Boating facility will start in the 22-km long Mahanadi gorge in Mahanadi wildlife division of Satkosia Tiger Reserve from November 1.
Satkosia is a tiger reserve located in the Angul district of Odisha covering an area of 988.30 square km.
It will be a 45-minute ride and professional boatmen have been trained to handle boating within the demarcated area. Tourists can take the boat from Badmul, a fishermen village.
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Boating was not part of eco-tourism in Satkosia as a restriction had been imposed to maintain the serenity of the gorge, which is home to muggers and gharials.
To increase tourist footfall, however, the authorities decided to introduce the facility in a one-km buffer area only.
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