Leopards etc. in here.
Kapilash Wildlife Sanctuary is full of picturesque locations. Lush green forests coupled with a wide variety of wildlife. This makes this place a wonderful place for wildlife fans.
More about Dhenkanal Forests
Dhenkanal has the highest number of forests present for the conservation in the whole of Odisha. Rupabalia Reserved Forest is located in Dhenkanal and is at a distance of 24 km from the district headquarters. It consists of two types of forests. One is mixed type of forests and the other one is present at the foothills are the Sal forests.
A Tourist’s Guide to Dhenkanal Forests
One can easily visit these forests and the Kapilash Wildlife Sanctuary during any time of the year. One can come here either by road for by railways. Dhenkanal has a railway station. The nearest airport is in Bhubaneswar airport i.e. Biju Patnaik International Airport. A wide range of hotels are present in Dhenkanal. One can book hotels as per one’s convenience online or offline.
This place is also ideal for photographers. The presence of wildlife makes it a hub of wildlife photography. The spectacular locations in and around the forests of this place provides wonderful landscapes. If one has the eye for photography then this place is all that person needs.
Nature lovers must pay a visit to this place.