Satkosia Sands Retreat, a forest retreat on the banks of the River Mahanadi
Satkosia Tiger Reserve in the Angul District of Odisha is a picturesque place, with rivers, green hills, and a dense forest. On the bank of the River Mahanadi, Satkosia Sands Resort at Badmul is well placed amidst the heavenly natural beauty. The property is on the foothills of majestic mountains facing the Satkosia Gorge of majestic Mahanadi River rushing through the golden sandbars. The property gives you the chance to encounter wildlife like Spotted Deer, Sambar, Leopards, Dholes, and Wild Cats, or sun-basking Crocodiles on the white sands on a wintery morning.
The eco-resort has stay options in luxurious AC cottages and tents on the slope of the mountain facing the Satkosia gorge. Also, there are Swiss Cotton tents pitched on the Sandbar of the River Mahanadi. The place is perfect to soak in natural beauty and relax, with the chance to experience the local culture too.
Accommodation : There are four different accommodations at Satkosia. Good news for large groups, Satkosia can accommodate more than 50 – 60 adults at a time.
Check In 11:00 AM
Check Out 10:00 AM
Satkosia Outdoor Activity:
Jungle Trek : Through the hills, there are a number of trekking routes. A stroll along them with the veteran eco-guides can be a memorable experience for the tourists. If you are lucky enough you can also do some wildlife spotting over here.
River Experience : Boating in the Satkosia gorge in River Mahanadi, or swimming in the waters, sunbathing on the banks are good leisure activities for the vacation in here.
Wildlife and Bird-Watching: Badmul is a great place to see migratory birds. The migratory birds in this region are Brahminy ducks, Bar-headed geese, Pintails, Thick-knees, Lapwings etc. The common resident birds include Pied Hornbills, Peafowls, Kingfishers, Egrets, Cormorants, River Terns, Doves, Woodpecker, Golden oriole, Barbets, Minivets, and Sunbirds. The animals found here generally are – Elephant, Tiger, Sambar, Spotted Deer, Barking Deer, Sloth bear, Indian gaur etc. along with crocodiles and turtles on the bank of the river.
But as everywhere spotting wind life is not guaranteed here. But one thing can be said that this place will certainly give you the feel of a real jungle.
Local Culture : Tourists can get a glimpse of the Odisha culture and tradition by watching the local folk dance, which can be arranged with prior request.
Stargazing : The clear sky over the river and gorge in winter is perfect for star-gazing, without any external light source.
Satkosia Nearby Attractions
Phulbaniand Daringbadi: 2 to 3 hours journey from the property, these places are famous tourist destinations for the Waterfalls, Mountain ranges and Tribal Cultures over the landscape.
Gharial Research and Conservation Unit : In Tikarpada, this center does important research and rearing program on Gharial and Mugger crocodiles.
Nilamadhav Temple : A very old and famous Vishnu temple in Kantilo, on the bank of Mahanadi, surrounded by to the twin hills and forests. A religious place for the Hindus, with great natural beauty.
Kuanria Deer Park and Kuanria Dam : The dam site and adjacent deer park is a tourist favorite place where around 50 variety of migratory birds flock during winter.
How to Reach Satkosia
Rail : The nearest rail-station is Khurda Jn. From there it is nearly 88 km away which takes 2 hours 30 minutes to reach by car.
Air : The nearest airport is Bhubaneswar (Biju Patnaik International Airport), 113km away and takes a car 3 hours and 30 minutes to reach the place.
Road : From Kolkata, the property is approximately 546 km away and it takes around 10 hours to reach by car.
Best Time to Visit
You can visit the sanctuary during the months of October to February.
Winters that is December and January are is the best time to visit and enjoy nature here
Swiss Cotton Tents : INR 3894 + 15% GST and Convenience Charges per day per room
AC Cottages on Mountain Slope: INR 5192 + 15% GST and Convenience Charges per day per room
AC Tents on Mountain Slope : INR 4543 + 15% GST and Convenience Charges per day per room
Non AC Camping Tents : INR 2476 + 15% GST and Convenience Charges per day per room
Kids between 1 to 3 years are complimentary
Charge for kids above 4 years would be INR 1000 for foods and lodging. (Pay at the destination)
INR 750 for foods and lodging Maximum. (Pay at the destination)
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