Balukhand Wildlife Sanctuary
Balukhand Sanctuary, covering an area of 72 square kilometers, this sanctuary was established in 1984 to protect the shoreline nesting sites of olive ridley and green sea turtles. There are various groups of black buck existing on land. The best time for a visit is between October to May.
This sanctuary is situated at convenient location along sea coast between Puri a jid Konark. The flora of the area includes casuarina, anacardium, neem, tamarind, karanja, etc.
The prominent fauna include blackbuck, spotted deer, monkey, squirrel, jungle cat, hyena, jackal, mangoose and variety of birds and reptiles.
Puri is located just 3 km. from entry point of the sanctuary and the Puri-Konark marine drive passes through it.
By Air : The nearest airport at Bhubaneswar is 70 kilometers from here.
By Rail : The nearest railway station is at Puri situated at a distance of about 10 kilometers.
There are eight forest rest houses for the facility of night accommodation. For booking and reservation the Divisional Forest Officer, Puri Forest Division, P.O. Khurda, District Puri may be contacted.