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Saturday, September 20, 2008

Wildlife in Orissa : Bhitarkanika Sanctuary - 24

Bhitarkanika is an adventurer's paradise and a breeding ground for Olive Ridley turtles. The second largest mangrove forest of the country, it was declared a sanctuary in 1975 in order to protect the estuarine crocodile and the turtles in their rare mangrove habitat. Other residents of the sanctuary include water monitor lizards and king cobras.

Entry to the sanctuary is restricted and prior permission needs to be obtained.

Where to stay:

Forest Rest House (Dangmal), Forest Rest House (Ekakula), Forest Rest Hosue (Gupti), Forest Rest House (Kujanga).

How to get there:

By Air:

Nearest airport in Bhubaneswar, which is directly connected to Kolkata, Delhi, Hyderabad, Chennai, mumbai, nagpur and Vishakhapatnam by Indian Airlines.

By Rail:

The nearest railhead Bhadrak (60 kms,. from Chandbali), on the South-Eastern Railway is connected to Kolkata, Kharagpur, Tatanagar, Gaya, Mughalsarai, Allahabad, Kanpur, Cuttack, Bhubaneswar, Puri, Vishakhapatnam, Vijayawada, Nellore, Gudur, Tirupati, Chennai, Delhi.

By Road:

Bus service is available and roads are well developed.

Inland Water Transport:

One can also reach the sanctuary via motor launch drive.

Contact:

Tourist Officer, Govt. of Orissa Tourist Office, Jaydev Marg, Bhubaneswar - 751002, Tel. No. : 0674-431299, India Tourism, Bhubaneswar - 751014, Tel / Fax (0674 - 432203), Tel. : 1913, E-Mail : itobbs@ori.nic.in

Related Links :

01. Nature and WildLife of India : WildLife Protection Act 1972 - 1
02. Wildlife in Jammu and Kashmir - 2
03. Corbett National Park (Project Tiger) : Wildlife in Uttaranchal - 3
04. Rajaji National Park - 4
05. Wildlife in Uttar Pradesh : Dudhwa National Park - 5
06. Wildlife in Rajasthan : Bharatpur National Park - 6
07. Wildlife in Rajasthan : Ranthambore National Park (Project Tiger) - 7
08. Wildlife in Rajasthan : Sariska Tiger Reserve - 8
09. Wildlife in Gujarat : Gir National Park and Sanctuary - 9
10. Wild Ass Sanctuary - 10
11. Wildlife in Madhya Pradesh : Bandhavgarh National Park - 11
12. Wildlife in Madhya Pradesh : Kanha National Park - 12
13. Wildlife in Bihar : Rajgir Wildlife Sanctuary - 13
14. Wildlife in Jharkhand : Hazaribagh Wildlife Sanctuary - 14
15. Wildlife in Jharkhand : Palmau Tiger Reserve - 15

16. Wildlife in Jharkhand : Topchanchi Wildlife Sanctuary - 16
17. Wildlife in West Bengal : Sunderbans National Park and Tiger Reserve - 17
18. Wildlife in West Bengal : Jaldapara Wildlife Sanctuary - 18
19. Wildlife in Assam : Manas Sanctuary and Tiger Reserve - 19
20. Wildlife in Assam : Kaziranga National Park - 20
21. Wildlife in Arunachal Pradesh : Namdhapa National Park (Project Tiger) - 21
22. Wildlife in Orissa : Tikarpara Gharial Sanctuary - 22
23. Wildlife in Orissa : Ushakotih Wildlife Sanctuary - 23
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