Bhitarkanika National Park & Wildlife Sanctuary

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Time Required : 3 to 4 hours

Entry Fee : Indian - INR 20, Foreigners - INR 1000, Group of 10 or more (Foreigners) - INR 200, Camera - INR 50, Video - INR 1000

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Bhitarkanika Mangrove Forest, Cuttack Overview

Located at a distance of 120 km from Cuttack in Odisha, Bhitarkanika Wildlife Sanctuary is one of a kind sanctuary that sprawls over 650 sq. kms and boasts of rich marine vegetation, salt tolerant varieties of trees and plants, rivers and creeks. Home to some of the rarest species in the world both flora and fauna, the sanctuary is mainly known for its species of reptiles especially crocodiles, however, it also attracts a plethora of migrant species like Olive Ridley Sea Turtles, Asian Open Bill, Black Ibis, Egrets, and Darters etc. In the winter (which is the ideal migrating season for avifauna species), you can find as many as 215 species of migratory birds.

The highlight of the wildlife sanctuary is the rare white crocodile that can grow up to 23 feet. Another attraction of the region are the sprawling mangrove trees making it the second largest mangrove forest in India. There are several entrances available for the park, the most popular one of which is boating from Khola to Dangmal. This entrance allows you to walk through the dense forests and experience the rich ecosystem in all its glory. The visitors can also choose to stay at the forest guest houses if they want to spend the night maidst bounteous nature and rich wildlife.

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Facilities at Bhitarkanika Wildlife Sanctuary

  1. There is a small eatery within the premises of the sanctuary which caters decent food.
  2. There is also a guest house managed by the Forest Department which the tourists can book if they plan to stay over. However, bookings need to be done in advance as the seats are few.
  3. The park can easily be reached in boats which are provided by the management.

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