Monday, March 24, 2014

Rousing Wildlife at Bhitarkanika Sanctuary, Orissa

When we are talking about wildlife, India holds the record of providing one of the best experiences of knowing the wildlife so closely. The country has many Wildlife Sanctuaries and National Parks. Most of the states like Orissa, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Uttrakhand, Tamil Nadu, Chattisgarh, etc. persuade the travellers to visit and investigate the deep secrets of their dense jungle. Indian government has also established many parks and sanctuaries to protect the affluence and diversity of the unique fauna. One must visit these parks to explore the uniqueness of these wild beasts.

Bhitarkanika Wildlife Santuary
Orissa is located in the East India and is a coastal region. The place is known to have an excellent wildlife and rich flora and fauna. Apart from the striking wildlife in various wildlife sanctuaries and national parks, the state also has distinct wildlife in its different tribal belts. That is why; there is not any question that the place is famous for the wildlife lovers. The different famous parks and wildlife sanctuaries in Orissa are Bhitarkanika, Nandankanan, Balpakram, Simlipal, Chilika, Kotgarh, Baisipalli and Sunabeda, etc.

Crocodile Enjoying In Water
Salt Water Crocodile in Bhitarkanika
The Bhitarkanika Wildlife Sanctuary is mainly famous for the huge crocodiles and Olive Ridley Turtles. It is situated on the mouth of Mahanadi River has a number of salt water crocodiles, and water monitor lizards. This land of lush green mangroves, ominous estuarine crocodiles, migratory birds and turtles, twisty water bodies, calm environment troubled by the chirping of birds is divided into three main regions, named as The Bhitarkanika National Park, The Bhitarkanika Wildlife Sanctuary and The Gahirmatha Marine Sanctuary. All these three areas are so spell bound that they invite their admirers from all places to gather the abundant and unique features which will act as the food for exploration. 

A Natural Mangrove In Bhitarkanika Sanctuary
It is the second largest Mangrove Eco system of India and spread over about 625 km of the area. The 55 different types of mangroves are the collection of Bamboo, Teak, Sal, Babul, Zizphus, Palas and many others, which serves as a home to the migratory birds coming from Central Asia and Europe. The other birds which can be seen here are the famous different eight varieties of Kingfisher, White Bellied Sea Eagle, Sea Gull, Waders, Woodpecker, Brahmany Ducks, Hornbill and Bar Headed Geese, etc.

Black Capped Kingfisher
It is a prime location for the giant salt water crocodile and serves as the appropriate breeding location for them as well as for the turtles. Every year, about seven million Olive Ridley Sea Turtles come at the Gahirmatha Beach from South America, on the coast of Bay of Bengal, and lay more than 60 million eggs. You can also spot the very rare white crocodile at Dangamala. 

Olive Ridley Sea Turtles 
The fauna of the park includes Leopards, Wild Dogs, Chinkara, Wild Boar, Flying Fox, Hyena, Bear and Blue Bull, etc. This place is an excellent ecological, biological and geomorphologic site due to its water bodies, backwaters and mud flats, etc. and considered to be as the best camping, trekking and picnic spot.

You can reach the place via motorboats as it is the only means of transportation to the island, and it is altogether a different fun. Watching these wonderful creatures in their natural pristine habitat is a new way of developing the ultimate fun. The park provides you the lodges and rest houses at Dangmal, Gupti and Ekakula for accommodation. The best time to visit the sanctuary is from November to February.

You can take information about wildlife tour from here:


  1. Fantastic shots of the animals. The colorful bird and the crocodiles were my favorite shots.

  2. Great shots of the animals. Love that kingfisher.

  3. I didn't know you had hyenas in India. Are they native or introduced? Wild?

  4. Jen,Hyenas present in India.Generally they are wild.In Bhitarkanika Sanctuary,you get see the hyenas.

  5. How great to get such wonderful views of these animals! Thanks so much for sharing.

  6. So exciting pictures of me from Norway ..
    Have a great April 1st from Marit ..

  7. Thank you for showing your wildlife photos! It is wonderful to be able to see those animals. The only thing I always miss in posts about India, is a map. Where can we find those places?
    Wil, ABCW Team.

  8. Thanks wil,You can find map on Google.This national park is in Orissa.

  9. wow, it must be a fantastic park !!

  10. Bhitarkanika is in my wishlist since a long while.... yet to make it :-/
    Beautiful photographs Sir :)

  11. Wonderful pictures.The kingfisher is beautiful.