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Pranabandhu Nayak

Pranabandhu Nayak5.0/5

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The one and only Crocodile National Park of India

Bhitarkanika National Park situated in the eastern part of India is famous for the rare salt water crocodiles. A boat ride in the narrow manmade canal through the national park is a lifetime thrilling experience. Excluding crocodiles this park also houses several types of flora and fauna which includes spotted dears, domestic and migratory birds, several types of snakes and reptiles. One can also visit the nearby Gahiramatha marine santuary adjacent to this national park to see the largest nesting ground of Olive redley sea turtles.
The seafood available in small eateries both inside and outside the park is a must try dish to be tasted. Try to indulge yourself in the beauty of the nature while passing through the narrow streams. See giant crocodiles swimming freely in the water bodies. Take a walk on the designated jungle trails to view birds and dears. Do visit Baga Gahana to see thousands of migratory and domestic birds.
The best time to visit Bhitarkanika is winter between November and January. Enter the park early in the morning so that you can cover all the major attractions. Do visit Gahiramatha to see the Olive redley turtles. This park is not much crowded as the number of boats allowed per day is restricted to certain number. Enjoy the nature silently and do not litter the park.

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Pradyumna Singh

Pradyumna Singh3.6/5

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Bhitar (interior) Kanika (a small kingdom on the Bay of Bengal)

. BHITAR KANIKA . . From Chandipur I travelled to Bhitar Kanika about 170 kms by road (Bhitar in Odia means Inside and Kanika is the name of the place --Interior of Kanika State the Wild Life Reserved Sanctuary once the hunting paradise of the local king of Kanika). From Chandipur first you go to Balasore town 16 kms away and from there you board A. C. Luxury bus to Bhadrak the neighbouring disrict headquartes of the district by the same name. The fare is 60 rupees. From Bhadrak you catch a local ordinary bus to Chandbali on the sea, a distance of 55 kms, the fare being Rs 35, a rough ride as the roads are under repair. Chandbali was once a renowned sea port used for coastal trade and passenger service between Odisha and Kolkata through a canal system made by the British after their conquest of Odisha in 1803 that ended half a century of occupation by the Marathas. With the advent of the Railways in the second half of the 19th century began the decline of Chandbali and it was reduced to a sleepy village that now depends on fish trade and tourism to Bhitar Kanika. At Chandbali a small coastal town I hired a lunch the charges for which was bargained for Rs. 3500 and we were 13 (unlucky! Tourists in all sharing the fare proportionately. Per head cost comes to about Rs. 270. There are lunches managed by the Government of Odisha and their jetties are concrete structures whereas to board the private boats you have to perform a balancing act after descending through the boulder-strewn embankment and negotiating a shaking plank only 2 ft wide. Of course the boatman and co-passengers are ever willing to extend a helping hand to the children, ladies and the old people The steamer steamed off the shores of Chandbali producing a disturbing noise. Cutting through the river Baitarani we were proceeding to the interior in the direction of Bhitar Kanika, our destination. After a cruise of about 45 minutes the boat laid anchor at a place called Dang Mal where the forest officials examined our documents like ID cards, name etc and did an inspection of the boat. They inquired if any of us was carrying a camera. In this age of sophisticated Mobile phones rarely does one feel the need of a camera. Probably an extra amount is charged for the use of camera. At Dang Mal you have to place order for lunch to be had at Bhitar Kanika a further onward journey of one and half hours by boat. The message is relayed to the Forest office at Bhitar Kanika and upon landing there lunch awaits you. However, I had carried snacks and the Muslim family from Baripada I was travelling with opened their packed home-made food and ate while enjoying the scenic beauty that was unfolding while the boat was on the move. On the either bank we spotted not less than a dozen crocodiles, known as Baula Kumbhira, white in appearance, basking in the miserly sun and a few of them swimming in front and rear of the chugging boat. We were told there are crocodiles as huge as 20 to 22 feet long in the rivers and estuaries of the sanctuary. At Bhitar Kanika there is a crocodile research and breeding centre. The 2014 census counted 1665 crocodiles of different age groups as compared with 1644 of the previous year On either side we saw dense jungles of mangroves that survive in saline climate and sustain the bio-diversity of the region. It was a pleasure to watch a herd of deer grazing on the bank in their natural habitat. Perched on the tree tops and branches, monkeys were ubiquitous by their presence searching for fruits to eat. A huge Monitor Lizard slithered deep into the forest from the shore line we did not find many birds except a few entailed ducks. The forest officials told that the season for birdwatcher was from August to November when migratory birds flock to the reserved sanctuary from as far as Siberia, South Africa, Mongolia, Afghanistan, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, America, Pakistan, Japan, Bangladesh and the Himalayas. According to the census for 2014 the migratory bird population of the National Park increased to 1, 13, 226 compared with 68, 514 the previous year and for the first time the Great and Firuzen KochadA¢ were spotted. The census revealed 109 species of exotic birds including rare species of Asian Open Bill, Bird Tail, Godwick, Black King Fisher, Night Heron, Drango, Cromrat, Brahmani Rudy Shell Duck - Black-tail Guard andPin-tail Duck being predominantly large in number Savouring the uncommon beauty of the naked nature we traveled to Bhitar Kanika where there are four suits for those intending to stay overnight. A museum is under construction there besides nurseries for different species of mangroves. One can see an old temple and the hunting lodge of the execking of Kanika after trekking through bridle path of the forests. After spending about an hour we retraced our journey back to Chandbali Bhitar Kanika National Park is a national park located in the Kendrapara District, Odisha in eastern India. Core area of 145 square kms of the Bhitarkanika Wild Sanctuary is spread over 672sq kms The national park is surrounded by the Bhitarkanika Wildlife Sanctuary. Gahirmatha Beach and Marine Sanctuary lies to the east, and separates mangroves from the Bay of Bengal The park is home to the endangered Saltwater Crocodile (Crocodylus porosus), White Crocodile, Indian python, King Cobra, black ibis, darters and many other species of flora and fauna The national park was created in September 1998 from the core area of the Bhitarkanika Wildlife Sanctuary, which was created in 1975. The sanctuary is the second largest mangrove ecosystem in India . The national park and wildlife sanctuary is inundated by a number of rivers - Brahmani, Baitarni, Dhamra, Pathsala and others. Its flora comprise of. Mangroves, trees like sundari, thespia, casuarinas, and grasses like the indigo bush, and more The park is home to the saltwater crocodile, wild pigs, rhesus monkeys, chitals, darters, cobra, water monitor lizard. Olive ridley sea-turtles nest on Gahirmatha and other nearby beaches. Bhitarkanika has one of the largest populations of endangered saltwater crocodile in India and is globally unique in that 10 percent of the adults exceed 6 m length. As per the 2014 survey of mammals, first of its kind to be undertaken in the forest and wetland sites of the park; 1, 872 spotted deer, 1, 213 numbers of wild boars have made the forest areas their home. The census break-up of other mammals is monkeys - 1, 522, jackals - 305, common langur - 39, otter - 38, sambar deer - 17, jungle cat - 11, fox - 10, Mongoose - 7, wolf- 7, fishing cats - 3, hyena - 1, according to the survey data. 215 species of avi- fauna include eight varieties of Kingfishers. Birds such as Asian Open Bill, Cormorants, Egrets, are frequently seen in the park. Every year close to 80, 000 migratory birds arrive for nesting during monsoon. Mangroves are salt tolerant, complex and dynamic eco-systems that occur in tropical and subtropical inter-tidal regions. Bhitar Kanika is one such location of rich, lush green vibrant eco-system lying in the estuarine region of Brahmani- Baitarani in the North-Eastern corner of Kendrapara district of Odisha. The area is intersected by a network of creeks with Bay of Bengal on the East. The alley between the meandering creeks and rivers, houses the second largest viable mangrove eco-system of India. Its 672 of mangrove forest and wetland, provides home to well over 215 species of birds including winter migrants from central-Asia and Europe. Giant salt water crocodiles and a variety of other wildlife inhabit this eco-system which is one of Asia's most spectacular wildlife sanctuaries It is a very good place to sight the giant Salt Water Crocodile, some growing to 23 feet in length, along with other reptiles like the Water Monitor Lizard and the King Cobra. Spotted deer and Wild Boars are abundant in the park and can be spotted at all the major locations. Eight varieties of Kingfishers are found here and can be spotted along the many creeks and riversides within the park The boat ride from Khola to Dangmal or vice Versa is highly recommended. Khola is one of the gateways into the park. This is along an artificial creek and it passes through dense mangrove forest providing a glimpse into the estuarine eco-system and its wealth of fauna. The best time to travel through this creek is early morning or before sunset Bhitarkanika has a very rich historical and cultural past. It used to be the hunting grounds of the erstwhile King of Kanika. The hunting towers and artificial watering holes can be seen at many places including Bhitarkanika trail and at Dangmal. It is also the home of medieval Hindu temples which can be found dotted throughout the sanctuary. But the major attraction remains the wildlife wealth

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