Saturday, 25 July 2015

Satkosia gorge and nature camp

Some details about Satkosia from the Govt website: The Satkosia Gorge along the river Mahanadi, passes through Angul, Boudh, Cuttack and Nayagarh districts in central Orissa and is the natural habitat for the two endangered fresh water crocodilian species, the Gharial (Gavialis gangeticus) and Mugger (Crocodylus palustris). In order to protect the dwindling crocodile population, the Forest Department of the Government of Orissa with technical support from the UNDP and FAO decided to start a breeding programme of crocodiles during March 1974. As a part of this joint conservation initiative, the Gharial Research and Conservation Unit (GRACU) was started during March 1975. The GRACU had done pioneering work in crocodile conservation in India. The activities include Conservation Breeding; releasing of reared crocodiles into the wild and its rehabilitation had been some of the challenging activities carried out by the centre. Thereafter in 1976 due to the immense biodiversity values, the dense forest lands on both sides of the river Mahanadi along the gorge was declared as the Satkosia Gorge Sanctuary. Subsequently the two adjoining sanctuaries namely the Satkosia Gorge Sanctuary and Baisipalli sanctuary were combinly and declared as Satkosia Tiger Reserve during December, 2007. Core area of the Tiger Reserve lies within Satkosia Gorge Sanctuary. The reserve is spread over 4 districts; Angul, Cuttack, Nayagarh and Boudh. The tiger reserve has an area of 964 sq km with 524 sq km as core area.
And we planned for a travel to Satkosia and to stay in the camp. So we 1st checked the Odisha govt website for Satkosia.  
Welcome To Satakosia

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The 2nd address tells about the Angul district wildlife division office. We called their contact number and they told about the details of the place and how much cost per person. It was Rs1000 per person and one tent to be shared by two.
Then we took a screenprint of the map and started from Bhubaneswar to Angul.

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It took around 3hrs. In Angul wildlife divisional office, we took the permission and booked the tent for the nature camp. Then we started towards the camp. It took 30mins to reach the spot.
Here are few pics of the camp.


Here are few pics of the scenic beauty of Satkosia Gorge.


Here are few pics of the crocodile sanctuary.


One pic of the tortoise.

BUT NO PIC of TIGER as it is getting extincted day by day. A time may come when no animal will be there and human-being will need to convert itself to animal to maintain the ecosystem .
Finally we started back to Bhubaneswar the next day after taking the last pic.



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