Sunday, December 8, 2013

Bhitarkanika National Park, Odisha, India

Bhitarkanika National Park
Odisha, India
If you are fond of Wildlife sanctuaries and have not visited Bhitarkanika yet, it should feature in your list of places to visit. Bhitarkanika National Park is a national park located in Odisha in India.Located in Kendrapara District of Odisha, Bhitarkanika is best known for the Olive Ridley turtles and endangered salt water crocodiles.

The best time to visit Bhitarkanika is during Summers and winters.Though winters are much more pleasant and preferable. The best way to reach Bhitarkanika is from Bhubaneswar. Bhubaneswar has an airport and rail station as well. Bhitarkanika is around 160 kms from Bhubaneswar.

The mangrove forest reminds me of Sunderbans in West Bengal. If you are lucky you might get to sight king cobras, black ibis, and many other reptiles and birds.

The link below will provide you more information on Bhitarkanika:

I am posting some pictures from Bhitarkanika; Credit for the pictures go to Soma Jha.

Mangrove forest of
Crocodile at

Black-capped Kingfisher
Brown winged Kingfisher

Collared Kingfisher
White bellied Sea Eagle,

Water Moniter Bhitarkanika


Indrani said...

Great sightings! Mangrove forests are a boon to coastal residents. Hope they are looked after well.

anitaexplorer said...

I am yet to visit it! Nice pics. Must be great to spot so many birds & of course the Olive Ridley turtles...

Renuka said...

Looks like a beautiful national park. Nice birds!

neeraj said...

What is the best time to see olive ridley turtles in this national park?

I want to visit after reading this :)

Ranjana Jha said...

@Indrani, Anita, Renuka: Thanks, yes it is beautiful and worth a visit.

@Neeraj: Thanks,

You might want to check out this link for more info on olive ridley turtles


magiceye said...

Lovely captures! On my bucket list now :)

Ranjana Jha said...

@magiceye, thank you, yes it is worth a visit!

Shakuntala Nivas said...

So Beautiful.......
Bhitarakanika National Park