Odisha is a nature enthusiast’s paradise. The State is draped with greenery and is enticingly picturesque. The aesthetic pleasure of viewing nature and wildlife in Odisha surpasses the realm of description. The wilderness of Odisha sways the visitors and holds them in awe and wonder.
The tourists are easily carried away by the grace and majesty of the flora and fauna of the State. The pulsating natural facets strewn across induce wildlife tourists. Scores of tourists visit the wildlife destinations in Odisha such as Nandankanan Zoological Park, Similipal National Park, Bhitarkanika National Park, Satkosia Gorge Wildlife Sanctuary, Hadagarh Wildlife Sanctuary, Baisipalli Wildlife Sanctuary, Kotagarh Wildlife Sanctuary, Chandaka-Dampara Wildlife Sanctuary, Khalaguni Wildlife Sanctuary, Balukhand-Konark Wildlife Sanctuary, Kuldiha Wildlife Sanctuary, Debrigarh Wildlife Sanctuary, Lakhari Valley Wildlife Sanctuary, Chilika Wildlife Sanctuary, Badarama Wildlife Sanctuary, Sunabela Wildlife Sanctuary, Karlapat Wildlife Sanctuary, and Gahirmatha (Marine) Wildlife Sanctuary; and are thrilled by the wonderful sights of wilderness.Odisha possesses rich biodiversity and has a long history of conservation. There is a new rage among environmentalists, researchers, photographers, teachers, students, journalists,intellectuals, and other professionals in visiting the National Parks and Wildlife Sanctuaries of Odisha. Owing to the stimulus received by the wildlife tourists in the designated centres which take them into a trance, a greater surge is now experienced in Odisha.
There are exemplary amenities in offer for the tourists. The pristine ambience splashed by green splendors coupled with exotic species of endangered flora and fauna attracts great tourist influx. The area of the Bhitarkanika Wildlife Sanctuary is 672 Sq. Kms. The core area of Bhitarkanika Wildlife Sanctuary comprising of 145 Sq. Kms was declared as a National Park.
The area supports rich biodiversity including mangroves and mangrove associates (71 species), largest population of estuarine crocodiles (1358 as per 2004 census), the rare white crocodile (Sankhua), largest Indian lizards (water monitor), poisonous and non-poisonous snakes like king cobra and python, varieties of resident and migratory birds (217 species) and number of mammalian species (spotted deer, sambar, wild boar, fishing cat, jungle cat, otter etc.)
Chilika lagoon has been designated as a Ramsar site (Wetland of International importance) from the 1st October, l981. The Chilika Lagoon is hot spot of rich Biodiversity.The water spread of the lagoon varies between 1165 Sq.km in monsoon to 906 Sq.km during summer, and extends over Puri, Khurda and Ganjam districts.
There are 546 species of angiospermic plants belonging to 379 genera and 107 families, above 100 phytoplankton genera, 20 species of weed and 7 pteridophytic species documented so far in the Lagoon and the islands.Birds belonging to over 230 species including 14 birds of prey (32% aquatic, 22%waders,
and 46% terrestrial birds) are seen in this lake, of which 95 species are intercontinental and local migrants.
The other vertebrate fauna includes:
· 321 species of fish and crab (fresh water, estuarine and marine species),
· 7 species of amphibians,
· 30 species of reptiles (12 species of lizards and 18 species of snakes) and
· 18 species of mammals.
Two major crabs species (Scylla serreta and Neptunus pelagicus), available in Chilika are of commercial importance.
At present there are about 80-90 Irrawaddy dolphins in the entire lake. A small population of Bottle nosed dolphin, Sousa chinensis also migrate in to the lagoon from the sea Numerous islands are present in the lagoon, prominent among which are Kalijai, Honeymoon, Barakuda, Breakfast, Birds Island, etc.
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!