Satkosia Gorge Wildlife Sanctuary
Aerial view of Satkoshia gorge. By Government of Odisha - From Twitter account of Naveen Odisha, CC BY 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=82614325

Satkosia Gorge Wildlife Sanctuary

Satkosia Gorge Wildlife Sanctuary is located in the Angul district of Indian state Odisha. It is named after the fomous gorge on the Mahanadi river. The word “Satakosh” means “seven miles” in Odia and the gorge is approximately over 22 kms at a stretch hence the gorge is named as “Satakosia”. The sanctuary exist on the north side of the Mahanadi river including the gorge and river bed. This sanctuary with Baisipalli Wildlife Sanctuary forms the Satkosia Tiger Reserve.

Flagship Animals: Gharials and Royal Bengal Tiger.
Notified Area: 795.52

Elevations: 900 meters mean sea level
The sanctuary was designated in 1979.

The best time to visit the sanctuary is from October to March.

Satkosia Gorge has aunique geomorphology feature as Mahanadi cuts it through the Eastern Ghats, forming a wonderful gorge having lush virgin moist deciduous forest on both the sides. The gorge is special habitat for aquatic fauna and flora.

Flora

Deciduous forests including Sal (Shorea robusta), bamboo forest and riverine forest mixed.

Fauna

Mammal

Royal Bengal tiger, leopard, Asian elephant, giant squirrel, sambar, wild boar, gaur, jungle cat, chausingha (four-horned antelope), barking deer, common langur and spotted deer etc.

Reptiles

Gharial, mugger and many other reptiles such as lizards, snakes including python and king cobra.

Avifauna

Jungle birds as well as water birds along the gorge.

Sanctuary Specific Activities

River Cruise

River cruise along the 25 km long gorge with beautiful forests on both sides.

Camping

Comping the sands of Mahanadi river.

Approach to Satkosia Sanctuary

Nearest Airport: Bhubaneswar (170 km)

Nearest Railways Station: Angul (60 km)

Road: Badkera on NH 55 (45 Km)

Satkosia Gorge has aunique geomorphology feature as Mahanadi cuts it through the Eastern Ghats, forming a wonderful gorge having lush virgin moist deciduous forest on both the sides. The gorge is special habitat for aquatic fauna and flora.

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