The tiny village of Tikarpada (120 km from Dhenkanal and 58 km from Angul) has one of the splendid settings in the world. It offers some of the most exciting visuals of the satkosia gorge, India’s mightiest gorge. It is is located in the districts of Angul, Boudh, Cuttack and Nayagarh. It is spread in an area of 795.52 sq km. River Mahanadi cuts it along the eastern ghats and has formed magnificent gorge which is unique of its kind in India. This place has become an attraction for nature lovers due to its sylvan beauty and excellent natural features. The main attraction of this place is the 22 km. long gorge (known as Satkosia gorge) formed by river Mahanadi, dividing this place into two distinct parts accessible respectively from Angul, Boudh and Nayagarh. The area supports moist deciduous forest, dry deciduous forests and moist peninsular sal forests and is stronghold of tiger,leopard,elephant,gaur,sambar,spotted deer,mouse deer,nilgai,choushingha,sloth bear,wild dog etc., varieties of resident and migratory birds reptilian species (gharial,mugger crocodile,fresh water turtle,poisonous and non-poisonous snakes etc.). Major attraction of the sanctury is the gorge,river Mahanadi,the Gharial Research and Conservation Unit at Tikarapada,hill slopes,various tracking routes and boating.