The Tikarpada Wildlife Sanctuary located in the village of Tikarpada, Angul district, Orissa is a famous sanctuary that houses a varied species of fauna and flora. Spread across an area of 795.52 km2, the wildlife sanctuary is encircled by the fantabulous Satkosia gorge, a 22 km long gorge formed by the flowing Mahanadi amidst bounteous hills. A “Rescue & Rehabilitation Centre” situated in the Mahanadi eco system aids in the sustainment of various endangered crocodiles.
The wildlife sanctuary houses numerous species of fauna such as tigers, pangolins, Indian pitta, red jungle fowl, Indian adjutant stroke etc. some of the other species found here are rhesus macaques, leopards, spotted deer, wild cats. Moreover, one can also spot various species of birds and enjoy bird watching here. Adventure lovers can bask some activities here like water rafting, angling, game sighting etc. A trek around the lush green Sal forests & the environs is the best way to explore the true beauty of this region. The Gharial Sanctuary located in Tikarpada is the breeding place for Gharials that are later released into the Mahanadi River (their natural ecosystem). The Sanctuary also comprises species of snakes, turtles, crocodiles etc.