Bhitarkanika, the one of its kind estuarine biosphere is all set to give tourists some unique experience. Meet the world’s largest crocodile ‘Kalia’ there. Have a wonderful day at the cruise on the serene estuarine waters.
Bhitarkanika, the country’s second largest mangrove forest after Sundarbans in neignbouring West Bengal, is also a Ramsar wetland site. The park figured on the tentative list of future heritage sites of Unesco in 2009 and made its way to the final list in 2014. “A team of four members, headed by wildlife scientist Manoj Nayar from the NWHMTAPR centre at WII Dehradun, had visited Bhitarkanika in August 2015 to prepare a dossier recommending to Unesco that the park be declared a World Heritage Site. On September 24 2015, the team submitted the dossier to India’s ambassador and permanent delegate at the Unesco headquarters in Paris. We are eagerly waiting for the Bhitarkanika to be conferred the coveted tag,” said the forest officer.