How to reach Satkosia Tiger Reserve :
The Tiger Reserve is 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 in Gania block of Nayagarh district. It is the main entry gate of Mahanadi Wildlife Division through Nayagarh, the District headquarter, which is 90 kms 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.
How much time required to visit Satkosia Tiger Reserve :
If you are visiting Satkosia Tiger Reserve from Pampasar side, you will require half an hour to reach Tikarapada tourist place by vehicle. Further to visit GRACU, Interpretation Centre and to stand along you require at least another half an hour. The site of Tikarapada gets closed at 5.0 pm in the evening.
From Tikarapada, you will require 15 minutes to reach Purunakote tourist site located on small hillock. You can have a cup of tea / snacks in the canteen run by TIPPS. Thereat while enjoying the animals in the meadow.
From Purunakote, you will require 30 minutes to reach Chhotkei tourist place to enjoy the panoramic view from another hill top. You can have tea / snacks at the canteen run by TIPPS.
The site at the Pampasar is closed to tourist at 6.0 pm. Therefore, you need to another 45 minutes for Chhotkei to reach the entry side at Pampasar.
Similarly one can visit Satkosia Tiger Reserve form Chhamundia side. From Nayagarh one can travel by road to Chhamundia via Khandapada and Gania within a time span of one hour and thirty minutes. The journey carries a thrilling experience of nature i.e. river Mahanadi in one side and hill Manibhadra on the other side, There stands a gate at Chhamundia to regulate the entry in to the Satkosia Tiger Reserve From Chhamundia, one can travel up to Badmul, There is possibility of encounter with wild animals.
Further from Kusanga side, One can approach Satkosia Tiger Reserve by road travel either from Boudh or Nayagarh. Near Kusanga, the temple of Goddess Kankei on river bank adds and extra attraction to the virgin natural beauty. The area being an abode of wild animals, one can avail the opportunity of sighting them. Nature lovers and bird watchers can walk around and discover the unspoiled wilderness through nature trail.
Important Tourist Point
Important tourist points within Satkosia Tiger Reserve on its northen side are Tikarapada, Chhotakei, and Purunakote.
Tikarapada giving intense nature camping experience, overnight stay is fascinating and unforgettable.The place is full of natural beauties. River Mahanadi, the largest river in the state is at its most beautiful and also most fearful shape at Satkosia.A Nature Interpretation Centre at Tikarpada supplements an ecotourist's search for subject and thrill.You can gain vast knowledge about the Gharial Crocodile from the Gharial Research and Conservation Unit.Boating (in permissible area) on the river Mahanadi and viewing the majestic gorge and towering mountains on the both sides, one can sight plenty of crocodiles basking on the sand banks.Nature walking: Nature lovers and bird watchers can walk around and discover the unspoiled wilderness through the nature trail. For this you may contact DFO, Satkosia Wildlife Division.
Chhotkei is the community run nature camp located on a hill top at 8 kms away from Purunakote, providing a scenic view of the Satkosia Tiger Landscapes. In the vicinity if lucky, you may come across group of elephant wallowing in the mud in the forest visible from this place.
Purunakote provides a lot of scenic beauty and heavenly pleasure to see the herd of Chital thronging the meadows in the front of Pamapasar Rest House. Apart of this, you may get chance to encounter indigenous hill myna, sambar, giant squirrel.
Important tourisy poin of Satkosia Tiger Reserve on its southern side are Badmul, Sapapathar, Kuanria etc.
Badamul provides a lot of scenic beauty and heavenly pleasure. One can encounter with herd of Gaur and sambar. Also there is chance of coming across Giant squirrel and Hill myna. Boating inside river Mahanadi is an addition to the thrilling experience inside nature. The deep blue waters of river Mahanadi seems to be the unique creation of God for nature lovers.
Sapapathar is a massive rock bed of black granite surrounded with deep wilderness inside Baisipalli sanctuary. One can approach the spot through nature trail and experience the on forgettable moments of inter acting with nature. Possibility of encounter with elephants, Leopards, Wild boar, Jungle fowl etc may not be ruled out.
Kuanria a place on the out skirt of Satkosia Tiger Reserve at a distance of 50 Kms from Nayagarh on NH leading to Bolangir and 40 Kms from Chhamundia through Satkosia Gorge Sanctuary and Baisipalli Sanctuary. . One can visit the deer park and Interpretation centre at Kuanria and there from Baisipalli Sanctuary can be visited to enjoy the virginity of nature with very rich biodiversity.
Right of Entry
Visitors are to obtain prior permission from Pampasar/ Chhamundia/ Kusanga tourist counter on payment of cash . At Pampasar and Chhamundia Entry Gates, they are to pay fees at the following rates while entering into the Tiger Reserve.