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One Night at Nature Camp of Tikorpara
It was a thrilling experience for me! When I heard that camping facility is available at Tikorpara which is inside the Satkosia Tiger Reserve and pitched on the middle of the breathtaking gorge along the pristine sand banks of river Mahanadi, I took only a moment to decide that I would spend one night at that camp.
Booking was done from the Divisional Forest Office, Angul (Orissa, India). We reached the destination at around 11 AM.
The camp was run by local community groups; they welcomed us with a cup of tea.
It was really a beautiful spot, we roam around the camp and its surroundings taking photographs and looking at the natural beauty.
They served us delicious lunch and dinner. At night there was camp fire. People enjoyed singing and dancing around the fire.
Next morning we were taken to a boat cruise, it was really exciting! I had taken several photographs of crocodiles who were taking rest at the bank of the river. It was unforgettable.
We left the camp after breakfast although none of us was really interested to leave such heavenly place.
I am publishing some of my photographs taken at this camp. Given below are some technical details of the place which I had collected from the camp management (Only for the person who are interested in wild life.)
SATKOSIA TIGER RESERVE
SATKOSIA SPREADS ALONG THE MAGNIFICENT GORGE OVER THE MIGHTY RIVER Mahanadi in Orissa. Established in 1976 as a wildlife sanctuary, Satkosia is a paradise of immense scenic charm. It is one of the best ecosystems in the country, representing a diverse floral and faunal extravaganza.
The name Satkosia originates from two words; sat meaning seven and kos (kosh) means two miles, indicating the length of the gorge as 14 miles or 22 km.
The area was declared as Satkosia tiger Reserve in 2007, comprising two adjoining wildlife sanctuaries; the Satkosia Gorge sanctuary and Baisipalli sanctuary. The reserve is spread over four districts; Angul, Cuttack, Nayagarh and Boudh.
The reserve has an area of 964 sq km with 524 sq km as core area. The area is also a part of the Mahanadi elephant reserve.
Satkosia is a meeting point of two bio-geographic regions of India; the Deccan Peninsula and the Western Ghats, contributing immense biodiversity. Boudh is the northern part of the reserve along the river Mahanadi which is managed by Satkosia wildlife Division, Angul while the southern part is under Mahanadi Wildlife Division, at Nayagarh.
The landscape is hilly with moderate to steep slopes. The general elevation is around 350 m from sea level. The gorge is around 51 m deep on the river bed at Tikarpada. The highest peak is Sunakhania at 933m.
Satkosia has tremendous genetic diversity. The forest types consist of Moist Deciduous forests, Mixed Deciduous forest, Scrub forests, Bamboo.
There are over 400 plant species comprising of 126 trees, 98 shrubs, 125 herbs and 51 climbers identified in the reserve. The main tree species are Sal ( Shorea robusta), Jamun ( Suzygium cuminii), Bija (Pterocarpus marsupium), Sissoo ( Dalbergia latifolia), Arjuna (Terminalia arjuna), Asan ( Terminalia tomentosa), Dhaura (Anogeissus latifolia), Siris ( Albizia lebbek), Bandhan (Ougeinia oojeinensis) and Haldu (Adina cordifolia). Bamboo namely Salia (Bambusa arundinaceae) and Daba (Dendrocalamus strictus) occurs extensively. Other tree species includes Ganbhar (Gmelina arborea), Bahada (Terminalia belerica), Harida (Terminalia chebula), Amla (Embolica officinalis), Mahul (Madhuca indica), Sidha (Lagerstroemia parviflora), Char (Buchanania lanzan), Kasi (Bridelia retusa), Kendu (Diospyros melanoxylon) etc.
The magnificent Phasi tree (Anogeissus acuminate), which is used for construction of the sacred chariot of Lord Jagganath is naturally seen in the reserve. The threatened species includes Kangada (Xylia xylocarpa), Patuli (Lagerstroemia speciosa), Gila (Ceasalpinia bonduc), Mirigichara (Grewia elastic) etc. there are extensive teak plantations in the reserve.
Around 38 species of mammals, 161 species of birds, 27 species of reptiles, 4 species of amphibians and 183 species of fishes are found in the reserve. The reserve has significant population of tigers (Panthera tigris), leopards (Panthera pardus), elephants (Elephas maximus), spotted deer ( Axis Axis), sambar (Cervus unicolour), chowsingha (Tetracerus quadricornis), barking deer ( Muntiacus muntijak)< bisons (Bos gaurus), wild dog (Cuon alpines), sloth bear (Mellursus ursinus), jackal (Canis aureus), giant squirrel (Ratufa indica) and porcupine (Hystrix indica). The Satkosia goege is the natural habitat of the two endangered species of fresh water crocodilians namely the gharial and muggaer. The Gorge has turtles, terrapins, crabs, mollusks and other amphibians. There are 17 tigers, 194 elephants, 30 leopards, 78 muggers and 3 gharials in the reserve.
For further details you may contact:
Conservator of Forest, Angul,
Orissa – 759143, India
Divisional Forest Officer,
Satkosia wildlife Division, Angul,
Orissa – 759143, India
Divisional Forest Officer,
Mahanadi wildlife Division, Nayagarh,
Orissa – 752069, India