The land of lush green mangroves, migrating birds and turtles, the menacing estuarine crocodiles, meandering water courses, tranquil surrounding intercepted by the chirping of birds and the ever embracing nature, entrails visitors from near and far off places to flock these unique places of tourist importance. Scientists, Scholars, Nature Lovers and Tourists have abundant food for thought and exploration. Bhitarkanika represents one of the finest creations ever. The wetland is represented by as many as 3 protected Areas, namely “The Bhitarkanika National Park”, “The Bhitarkanika Wildlife Sanctuary” and “The Gahirmatha Marine Sanctuary”.
Bhitarkanika is a unique habitat of Mangrove Forests criss-crossed with numerous creeks and mud flats located in Kendrapara district of Orissa. One of the largest Mangrove Eco systems in India, Bhitarkanika is home to diverse flora and fauna. Bhitarkanika located between 86’-45” To 87’17” East longitude and 20’-17” to 20’-47” North latitude in the estuary of Brahmani, Baitarani, Dhamra & Mahanadi river systems, has unique attraction and a boast of nature’s most picturesque sites. The unique bio-diversity attracts visitors to the nature’s lap.
Bhitarkanika National Park is a prime habitat of leopard cat, fishing cat, jungle cat, hyena, wild boar, spotted deer, sambar, porcupine, dolphin, salt water crocodile including partially white crocodile, python, king cobra, water monitor lizards, terrapin, marine turtle, kingfisher, wood pecker, hornbill, bar headed geese, brahminy duck, pintail, white bellied sea eagle, tern, sea gull, waders and a large variety of resident and migratory birds.
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)
Cuttack – Khola / Gupti (140 kms)
Bhadrak -Chandabali (60 kms)
Bhadrak – Jayanagar (80 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
Nearest Airport :
Bhubaneswar – 160 kms to Khola / Gupti
Direction from Bhubaneswar to Bhitarkanika
With eyes wet with tears of Joy and Happiness, we hereby place before you that the stay under your hospitable roof “Sand Pebbles Resorts” at Bhitarkanika is simply Superb- Superb - Superb and amazing. The pleasantness and the nature’s beauty is really worth-rewarding to the core to enjoy. The Maintainance of the resort is really good.
L.M. ANANTHA PADMANABHAN
KOLKATA 700 029
I was pleasantly surprised that the facilities at such a remote place were so good. Food provided was better that i had eaten at any five star hotel. The warmth and hospitality of the staff was unforgettable. Everything was taken care of including the boating and entry into the reserve. Overall an unforgettable experience and i will definitely come back and definitely recommend resort. I have to mention that we were served locally caught prawns, fish and crabs and chicken. I would like to thank the operator for their service.
Dr. Binati Debata
26 December 2013
Alok babu . We are extremely thankful to you and your team for the great hospitability . The entire trip responsibility had been taken by you and every little thing had been taken care of. I am also thankful you were accommodating as far as the cooking of crabs . We were very comfortable. The food quality was excellent and service was great. My personal thanks to you.
Dr S Debata
25 Dec 2013
The place is very nicely managed. During our trip, we were amazed by their hospitality and professionalism. Food served was very nice, hygenic. Management took care of every small requirement. Tents were very clean. Beds were very comfortable.
As we were still a few kilometers from the resort, we could notice a person on a two-wheeler guiding us to the lodge! The lunch was delicious! All the personnel here are very courteous and helping. The boat ride was simply superb! We are really happy with our experience at Sandpebbles - especially the human touch! Pabitra deserves a very special word of thanks!