1. General Information

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.

2. Climate

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

  1. Road - From Lucknow via Bahraich to Bichhia
  2. 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 Gorakhpur
  3. 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.