Bhitarkanika National Park
Located in the north-eastern part of Kendrapara district of Odisha. The sanctuary is covering an area of 672 sq km and out of that 145 sq km is core area. The topography of the region is mangrove. The major wildlife of the Bhitarkanika National park include salt water crocodile, water monster Lizard, spotted deer, monkey, wild boar, jungle cat , fox, Jackal, mongoose, fishing cat, hyena etc.
The sanctuary also has a sizable bird population with prominent being 8 different type kingfisher, open bill stork, ibis , cormorants, Darters, water hen, Hupei, Tree pie, Wood Peckers, Drongos, Egrets, red jungle fowl and Herons.The flora of Bhitarkanika National Park chiefly comprises of Mangrove forest with Hental being the prominent trees.
Nearest airport: Bhubaneswar-150km from Khola entry point; Nearest Railway station: Cuttack-120km, Bhubaneswar-150km
Best time to visit: Oct. to March ( during winter chances of sighting is more) ) entry point ( for boating) for the national park open from morning 7 am to exit time 5 pm at Khola & Gupty Gate.
Booking of Boating: advance booking
But entry permit for the National Park directly in the Khola and Gupty entrance gate
Closing of the sanctuary: 14May-31 July. & 1jan.-6 th jan.
There are eco cottage and tent in the buffer area of this national park, near khola gate, there is limited accommodation to avoid the rush please book in advance.
Suggested Tour Itinerary:
Tour code: 119/ WLTB
Duration of Tour: 2 Night/ 3 Days
Day1-Bhubaneswar- Bhitarkanika National Park ( 4hr drive)
Upon arrival at Bhitarkanika Eco cottage after fresh up afternoon visit the local typical farmer village(clay houses straw thatches roof ) with nice rice pest mural painting and explore the village life of northern costal Orissa.
Day2-Bhitarkanika National Park
Full day programme (boating and hiking of core area- Bhitarkanika, Bagagahana, Gupty, Dangmal and meet the salt water crocodile on nature in different creeks). Over night stay in the same eco cottage and enjoy the dinner with camp fire.
Day3- Bhitarkanika National Park- Departure
Morning after breakfast departure for your onward destination.
Caution: Try to obey the jungle rule accordingly in order. Respect the nature and enjoy the nature.
|Keep mineral water while hiking||Walk or drive night time in core area|
|Keep mosquito repellent||Take any arms and weapons|
|Keep silence||Take Crackles and music system|
|Use green or grey color cloth and cap while hiking.||Feed the wild animal, birds and reptile|
|Keep binocular and camera||Disturb the animal, birds and reptile|
|Keep proper permit and entry document||Use plastic polythin|
|Keep blanket while safari in winter||Mimicries the animal and birds|