Orissa, better recognized for its temple architecture and sea beaches, is also home to some of the finest wildlife sanctuaries in the country. With almost 1/3rd of the state under forest cover, and eighteen sanctuaries, encompassing 2 national parks, your Orissa wildlife tour packages could be as extensive as you imagine. Jotted below are some of the best places in Odisha where you can take your fantasies for wildlife exploration to another level.
Bhitarkanika, a national park and sanctuary, mainly consists of a mangrove ecosystem, and henceforth best explored on a boat trip through the winding water channels. The sanctuary is predominantly recognized for its mass crocodile population, which can be witnessed swimming in the creeks or basking in the mudflats. Other animals that you’re expected to come across are wild pigs, sambar, spotted deer, snakes, and a wide range of birds.
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At Satkosia 4 species of amphibians, 27 species of reptiles, 183 species of fish, and 38 species of mammals have been recorded. There is also boating facility available in the valley. Budget accommodations are available in Angul, nearly 60 kilometres from Tikarapada. Bhubaneswar, the close by airport is nearly 210 kilometres away.
Habitat to large groups of elephants, Chandaka Wildlife Sanctuary is nearly twenty kilometres via road from Bhubaneswar. Besides elephants, Chandaka is also habitat to deer, leopards, indian mongoose, wild boar and several species of birds. A trip to the Pitagadia, Kochilaberana or Charichhak watch towers may be a worthwhile experience. The renowned Botanical Garden and Nandankanan Zoo has been carved out along the Kanjia Lake, once part of the Chandaka forest.
Surveys discloses that Chilika Lake is the largest wintering ground for migratory birds coming to India. During the peak season, nearly 160 species of birds enter this area. They approach from as far as Ladakh, Himalayas, Caspian Sea and other remote places. Graylag geese, Jacana, Herons and Flamingos, white bellied sea eagles, Gray and purple Herons, Spoonbills and many more are among the birds who roam to this serene land for nesting.
The major drawshere in Chilikainclude Nalabana Bird Sanctuary, the Magarmukhregion, the New Mouth and the temple on Kalijai Island. It’ll be anenthrallingexperience to witness Flamingos & Pelicans at close range in the Nalabana Island. The Nirmaljhar waterfall, situatedclosely 12km from Chilika lagoon is a heavenly site of serenity. The sunrise & sunset in Chilika is one of the unflappable sight which draws attention of innumerable tourists.A Chilka Lake Tour Package is worth considering if you are an avid bird lover.