While Odisha is home to so many wildlife sanctuaries, what's special about Tikarpada is its efforts towards bringing back the endangered gharials (crocodiles). The gharials that find their home here, were reintroduced in the Mahanadi River ecosystem to increase the level of their population. Settled in the Angul District of Odisha and taking over an area of 795.52 km2, the wildlife sanctuary is also a popular tourist attraction as it also harbours distinct varieties of turtles, snakes, and avifauna. What pulls in travellers more for a sightseeing tour here is the Satkosia gorge formed by the Mahanadi River that makes its way through the hills surrounding Tikarpada. The wildlife sanctuary also lets its adventure lovers revel in activities like trekking, river rafting and angling on their tour to this wildlife sanctuary.
Flora and Fauna
Popularly known for breeding gharials in its realm, Tikarpada Wildlife Sanctuary is also famous for its diverse species of flora and fauna. Leopard, spotted deer, tiger, rhesus macaques, Indian Pitta, red jungle fowl and pangolins are some of the fauna species that one can spot in this tourist place of Odisha. Along with that, Tikarpada is also visited by travellers who love getting a sight of the avifauna species circling in the sky which includes migratory and indigenous birds.
Best Time to Visit
If you are planning to visit Tikarpada Wildlife Sanctuary then the months from October to February are considered the best time to visit here. One can revel in all the activities offered at the wildlife sanctuary as the weather stays bonny.