Bhitarkanika National Park to reopen for Tourists from Aug 1

KalingaTV News Network

Kendrapara: After remaining closed for three months in view of the breeding season of estuarine crocodiles in the wetland, the Bhitarkanika National Park will be reopened for the tourists from August 1.

“In view of the crocodiles’ breeding, a three-month-long prohibition on the entry of tourists and visitors to the wetland sites had been enforced from May 1 to July 31,” said Divisional Forest Officer, Rajnagar Mangrove (wildlife) Forest Division, Bimal Prasanna Acharya.

“The prohibition on tourists’ entry is imposed in the park as human interference disturbs the breeding process of crocodiles. The reptiles turn violent and may attack the tourists during this period. Hence, the closure of the park for the short period aims to ensure the safety of humans and provide congenial environment to the crocodiles,” Acharya added.

The park authorities has made extra arrangements for the tourists this year by operationalising eight cottages at Dangamal for night halt inside the park, claimed the officer

An area of 145 sqkm of the Bhitarkanika Wild Sanctuary, located in Kendrapara district of Odisha, has been designated as a National Park since 16th Sep 1998. With its vast expanse of mangrove cover and wetland spots, the park is an ideal eco-tourism destination for camping and trekking.

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