1. General Information

The Katerniaghat Wildlife Sanctuary is situated in the Upper Gangetic plain falling in the Terai of Bahraich district of Uttar Pradesh, India. The Katerniaghat 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 grasslands, 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. Destination Description

Katerniaghat Wild life Sanctuary is part of Dudhwa Tiger Reserve Lakhimpur kheri. The total area of Katerniaghat Wildlife Sanctuary is 400.09 sq.km. which is a part of the core area of Dudhwa Tiger reserve. There is a buffer area of 150.03 sq.km. contiguous to the sanctuary mostly in motipur and kakrha ranges of the division. The forest area of the Sanctuary has its characteristic complex of sal forests tall grasslands and riparion ecosystem of Girwa and Kaudiyala streams of Ghaghra river. The Sanctuary having mosaic of diverse habitats is very rich in biodiversity and is have various endangered species of mammal, plants and avifauna.

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4. Area Geographic

Total area of Katerniaghat wild life division in 551.02 sq.km.

Best time to Visit

15 Novermber to 15 June Next year.

5. Climate

The whole of the area is subject to the climatic variations typical of the plains of northern India with their extremes of heat and cold . The winter nights area very cold and foggy and heavy dews fall regularly , with the result that the vegetation remains damp for most of the day. The days at this time of the year are cool and bright . Forests occur generally in January. The nights remain cool and dew falls until late in the spring, the hot weather commencing in April and lasting and lasting until the rains break towards the end of June .Heavy monsoon rains fall from then onwards until October and give, with the winter rains, and average annual fall of about 1300 mm. The prevailing winds are from the east, but during the hot weather there are often strong west winds, and mild hurricanes from the north and west accompanied by showers.

6. Fauna

Mammals - Panthera pardus (Guldar) , Panthera tigris ( Tiger), Felis viverrina (Fishing cat), Macaca mulatta (Monkey), Presbytis entellus (Langur), Heprpestes edwardsi (Mongoose), Herpestes auropunctatus ( small indian Mangoose), Viverricula indica ( small Indian civet), Canis aureus (Jackal), Mellivora capensis (Honey Badger), Lutra perspicillata ( smooth Indian Otter), Boselaphus tragocamelus ( Blue bull), Axis axis ( Spotted Dear), Axis porcinus (Hog Dear), Muntiacus muntjak ( Barking Dear), Cervus duvaceli (Swamp Dear), Cervus unicolor ( Sambar), Sus scrofa ( Wild Boar), Rhinoceros unicornis (Great Indian Rhino), Elephus maximus (Asian Elphant), Lepus nigricollis (Hare) .

Birds- Podiceps ruficollis (Dabchick), Pelicnus philipensis (spotbilled pelican), Phalacrocorax carbo ( Large Cormorant), Phalacrocorax niger (Lillte cormorant), Ardea cinera (Grey Heron), Ciconia ciconia (White Stocrk), Ciconia nigra ( Black strock), Threskiornis aethiopica (White Ibis), Gyps indicus ( Indian Longbilled Vulture), Pandion haliatus ( Osprey), Gallus gallus ( Red jungle Fowl), Grus antigone (Sarus Crane), Amaurornis phoenicurus ( whit Breasted water hen), Ninox scutulata ( Brown Hawk owl).

Reptiles – Magar, Ghariyal, Python, Sandboa, Banded crate , Rusel viper , Rat snake and all kinds of Fishes.

7. Flora

Katerniaghat Wild life Division Bahraich has been declared Sanctuary in the year of 1976 and also included in Project Tiger in year 2003. In the flora it is dominantly Sal Forest with its associates tree species like Terminalia alata (Asna) , Lagerstroemia parviflora (Asidha), Adina cordifonia (Haldu), Mitragyna parpiflora (Faldu) , Gamelina arborea (Gahmhar), Holoptelea intgrifolia (Kanju), Acacia catechu ( Khair), Pterocarpus marsupium (Vija sal) , Kydia calyina (Poola), Lannea coromandelica ( Jhigan), Toona ciliata ( Toon). Shurbs like- Murraya koenighii (Kath neem), Grawia hirsuta (Van Tulsi), Mallotus phillipensis (Rohni). Grass like – Phragmits karka(Narkul), Cynodon dactylon (Doob), Vetiveria zizanioides (Khaskhas), Erianthus munja (Moonj) etc.

8. How to get there

The main centre of the WLS, Katerniaghat is approximately 105 km. away from the district headquarter, Bahraich. From New Delhi, following routes can access the WLS:

  • (i) By road: Delhi- Moradabad- Bareilly_-Shahjahanpur-Milani-Palia-Nighasan –Katerniaghat (approximately 500 km.) Alternatively, there are regular bus services connecting New Delhi and Rupaidiha via Nanpara . Nanpara is well connected with Katerniaghat by bus (approximately 72 km).
  • (ii) By rail Delhi –Bareily (Northern Railways ) Mailani Bichhia (Northeastern Railways) , followed by bus to Katarniaghat . There are frequent bus services between Bichhia Katerniaghat. From Lucknow, one can take following routes.
  • (i) By road Lucknow–Barabanki-Bahraich–Nanpara Mihinpurwa-Katerniaghat (approximately 240 km. ) Alternatively, Lucknow–Sitapur –Lakhimpur –Shardanagar –Bichhia-Katarniaghat (approximately 210 km.)
  • (ii) By rail Lucknow-Sitapur-Lakhimpur –Mailani-Palia-Tikunia-Bichhia , followed by bus to Katerniaghat (approximately 340 km.) Alternatively, Lucknow–Barabanki–Gonda-Bahraich–Nanpara-Mihinpurwa-Bichhia followed by bus to Katearnighat (approximately 3291 km.) The Sanctuary is not very far from Dudwa National Park , the aerial distance being approximately 12 kms. The nearest airport is Nepalganj in Nepal, about 80 km from Katarniaghat . The next nearest airport is at Lucknow .An airport is Palia is likely to be operational soon.

9. Important Natural attraction :

Besides beautiful forest of Sal and teak viewing of Tiger , Leaped, Gangetic dolphin , Maggar, Ghariyal and many other rare species of wildlife area main attraction of the area.

Terai jungle, Grasslands, Wetlands, Ghariyal, Dolphin, Swamp Deer, Boating, Migratory Birds

10. Cultural aspect

In vicinity of this sanctuary there are Tharu villages . Tharu are tribal people residing here from ages. They have the own culture and living methods which may be point of attraction for visitors.

Important Contact Number


Name of Institution


Phone number


Office of F.D. Dudhwa National Park Lakhimpur kheri.

Lakhimpur Kheri



Office of Divisional Forest Officer Katerniaghat Bahraich

Forest Colony Sufhipura Bahraich .




11. When to visit

Best time to visit is between 15 Nov -15 Mar, when the weather is favorable and chances of sighting fauna are maximum.

12. 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 Gorakhpur By Air-Nearest Airport Amausi Lucknow - 210 km The forest of Katerniaghat, situated in Bahraich district in the foothill of Himalayas are exquisitely beautiful with majestic sal trees dominating the landscape. The Girwa river flowing through these forests is home to many water birds as well as Crocodiles, Gharils as well as Gngetic Dolphins. The Girijapuri bairaj on the Ghaghra river becomes home to migratory birds during winter months.


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. In order to preserve the sanctity of the jungle environment and to maintain the delicate balance of the forest eco system, we do not have televisions in the rooms and we cannot guarantee mobile phone or internet connectivity at the resort. We request our guests to respect the jungle environment.

14. 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.

15. 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.

16. 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.

17. Boating/Jungle Safari

The tourists can also enjoy boating in Giriwa river and jungle safari facilities, during the visit. Our safari takes you through the sanctuary in an open 4x4 gypsy, with some of the most knowledgeable guides at the wheel. Keep your eyes peeled for pugmarks, and mobile phones off. There's plenty to see: Gharials, crocodiles, herds of spotted deer, peacocks in frenzy, paradise flycatchers, and crested serpent eagles. Pray hard enough and you may just earn an audience with the reigning big cats in this area.

18. Cottage for evening movie shows and other events

The campus houses a grand cottage for evening film shows and other events, e.g. meetings, birthday celebrations etc. The cottage is provided to the guests free of cost.

19. The place offers following activities to the visitors during their stay at Motipur

Onsite Nearby Local Area features
Boating Bird watching Nearby Holy Sites of Buddhism, e.g. Shrawasti, Kushinagar, etc.
Jungle safari Trekking Visit to border towns at Indo -Nepal border
Nature trail Glimpses of Local tribal culture
Evening movie on wild life

Boating Bird watching Nearby Holy Sites of Buddhism, e.g. Shrawasti, Kushinagar, etc. Jungle safari Trekking Visit to border towns at Indo -Nepal border Nature trail Glimpses of Local tribal culture Evening movie on wild life

Major Attraction

Pristine sal forests with their characteristic rich biodiversity, big cats like leopard and tigers, deers like Barahsingha and sambar and monkeys offer thrill to the visitors.

Various birds, reptiles and insects along with changing landscape offer great opportunities to the visitors. Boating in Girwa river is a wonderful experience.


Location & Approach:

Katerniaghat is 500 km. from Delhi.

How To Reach:

Visitor Information

When to Visit: December to 15th June

  1. Nearest Railway Station : Bichhia
  2. Nearest Bus Station : Mihimpurwa
  3. Nearest Airport : Amausi Lucknow

Latest NEWS


Booking for Dudhwa National Park, Motipur, Kakraha and Katerniaghat are open. Visit to forest area is permitted now.