A verdant paradise dotted with lush green mangroves, fascinating migratory birds, teeming turtles and magnetic environs dipped in tranquility, Bhitarkanika National Park, the hunting field of the erstwhile king of Kanishka is located in the district of Kendrapara extending over an area of 367 sq. km. The evergreen ambience of the park- a soothing green oasis- is indeed charismatic. The nearest town to Bhitarkanika is Chandabali which is at a distance of 35 km. November to February is the peak season when nature abundantly showers its ecstasies where in the meandering water bodies possess an endearing appearance, adorable birds flock in, and the green cover generates a spellbind feel. The railhead in proximity to the Park is in Bhadrak at a distance of 80 km. and the airport is in Bhubaneswar at a distance of 160 km. Bhitarkanika is famed not only for its creeks and mudflats, it also has the second largest mangrove forests in the country containing 62 out of 67 known Indian species of mangrove forests. There mangrove forests trap sediments in their strong roots and act as potent barrier against cyclonic storms. The peninsular climate of the park enraptures visitors. The incredible spots in Bhitarkanika are showcased as effervescent ecotourism attractions. The lavish mangrove ecosystem supports great biodiversity which further spruces-up the ecotourism vibes of the park. The mammals found in Bhitarkanika are leopard, wild boar, jungle cat, fishing cat, hyena, sambar, striped palm squirrel, Gangetic dolphin, etc. Reptiles found comprise turtles including Olive Ridley sea turtle, crocodile, lizard, water monitors, python, and king cobra. Next to the Mexican Sea Coast, the magnificent Gahirmatha beach that falls within this National Park is the largest breeding area for Olive Ridley Turtles. Around 166 lively species of birds have been spotted in the park.The avian fauna configures open billed storks, grey herons, cormorants, egrets, darters, painted storks, pelicans, bar headed geese, Brahmani ducks, etc.
The efforts initiated by the Park authorities, post realizing the enormous potential of ecotourism, are to make it widespread by involving the local community in diverse array of activities. Ecotourism is the most appropriate model for the sustainable development paradigm owing to the fact that a lot of endangered species such as Gangetic dolphins, salt water crocodile, Olive Ridley sea turtles, migratory birds like whimbrel curlew, golden plover and white bellied sea eagle found in the Park are included in the list of endangered species.
The avenues for spotting the giant salt water crocodiles and other reptiles like the water monitor lizard and the king cobra amuses the visitors. Spotted deer throng around the park. Wild boars are also found abundantly. The eight varieties of kingfishers found in Bhitarkanika are an eye-treat. The boat ride from Khola to Dangmal is an exciting journey. The sightseeing trips atop boats over the waves are breathtaking. The idyllic beauty and variety of wildlife and birds in a stunningly vivid natural backdrop make Bhitarkanika a vibrant ecotourism haven.
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!