Kotgarh Wildlife Sanctuary is a protected wildlife area, situated in the Baliguda subdivision of Kandhamal district of Odisha. The sanctuary is protected by the wildlife act of 1972. It spreads over an area of 399.5 kilometre square. The sanctuary is classified as a moist deciduous forest in the Eastern Highlands and is home to 52 tribal settlements, including Kutia Kondh and Desia Kondh.
The sanctuary consists of dense moist deciduous forests with grasslands. The dominant flora includes Sal, Piasal, Sisoo, Kendu, Gamhar, Asan, Kusum, Harida, Bahada, Amala, Mango, Tamarind, Mahua, Jackfruit, Randhan and many more.
Mammals: Tiger, Elephant, Gaur, Sambar Deer, Spotted Deer, Peafowl, Red Jungle Fowl, Black Buck, Leopard, Sloth Bear, Chital, etc.
Birds: Various types of birds are found here.
Reptiles: Several reptile species, including rare species like Boiga forsteni are found in the sanctuary.
The ideal time to explore the sanctuary is during the months of October to April. During this time, the weather remains pleasant.
Nearest Train Station: The nearest railhead is located at Berhampur on S.E. Railway, about 180 km away from Muniguda.
Nearest Airport: The nearest airport is located at Bhubaneswar which is 291 km away from Balliguda.
Road Accessibility : Bus can be taken from Baliguda bus stand to reach the sanctuary.