“Wilderness at its pristine best!!!”
Comprising of two adjoining Sanctuaries of central Odisha-namely the Satkosia “Gorge “Sanctuary and Baisipalli Sanctuary, the Satkosia Tiger reserve is spread over an area of 963.87 sq.km. For better administration and upkeep, the forest has been divided into 2 parts – the northern part & the southern part.
Northern Part of Satkosia
Tikarpara is the Northern Part of Satkosia Tiger Reserve and is also known as the “Gorge Sanctuary” as the Mahanadi River narrows for seven miles as it passes through the hills of the Eastern Ghats. The place derives its name Satkosia (“sat kosh”) also due to this.
The place is bursting with flora & fauna- it’s home of the critically endangered Gharial’s, along with Mugger, Deer’s, Elephants, The Giant Malabar Squirrel, Fish Eagle, Hill Myna, Alexander Parakeets, Indian Grey Hornbill, migratory birds amongst others. If one takes into account, the total wilderness & matchless natural beauty- the gorge sanctuary is an enchanting place for nature lovers.
Located on a small hilltop, the place provides a panoramic view of the sanctuary from a height. One can spot a herd of spotted deer or elephants wallowing in the mud. The unforgettable beauty of nature gets accentuated with a hot cuppa of chai & pakoras served by the Chotkhei nature camp.
Interact with the locals and socialize with them. If they take a liking for you…they can throw open their kitchen garden for you to handpick vegetables (which the nature camp kitchen will happily cook for you) and fruits. You can also try out the local drink – Tadi- (which is essentially the fermented Date palm juice & tastes quite good.)
There are no private hotels available& since it’s a forest area, availability of the tents and cottages run by the eco-tourism cell of Odisha Forest Department is at a premium. Ensure you book well in advance.
The cottages & nature camps run by community managed eco-tourism group -an initiative of the Odisha Forest Department -makes the experience even more worthwhile. The accommodation is basic but comfortable, neat & clean and the staff is friendly and helpful. The tents have attached toilets &double beds.
For bookings for Chotkhei & Tikarpara log onto –www.ecotourodisha.com– click on Satkosia North
Email – firstname.lastname@example.org / Mgrkl.email@example.com
Chotkhei nature camp -Check in: 11 am, Check Out: 10 am.
Chotkhei Cottages – Check in: 11 am. Check out: 10 am.
Tikarpara nature camp - Check in: 11 am Check out: 10 am.
Important Contact numbers
In case of any help, one can contact the Eco-Tourism Cell, Satkosia Wildlife Division. (Near Circuit House), Angul – 759143
Ph: 06764 – 236218
Please note Tikarpara Nature camp will remain closed from 10th April 2017- 31st Oct 2017
Cottages at Chotkei would be available for bookings thorugh out the year.
Distance from Bhubaneswar – 218 KM. Nearest rail head is Angul
Nearest healthcare centre and nearest petrol pump is at Angul.
Entry point Pampasar – the gate closes at 6pm. Chotkhei is another 45 mins drive from the entry point, while the nature camp at Tikarpara is another 30 mins’ drive. So plan your trip accordingly.
During the winters - early morning and evenings are pretty cold. So take adequate warm clothing.
Being in an eco sensitive region, as a tourist it’s your duty also to preserve the nature for our future generations, behave responsibly.