When to go
The best time to visit the Gahirmatha Marine Sanctuary is in the month of November. Apart from the weather being pleasant, one can also witness the breeding of sea turtles during this period.
Wondering how to get to this unique wildlife sanctuary? Here’s how you can do that from New Delhi:
By Air: Catch a direct flight from the national capital to Bhubaneswar that will cost you about ₹2,500. Once you get down at the airport, hire a cab to get to the Gahirmatha Marine Sanctuary. It will take another five hours to cover the distance of 175 km.
By Train: The distance between New Delhi and Bhubaneswar can be covered in about 25-30 hours. From the Bhubaneswar railway station, the sanctuary is at a distance of 170 km that can be covered in five hours.
Travelling within the city of Bhubaneswar comes very cheap owing to a decent service of auto-rickshaws which can be hired on personal as well as shared basis. However, you might want to brush up your bargaining skills as the auto-rickshaw try over-charging from tourists. Travellers on a tight budget also hop on to a state-run local bus which are both cheap and safe with fares starting as low as ₹5. Taxi services like Ola are also available in the city.
The nearest major city to the sanctuary is Odisha’s capital city of Bhubaneswar which has some great accommodation options. These are our picks of the best places to stay at in Bhubaneswar: