Bhitarkanika National Park To Reopen For Tourists Tomorrow

Kendrapara: The Bhitarkanika National Park in Kendrapara district which was closed since May 1 will reopen for tourists from tomorrow.

Assistant Conservator of Forests (ACF), Bhitarkanika National Park, Pradosh Kumar Patnaik informed that the Bhitarkanika authorities have made elaborate arrangements for the reopening. Visitors will be permitted to enter the mangrove wetlands through three main entry points – Chandbali, Khola and Gupti.

“We have made elaborate arrangements for the reopening of the Bhitarkanika National Park. Apart from five government boats, we have arranged and registered 23 private boats. Besides, there are seven catamarans for the visitors,” Patnaik informed.

Notably, the authorities had shut the park on account of the breeding season of the salt-water crocodiles. As per the latest headcount, as many as 1,671 estuarine crocodiles are in Bhitarkanika.