The Katarniaghat Wildlife Sanctuary is situated in the Upper Gangetic plain falling
in the Terai of Bahraich district of Uttar Pradesh, India. The Katarniaghat Forest
provides strategic connectivity between Tiger habitats of Dudhwa and Kishanpur in
India and Nepal. The sanctuary has a mosaic of Sal and Teak forests, lush grassla
nds, numerous swamps and wetlands. It is home to a number of endangered species
including Gharial, Tiger, Rhino, Gangetic Dolphin, Swamp Deer, Hispid Hare, Bengal
Florican, the White-Backed and Long-Billed Vultures.
The sanctuary has a warm humid subtropical climate with cool & dry winters from
December to February followed by dry, hot summers from April to June. The rainy
season starts from mid-June to mid-September, when it gets an average rainfall from
the south-west monsoon winds. In winters the maximum temperature is around 20 °C
and the minimum is in the 3 °C (37 °F) to 7 °C (45 °F) range. Fog is quite common
from late December to late January. Summers are extremely hot with temperatures
rising to the 40 °C (104 °F) to 45 °C (113 °F) range, the average highs being in
the high of 30s (degree Celsius).
3. When to visit
Best time to visit the place is between 15 Nov -15 Mar, when the chances of sighting
fauna are maximum.
4. Getting there
Road - From Lucknow via Bahraich to Bichhia
Rail - Nearest Railhead Bichhia, located on Gonda-Bahraich Branch Railway line (Meter
Gauge) of NER, whereas Gonda is situated on the main Railway line from Lucknow to
By Air - Nearest Airport Amausi Lucknow - 210 km
The tourist campuses at Motipur and Kakraha are jungle theme locations offering
a treat of nature and thrill to adventurous tourists visiting the place. There are
a total of four cottages available at each place for now, and all cottages promise
a magnificent view of the sal forest making the traveler's visit a memorable one.
1. Safe & Secure campus
The visitors are housed in newly built air conditioned ‘Tharu huts’ located at Motipur
and Kakraha campuses in the sanctuary. The campuses are properly walled and provide
complete safety to the visitors.
2. Food & Canteen
Canteens are located at Motipur and Kakraha campuses, where food is served on fixed
menu basis at specified timings. The visitors are requested to place their orders
for dining after arrival with the canteen manager/reception. Charges for breakfast
are included in room tariff, while other meals are chargeable extra.
3. Nature Guide facilities for interpretation
Trained nature guide are available at both Motipur & Kakraha campuses for the purpose
of guiding tourists and interpretation of the sanctuary while on visit inside. These
guides have been registered with the UP Forest Department and are helpful in spotting
wildlife during the trip. As per the regulations for the visitors, taking one such
guide per vehicle is mandatory for all tourists.