Bhitarkanika (Kendrapada) Jan 15 (LocalWire) : Get ready to visit the Bhitarkanika Wildlife Sanctuary in Odisha’s Kendrapada district, considered as a mini Amazon.
This mangrove wetland forest in the state covers a huge area of 659 km and spread across the delta of the Baitarani and Brahmani rivers.
The presence of numerous crocodiles has earned it the nickname of ‘Mini Amazon Forest’.
With its lush green mangroves, Bhitarkanika is also home to turtles and migratory birds.
The beautiful tranquil environment, the sounds of sweet chirping birds and serene nature – all of these are truly enjoyable.
You will come across the “Bhitarkanika Wildlife Sanctuary”, “Bhitarkanika National Park” and “Gahirmatha Marine Sanctuary” around this total reserved forest in the area.
The Gahirmatha Marine Sanctuary is located in the east of the Bhitarkanika National Park, separated by swampy region.
• What to see in Bhitarkanika National Park
Bhitarkanika National Park is an excellent place to see the saltwater crocodiles, which grow up to a height of 23 feet in length.
One can also enjoy seeing many other reptiles like the monitor lizard, snakes like king cobra, etc.
Similarly, at every primary location across the park, one can find the spotted deer and wild boars.
The Gahirmatha Marine Sanctuary, located nearby the Bhitarkanika National Park, is the nesting place of olive ridley turtles.
Between December and March, these turtles can be seen laying their eggs on the sea beach, providing awesome views.
Every year, nearly 120,000 birds visit this place in the winter, especially during November and December.
• When to visit
It is open for tourists from August to May. It can be visited between 9 am to 5 pm.
The park is however closed from May to July due to the monsoon and census of the crocodiles.
• Where to stay
One can find a good night staying facility at the park.
Sand pebbles jungle resort is a luxury resort located within the park. Other alternatives options for stay include forest bungalows and camps.
The tariff of the room in the park ranges from Rs 4,000 to Rs 6,000 per night.
• How to reach
The best time to visit Bhitarkanika is between November and January so that one can enjoy the ultimate beauty of nature.
It is situated in Kendrapara district and is approximately 170 km from Bhubaneswar.
It takes around 4 hours from Bhubaneswar to reach there.
The nearest railway station is Bhadrak, which is nearly 100 km away from the national park.
One can also reach the national park by taking a boat from Chandbali, which takes around 2 hours.
The national park is also connected to other parts of the state by road network.