One of the most enchanting terrains covered by forests of mixed deciduous nature, this sanctuary was established in 1976. It includes a 22 km long satakoshia gorge, where the Mahanadi River with monumental force cuts through the Eastern Ghats, a dazzling sight for the visitors. The area was once a natural habitat of big cats, but now rarely sighted.
The Rescue and Rehabilitation Centre at Tikarpada to protect the endangered species of the protect the endangered species of the crocodiles is a must see for wildlife enthusiasts. The sanctuary harbours a varied species of avifauna that include Indian adjutant stroke, red jungle fowl and Indian pitta. The place is also ideal for angling and boating.
A forest lodge located at the strategic place inside the sanctuary offers basic accommodation and with the special permission of the forest office, camping can also be arranged.