Bhitarkanika National Park
Bhitarkanika National Park Orissa
Come Bhitarkanika : Nestle yourself with nature
Plan your day and simply enter Bhitarkanika National Park through Khola Gate in Kendrapara District just to enjoy your trip amidst nature’s bounty. Wild life, avian fauna, Mangrove and much more that would await you once you reach here and nestle yourself with nature.
The park is home to the saltwater crocodile, white crocodile, Indian python, black ibis, wild pigs, rhesus monkeys, chitals, darters, cobra, and water monitor lizard. The most famous Olive Ridley nest in Gahirmatha and other nearby beaches at a few kms distance.
Bhitarkanika has one of the largest populations of endangered saltwater crocodile in India and is globally unique with 10 percent of the adults exceeding 6 m length. Nearly 700 saltwater crocodiles inhabit the rivers and creeks. Around 3,000 saltwater crocodiles were born during 2014 annual breeding and nesting season.
As per the 2014 survey, first of its kind to be undertaken in the forest and wetland sites of the park; 1,872 spotted deers, 1,213 numbers of wild boars have made the forest areas their home. The census breakup of other mammals are monkeys - 1,522, jackals - 305, common langur - 39, otter - 38, sambar deer - 17, jungle cat - 11, fox - 10, Mongoose - 7, wolf- 7, fishing cats - 3, hyena – 1.
215 species of avian fauna including eight varieties of Kingfishers, Birds such as Asian Open Bill, Cormorants, Darters, Black Ibis, Egrets, are frequently seen in the park. Every year close to 80,000 migratory birds arrive for nesting during monsoon season.
Bhitarkanika is one among important locations of rich, lush green vibrant eco-system lying in the estuarine region of Brahmani- Baitarani in the North-Eastern corner of Kendrapara district of Odisha. The area is intersected by a network of creeks with Bay of Bengal on the East.
The alley between the meandering creeks and rivers, houses the second largest viable mangrove eco-system of India.
The boat ride from Khola to Dangmal or vice versa is highly recommended. Khola is one of the gateways into the park. This is along an artificial creek and it passes through dense mangrove forest providing a glimpse into the estuarine ecosystem and its wealth of fauna. The best time to travel through this creek is early morning or before sunset so that tourist can get the opportunity to witness crocodiles on the mud flat. Sightseeing is done on boats, which have forest department licenses.
The Swiss tents of the Eco Resort – Sand Pebbles Bhitarkanika Jungle Resort make your stay cozy and comfortable. And if you love to try your hands in catching fish, anglings are available to try your luck too.
In addition, for non-veg food lovers, what else can be more delicious than fresh prawn, crabs and fish with bonfire in the evenings to get you going and enjoying. The resort also offer various packages to worldwide tourists visiting Bhitarkanika National Park.
How to Reach Bhitarkanika National Park:
Bhubaneswar to Khola / Gupti (160 kms)
Cuttack to Khola / Gupti (140 kms)
Bhadrak to Chandbali (55 kms)
Bhadrak to Jayangar (70 kms)
Nearest Railway Station:
Bhadrak - 55 kms to Chandabali
Bhadrak - 70 Kms to Jayanagar
Cuttack - 140 kms to Khola / Gupti
Bhubaneswar - 160 kms to Khola/Gupti
Bhubaneswar Airport – 160 Kms
What To See:Bhitarkanika National Park
, Kalibhanja Diha
, Dhamara Port
, Dhamarai Temple
, Brahmani River
, Udabali Sea Beach
, Jagannath Temple in Bhitarkanika