Spreading across an area of around 145 sq.km., Bhitarkanika National park is situated at Kendapara district in the state of Odisha in India, and encompasses Bhitarkanika Wildlife Sanctuary that spreads over 670 sq.km. The park comprises rich marine vegetation and rarest varieties of flora and fauna. Home to salt water crocodiles, this mangroves in the Brahmani, Dhamra and Baitarani river delta is full of canine teeth owners.. The river systems of the sanctuary are the habitats of giants saltwater crocodiles – the largest amongst all species of crocodiles – and mangrove forests. Crocodiles are as long as 20 feet in length, which creates a fearsome look within a single glance.
There are creeks and islands in the forestry area, keeping the dangers hidden under its warmth. Indian python, back ibis, king cobra are the other famous residents living in this region, offering the natural view to the tourists. The Bhitarkanika National Park is the second-largest sanctuary in India. Dense mangrove forests crisscrossed by tidal creeks are the distinguishing features of the Bhitarkanika National Park.
Apart from salt water crocodiles, the park is also famous for Olive Ridley Sea Turtles.
This forest is rich in biodiversity and sensual beauties. Waterbirds and migrated birds increase the population by a high notch, which can’t be experienced at other sanctuaries in India. Open billed storks, kingfisher, woodpecker, hornbill, Brahmani duck, sea eagle, seagull, egrets and darters along with as many as 215 species of avian population can be spotted in the park. Spotted deer, hyena, porcupine, sambar, wild boar, leopard cat, jungle cats are the other focal points of this forest’s long list of animals.
The name Bhitarkanika means the interiors of the Kanika Kingdom, which was located close to the Dhamara Port of yore, a relevant trading post.