Bhitarkanika Wildlife Sanctuary
Bhitarkanika Wildlife Sanctuary information
The best time to visit is from December to February. Hundreds of massive estuarine crocodiles bask on mud flats waiting for the next meal to swim by. Birdwatchers will find eight species of brilliantly coloured kingfishers, plus 207 other species.
First stop is a permit check at Khola jetty before chugging on to Dangmal Island , where you’ll find a successful crocodile breeding and conservation program (and accommodation). Pythons, water monitors, baboons, wild boar and numerous spotted deer can also be seen.
Herons arrive at Bagagahan Island in early June and nest until early December, when they move on to Chilika Lake. Raucous open-billed storks have set up a permanent rookery here. The island is reached by a narrow pathway leading to a watchtower, where you can spy on a mass of herons and storks nesting in the treetops.