A proposed Tiger Reserve stands proudly in the newly constructed Nuapada district close to the boundary of Chhatisgarh state on the western fringe of Odisha. Eleven magnificent waterfalls, mystic caves at Ranimuhas, splendid archaeological sites at Giribaman, the firm fort of Jumlagarh and the bird observation points at Jalki and Raital Bandh in Maraguda are some of the major attractions for the tourists visiting this Sunabeda wildlife sanctuary.
Spread over a sprawling area of 600 sq kms, the sanctuary is an ideal habbitata for Barasingha. Declared as a Sanctuary in 1983, Sunabeda is home to 32 tigers and 36 leopards. Hyena, Barking Deer, Chital, Gaur, Sambar, Sloth Bear, Hill Myna, Pea Fowl, Partridge and a number of reptilian species also inhabit the sanctuary.
Sunabeda Wildlife Sanctuary is a grass covered plateau adjoining Udanti and Sitanadi Sanctuaries of Chhatisgarh State. This sanctuary also works as a migration link for rare wild Buffaloes between the states of Odisha and Chhattisgarh. Its also is a part of the tourist route linking Nrushinghanath, Harishakar, Patal Ganga, Patora Reservoir and Jogeswar Temple.
Source – Internet