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Satkosia Gorge Wildlife Sanctuary

Satkosia Gorge Sanctuary

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Satkosia Gorge Wildlife Sanctuary Overview

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The Satkosia Gorge Wildlife Sanctuary was established in 1976 in an area of 745.52 sq km. It lies on a 22 km long gorge, which is the place where River Mahanadi cuts the Eastern Ghats. The surroundings of this sanctuary comprise mixed deciduous forests containing species of sal, mahua and bahera. Earlier these forests used to be a natural habitat for tigers and leopards, but they are rarely seen now. This sanctuary has also been declared as a tiger reserve of Orissa in 2007.

The name of this sanctuary is derived from two words; 'sat' means seven and 'kosk' means two miles. These words indicate the length of the gorge of this sanctuary which is 14 miles or 22 km long. The place is also a popular camping site and also known for its ‘sunset over the gorge’.

The Satkosia Wildlife Sanctuary is a prominent site for ‘Gharials’, as this sanctuary was primarily established to protect the endangered species of crocodiles. There is also a Gharial Research and Conservation Unit at Tikarapada, which supports the purpose of this sanctuary as well as forms one of its distinctive features.

Apart from crocodiles, other fauna species found in this sanctuary include tiger, leopard, lephant, gaur, sambar, spotted dear, mouse deer, nilgai, choushingha, sloth bear and wild dog. This sanctuary is also home to several species of resident and migratory birds, along with some popular and rare reptiles like gharial, mugger crocodile, poisonous and non-poisonous snakes, fresh water turtle, etc.

It also has some interesting species of flora in the place like sal, piasal, teak, asan, bamboo karada, dhawara, etc. The list further adds the rare category of salt lick and fodder style grass accompanied by Napier grass and orchards.

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    Anandhi Ramamurthy

    Anandhi Ramamurthy0.4/5

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    Better to give a miss

    Better to give a miss, do not get clear guidance to reach the resort. Nothing to see except the green cover of the jungle. The presence of human habitation defies the logic of Tiger sanctuary. Too far from Bhubaneswar.

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