The Mandasaru Gorge ecosystem, located in the eastern part of Odisha’s Kandhamal District, is one of India’s last remaining secret wildernesses. The valley is known as the “Silent Valley of Odisha” due to its unpredictable weather, stunning natural beauty, and diverse wildlife. The 15 km stretch is surrounded by 22 hills, the highest being Saashimaha Manda Hill (3280 feet above sea level).
The Mandasaru Gorge, also known as Gdang Kutti, has six waterfalls, two of which are perennial and the rest are non-perennial. Water from the four falls (Beingumaha, Kaadigdapa, Prisibrunda, and Keragaadu) forms the Naputimaha perennial stream, which flows down the gorge and through the forest before meeting one of Rusikulya’s tributaries.
The Accommodation Mandasaru Valley Nature Camp is located on a hilltop with a panoramic view of Mandasaru Gorge. There are two watch towers, a children’s park, a plantation, a dining hall, four cottages, a watch tower room, and even a grotto within the resort grounds. Mandasaru Valley Nature Camp is located on a hilltop with a panoramic view of the Mandasaru Gorge. The resort area includes two watch towers, a children’s park, a plantation, a dining hall, six cottages, and a grotto.
The vegetation of the gorge is divided into three categories: tropical dry deciduous forests, tropical moist deciduous forests, and tropical semi-evergreen forests. The flora in the gorge is represented as:
- There are 52 species of grass.
- 36 species of orchids
- 59 species of pteridophytes.
- 1 species of gymnosperm
- There are 70 species of bryophytes
- There are 72 lichen species and 130 fungi, 34 of which are edible mushrooms.
Aside from these, the gorge is home to over 06 species of medicinal plants, 16 species of plants classified as threatened or endangered, and three species that are endemic to the gorge.
How to Reach, Destination Facilities, Destination Attractions, Transportation, Accessibility
Ideal Time to visit
The Ideal time to visit Mandasaru Nature Camp is from November to June.
Mandasaru Nature Camp’s opening time is Monday to Sunday 10 am to Evening 6 pm
Nearest Railway Station
The Nearest Railway Station is Berhampur, which is located around 152 KM distance from Mandasaru Nature Camp.
Nearest Bus Stop
The nearest Bus stop is Daringbadi, which is located around 33 KM distance from Mandasaru Nature Camp
The Nearest Airport is Bhubaneswar, which is located around 248 KM distance from Mandasaru Nature Camp.