Want to experience the bliss of life? Then there are a number of such locations in Odisha where a simple ride or a few moments of deep breath can infuse the feeling of heavenly tranquillity. Bichitrapur Mangrove Reserve is just one such site that is enough to inspire wanderlust even in the most reserved.
Sketched by the Subarnarekha river which emerges from Jharkhand drains into the Bay Of Bengal, this mangrove reserve is nestled beautifully in the lap of nature.
Traveling by car to this spot just 100 KM away from Balasore will surely be an enlivening experience if one can enjoy the experience of the drive and feel the fresh breeze fill your body and mind.
You can plan for an overnight stay in the eco-tourism centre as the location has a community-managed nature camping centre with four cottages and five tent houses. The State Forest department has taken the initiative to lure more customers into the reserve. The cottages can be booked online (https://www.ecotourodisha.com). However, the place can be a little lonely unless you are in a large group.
You can travel to many other beautiful places along with the mangrove reserve. Talsari beach which is famous for its miraculous seashore and casuarina forests lies not more than 10 km away from the location. The beach of Udaipur, the northernmost tip of Odisha is also situated just 20 km away from the mangrove.
Strong conservation and protection measures effected in the mangrove forests have turned the place into sheltering grounds for a variety of avian species, Olive Ridley turtles and red crabs.
Here are some things to do at Bichitrapur mangrove reserve:-
- A boat ride
- Simply relaxing and exploring the wild life
- Visit the famous Chandaneswar temple
- Expand your knowledge over marine wildlife
- And enjoy the tidal waves of the sea
By Somatirtha Purohit