Satkosia Sanctuary, which is popularly known as Satkosia Gorge Wildlife Sanctuary is Orissa’s one of the famous wildlife sanctuaries. The latest deal of wildlife reserve is the Gharial Breeding Project; which has attracted a lot of tourist’s attention.
The bucolic green sanctuary covers an area of 1330 square kilometers and it was established in 1976. River Mahanadi divided the entire area into two parts and it is situated between the districts of Budh, Angul, Nayagarh, and Cuttack.
The sanctuary is especially admired by wildlife enthusiasts, nature lovers, scientists, and adventure freaks, in a similar manner. The land under the Angul subdivision is relatively hilly and houses heavy groves, moist and dry brief forests, and dynamic flowers like Khalsi and Genwa.
Places to visit at Satkosia Gorge
The permission of tourism is only 269 square kilometers of the total area. One can analyze the wild side of the sanctuary by visiting Baghmunda, the home area of the tigers. The Athamallik-Chhendipada-Telkoi corridor, Satkosia-Khalasuni corridor, and Kapilas-Rebena corridor are the three main hallway through which the elephants travel and which can be mainly seen by the tourists.
Separate from the main part of the sanctuary, you have tour places like Tikarpara which offers beautiful views of the gorge and Rambling River. Hati Girga, known for the watchtower; Labangi, which is situated on a hilltop.
Things to do in Satkosia Gorge
Apart from exploring the forests for various kinds of animals, one can also enjoy the scenic views and can go for activities like trekking, elephant rides, night safaris and boating which are provided by the Forest Department.
How to Reach
Bhubaneswar is the nearest Airport.
The nearest railway station is Cuttack
Buses ply to Angul from Bhubaneswar and Cuttack at regular intervals. One can then reach Satkosia Gorge from Angul by bus. The entry point is located at Pamapsara, at a distance of around 30 kilometers from Angul.
Located in: Nayagarh
Nearest Airport: Bhubaneswar
Nearest Railway Station: Cuttack
Best Time to visit: October to February