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Bhitarkanika National Park, Orissa

posted Dec 29, 2010, 8:11 PM by sandip mishra   [ updated Mar 3, 2015, 2:29 AM by Sandip Mishra ]

A trip to Bhitarkanika National Park was long pending and we decided to visit it in October 2010.

Situated in Odisha, Bhitarkanika National Park is a hotspot of diversity – home to the second largest area of mangrove forests only next to the Sunderbans, the estuarine or Salt water crocodile and the Olive Ridley Turtles. Lying on the estuarine region of the Brahmani & Baitarani rivers this can be accessed from Gupti by boat (provided by the Forest department) and also Rajnagar. You can find the details about Bhitarkanika from the following site http://www.bhitarkanika.org.

The best time to visit is between Nov and March, however we decided to go ahead with our trip, knowing that the weather could play truant(with an impeding cyclone). Our journey began from Gupti by boat(there is a fair weather road also to Dangamal from Rajnagar, which was closed due to heavy rains) and the journey through the Patsala and Bhitarkanika river was exciting.

We started to see mud-flats which seem to be the lifeline in such an eco-system. The crocodiles, the birds, the mangrove seed and everything around seem to survive. The ecosystem is quite cyclic in nature with high and low tides, each occurring alternately in 6 hrs i.e. 2 high tides and 2 low tides in a 24 hr cycle. The whole flora and fauna had adjusted to this web of life.

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          Estuarine Crocodile
 
        Forest Rest House, Dangamal
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