Bhitarkanika National Park going students for Industrial visit may choose Bhadrak for their industrial visit, Bhadrak is around 60 KM and can visit Facor Mines, or you can visit Chandbali port or Dhamra port, The Dhamra Port Company Limited (DPCL) is a 50:50 joint venture of L&T and Tata Steel. Situated between Haldia and Paradeep, the port at Dhamra is the deepest port of India with a draught of 18 meters, which can accommodate super cape-size vessels up to 180,000 DWT.
One of the most wonderful national parks in India, Bhitarkanikais located in the Brahmani-Baitarani delta with thick mangrove forests teeming with wildlife.
More than 60 of the 72 known species of mangrove plants are found here. Proclaimed a sanctuary in 1975 and a national park in 1998, it is famous for the visit of the most endangered species of Olive Ridley marine turtles in lakhs from December to March, across the Pacific and Indian Ocean, to lay eggs.
This region encompassing a couple of offshore islands, long sandy beaches, numerous rivulets and meandering creeks is a natural habitat for several reptiles including estuarine crocodiles, king cobra, lizards and pythons..
Sights to See
This is the landwhere once flourished the maritime civilisation of theKalingans. The inhabitants of the area used to sail out to Indonesia, Java, Bali and Sumatra for trade. Old ruins now covered by mangrove and lingering traditions, like Mangala worships during August-September and boat festival on the full moon of Kartika, are the links to the old glory of the place.
Bhitarkanika is located in the Brahmani-Baitarani delta, in the east of Odisha. The area is intersected by a network of tidal creeks and rivulets. Places to visit are Dangmal, a crocodile breeding farm.The proud possession of this Farm is the white crocodile Sankhua, a rare species. Bagagahanais for bird watchers, to see birds of different species chirping and nesting here in a large quantity. Gahirmathais another amazing phenomenon of nature –lakhs of Olive Ridley Sea Turtles visit this place twice every year between January and March to lay eggs en masse. An unexpected additional attraction is the remains of two 9th century monument- a temple dedicated to worship of Lord Shiva and the other, a Shakti Shrine at Dangmal.
Flora & Fauna:
The Sanctuary holds the richest mangrove vegetation in India with three species of Heretiera, four species of Avicennia, three species of Rhizophora, four species of Mangrove flourishing in the sanctuary, out of 58 species, so far recorded in India. The coastal sand dunes are covered by casuarina plantations.
Reptiles are the dominant species. The Salt Water Crocodile is the top predator. The sanctuary holds the largest crocodile up to 22 feet long. The other common reptiles are three species of Monitor Lizards including VaranusSalvator, king cobra, python, banded kraits and water snakes. Other animals are panther, leopard, dolphin, fishing cat, hyena, otters, porcupine, wild pig, sambar (introduced and naturalised), chital, and rhesus monkey. The Sanctuary is rich with avian fauna like white ibis, geese, grebes, gulls, terns, plovers, sand pipers, storks, white bellied sea eagle, kite, flower pecker, whistling teal, brahminy duck,etc. It holds one of the largest heronries of the East Coast.A large number of migratory birds including the
maximum number of bar headed geese settles in the wetlands and mud flats for wintering. One can find over 170 species of resident and migratory birds here. It is considered to be the largest rookery for the Pacific Ridley Sea Turtles. The coastal sand serves as the nesting ground of millions of Olive Ridley Sea Turtles, which stay from November through April each year. The annual nesting of sea turtles occurs sometimes in the first week of January.
As Bhitarkanika is a place of rare natural beauty, it is also a cynosure for the eco-tourists. In recent times large numbers of visitors are attracted to Bhitarkanika for its picturesque landscape and animals. Infact, Bhitarkanika is one of the places where wild animals are at their visible best.
How would you like to travel?
- 190 km from Bhubaneswar
- 60 km from Bhadrak
- 110 km from Balasore
- 427 km from Kolkata
- 155 km from Cuttack
- 30 km from Rambha
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Situated on the heart of the national park, it is the centre of tourism activity in the national park. It is also a place of the highest biodiversity. Most of the administrative and tourism facilities are located at Dangmal.
Forest Block :
A walk on the nature trail over a stretch of 4 km is a thrilling experience and a must for all nature lovers. Mangrove species gradually give way to its associates like Mankadakendu, Kochila, Ficus as one move away from the creeks.
It is the heronry spread over 4 hectare of saucer shaped Sundari and Guan forests. During monsoon, about 15,000 nests are formed by 11 species of resident water birds. It is one of the largest heronries in Asia.
Once famous site for Olive Ridley Sea Turtles Research Centre, Habalikhati is approachable from Baunsagarh River through a winding 3 km long nature trail. Long stretches of lonely beach are an added attraction.
Khola Creek :
Artificially created during the Zamindary period, Khola creek joins Bhitarkanika to river Brahmani. It is the place of highest mangrove diversity. Rare species like Paniamba, Singada, Pitambari, Pitakorua and Masitha are seen in this area alone
It is the most secluded part of the National Park facing the Bay of Bengal on one side and Maipura River on the other. It is also important as a potential nesting ground for Olive Ridley Turtles. Miles of tranquil beach are a nature lover’s paradise.
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