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Park Name
Satkosia Gorge Wildlife Sanctuary (745.52 Kms)
State
Odisha
Country
India
Santuary Type
Any, Wildlife Sanctuary, Tiger Reserve
Best Time to Visit
Any, October, November, December, January, February, March, April
Overview
Satkosia Tiger Reserve is a tiger reserve located in the Angul district of Odisha, India covering an area of 988.30 km2. It is located where the Mahanadi River passes through a 22 km long gorge in the Eastern Ghats mountains.

The tiger reserve is located in the Eastern Highlands moist deciduous forests ecoregion. The major plant communities are mixed deciduous forests including Sal (Shorea robusta), and riverine forest. Satkosia Gorge Wildlife Sanctuary was created in 1976, with an area of 796 km². Saktosia Tiger Reserve was designated in 2007, and comprises the Saktosia Gorge Wildlife Sanctuary and the adjacent Baisipalli Wildlife Sanctuary.

Satkosia spreads along the magnificent gorge over the mighty river Mahanadi in Odisha. Established in 1976 as a wildlife sanctuary, Satkosia is a paradise of immense scenic charm. It is one of the best ecosystems in the country, representing a diverse floral and faunal extravaganza.

The name Satkosia originates from two words; sat meaning seven and kos meaning two miles, indicating the length of the gorge as 14 miles or 22 km. The area was declared as Satkosia Tiger Reserve in 2007, comprising two adjoining wildlife sanctuaries; the Satkosia Gorge sanctuary and Baisipalli sanctuary. The Reserve is spread over 4 districts like; Angul, Cuttack, Nayagarh and Boudh.
The reserve has an area of 963.87sq km with 523.61sq km as core area. The area is also a part of the Mahanadi elephant reserve. Satkosia is the meeting point of two bio-geographic regions of India; the Deccan Peninsula and the Eastern Ghats, contributing immense biodiversity.

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The Tiger Reserve is mainly accessible on the North from Angul town, the district headquarter via Pampasar, the main entry gate, which is about 30 kms. from Angul. Angul is 160 kms from State Capital, Bhubaneswar. Similarly, the Southern Part of the Tiger Reserve on the other side of River Mahanadi is approachable from Chhamundia. It is the main entry gate of Mahanadi Wildlife Division through Nayagarh, the District headquarter, which is 90kms away from the State Capital. Also can be approached from Kusanga which is 70 kms. from Boudh, the District Head Quarter. The nearest Rail head on the Northern side is Angul and Khurda Road in South. One can travel by air to the Biju Patnaik International Airport, Bhubaneswar to proceed to the Satkosia Tiger Reserve.

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