The hot-spot of biodiversity of Odisha – Bhitarkanika National Park. It’s home of largest population of giant salt water crocodile. This is also home to amazing eight variety of Kingfishers, leopard cat, fishing cat, jungle cat, hyena, wild boar, spotted deer, sambar, porcupine, python, king cobra, water monitor lizards, terrapin, marine turtle, kingfisher, wood pecker, hornbill, bar headed goose, brahminy duck, pintail, white bellied sea eagle, tern, sea gull, waders and a large variety of resident and migratory birds. It is the second largest Mangrove Forest in India having more than 71 species of Mangrove and its associates.
The mini Amazon of India is represented by three protected Areas, namely “The Bhitarkanika National Park”, “The Bhitarkanika Wildlife Sanctuary” and “The Gahirmatha Marine Sanctuary”.
Khola and Gupti are the two main entry points to enter the most sought-after destination, Bhitarkanika National Park. Visitors should take entry permit from the Forest Check Gate at Khola and Gupti.
Both Forest Department’s and private boats are available at both the places. Private boats are also available at JAYANAGAR & CHANDABALI.
How to Reach
By Road: Bhubaneswar – Khola / Gupti 160 kms
Nearest Railway Station:
Bhadrak – 60 kms to Chandabali
Bhadrak – 80 Kms to Jayanagar
Cuttack – 140 kms to Khola / Gupti
Bhubaneswar – 160 kms to Khola/Gupti
Bhubaneswar – 160 kms to Khola / Gupti