Bhitarkanika National Park
Amidst what we call a mini-amazon, the getaway seeking tourist is sure to find his or her happy place in the Bhitarkanika National Park, a home to flora and fauna which blend peacefully to create a soothing ambience. Scientists, scholars, nature lovers, curious tourists, and many more come to Bhitarkanika all year round to marvel at its wonders.
The park plays witness to 215 species of birds, including winter migratory birds from Europe and central-Asia.
An overwhelming sight in Bhitarkanika are the Giant Salt water crocodiles, but even more so is the partially white crocodile which is a rarity.
The mangrove forests in the park home the vicious King Cobra, Water Monitor Lizard and Indian Python. Around 4 hectares of land plays host to a large number of water birds every year during June to October. The Asian Open Bill, Cormorants, Darters, Black Ibis, Egrets and many more frequently visit the area near Suajore creek at the sanctuary.
The boat ride from Khola to Dangmal and back is something everyone must try. It is highly recommended to also travel through the artificial Khola creek. It lies along an artificial creek and passes through thick forests letting you sneak a glimpse into the wealth and richness in fauna at Bhitarkanika. It is recommended to travel through this creek in the early morning or just before the sun sets.
The most significant feature of the park’s wildlife is the nesting place of resident water birds in a small island locally known as Bagagahan. Researchers counted about 70,000 birds including forty two thousand bird hatchlings in Bagagahana during a four-day-long bird census a few years ago!
Bhitarkanika also has a very rich historical and cultural past. It is said that the erstwhile king Kanika would hunt here. Evidence of this remains in the hunting towers and artificial watering holes which are still visible at a large number of places including Bhitarkanika trail and at Dangmal. Certain medieval temples also dot the area.
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