Badamul-Southern Satkosia

Giant Malabar Squirrel at the Satkosia Forest Reserve, Badamul

 

About Southern Satkosia

If the beauty of the Northern part of Satkosia is gregarious by nature, the Southern part is a bit of an introvert, whose beauty grows on you as you go on exploring the place. The whispering ripple of the river coupled with the melodious chirping of the birds early in the morning creates a perfect symphony. You only realise you are in the jungle when the alarm calls of the Sambhar or the deer breaks the beautiful cacophony of sound.
Southern Satkosia nature camp is the fruit of perseverance of a retired school teacher Shri. Purnachandra Nayak. Set up along the PPP (Public Private Partnership) model, Shri Nayak is the secretary of the camp and an expert of the area. A guided tour of the jungles of Badamul under his supervision is a must do to understand the habitat and the place better.
The Indian Bison- Gaur, Sambhar deer, Elephants, Dholes, Wild Boar, Mugger, Jungle fowl to name a few call this sanctuary their home. If you are lucky your path’s can cross with one of the forest dwellers.

The newly installed nature camp offers a mystical experience for the nature lovers amidst the dense forests and the meandering Mahanadi River. The tents are comfortable, neat and clean with attached toilets. The camp area is fenced with solar powered fence to ward of any danger and you are in safe hands of the ever willing and helpful TIPPS staff.

One can book online – www.ecotourodisha.com – click on Satkosia South (Badmul)
Email – support@ecotourodisha.com / Mgrkl.ofdc@odishafdc.com
Ph- 0674-2531891 / 2531891
In case of need, one can contact the – DFO Mahanadi Wildlife Division
Email – mahanadiwl.dfo@gmail.com
Check in– 10 am. Check out-9 am
Ph- 06753-254015
(M) – Eco tourism cell – +91-9437287188
(M)- R.O. Chhamundia –+91-9937942315

Food: –
Don’t come with fancy expectations. Remember it’s a forest area, food is basic and hygienic. Though the ala carte offers North Indian, Bengali apart from Oriya cuisine…one should stick to the basic cuisine which is on offer.It’s a wholesome homely food which is easy on the body and enables you to undertake the nature treks and enjoy the forest without much ado. For non-vegetarians there is egg /fish/chicken on the menu.

Important Information

The Swiss tents accomodation on the river banks will remain closed from 27th March 2017 till 14th Nov 2017. Though the three AC cottages are open all year round.
Best time to visit –December to March- when the camps are located right on the river banks.
Essential Items to carry-
Trekking gear
Camera
Make sure you have sufficient cash with you as credit /debit cards don’t work
First aid kit & medicines
Mosquito repellent-during summers and rainy season
Light woolens – The winter evenings & early mornings are quite cold
The nearest health care centre and Petrol Pump is at Nayagarh-30KM from Badamul.
Often people come with huge expectations while visiting a wild life sanctuary. Please remember the denizens of the forests are generally wary of humans and keep a safe distance. You will be better advised to fill up your senses in the beauty of Mother Nature and let the WOW factor kick in when you come across something. That way you will enjoy your trip better.
The nearest rail head is at Khurda- though you would be well advised to alight at Bhubaneswar instead of Khurda, as you can get multiple options for your onward journey. The best option is to take your own vehicle or book a cab for the entire duration of your stay.
Languages spoken – The people speak predominantly in Oriya, Hindi & English. Generally, the people are down to earth & have a friendly disposition towards tourists.

 

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