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Bhitarkanika: Bhitarkanika, located on the meeting place of the Rivers Baitarani and Brahmani, is the second largest Mangrove forests of India. The place, rich in its flora and fauna, is hidden in the darkness of Sundari, Hental, Gend, Garran, Keora, Bayne and Geon trees. Among the 72 species of Mangrove trees, 63 species are available in Bhitarkanika. The place, Chandbali, is the gateway to the fascinating woodland. Spreading over a rambling area of 650 square km, Bhitarkanika, has got the status of the National forest in 1975. Even though the biodiversity of Sundarban is incomparable with the mangrove forest of Bhitarkanika, but if you consider the variety of known and unknown species of animals and plants then it is considered one of the best forests in the whole world. This is a heavenly destination for the bird watchers. Cross the Brahmani River by a small yacht and enjoy the wilderness of the birds along with the captivating natural locale. More than 275 species of birds fly in and around the manor. Winter is the most colorful season when myriad of migratory birds like open build stocks, egrets, flamingo, heron, white Ibis, Pelican, Snake bird, and Sand piper wander in the green mangrove forests. Climb up to the watch tower to enjoy the nature along with its denizens. Crocodiles and thousands of turtles are spotted in the woods. Diversified snake species are also seen in the forest land. Deer, boars, leopards, and wild cats also amble in and around the woodland.
You will get to watch the ruins of the Sikargarh fort and Shiva temple depicting the architectural panache of Padmapukur and Orissa. The second largest crocodile maintenance park of India is located amidst the riveting greeneries. The second largest crocodile (22 feet) of the world is there as well. One of the chief and interesting attractions of the crocodile project is its white crocodiles.
During December-March the turtles, olive riddle turtle, hawk build turtle, leather-backed turtle, assemble on Ekakula Island crossing the extended Indian Ocean long way from Australia to enjoy the pleasing nature. The streams of Brahmani River are divided into two ways and are meeting with Bay of Bengal with the names Dhamara River and Ekakula River. The green Island, Ekakula, looks amazing with the water streams and denizens.
Gahirmatha beach can be accessed by the motor boat from neighboring Dangmal. The wild and violent waves of the ocean break the silence of the tranquil and virgin beach land of Gahirmatha. The beach is hidden in the fern trees. Take the pleasure in the sunset when the ray is reflected on the water of the ocean. Canals in the woodlands look even more beautiful. Rare species of Albino crocodiles can also be seen on the Island.
Kalibhanjan, hidden in sundari, Garran, Hental, Hogla, is located on the banks of Dhamara River.
Temple lovers will enjoy the theology of the Shiva temple of Aradi, about 52 km from Bhadrak, located on the banks of Baitarani River. Kanika palace is another imperative attraction which can be accessed crossing the Baitarani River from Chandbali.
Cross the River Baitarani and visit the Shiva temple of Aradi from Chandbali.
Bhitarkanika can be accessed by road from the main city of Jajpur.
Where to Stay: Tourists can stay at Panthasala (www.otdc.in ) or Dharamsala. Hotel Swagat, Puspak Lodge, Sabuj Guest House in Chandbali, Hotel Abhinandan, Hotel Blue Vine in Bhadrak are some of the notable hotels where tourist can stay at.
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