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Bhitarkanika is a mangrove wetland in the East Indian state of Orissa, extending over about 650 sq km area in the delta of the River Brahmani and River Baitarani. The destination is famous for the Bhitarkanika National Park, lying in the Kendrapara District of the state. On the east of it, there is the Gahirmatha Beach that divides the mangroves from the Bay of Bengal.


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Bhitarkanika Wildlife Sanctuary was established in 1975. Then in September 1998, the national park was founded from the core of the sanctuary. The second largest mangrove ecosystem in India is visited by a number of tourists, each year. Bhitarkanika National Park is also famous in terms of ECO Tourism Orissa that is growing in the state due to the state bearing enormous natural treasure. You can spot here rare Saltwater Crocodile (Crocodylus Porosus), white crocodile, Indian python, King Cobra, black ibis, darters and a big host of flora and fauna. You can spot here the huge Salt Water Crocodile of even 23 feet in length, the Water Monitor Lizard and the King Cobra. The park houses plenty of spotted deer and Wild Boars at all the important locations. You can find here eight varieties of Kingfishers.



Bhitarkanika is well connected through Air, Rail, Road and Water ways. Its nearest airport is Bhubaneswar, around 190 km away. Its nearest railway station is Bhadrak, 77 km far, and connected to Bhubaneswar, Calcutta and other important places with regular trains. Chandabali, about 35 km far, connects Bhitarkanika by roads and waterways.


Place to Visit:

Bhitarkanika National Park is the main tourist attraction of the destination. It consists a big host of flora and fauna. One can also many medieval period Hindu temples dotted around the destination.



Apart from observing the wide range of flora and fauna her, you can take a boat ride from Khola to Dangmal or vice versa for full refreshment of your mind and body both.