Bhitarkanika National Park – The Best Place To Rejuvenate
Bhitarkanika National Park, Odisha
Bhitarkanika National Park, lying in the estuarine region of Brahmani-Baitarani rivers in the North-Eastern corner of Kendrapara district of Odisha, is the second largest mangrove eco-system of India. This huge area of mangrove forests and wetland is intersected by a network of creeks with Bay of Bengal on the East. It is home to some 215 species of birds, including wetland migrants from central-Asia and Europe. The Forest is famous for menacing large salt water or estuarine crocodiles, and a lot of other fauna species like spotted deer, hyenas, fish cats, leopard cats, and big monitor lizards.
This is one of best spots for wildlife and nature lovers. It is a haven for bird watchers, ornithologists and wildlife and nature photographers. Those who believe in visiting real remote villages of India, Bhitarkanika should be an obvious choice for it is surrounded by a large number of villages – a must visit for those who think of rural tourism.
Bhitarkanika includes the areas of Bhitarkanika Wildlife Sanctuary, Bhitarkanika National Park and Gahirmatha Marine Sanctuary.
The core area of Bhitarkanika Wildlife Sanctuary has been notified as Bhitarkanika National Park since 1998. This is spread over an area of 145 sq km. This area has much significance with regard to ecological aspects which include mangrove forests, rivers, creeks, backwaters, estuaries and salt water crocodiles. This National Park in Odisha has one of the biggest estuarine crocodile habitats in India.
Time to Visit
Open For Tourists: 1st August to 30th April every year
Closed for Tourists: 1st May to 31st July every year and for a week normally in the Winter for Crocodile and census.
Best time to visit for birds: – 1st August to second week of November
Best time to visit for crocodiles: – 1st October to mid April
|Languages spoken||Odia, Hindi|
|Currency used||Indian Rupee|
|Area (km2)||672 km²|