Spread over four districts of Odisha — Angul, Cuttack, Nayagarh and Boudh — Satkoshia Gorge Wildlife Sanctuary came into formed after the amalgam of three sanctuaries of Raigoda, Padmatola and Mahanadi. Set amidst in the incredible landscapes of Orissa comprising the 22 km long gorge formed by Mahanadi, this premier wildlife destination is home to 128 species of birds and 38 mammals species including sizeable population of elephants and tigers. Pangolin, mouse deer, barking deer, spotted deer, samber, chousingha, Nilgai, gaur, elephant, wild boar, jackal, wild dog, wolf, leopard and other species also roam Satkoshia’s open plains and waterways. The rich flora comprises of 400 species of plants. It is the second tiger reserve of Odisha.
The Satkosia Gorge along the river Mahanadi, passes through Angul, Boudh, Cuttack and Nayagarh districts in central Orissa and is the natural habitat for the two endangered fresh water crocodilian species, the Gharial (Gavialis gangeticus) and Mugger (Crocodylus palustris). In order to protect the dwindling crocodile population, the Forest Department of the Government of Orissa with technical support from the UNDP and FAO had decided to start a breeding programme of crocodiles during March 1974. As a part of this joint conservation initiative, the Gharial Research and Conservation Unit (GRACU) was started during March 1975. The GRACU has done pioneering work in crocodile conservation in India.The activities include Conservation Breeding; releasing of reared crocodiles into the wild and its rehabilitation had been some of the challenging activities carried out by the centre. Do try to see these conservation efforts while you are there.
Thereafter in 1976 due to the immense biodiversity values, the dense forest lands on both sides of the river Mahanadi along the gorge was declared as the Satkosia Gorge Sanctuary. Subsequently the two adjoining sanctuaries namely the Satkosia Gorge Sanctuary and Baisipalli sanctuary were combinly and declared as Satkosia Tiger Reserve during December, 2007.
Core area of the Tiger Reserve lies within Satkosia Gorge Sanctuary. The reserve is spread over 4 districts; Angul, Cuttack, Nayagarh and Boudh. The tiger reserve has an area of 964 sq km with 524 sq km as core area.
Visit this beautiful Sanctuary and get close to nature.Plan accordingly so that you can enjoy a good holiday.
Best season to visit is from October to March.Carry Light cotton clothes in summer and woollen clothes in winter.Common langauages spoken are Oriya, Hindi, English & Tribal dialects.