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Bhitarkanika Tour


The Bhitarkanika sanctuary, covering an area of 650 Sq. Km. is one of the best sanctuaries in the state as well in the country so far as the reptilian faunas are concerned. Lying alongside the Bay of Bengal is an enchanting mangrove forest and a crocodile sanctuary, protecting the estuarine crocodiles from 1975 and declared as a National Park in 1998.

bhitarkanika2 While traversing the narrow water creeks of river-Brahmani,Dhamra &Baitarani by motor boats you command bewitching views of Nature. A thrilling experience awaits you as you trek into the mangrove forest. The largest population of estuarine crocodile and Olive Ridley sea Turtles and other reptilian species like water Monitor Lizards, Pythons, Wild Pigs are seen. The Birds Island with spotted deers are other attraction to the sanctuary.

'Gahir Matha' sea beach, at a distance of 3.3 kms from Dangmal Forest Rest House is perhaps the Largest Turtle breeding beach in the World.

Note: -Necessary entry permits required from the forest Department to visit and stay inside the Sanctuary. Best Time: -Nov.till March 3rd week.

Tour: - Full Board Package.
ITINERARY - 1

Bhitarkanika & Gahimatha are accessible only by river waterways. Most convenient points can be reached from Bhubaneswar by good Motorable Road.

Starting Points: -

a) RAJNAGAR/GUPTI :-
Around 120 kms from Bhubaneswar. Both side to the road you will find typical Orissan Villages. The scenery is magnificent.(Takes four hours driving)

b) CHANDBALI:-
Around 190 kms through N.H.5 which 4 ½ hrs from Bhubaneswar and 50 Kms from Bhadrak where good hotels also available.

DAY-1: After breakfast drive to the starting Points on the way visit some villages. Lunch on Gupti Forest Bungalow. Afternoon proceed is Dangmal forest Bungalow by motor launch approximate one hour & half through tidal channels on river Dhamara Brahamani, which changed its course taking with it the fresh water flow converting the rivers of this area into a labyrinth of tidal channels which changes dramatically with the tides.

Watch the lovely Sunset. Arrive the Forest Bungalow. Dinner & Overnight.
(Four double bedded attached toilet (Indian style) or a 14-bedded dormitory will be available, attached with dining hall and kitchen). For catering we will carry all essential commodities. Space available to fix tents if the strength increased. Bicycles can be arranged to visit nearby Dangmal village, if time permits.)

DAY-2: bhitarkanika3 After breakfast visit captive breeding of Crocodiles in Pools and feeding. This is the place where you can find albino Crocodile (Only of its kind in India). You will also find hundreds of spotted Deers in and around and heard the sounds of different birds.
Later proceed to Bagabana (Birds Island) with Motor Launch. The annual congregation of nesting of Birds from July to November. Birds like open Billed storks, Egrets, Herons, White Ibis,Lasser Adjutant Storks, Snake Birds, Green Pigeon, Emerald Pigeon, Indian Robin, Jungle fowl and in Dec/January appear the Pelican.
The Mud banks bejeweled with hundreds of fascinating Red Fiddler Crab and their drab neighbor, the amphibious Mud Skipper fish.
Lunch break inside the Bhitarkanika Forest. Walk down 1 Km. to the ruined Sight of the ancient Siva Temple near the Hunting tower King. Both side of the forest you can watch activities of wild animals. Back to the Motor Launch and continue journey to Dangmal.
Arrive before sunset.

DAY-3: Morning proceed to Gahirmath through the tidal channels. (Takes nearly 4 hours by Motor Launch)
Brilliant bursts of color flash by seven colorful species of Kingfishers you can found during your journey. Some of Estuarine Crocodile lay down in the mud flat, some also disappears into the brackish depth. The only unique place of it kind where you will find the big size crocodiles.
In the evening proceed to watch mass nesting of Sea Turtle.Unique of its kind in the world on Gahirmatha Beach near Bay of Bengal. (World largest rookery of Olive Ridley)
Best time : Middle of January to 3rd week and Beginning of 2nd week of March.
Overnight.

DAY-4: Morning relax on the Beach. Later proceed to Gupti by Motor Launch by 5 hrs. Lunch on Boat. Afternoon proceed to Bhubaneswar.
Itineraries can be extended as per the requirement and interest of wild life observers.