Set up in 1962, Ushakothi wildlife sanctuary is sprawling in an area of 285 sq kms. It is located at a distance of 22 kms from the silk city of Sambalpur on NH6 connecting it with Kolkata. The majestic Hirakud Dam lies on the west of the Sanctuary. This small pristine wildlife reserve is home for many wild beasts and serves as abode for numerous flora and Avi fauna. Its wild wealth and natural beauty make it a splendid location for ecotourism, tourists from distant locations flock here to witness this great biodiversity called Ushakothi.
The watch towers installed within the sanctuary provide a good view of the animals flocking the nearby watering points at night. Jeeps are also available from the forest office. Accommodation is available at the Forest Rest House, Badrama, 3 km away. Guide and spot lights are available with the Forest Range Officer against nominal charges.
Ushakothi Wildlife Sanctuary – Ushakothi or Badrama Sanctuary in Yavatmal, Odisha (Orissa) has a population of tigers, leopards, panthers, sloth bears and elephants in addition to the sambal, gaur, chital and nilgai. The dense deciduous forest flanked by the Wardha and Penganga rivers covers 130 sq. km and is one of the smaller sanctuaries of Odisha (Orissa).