2. Visit the Bhitarkanika Wildlife Sanctuary (National Park)As I had told earlier, Chandbali is the gateway to the Bhitarkanika Wildlife Sanctuary. Bhitarkanika is a unique habitat of mangrove forests criss-crossed with numerous creeks and mud flats. Bhitarkanika is the natural habitat of the salt water crocodiles or estuarine crocodiles. This is one of the few marine parks of India and was founded with an aim to protect the saltwater crocodiles. The wildlife sanctuary is also home to leopard cat, fishing cat, jungle cat, hyena, wild boar, spotted deer, sambar, porcupine, dolphins and many more. Birds are found a plenty at Bhitarkanika. You can get private boats from Chandbali to visit Bhitarkanika.
At a distance of about 35 km from the Gahirmatha Beach, lies the Bhitarkanika National Park. The national park has one of India’s best mangrove ecosystems and is home to diverse flora and fauna, holding great ecological significance. One can spot kingfishers, crocodiles, barking deer, leopards and bears at the park, apart from several other species.3. A day-trip to the holy cities of Puri and Konark
#Bhitarkanika – the #Sundarbans of #Odisha. We went on an 500kms #adventure on #2wheels and the experience left us asking for more. Watch us go winding through remote forests onto mangrove mudflats and finally onto pristine beaches.
For the wildlife enthusiasts visiting this state, Bhitarkanika National Park is an offbeat paradise that can be explored via a boat ride. The vast area of 672 square kilometres around the Bhitarkanika Mangroves was declared a National Park in 1998. Salt Water Crocodile, Water Monitor Lizard and the King Cobra are some of the species to look out for in this region replete with biodiversity.
Located in the Kendrapada district of Orissa, the Bhitarkanika National Park is home to the endangered estuarine crocodiles (the largest living reptiles) and the white crocodiles. If lucky, one can also spot pythons which inhabit this area. Bhitarkanika has the distinction of housing the World's largest living crocodile (according to the Guiness Book Of World Records) at 22 feet, how about bumping into that eh! In addition to the big croc there are atleast 1665 salt water crocodiles present in the national park at the moment.