21 Nov 2020

Entry Point to Bhitarakanika

Since Bhadrak is the neighboring district of Kendrapada, it's an entry point to Bhitarakanika. From Chandabali of Bhadrak district, you can enter the Bhitarakanika National Park.

Entry Point to Bhitarakanika

Bhitara Kanika (Odia: ଭିତର କନିକା) was under the jurisdiction of the erstwhile Kanika Estate. It is covered with deep mangrove forests and saline rivers and was declared a sanctuary on 21.04.1975.

A crocodile is sleeping in the swamp area of Bhitarkanika national park, odisha.
(Photo: Bibhu Dutta; Source: Wikimedia CommonsShared under CC BY-SA 4.0)

Facts of Bhitarakanika:

It is a world-famous place for natural crocodile breeding. Located in the estuarial region of Brahmani-Baitarani, in the northeastern place of Kendrapara districts, the national park covers an area of 672 sq km of mangrove forests and wetland.

Habalikhati Beach at Bhitarkanika
(Photo: Naveen Pattnaik; Source: Commons Wikimedia CC BY-SA 4.0)

Crossed by a thick network of brooks with the Bay of Bengal on the east, Bhitar Kanika is home to over 215 species of birds, including winter migratory birds from Europe and Central-Asia as the park provides a congenial atmosphere and serene, pollution-free environment, birds migrate thousands of miles to Bhitarkanika to escape the harsh winter in Ladakh, ManoSarovar, Himalayan region, Siberia, Kazakhstan, Mongolia, Russia, Afghanistan, Iraq, Northern Asia, and some central European countries.

A group of female 'Chitals' or "Spotted Deer" found grazing in the grasslands of Bhitarkanika National Park,Odisha.The species is sexually dimorphic ,as only the males bear antlers.
(Photo: Abhipsha Ray; Source: Commons Wikimedia CC BY-SA 4.0)

The area has designated as the second Ramsar Site of the state in August 2002. It is a unique area with rich biodiversity as it covers different ecosystems such as landmass, tidal water bodies of the deltaic region, estuaries, and territorial waters of the Bay of Bengal along with their associated flora and fauna.

Taken at Bhitarkanika National Park.
(Photo: Uday Kiran; Source: Commons Wikimedia CC BY-SA 4.0)

- Content Souce: Bhadrak District Adminstration

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