Kendrapara: The Bhitarkanika National Park in Kendrapara district reopened for tourists on Wednesday after remaining closed for three months in view of the breeding season of the estuary crocodiles.
“Entry of the tourists and visitors to the wetland site was prohibited from May 1 to July 31, to provide a tranquil environment for the crocodiles’ mating and breeding season,” said Divisional Forest Officer (DFO), Rajnagar Mangrove (wildlife) Forest Division, Bimal Prasanna Acharya adding, that now visitors can have an adventurous tour in the park.
The DFO said as many as 101 nests of crocodiles were counted during this year’s nesting season against 79 nests counted last year.
He further said, “As we are expecting large number of visitors, extra arrangements have been made for tourists and eight new cottages have been made functional at Dangamal for night stay inside the park. Besides guest houses are also available at Agaranasi Habalikothi, Gupti and Eakakula.
This apart, tourists and visitors from across the country interested in visiting Bhitarkanika National Park can log on to www.ecotourodisha.com for online bookings.