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Tag: Bhitarkanika

Rare Albino Crocodile
Rare Albino Crocodile Sighted In Odisha's Bhitarkanika

Although albino estuarine crocodiles are rare, they have been spotted in the wild in Bhitarkanika.

Dolphin Sightings
Spectacular! Watch Dolphins Breaching In Odisha’s Bhitarkanika

Spectacular visuals of Dolphins were recorded on cam during Dolphin Census at Rajnagar, Bhitarkanika in Odisha.

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The Incredible Wildlife Of Odisha
The Incredible Wildlife Of Odisha

Odisha’s incredible wildlife wealth needs to be preserved for the future so that our children become true inheritors of this state’s natural heritage.

Bhitarkanika Monsoon Bird Count Over 1.08 Lakh, Up By 11 Per Cent

Maximum number of birds were witnessed at three locations, Matha Dia, Laxmiprasad Dia and Durga Prasad Dia.

Odisha: 7- Day Bird Census At Bhitarkanika National Park Begins Today

The seasonal bird census at the famous Bhitarkanika National Park in Kendrapada district began today (Aug 23). The bird census will reportedly continue for seven days for which two teams have been set up.

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Crocodile Drags Man Into Brahmani River In Kendrapara

Basant Parida of Srirampur village near Pattamundai had gone to the river for a wash while the incident took place

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Orissa High Court Orders Eviction Of Illegal Prawn Gherries From Chilika, Bhitarkanika

Cuttack: The Orissa High Court has ordered eviction of illegal prawn gherries at Chilika, Bhitarkanika and other eco-sensitive wetland areas in Puri and Ganjam district. While directing the Collectors of…

Odisha: 16 White Crocodiles Spotted In Bhitarkanika
Odisha: 16 White Crocodiles Spotted In Bhitarkanika

Kendrapara: Sixteen white crocodiles have been sighted in the brackish water bodies of Odisha’s Bhitarkanika National Park, the country’s lone habitation for albino estuarine crocodiles, as per the latest census report released on Monday. The crocodile population in Bhitarkanika has swollen to 1,768 from 95 four decades ago, the report said. There were only two […]

Resentment Over ‘Faulty’ Bhitarkanika Demarcation, People Demand Exclusion Of Villages From Sanctuary

Kendrapara: The delineation of boundary of Bhitarkanika in Kendrapara district has sparked antipathy among the residents of the villages that remained under the jurisdiction of the wildlife sanctuary. Locals have alleged that several villages that are far away from the sanctuary continued to remain under its jurisdiction due to the faulty demarcation. As the villages […]

Winter Scenes: Bhitarkanika Abuzz With Migratory Birds

Kendrapara: As winter sets in, Bhitarkanika in Odisha’s Kendrapara district is echoing with chirpy cacophony with the arrival of thousands of avian guests to the wetland spots of the National Park. Every year in this season, migratory birds from Siberia, Eastern Europe, China and other continents fly over a thousand mile to take shelter at […]

Eco Retreat Festival
Eco Retreat Festival At Bhitarkanika, Hirakud From December 1

Bhubaneswar: To boost the tourism sector in the state which is badly hit due to the pandemic situation, the state tourism department will kick-off  three month-long ‘Eco Retreat Festivals’ at two iconic places of tourist attraction in the state—the  Bhitarkanika National Park and Hirakud Dam– from December 1. While at Bhitarkanika, the country’s second largest […]

bhitarkanika reopens for visitors tourists
Bhitarkanika Reopens For Visitors, Take A Look At The Restrictions Imposed

Kendrapara: After almost a seven-month hiatus, Bhitarkanika National Park in Kendrapara reopened from Thursday (today) for tourists/visitors to enjoy the flora and fauna. The park was closed for tourists and visitors since enforcement of the nation-wide lockdown in March this year in the wake of Covid-19 outbreak. As per the authorities, only those tourists/visitors booking […]

Kalijai Temple In Chilika Lake
Odisha Govt Plans Cruise Service To Boost Tourism Potential

Bhubaneswar: The Odisha government has decided to operate day cruise service at five selected water bodies with the participation of the private sector, an official said on Saturday. The tourism department has invited proposals from prospective applicants for organising day cruises at Chilika Lake, Mahanadi, Bhitarkanika, Satkosia George and Hirakud reservoir in Odisha. #Odisha plans […]

Odisha Partners Kerala To Develop Water Tourism

Bhubaneswar: The state tourism department has signed an agreement with the Kerala Shipping and Inland Navigation Corporation (KSINC) for developing water-based tourism in Odisha. Besides housing Asia’s largest brackish water lagoon Chilika lake, the state boasts of a 482-kilometer coastline and eight major reservoirs, apart from several other pristine water bodies where surveys have ascertained […]

Inaugural Edition Of Bhitarkanika Festival On February 7

Kendrapara: The inaugural edition of Bhitarkanika festival will showcase the rich biodiversities, flora and fauna of the internationally acclaimed Ramsar wetland site in Odisha, officials said. The three-day event, which will commence on February 7, will be a joint endeavour by the Forest and Tourism department. Nalitapatia village, lying on the fringes of the core […]

Bhitarkanika Reopens For Tourists After Ten-Day Break

Kendrapara: Bhitarkanika National Park in Kendrapara district reopened for tourists on Sunday after remaining closed for ten days for the annual census of the estuarine crocodiles, a senior forest official said. The national park receives around one lakh tourists every year, the official said. “The restriction on the visitors was imposed to prevent noise pollution […]

Crocodile Population Rises In Bhitarkanika National Park

Kendrapara: The number of crocodiles in Bhitarkanika National Park in Odisha’s Kendrapara district has increased as per the findings of the latest headcount of the reptiles. At least 1,757 salt-water crocodiles including albino species were counted this year along the water-bodies of Mahanadi deltaic region while the census figure recorded last year stood at 1,742, […]

Column: Saving Mangroves

By Ashutosh Mishra Bhubaneswar: Odisha’s mangrove forests are facing a threat like most of its other natural resources. There are disturbing reports about mangroves in Bhitarkanika, one of their best known habitats, being cleared to facilitate illegal prawn culture and construction activities. Nurtured by brackish water, mangroves are a unique plant species found in the […]

CM Naveen To Inaugurate Odisha Travel Bazaar On Oct 14

Bhubaneswar: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik is scheduled to inaugurate the third edition of Odisha Travel Bazaar which will focus on business of inbound and domestic tourism on October 14. The Department of Tourism, Government of Odisha along with Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industries (FICCI) will organise the mega event in Bhubaneswar. […]

Iconic Tourist Sites: Odisha’s Puri and Konark cannot be overlooked, says Union Minister

Bhubaneswar/ New Delhi: Odisha’s Puri Jagannath Temple and Konark Sun Temple will get ‘iconic heritage’ tag and as they assume historical importance, nobody can overlook them, said Union Tourism Minister Prahlad Singh Patel. Talking to reporters on the sidelines of State Tourism Ministers’ Conference held in New Delhi on Tuesday, Patel said, “Puri and Konark […]

Bhitarkanika national park to remain closed till July 31

Kendrapara: The Bhitarkanika National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary situated in Kendrapara district will remain closed from today till July 31, informed Rajnagar Forest Department through a notification. The national park which is the natural habitat of crocodiles, remains closed for a period of 3 months every year as the salt water (Baula) crocodiles go through […]

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Bird census in Odisha to begin from tomorrow

Bhubaneswar: This year’s bird census in Nandankanan, Similipal and other forest divisions will begin from tomorrow and the same will be carried out in Chilika from January 4 followed by Bhitarkanika & Hirakud from January 6, informed Chief Wildlife Warden Sandeep Tripathy. The official informed that preparations are underway for the census which is conducted […]

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Bird census in Puri concludes

Puri: The bird census undertaken by the Puri Forest Division at sea beach and near river banks in Puri district concluded on Friday. For the first time, the experts have found Little Green Heron and Peregrine Falcon in the bank of river Devi. “The little green heron is generally sighted at Bhitarkanika. We have traced […]

Bhitarkanika National Park registers increase in mammal count

Kendrapara: The annual mammal count in the mangrove cover and wetland sites of Bhitarkanika National Park registered over 16 percent rise during 2016-17. This year as many as 7129 mammals have been spotted in the national park which comprises core area of 145 square kilometre of the Bhitarkanika Wild Sanctuary, along with mangrove cover, Gahirmatha […]

Bhitarkanika records marginal rise in bird count

Kendrapara: Marking a marginal rise in the bird count, as many as 1,04,490 country birds have been included in the latest census at the Bhitarkanika National Park in Kendrapara district. According to the officials, the census took the count from a total of  21956 nests in the national park. A team was formed constituting the […]