The core area of Bhitarkanika Wildlife Sanctuary has been notified as Bhitarkanika National Park since 1998. This is spread over an area of 145 sq km. This area has much significance with regard to ecological aspects as it includes mangrove forests, rivers, creeks, backwaters, estuaries and salt water crocodiles.
Time to Visit
Open For Tourists: 1st August to 30th April every year
Closed for Tourists: 1st May to 31st July every year and for a week normally in the Winter for crocodile census (this year it will close for census between 5th January 2024 to 13th January 2024).
Best time to visit for birds: – 1st August to 20th November
Best time to visit for crocodiles: – 1st October to 20th of April