Best Time To Visit
The Oliver Ridley Turtles arrive between October and January to lay eggs and leave in May, heading towards Sri Lanka in the south. The first nesting period is around January and February and the second mass nesting happens sometime between March and April.
If you are interested in birdwatching, then the herons migrate to Bhitarkanika in early June. Winters at Bhitarkanika can get quite cold as the temperature ranges from 15-27 degree Celsius. Even if you are travelling in the summers, make sure to carry a light jacket as the forest gets chilly after sunset.
Avoid visiting this mangrove forest in India between April and May and October and December as the area is prone to cyclones and high tidal waves.
Where to stay
Sand Pebbles Jungle Resort: Rs 5,000 for a double occupancy Swiss tent.
Village Resort: Rs 4,500 for a double occupancy cottage.
Accommodation is also available at the forest rest houses in and around the park at affordable prices. For bookings contact the Divisional Forest Officer, Rajnagar (Ph: 06729-8460).
How to Reach
By Air – The Bhubaneswar airport is 190km from the Bhitarkanika mangroves.
By Rail – The nearest railway station to Bhitarkanika is in Bhadrakh, approximately 77km away.
By Road – The most convenient route to reach Bhitarkanika is to drive from Bhubaneswar via Rajnagar, which takes almost four to five hours.
There are several cultural attractions en route to Bhitarkanika from Bhubaneswar, here's an itinerary for 4 days and 3 nights that ensures a wholesome experience of the destination and places around it.