Debrigarh Nature Camp nestled on the bank of Hirakud Dam and Reservoir (743 Sq.Km) is inside the famous Debrigarh Wildlife Sanctuary. Debrigarh Sanctuary is popular for having healthy population of wild animals and easy sighting of wildlife by the visitors. Debrigarh Nature Camp is 40 Km away from Sambalpur Town approachable from Hirakud and Burla township through right dyke of Dam.
Debrigarh Sanctuary spreading over 347 Sq Kms is an excellent habitat for Leopard, Bison, Sambar, Elephants, Wild Boar, Chital, Chousingha, Wild Dog, Porcupine, Nilgai etc and being flanked by the Hirakud Reservoir (right dyke of Hirakud Dam) attracts thousands of birds to the landscape. Eco-tourists can see variety of wild animals while trekking by foot or by vehicle on the forest road from Dhodrokusum to Chourasimal (20 Kms) all along the reservoir and large groups of Bisons are commonly seen here. The sanctuary is home to more than 40 species of mammals, 234 species of birds, 41 species of reptiles, 12 species of amphibians, 42 species of fishes, 39 species of odonates, 85 species of butterflies and is important Internationally because of significant population of Leopard, Bison and Chousingha. The sanctuary is also famous for its beautiful landscape and magnificent waterfalls.
Throughout the year visitors can stay in Debrigarh Nature Camp inside the wilderness of the sanctuary. Without disturbing the nature while moving inside the sanctuary the eco tourists can see Bisons, Sambars, Chitals, Peacocks, Wild boars and other animals and birds moving from one transact of the forest to the other. Visitors will be thrilled to see the vast stretches of Sal forests on the bank of Hirakud reservoir dotted with meadows and forested islands.
Places of interest :
- Zero Point : Close to the Debrigarh Nature Camp towards Jawahar Minar at the end of Right Dyke is Zero Point. Visitors move along the twisted road to reach zero point you can see the vast Hirakud Reservoir on one side the Hirakud Dam and Debrigarh Sanctuary on the other side of the horizon from the Dyke itself. Driving on the Dyke is a memorable experience.
- Hirakud Dam : Built across river Mahanadi,Hirakud Dam is the longest earthen dam in the world. It is 25 Kms long including 20 Kms of Dyke and stands across the river Mahanadi spanning between two hills.
- Hirakud Reservoir : Spreading over 743 Sq Kms Hirakud Reservoir is the biggest artificial lake in India. From Gandhi Minar & Neheru Minar the reservoir can be extensively viewed. Visitors can also visit the Power House, Nehru Park of Hirakud Dam and famous Samaleswari Temple at Sambalpur, Ghanteswari Temple and Chiplima Hudroelectric Project at Chiplima, Leaning Temple at Dhama on River Mahanadi which are located nearby.
- Leaning Temple of Huma (Sambalpur): The Leaning Temple of Huma in India is one of only two leaning temples in the world. It is located in Huma, a village situated on the bank of the Mahanadi, 23 km south of Sambalpur in Odisha. While the edifice leans, the pinnacle of the temple is perpendicular to the ground. The temple is dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva.
- Other Places : Nehru park (Hirakud) , Samaleswari-Temple (Sambalpur), Gandhi Minar (Hirakud)
Where To Stay :
Debrigarh Nature Camp has 13 nos of luxury rooms with all modern facilities. All the rooms are well furnished and are with classy furnishings to make night stay comfortable. The beautiful view of the Hirakud Reservoir from the room adds to the indulgence making the Nature Camp an ideal holiday gateway. Hirakud reservoir/Lake is the largest manmade reservoir of India spreading over 743 Sq.Km. All the accommodations in the Nature Camp are Lake facing. At night often wild animals visit the backyard of the Camp foraging all through.
Debrigarh Nature Camp is managed by the local community and variety of food is prepared and served by them to the visitors in nature camp. The restaurant/ dinning is just on the edge of Hirakud Reservoir where eco tourists can have full view as well as night view of the reservoir. Food is included in the tariff for the eco-tourists
How To Reach :
By Road :
|Bhubaneswar||Sambalpur Via Dhenkanal – Angul||289 km||6 Hr 29 Min|
|Kolkata||Sambalpur via Kharagpur||565 km||11 Hr 48 Min|
|Sambalpur||Debrigarh||35 km||59 Min|
|Bhubaneswar||Sambalpur||279 km||6 Hr 40 Min|
|Cuttack||Sambalpur||275 km||5 Hr 45 Min|
|Howrah||Sambalpur||564 km||11 Hr 15 Min|
By Air :
Nearest Airport : Bhubaneswar (Biju Pattnayak International Airport)