Satkosia sands resort : perfect weekend getaway from Kolkata and Bhubaneswar

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1st Feb 2019
Photo of Satkosia sands resort : perfect weekend getaway from Kolkata and Bhubaneswar by Madhurima Roy
Day 1

A completely spontaneous weekend plan to surprise my husband on his birthday , it's been quite a gem of a find at such a short notice .

LOCATION :
Satkosia sands resort is a nature camp organised and maintained by the government of Odisha.The resort itself is situated surrounded by the jungles of satkosia tiger reserve , on the banks of river Mahanadi at Badmul. The river flows peacefully through the Satkosia gorge between the mountains and it's a beautiful sight to behold in itself

TIME TO VISIT : The resort stays open from October to February, though the best times to visit are the months of Dec and Jan

HOW TO BOOK: Online booking can be done on the government website of Odisha : www.ecotourodisha.com
The website has all the details regarding most nature camps and natural reserves in Odisha and is quite reliable to book from .One gets an online generated e receipt after the booking is completed that one has to print and carry while visiting the resort.

HOW TO REACH : Satkosia is 125 km from Bhubaneswar station, that's approximately 3 and a half hours on road by car .
Nearest airport is Bhubaneswar airport 123 km from Satkosia .

We started off our journey on a Friday night in the month of February from Howrah station .we took the PURI HWH exp at night , and reached our destination Bhubaneswar early morning at 6 am
We hired a car from the station itself ,and drove all the way to Satkosia . The roads are excellent to and from the resort , and it's quite a pleasant roadtrip as we leave the city. We reached our destination at 10 : 30 am .

The entrance to the resort lined by bamboo trees forming a natural boulevard to welcome the visitors.

Photo of Satkosia sands resort : perfect weekend getaway from Kolkata and Bhubaneswar by Madhurima Roy

The stairs leading down to the river bank of Mahanadi.

Photo of Satkosia sands resort : perfect weekend getaway from Kolkata and Bhubaneswar by Madhurima Roy

The foot bridge leading down to the eating area .

Photo of Satkosia sands resort : perfect weekend getaway from Kolkata and Bhubaneswar by Madhurima Roy

Array of Swiss tents glistening in the winter sun , with the mountains and the clear blue sky keeping them company.

Photo of Satkosia sands resort : perfect weekend getaway from Kolkata and Bhubaneswar by Madhurima Roy
Photo of Satkosia sands resort : perfect weekend getaway from Kolkata and Bhubaneswar by Madhurima Roy

Dining area at satkosia nature camp.

Photo of Satkosia sands resort : perfect weekend getaway from Kolkata and Bhubaneswar by Madhurima Roy

The other side of the footbridge leading to AC cottages built on the sides of the mountain.

Photo of Satkosia sands resort : perfect weekend getaway from Kolkata and Bhubaneswar by Madhurima Roy

we had booked an AC Swiss tent  by the mountain side with an aerial view of the river bank under the canopy of trees lining the mountains.

Our abode for this trip .

Photo of Satkosia sands resort : perfect weekend getaway from Kolkata and Bhubaneswar by Madhurima Roy

Bougainville of different colours blooming nearby .

Photo of Satkosia sands resort : perfect weekend getaway from Kolkata and Bhubaneswar by Madhurima Roy
Photo of Satkosia sands resort : perfect weekend getaway from Kolkata and Bhubaneswar by Madhurima Roy

The view from our Swiss tent verandah.

Photo of Satkosia sands resort : perfect weekend getaway from Kolkata and Bhubaneswar by Madhurima Roy
Photo of Satkosia sands resort : perfect weekend getaway from Kolkata and Bhubaneswar by Madhurima Roy

After freshening up , we set off for the boat ride exclusively for the both of us on the river Mahanadi which was already included in the tour package as booked from the government website : www.ecotourodisha.com

First view of the majestic river .

Photo of Satkosia sands resort : perfect weekend getaway from Kolkata and Bhubaneswar by Madhurima Roy

Our speed boat assigned for the boat ride.

Photo of Satkosia sands resort : perfect weekend getaway from Kolkata and Bhubaneswar by Madhurima Roy

No filters needed for this spectacular sight .

Photo of Satkosia sands resort : perfect weekend getaway from Kolkata and Bhubaneswar by Madhurima Roy

It's a different feeling altogether to be surrounded by nature .

Photo of Satkosia sands resort : perfect weekend getaway from Kolkata and Bhubaneswar by Madhurima Roy

The lush green forests of the satkosia tiger reserve by the banks of the river.

Photo of Satkosia sands resort : perfect weekend getaway from Kolkata and Bhubaneswar by Madhurima Roy

The first crocodile we spotted here sunbathing without a care in the world .

Photo of Satkosia sands resort : perfect weekend getaway from Kolkata and Bhubaneswar by Madhurima Roy
Photo of Satkosia sands resort : perfect weekend getaway from Kolkata and Bhubaneswar by Madhurima Roy

A family of tortoises spotted as we passed by ..it almost seemed that they were posing for the camera itself !

Photo of Satkosia sands resort : perfect weekend getaway from Kolkata and Bhubaneswar by Madhurima Roy
Photo of Satkosia sands resort : perfect weekend getaway from Kolkata and Bhubaneswar by Madhurima Roy
Photo of Satkosia sands resort : perfect weekend getaway from Kolkata and Bhubaneswar by Madhurima Roy
Photo of Satkosia sands resort : perfect weekend getaway from Kolkata and Bhubaneswar by Madhurima Roy

Try to spot the Croc in the picture !

Photo of Satkosia sands resort : perfect weekend getaway from Kolkata and Bhubaneswar by Madhurima Roy
Photo of Satkosia sands resort : perfect weekend getaway from Kolkata and Bhubaneswar by Madhurima Roy

Back from the boat ride we set out for a simple lunch cooked by the local folk at the resort . Satkosia sands resort has helped a lot of natives living in the nearby villages here . Most of the employees here are local village folk, and the food cooked by them gives one the true essence of authentic Odia cuisine .

Lunch served to us was a simple meal of
white rice, daal, alu chokha, a veg curry with cauliflower , potatoes and peas ; chicken curry , red tomato chutney and papad.
Multiple servings are allowed , and one can order egg curry or chicken pakoda etc from the menu too .

The meal was served steaming hot.

Photo of Satkosia sands resort : perfect weekend getaway from Kolkata and Bhubaneswar by Madhurima Roy

post meal , next on our to do list was the evening program performed by traditional folk dancers and singers native to this part of Odisha.It was a very lovely and energetic performance with folk beats ; and it's needless to say that one doesn't need to understand the language to enjoy the performance .

The staff at the resort were very helpful and were more than welcome to share stories about that region with us .the evening rolled on with hot cups of ginger tea, onion pakoda and potato pakoda.

Late evening, by 7 30 pm the cultural program wrapped up for bonfire night .

View of the campsite from our tent as the sun set behind the mountains leaving behind a beautiful hue of purple in the clear sky .

Photo of Satkosia sands resort : perfect weekend getaway from Kolkata and Bhubaneswar by Madhurima Roy

Our campfire set up by the river exclusively for us as we sat below a clear sky full of stars .

Photo of Satkosia sands resort : perfect weekend getaway from Kolkata and Bhubaneswar by Madhurima Roy

The gorgeous night sky , cool breeze , the fire ablaze and the cool sand below our feet ...perfect evening amidst the Lap of nature .

Photo of Satkosia sands resort : perfect weekend getaway from Kolkata and Bhubaneswar by Madhurima Roy

A campfire was built exclusively for us at the sandbank of the river Mahanadi. The property is huge and there was enough space for everyone to have a private bonfire and enjoy the beauty of nature .

We wrapped up the bonfire night with a sumptuous dinner and went off to bed early  in order to catch the sunrise next morning .

Day 2

Day 2 started early as our guide came up to our tent with hot piping tea at 6 : 30 am , we set off with him for nature walk.

A forest trail well known by the guides here to experience the nuances of the forest . We saw a few birds and wild squirrels that morning ,along with footprints of deers.

A very cloudy morning sky greeted us.

Photo of Satkosia sands resort : perfect weekend getaway from Kolkata and Bhubaneswar by Madhurima Roy
Photo of Satkosia sands resort : perfect weekend getaway from Kolkata and Bhubaneswar by Madhurima Roy

The trails through the forest with the sun peeking through the trees.

Photo of Satkosia sands resort : perfect weekend getaway from Kolkata and Bhubaneswar by Madhurima Roy

The golden rays of early morning sunshine bounced off the foliage as it lit up in different shades of green .

Photo of Satkosia sands resort : perfect weekend getaway from Kolkata and Bhubaneswar by Madhurima Roy

The trail ends through a clearing leading down to the river .

Photo of Satkosia sands resort : perfect weekend getaway from Kolkata and Bhubaneswar by Madhurima Roy
Photo of Satkosia sands resort : perfect weekend getaway from Kolkata and Bhubaneswar by Madhurima Roy

post nature walk , and breakfast we got ready to check out and start our journey home via Bhubaneswar railway station .
It was a wonderful weekend spent away from the hustle bustle of the city , and a perfect place if you would like to forget the world in the lap of nature for a few days.
The air is absolutely clear here , hence the beautiful clear skies and continuous humming of the crickets which adds more to the experience .

Photo of Satkosia sands resort : perfect weekend getaway from Kolkata and Bhubaneswar by Madhurima Roy

signing off for now , Hoping that you guys would enjoy the trip as much as we did !

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