Dalma Wildlife Sanctuary is located 10 km from the city of Jamshedpur, Jharkhand, India. It was started in the year 1975 and it is a notable wildlife sanctuary and contains significant population of Indian Elephants.
Dalma Wildlife Sanctuary is situated around the Dalma Hills. Dalma Wildlife Sanctuary is a much larger area starting from Chandil to 40 km east.
Dalma Wildlife Sanctuary is about 100 km from the capital city Ranchi, and 15 km from the steel city Jamshedpur. The wildlife sanctuary runs parallel to the NH-33 with hills as high as 915 m from sea level. Dalma Sanctuary is spread over 193 km2 of forests of East Singhbhum and Saraikela-kharsawan districts of the state of Jharkhand.
The forests of Dalma come under the category “Dry peninsular Sal” and “Northern Dry Mixed Deciduous Forest“. Most part of Dalma forests shed leaves in the summer and attains its full bloom at the onset of monsoon. The forest cover is denuded up to 90% because of selective pilferage by timber mafia over many years thereby creating harsh conditions for animal inhabitants here. its true.
The wildlife sanctuary has elephants, barking deer, sloth bear and porcupines as the main inhabitants. Famous for holding many elephants and other animals, which come downhill during the monsoons and winter and enter nearby villages and towns of Jharkhand and West Bengal. This occasionally leads to conflicts between man and elephants.
Beside elephants there are Indian giant squirrel, sloth bear, barking deer, wild boar, porcupine, mouse deer, pangolin and mongooses in the sanctuary. Commonly seen birds in the sanctuary are the falcons, golden oriole, Indian tree pie, paradise fly catchers, grey hornbills, Indian peafowl, different varieties of king fishers, herons, egrets, mynas, pigeons, racket tailed drongo, magpie robins etc.
Accommodation conveniences are available in the forest guest house. The best time to visit is from October to June. Bookings can be made from the Forest Range Office, near Payal Talkies, Mango, Jamshedpur. An application needs to be submitted and accommodation can be availed for Rs. 600.