The area is
surrounded by rivers such as Brahmani, Baitarani
and Dhamara and is criss-crossed by several creeks
The area supports
rich bio-diversity including dense mangroves (63
species), largest population of estuarine crocodiles
(1098 as per 2000 census), the rare white crocodile
(sankhua), largest Indian lizards (water monitor),
poisonous and non-poisonous snakes like king cobra
and python, varieties of risident and migratory
birds (217 species) and a number of mammalian species
(spotted deer, sambar, wildboar, fishing cat, jungle
cat, otter etc).
The sea beach, borderding
the sanctuary attracts thousands of olive ridley
sea turtles for mass nesting/ egg laying during
the winter months (January to April). Bhitarkanika
mangrove ecosystem is unique of its kind and it
is a best reptile refuge in the entire country.
The sanctuary is a protected zone for estuarine
crocodiles. The sanctuary is also home to a number
of birds and every year a large number of migratory
birds come to nest into the mangrove area. The other
animals that you can see at the Bhitarkanika sanctuary
include King Cobra, Indian Python and Water Monitor
Every year large
number of Olive Ridley Sea Turtles flock at the
Gahirmatha coast to lay their eggs. These turtles
attract a number of wildlife enthusiasts to Bhitarkanika
National Park. To ensure the safety of these turtles,
the area was converted into a national park in 1998.
sanctuary is rich in marine vegetation and trees
like sundari, casuarinas, thespia and grasses like
the indigo bush. The fauna at the Bhitarkanika wildlife
sanctuary include estuarine crocodiles, sea turtles,
wild pigs, chitals and rhesus monkeys. You can see
a large number of birds at the sanctuary that include
fish eagle and white-necked sea eagle.
sanctuary is about 160 kilometres from Cuttack via
Chandhali and about 100 kilometres if you come via
Kendrapara and Rajnagar.
There are a number of tourist places around Bhitarkanika
that you can visit. Kendrapara, Cuttack, Konark
and Bhubaneswar are some of the popular tourist
attractions that you can include in your itinerary.
Light cotton clothing in summer and light woollen
garments is essential during winter at the Bhitarkanika
wildlife sanctuary. Prior booking and travel information
will help in making your wildlife tour a smooth
The temperature in the region can go up to 34°C
in summer while in winter the temperature can drop
Bhubaneswar is the nearest airport to Bhitarkanika
and is about 190 kilometres from the sanctuary.
The nearest railhead is Bhadrak, which is at the
distance of 77 kilometres. You can travel to Chandabali,
which is 35 kilometres and well connected by road
with other parts of Orissa. You can also take a
ferry to Nalitapatia from Chandabali.
You can stay at Dangmal,
Ekabula and Gupti forest houses on your tour to
Bhitarkanika wildlife sanctuary. It is ideal to
make advance booking as the rest houses are limited.
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