Bhitarkanika National Park to Reopen for Tourists from Aug 1

Kendrapara: Bhitarkanika National Park in Kendrapara district will reopen for tourists and nature lovers from August 1 after a three-month break.

The park was closed for tourists from May 1 to July 31 during the mating and nesting seasons of saltwater crocodiles in order to ensure the safety of humans and provide a congenial environment for the crocodiles.

Spread over 145 sqkm, the Bhitarkanika National Park is famous for its saltwater crocodiles, resident and migrant avian species and a huge variety of mangrove species. More than 50,000 tourists visit the park every year.

More than 92 nests of crocodiles were counted during this year’s nesting season, as per reports.

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