Bhitarkanika Nature Camps, an offbeat tourist destination in Odisha with forest and sea.
Odisha, the state most famous for the majestic temples and beaches drawing a huge crowd every year, harbors some of the most beautiful destinations in the lap of nature. Among them, Bhitarkanika Wildlife Sanctuary and National Park, second only to the Sundarbans in size of the Mangrove area is the home of a diverse set of resident and migratory wildlife. Nomadic Eco camps Bhitarkanika, lying on the coast of Bay of Bengal surrounded by creeks and Mangrove forest system, provides an amazing weekend destination, with luxurious accommodation with a number of staying options. Dangamal offers rooms with modern amenities which are to be reached by a boat from Khola, Gupti offers a night stay location inside the forest by the river Patasala, While Habalikhatiis a good option for the sea lovers with amazing beach view. Staying in the Nomadic Eco camps Bhitarkanika not only provides a great nature stay experience with an encounter with the largest congregation of Salt-water crocodiles, but also the delectable delicacies which are included in the package itself.
Accommodation: There are three different accommodations at Bhitarkanika. I.e Dangmal, Habalikhati and Gupti.
Good news for large groups, Bhitarkanika can accommodate more than 80 adults at a time.
Check In : 11:00 AM
Check Out: 10:00 AM
Boating : To reach the property, boats need to be hired from Gupti or Khola. The journey along the creeks through the dense mangrove vegetation in the estuarine delta is an amazing experience. More than ninety variety of mangroves is found here with their pneumatophores or breathing roots which is needed in the time of high tide, when the water level rises and the forest floats.
Wildlife and Bird-Watching : Bhitarkanika is mostly famous for being one of the largest congregations of the huge saltwater crocodiles who busk in the sun in the muds along the creek. Mudskippers, Leopard Cats, Chital and Sambar Deer, different kinds of Dolphins like Bottle-Nose Dolphin’s, Irrawaddy Dolphin, and Finless Porpoise Dolphin, along with Hawksbill, leatherback and Olive Ridley turtles are often seen here. The place is the birders’ paradise with its high number of migratory and residential birds like Asian Open Bill, Black Ibis, Cormorants, Herons, and Darters etc. which are seen from the months of October to February.
Stargazing : From the pristine beaches, stargazing experience can be great, without any light pollution here.
Kalibhanjadiha Island : An archipelago of seven islands, this place can be reached from Khola in a boat, to encounter animals’ like spotted deer, Wild pig, and crocodiles.
Gahirmatha : A nice beach and marine wildlife sanctuary, one of the world`s largest known rookery of Olive Ridley sea turtle, this place entrances scientists and nature lovers both.
Batighar : The first lighthouse installed in the eastern coast of India with the natural beauty of the mangrove forests on both sides of the river, seen from the boat.
Hukitola : A less explored island with 160 years old functional Lighthouse, an example of excellent British architectural skill with rainwater harvesting system. The place is also the breeding place of horseshoe crabs and is an Ancient Port of British period.
How to Reach:
Rail : The nearest rail-station is Bhadrak Jn. From there it is nearly 142 km away which takes 4 hours and 50 minutes to reach by car.
Air : The nearest airport is Bhubaneswar (Biju Patnaik International Airport), 160 km away and takes a car 4 hours to reach the place.
Road : From Kolkata, the property is approximately 493 km away and it takes around 10 hours via Kharagpur-Balasore-Bhadrak.
Best Time to Visit:
From March to June, due to high temperature and humidity, animal sighting is limited to the dawn and dusk hours. Winter is the best time to enjoy the beauty of this place with flocks of migratory birds from Central Asia and Europe, along with sun-busking crocodiles and deer on the creek.
Non AC 4 Bedded Rooms : INR 5192 + 15% GST and Convenience Fee (Per day per room) – Bani Bhavan
Non AC 3 Bedded Room : INR INR 5192 + 15% GST and Convenience Fee (Per day per room) – Hental House
AC Double Rooms : INR 4543 + 15% GST and Convenience Fee (Per day per room) – Sundari Bhavan
AC Double Rooms : INR 5841 + 15% GST and Convenience Fee (Per day per room) – Heron House
AC Double Rooms : INR 4543 + 15% GST and Convenience Fee (Per day per room) – Cheetal Cottage
Non AC Double Bedded Rooms : INR 1857 + 15% GST and Convenience Fee (Per day per room) – Habali Bhavan Type – 3
Non AC Double Bedded Tents : INR 2476 + 15% GST and Convenience Fee (Per day per room) – Tents
Non AC 4 Bedded Rooms : INR 5192 + 15% GST and Convenience Fee (Per day per room) – Habali Bhavan Type – 2
Non AC 4 Bedded Rooms : INR 4543 + 15% GST and Convenience Fee (Per day per room) – Habali Bhavan
Non AC Double Bedded Rooms : INR 4543 + 15% GST and Convenience Fee (Per day per room) – Dolphin House
AC Double Rooms : INR 3894 + 15% GST and Convenience Fee (Per day per room) – Researchers Hostel
The above mentioned tariffs include complimentary breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Kids between 1 to 3 years are complimentary
Kids from 4 years will be charged INR 1000 for foods and lodging. (To be paid at the destination)
INR 750 for foods and lodging Maximum. (To be paid at the destination)
There are pick up and drop facility available, to avail which you need to contact directly to the property. Also, the sightseeing can be organized as per your schedule (if any), and that is to be finalized directly with the person in charge, prior to your travel.