Made up of two adjoining wildlife sanctuaries – Satkosia Gorge Sanctuary and Baisipalli Wildlife Sanctuary – this vast, mountainous nature reserve, 125km northwest of Bhubaneswar, comprises 964 sq km of fauna-filled wilderness. The main part of the reserve is off-limits to visitors to protect the wildlife, and as of 2016, boat rides were no longer on offer, which is good news for the wildlife, but means that there's little for visitors to actually see and do besides drinking in the spectacular scenery.
The main entry gate of the reserve is at Pampasar, 30km southwest of Angul.
You’ll need to stop by Satkosia Wildlife Division in Angul for permissions and reservations – a mere formality, but bring a copy of your passport and visa. From the train station it costs around ₹100 to get here in an autorickshaw.