Spanning almost a thousand square kilometres in central Odisha, some 125km northwest of Bhubaneswar, the Satkosia Tiger Reserve is a beautiful, forested riverine landscape, with the Mahanadi River and the stunning Satkosia gorge at its heart.

Few foreign travellers make it out to the reserve, which encompasses the Satkosia Gorge Wildlife Sanctuary and the Baisipalli Wildlife Sanctuary, and tourism is in its infancy. However, if you make it here you’ll be amply rewarded: the reserve has large communities of gharial and mugger crocodiles, and 164 species of bird, as well as a handful of elusive tigers. Boat trips, hikes and jeep safaris are all on offer.

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