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BHITARKANIKA

Bhitarkanika Estuarine Village Resort

Estuarine Village Resort is located at Nalitapatia village, close to Dangmal, the main entrance to the Bhitarkanika National Park, overseeing the confluence point of the rivers Brahmani and Baitarani. The resort has in it background Bhitarkanika National Park – a RAMSAR site renowned world over for its rich biodiversity – rich mangrove species and vivid fauna species like large estuarine crocodiles, spotted deer, wild cats, fish cats, hyenas, and lots of bird varieties, with eight different species of kingfisher making it even more special.

Ambience of intimacy and privacy, nature at its best, with all amenities for classic family holiday and leisure vacation, all combine to make this 12-room nature camp resort a one-of-kind never forgetting experience. Rooms include five huge cottages and seven modified Swiss tents – modified to sync with the setting of the rural area the resort is located.

Let flaming sunsets and this resort´s rustic-style enchant you the way you might have dreamt of. Enjoy the remoteness of the place and be at yourself with your loved ones.

Resort Facilities
  • Non AC Rooms with attached Bath & Western style Toilet.
  • Power Back up
  • 24 hours running cold water
  • Hot water on demand
  • Restaurant.
  • Car Parking
  • Angling
  • Satellite Television (Only in Dining Hall)
  • Bon Fire arrangements. (Chargeable)
  • Car Hire (Chargeable)
  • Boat Hire (Chargeable)
  • Doctor on call (Chargeable)
  • Laundry (Chargeable)
How to Reach?

Estuarine Village Resort, located in the midst of Bhitarkanika, is some 170km from Bhubaneswar (4hr drive) and 140km from Cuttack (Through a combination of National Highway 5 & 5A and State Highway). The route from Bhubaneswar to Estuarine Village Resort:

Bhubaneswar – (NH5) Cuttack – (NH5) Chandikhole – (take left to NH5A – the national highway which goes towards Paradip) Kendrapara – (State Highway) Pattamundai – Rajnagar (left from Rajnagar) – (village metallic all weather road) Jarimul –Ishwarpur – Khola Forest gate (left from a little further) – (concrete village road all along Brahmani River) – Estuarine Village Resort (on the right side of road & 4km from Khola Forest Gate)

From Kolkata: One can also drive from Kolkata to the resort. This is more than 500km and it nearly 8-9hr drive. The route (as mentioned above) from Chandikhole onwards is the same. From Kolkata, one has to join NH5 leading towards Chennai. Chandikhole is nearly 60km from Bhadrak on NH5.

From Bhadrak: One can go to Chandikhole via NH5 and then drive on the same route as mentioned above. The distance this way comes to almost 165km and the drive is of 3.5-4hr. However, from Bhadrak one can drive to Chandbali (nearly 60km) and nearly 15km beyond this is Jaynagar Ghat. From there one can take a boat drive to the resort. Boat takes anything from 45minutes to more than an hour, depending on the tides in the river. But road from Bhadrak to Chandbali is in pathetic condition, and it takes over 2.5hr.

Nearest Airport: – Bhubaneswar – This is connected to most of Indian big cities, be it New Delhi, Kolkata, Bangalore, Chennai, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Port Blair or Bagdogra and Goa.

Nearest Railway Station:- For convenience purposes, nearest major railway station is Cuttack. Bhadrak seems nearest major railway station on map, but road to Bhadrak (via Chandbali) is in bad shape.

More Useful Information:-

Nearest ATM: Rajnagar (30km)

Nearest Government Hospital: Rajnagar (30km)

Nearest Primary Health Centre: Khamarsai Village (3km)

Ambulance Availability: Khamarsai Village (3km)

Nearest Police station: Rajnagar (30km)

Nearest Market: Khamarsai Village (3km)

Bhitarkanika

Bhitarkanika, lying in the estuarine region of Brahmani-Baitarani rivers in the North-Eastern corner of Kendrapara district of Orissa, is the second largest viable mangrove eco-system of India. This huge area of mangrove forests and wetland is intersected by a network of creeks with Bay of Bengal on the East. It houses some 215 species of birds, including wetland migrants from central-Asia and Europe, menacing salt water or estuarine crocodiles, and a lot of other fauna species like spotted deer, hyenas, fish cats, leopard cats, and big monitor lizards.

This is one of best spots for wildlife and nature lovers. It is a heaven for bird watchers, ornithologists and wildlife and nature photographers. Those who believe in visiting real remote villages of India, Bhitarkanika is an obvious choice, for it is surrounded by a large number of villages – a must visit for those who think of rural tourism.

Bhitarkanika includes Bhitarkanika Wildlife Sanctuary, Bhitarkanika National Park and Gahirmatha Marine Sanctuary.

Bhitarkanika Wildlife Sanctuary

An area of 672 square Kilometer was designated as Bhitarkanika Wildlife Sanctuary through a notification in 1975. The Sanctuary, which comprises of mangrove forests with diverse variety of mangrove flora species, has rivers meandering through it making several channels of different dimensions. The Sanctuary was formed to conserve the endangered salt water crocodiles, also called estuarine crocodiles. Besides estuarine Crocodiles, the Sanctuary is rich in avifauna, mammalian and reptilian population. This has proved to be a good habitat for cobras, Indian Python and Water and Monitor Lizards. A large number of water birds visit Bagagahan heronry which is spread over an area of approximately four hectare. These birds start coming towards the end of June and remain in Bagagahan heronry till November, but by the first week of December they start migrating out from here. Stork variety birds, most prominent being Asian Open Bill storks come in huge numbers and some reside here permanently. Other than these, egrets, black ibis, cormorants, darters, parakeets, and kingfishers are also found in good numbers.

Bhitarkanika National Park

The core area of Bhitarkanika Wildlife Sanctuary has been notified as Bhitarkanika National Park since 1998. This is spread over an area of 145sq km. This area has much significance with regard to ecological aspects which include mangrove forests, rivers, creeks, backwaters, estuaries and salt water crocodiles.

Gahirmatha Marine Sanctuary

Stretch of water body from old light house near Batighar to Maipura river mouth was declared as Gahirmatha Marine Sanctuary in 1997. This is world’s largest known rookery of Olive Ridley sea turtle. Mass congregation of Olive Ridley turtles for mating and nesting enthralls both the scientists and nature lovers throughout the world. It was the rarity of mass congregation and the cruelty meted out to these innocent marine creatures which paved the way for creation of Gahirmatha (Marine) Wildlife Sanctuary.

Gahirmatha Sanctuary has a stretch of virgin beach from Barunei mouth to Ekakula. This huge beach stretch is accessible at a few places – Habalikhati (or Habalikuti) and Pentha being the most prominent. Pollution free, serene surrounding, casuarinas trees doting beach stretch at several places and flat bed – all these make the beach a treat for tourists and beach lovers.

The total area of the sanctuary is 1435 Square Kilometer which includes 1408 Square Kilometer of water body and 27 Square Kilometer of land mass including reserve forests, mud flats and accreted sand bars. Core area of the sanctuary consists of 725.50 Square Kilometer and the buffer zone accounts for 709.50 Square Kilometer. The entire sanctuary area comes within the revenue district of Kendrapara.

One can visit Habalikuti to get a glimpse of Gahirmatha. This can be accessed by boat only. There are forest accommodations available at Habalikuti. Once can enjoy the beach and also enjoy the forest area running parallel to the beach. Some good bird sightings are also possible at Habalikuti.

Time to Visit

Bhitarkanika is open for tourists from 1st August to 30th April every year. It remains closed from 1st May to 31st July and 2nd January,2017 to 8th January,2017 for bird and crocodile census.

Best time to visit for birds: – 1st August to 20th November

Best time to visit for crocodiles: – 15th September to 15th of April

Entry Formalities:

One can get a permit from Khola Forest Gate before visiting the Sanctuary by boat.

For Indians – Photocopy of any photo Id is a must. Tourists must, however, carry the originals also. Indians are charged Rs40 (can be revised by Forest Department any time) for entry by boat.

Camera fee is additional to this. Video Camera is charged at Rs5000/camera. Still & Digital cameras are charged at Rs50/camera. These charges can, however, be revised by Forest Department at any time.

For Foreigners: – A copy of passport, visa and 3 recent passport size photographs are submitted at the time of entry. But originals have to be shown at the time of taking permit.

Still & Camera charge is charged at Rs200/camera. Video camera is charged at Rs10000/camera. These are the charges collected directly by the Forest Department at the time of entry and can be revised any time.

DO’s in the Forest
  • Obtain entry permit before entering into the park.
  • Always use licensed boat. The boatman is your first guide.
  • Observe perfect silence while moving in the Sanctuary.
  • Keep your eyes and ears open to observe nature at its best.
  • Use biodegradable containers to carry your eatables. Do not throw the leftover in the rivers ever. Ask the boatmen and they will help you dispose them.
  • Carry sufficient drinking water always
  • If possible, carry a binocular to observe birds and other small animals.
  • Obey the rules and regulations of the park. Violation of these can lead to prosecution or fines or both
DON’T’s
  • Do not feed animals in the forest or at breeding centre. You can be prosecuted or fined for this or both.
  • Do not go to the forest getting drunk. Do not drink intoxicating materials on boat also. This can prove dangerous to your life.
  • Do not tease animals. It keeps animals under stress and they may turn aggressive.
  • Do not use blaring musical appliances. It disturbs the animals and against rules
  • Do not venture out at night. It might be dangerous.
  • Do not cook food inside the park. It is punishable and it may lead to forest fires
  • Do not go too close to the water in any case. There might be a lurking Crocodile and your life can be in danger
  • Do not carry firearms and explosives – It is punishable.
  • Do not carry meat and meat products. It is prohibited.
  • Do not pluck flowers, fruits or any other plant parts.
  • Above all, do not use plastic and plastic derivative containers – it may cause health hazard to animals. Be responsible tourists.
Weather and Climate:

Bhitarkanika is located at the east-coast of Bay of Bengal and hence the weather remains wet and humid. The temperature varies between 12 degree Celsius in winter to 40 degree Celsius in Summer.

August-September: Rainy & can be moderately windy (Minimum Temperature 25°C, Maximum 34°C)

October-November: Pleasant & a little windy (Minimum Temperature 20°C, Maximum 30°C)

December: Moderately Cold & a little windy (Minimum Temperature 14°C, Maximum 27°C)

January-February: Cold & a little windy ( Minimum Temperature 12°C, Maximum 27°C)

March-April: Moderately Hot & can be moderately windy (Minimum Temperature 23°C, Maximum 35°C)

Getting Around

There are a number of interesting activities one can do in Bhitarkanika tour or on the way to Bhitarkanika.

Pentha Beach

This is some 38km from the resort. The beach, situated close to Pentha village, is spectacular. Pentha beach, a part of the Gahirmatha Beach stretch, was once known for regular nesting of Olive Ridley turtles. Forest Department has started a hatchery for the Olive Ridley turtle eggs on one side of the beach for their better conservation. Plans are afootto involve children from schools in Odisha and also local population to spread awareness.

Flat bed and pollution free environment with casuarinas trees visible from a distance – the beach is a lovely place for beach lovers. This is also a potential lovely place for foreigners who want to tan.

Village Walk

Bhitarkanika has a number of villages scattered all along the forest. Villages around Bhitarkanika are a heaven for anyone interested in rural tourism. One can see large tracts of lands under paddy cultivation. There are several villages one can take a walk; look at the rural cultures, their lifestyle and activities.

There are some villages which are dependent on fishing. One such prominent village is Talchua, which survives on fishing. Sea trawlers can be seen here and on sale are different kinds of sea fish and prawns. Incidentally, this is the place where Brahmani River meets Bay of Bengal. Dhamra Port, now owned by Adani Group of Gujarat, is a short distance by boat from here.

Lalitgiri:

This is a Buddhist site which can be reached taking a short detour from the National Highway 5A, the main route to Bhitarkanika. Earliest Buddhist Complex here can be dated back to the 1st Century AD. Lalitgiri, together with nearby Ratnagiri and Udaigiri, forms an important node of what is referred to as Diamond Triangle.

Excavations here have brought to light significant archaeological materials that uphold Lalitgiri as a great Buddhist attraction. The majestic ruins of the huge brick monastery, the remains of the chaitya hall, a number of votive stupas and a renovated stone stupa at the apex of a small rugged sandstone hill dominate the rural greenery around. In addition, the museum displays a large number of Mahayana sculptures consisting of colossal Buddha figures, huge Boddhisattva statues, statues of Tara, Jambhala and others. All these show influence of Gandhara and Mathura School of Art.

This also brings to mind the fact of Prajna, who had come from Takshasila to ancient Odisha to learn the philosophy of Yoga. He later left for China in the 8th Century AD with an autographed manuscript of the Buddhist text Gandavyuha, from the then Odishan king Sivakara Deva 1, to the Chinese Emperor Te-tsong. The discovery of caskets containing sacred relics from the stone stupa at the top of the hill further enhances the sacredness of Lalitgiri for Buddhists around the world.

Lalitgiri was probably mentioned by Hiuen Tsang, a Chinese traveller, as Puspagiri Mahaviahara.

Ratnagiri

Ratnagiri monastery, situated on a flat hill-top, can be reached by taking a detour of 20km from National Highway 5A, the route to Bhitarkanika. This was one of the Buddhist sites along with Lalitgiri and Udaigiri which forms the Diamond Triangle of Buddhist sites in Odisha.

Ratnagiri might have been chosen for the seclusion for the serene and calm atmosphere necessary for monastic life and meditation studies. Excavations conducted by Archaeological Survey of India during 1960’s yielded the remains of an impressive Stupa (Stupa 1) surrounded by a large number of votive Stupas of varying dimensions, two quadrangular monasteries (Monasteries 1 and 2), a single winged huge monastery with beautiful carved door jamb and lintel, spacious open courtyard, cells and verandah facing the courtyard with spacious sanctum enshrining colossal Buddha. The existence of temple with curvilinear tower is only one of its kinds discovered in Odisha.

It is clear from the excavations that the Buddhist establishment of Ratnagiri, dating from circa 5th Century, witnessed a phenomenal growth in religion and architecture till the 13th Century. Large number of stone sculptures, few bronze and brass image of Buddha and Buddhist pantheon recovered during excavations tend to prove that Ratnagiri was a great Tantric center of Buddhism comparable to that of Nalanda in Bihar.

By the end of 13th Century, it was on decline, but it continued till about the 16th century. A Tibetan history, the Pag Sam Jon Zang, identifies Ratnagiri as an important center in the development of the Kalachakratantra in the 10th Century. This is well supported by the discovery of a number of votive stupas, plaques, and other artifacts featuring Kalachakra imagery.

Udaigiri

Udayagiri, which forms the third angle of the Diamond Triangle along with Lalitgiri and Ratnagiri, is situated close to Ratnagiri. Together with Lalitgiri and Ratnagiri it formed part of Puspagiri University. As per epigraphic artefacts found here, its historical name was Madhavapura Mahavihara. Numerous excavations by the Archaeological Survey of India have been going on here ever since 1958. During excavations from 1997 to 2000, a second part (Udayagiri-2) was discovered with additional stupas and monasteries.

Akhandalamani Temple

This is a Shiva temple highly revered by the local population. The temple, which can definitely be traced to 18th century, is located on the bank of river Baitarani, at Aradi, 37 km to the east of Bhadrak via Asurali, Kothara and Dhusuri. This place is also linked to Chandabali and can be reached by a boat ride of just more 3 hours from the resort.

Rajkanika

To give a whole new dimension to the erstwhile kingdom of Kanika, the new capital, Rajkanika, was built as a block. With the intention to provide employment to its citizens, foundation stone of the palace was laid down by the Kanika ruler Rajendra Narayan Bhanja Deoin 1909. The Palace has four to five courtyards and houses two ponds measuring six to ten acres. Each of these was dug up in a traditional manner by a British architect. The palace is divided into three sections – the main palace, the ladies’ enclosure and the summer retreat.

The Kanika museum, renovated recently for public display, showcases hundreds of antique pieces along with hunting trophies and other rare artifacts. The palace has the largest crocodile skull in the world.

Puri, Bhubaneswar & Konark: –

Please note we can organize complete tours to Puri, Bhubaneswar and Konark.

Other Parts of India: –

Please note through our Tour & Travel Division (Excursion2India :- www.excursion2india.com) we can arrange tours to Kolkata, Darjeeling, Sikkim & North East, Dooars, Sundarbans, Port Blair and other parts of India. Excursion2India (www.excursion2india.com) can also arrange tours to Nepal, Bhutan, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Bali, Mauritius and Egypt.

Tariff

Bhitarkanika is a nature’s paradise. It is a photographer’s delight, a perfect place for rural tourism. A minimum of 2 nights/3 days is a must to have even a cursory look of the forest. For group rates (if the number of persons is at least 12), please contact us directly

Tariff valid from 1st April 2017 to 25th September 2017
  • ROOM TYPE

    NON AC DOUBLE BED
    COTTAGE
    TENT

  • ROOM TARIFF (INR)

    CP
    MAP
    AP 3500
    4200
    4800
    2400
    3100
    3700

  • EXTRA BED (Per Person)

    CP
    MAP
    AP900
    1250
    1550
    800
    1150
    1450

Tariff valid from 26th September 2017 to 20th December 2017
  • ROOM TYPE

    NON AC DOUBLE BED
    COTTAGE
    TENT

  • ROOM TARIFF (INR)

    CP
    MAP
    AP3900
    4600
    5200

    2800
    3500
    4100

  • EXTRA BED (Per Person)

    CP
    MAP
    AP1000
    1350
    1650

    1000
    1350
    1650

Tariff valid from 21st December 2017 to 10th January 2018
  • ROOM TYPE

    NON AC DOUBLE BED
    COTTAGE
    TENT

  • ROOM TARIFF (INR)

    CP
    MAP
    AP4300
    5000
    5600
    3200
    3900
    4500

  • EXTRA BED (Per Person)

    CP
    MAP
    AP1200
    1550
    1850
    1000
    1350
    1650

ACCOMMODATION
  • ROOM TYPE

    COTTAGE 1
    COTTAGE 2
    COTTAGE 3
    COTTAGE 4
    COTTAGE 5
    TENT 1
    TENT 2
    TENT 3
    TENT 4
    TENT 5
    TENT 6
    TENT 7

  • NO. OF BED

    2
    2
    2
    2
    2
    2
    2
    2
    2
    2
    2
    2

  • MAXIMUM NO. OF EXTRA BEDs ALLOWED

    3
    3
    2
    2
    3
    Nil
    Nil
    Nil
    Nil
    1
    1
    1

  • MAXIMUM NO. OF ADULT/CHILD ALLOWED WITHOUT BED

    1
    1
    1
    1
    1
    1
    1
    1
    1
    1
    1
    1

  • MAXIMUM NO. OF OCCUPANCY INCLUDING CHILD

    6
    6
    5
    5
    6
    3
    3
    3
    3
    4
    4
    4

NOTE:
  • Service Tax 9% extra on room tariff to be paid by guests directly at the resort
  • Tariffs do not include boats, guides, mineral water, and expenses of personal nature.
  • Cost does not include anything not mentioned here.
  • Children up to 5 years of age are free of cost.

AP – American Plan (Room + Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner). Please note it does not include mineral water costs and special snacks ordered.

MAP – Modified American Plan (Room + Breakfast + Dinner). It does not include mineral water costs and special snacks if ordered.

CP – Continental Plan (Room + Breakfast).It does not include mineral water costs and special snacks if ordered.

Packages

We can customize packages for you. This will include your stay, food and sightseeing. We can also arrange vehicle for you from Bhubaneswar. These packages do not include expenses like guide fee and entrance charges. Please pay for these directly. Packages do not include the cost of mineral water

For our guests we can arrange visits to Puri, Konark and Bhubaneswar, Kolkata, Darjeeling, Sikkim & other parts of North East India. We can also arrange packages to Port Blair, Dooars, Sundarbans and other parts of India

We have a separate tour and travel division to arrange outbound tours to Nepal, Bhutan, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Bali, Mauritius,Srilanka,Dubai and Egypt.

Write to us at info@villageresort.in or sales@villageresort.in to book your rooms and packages, giving us all your travel details.

Rules for Booking:
  • You will have to pay 100% of the total amount to reserve your room or book a package
Rules for Cancellation:-
  • 25% of the amount will be deducted if you cancel 16 to 30 days before the date of arrival
  • 50% of the amount will be deducted if you cancel 8 to 15 days before the date of arrival
  • 100% of the amount will be deducted if you cancel 0 to 7 days before the date of arrival. No refund for early check out.
Important Information:-
  • Entrance charge, which is paid directly to the Forest Department, is Rs40 per head for Indians and also for foreigners. Pay your entrance charges directly at Khola Forest Entrance. Camera fee is additional. These fees are directly collected by the Forest Department and can be revised as per their will. Guide Fee is also charged directly by the guides, if available.
  • You can hire boat from the Khola Forest Check Point itself. You are free to hire your own boats. We also can arrange boat for our guests. Please call or write a mail in advance to fix your boat trip. Please note only those boats can go inside which are approved by Forest Department. We will not responsible for condition of boats.
  • Forest Guide fee is to be paid directly to the guide. It should be around Rs500 for a trip to the forest, but you must negotiate on your wish if you so want. Please note, not many forest guides are still there at Bhitarkanika.

Please Note: We cannot guarantee you sighting of crocodiles, birds, turtles or any other wild animals. These depend a lot on your luck.

Possible Itineraries in Bhitarkanika
  • 1 night/2 days
  • 2 nights/3 days with Habalikuti
  • 2 nights/3 days
  • 3 nights/4 days
  • Alternative Plan for 4th Day

To know more about the packages please scroll down

1 night/2 days

1st Day

  • Reach resort by afternoon. Visit Dangmal – the part of forest area where crocodile breeding centre and forest office is located – immediately after checking in at the resort
  • Check out the crocodile breeding centre. Look for the different crocodiles kept there. Visit Interpretation cum Museum also.
  • Return in time to have a look at the fabulous sunset in Brahmani River right in front of the resort.
  • Have some tea and coffee with biscuits. Other snacks (chargeable) can also be served
  • Bonfire in the evening (Chargeable)
  • Dinner in the night. Retire to your rooms for a good night sleep

2nd Day

  • Have an early breakfast and leave for a trip to Bhitarkanika Forest
  • Enjoy the serpentine creeks; watch out for birds, particularly different varieties of kingfishers, egrets, darters, herons, Brahmani Kites, parrots and eagles
  • Keep an eye on crocodiles basking in the sun by the side of the river channels
  • Get down at Bagagahan Heronry. Climb the watch tower. Look for pelicans and different varieties of storks. Some of the wetland birds migrate here from foreign countries (Please note Bagagahan birds are found from August till end of November. These are wetland birds and migrate from here at the beginning of Winters)
  • Visit the watch tower from where you can see wild pigs, some birds and at times even porcupines and jungle cats
  • Return, have lunch at the resort and leave for your onward destination
  • While returning towards Bhubaneswar/Cuttack you can visit Pentha beach (10km detour from Rajnagar, which is on the route to Bhubaneswar and Cuttack)
2 nights/3 days with Habalikathi

1st Day

  • Reach resort by evening. Have a look at the fabulous sunset in Brahmani River right in front of the resort. Have some tea and coffee with biscuits. Other snacks (chargeable) can also be served
  • Bonfire in the evening (Chargeable)
  • Dinner in the night. Retire to your rooms for a good night sleep

2nd Day

  • Have an early breakfast. Set off for Habalikathi trip. This is a whole day boat excursion. You can order lunch in advance at the canteen run by the Forest Department at Habalikathi.
  • Return in the evening. Have tea and coffee with biscuits. Other snacks (chargeable) can also be served
  • Have dinner and take a good night sleep

3rd Day

  • Have an early breakfast and leave for a trip to Bhitarkanika Forest.
  • Enjoy the serpentine creeks; watch out for birds, particularly different varieties of kingfishers, egrets, darters, herons, Brahmani Kites, parrots and eagles
  • Keep an eye on crocodiles basking in the sun by the side of the river channels
  • Get down at Bagagahan Heronry. Climb the watch tower. Look for pelicans and different varieties of storks. Some of the wetland birds migrate here from foreign countries (Please note Bagagahan birds are found from August till end of November. These are wetland birds and migrate from here at the beginning of Winters)
  • Visit the watch tower from where you can see wild pigs, some birds and at times even porcupines and jungle cats
  • Return and get down at the Dangmal jetty. Check out the crocodile breeding centre. Look for the different crocodiles kept there. Visit Interpretation cum Museum also.
  • Return, have lunch at the resort and leave for your onward destination
  • While returning towards Bhubaneswar/Cuttack you can visit Pentha beach (10km detour from Rajnagar, which is on the route to Bhubaneswar and Cuttack)
2 nights/3 days

1st Day

  • Reach resort by evening. Have a look at the fabulous sunset in Brahmani River right in front of the resort. Have some tea and coffee with biscuits. Other snacks (chargeable) can also be served
  • Bonfire in the evening (Chargeable)
  • Dinner in the night. Retire to your rooms for a good night sleep

2nd Day

  • Have an early breakfast and leave for a trip to Bhitarkanika Forest.
  • Enjoy the serpentine creeks; watch out for birds, particularly different varieties of kingfishers, egrets, darters, herons, Brahmani Kites, parrots and eagles
  • Keep an eye on crocodiles basking in the sun by the side of the river channels
  • Get down at Bagagahan Heronry. Climb the watch tower. Look for pelicans and different varieties of storks. Some of the wetland birds migrate here from foreign countries (Please note Bagagahan birds are found from August till end of November. These are wetland birds and migrate from here at the beginning of Winters)
  • Visit the watch tower from where you can see wild pigs, some birds and at times even porcupines and jungle cats. Check out the temples built by yesteryear rulers.
  • Return and get down at the Dangmal jetty. Check out the crocodile breeding centre. Look for the different crocodiles kept there. Visit Interpretation cum Museum also. There is a souvenir shop here from where you can buy stuff you like
  • Return in the afternoon. Have a late lunch.
  • Be at your leisure. Feel free to indulge in whatever activities you want to. Go to nearby villages or watch sunset in the river right in front of the resort
  • Have tea and coffee with biscuits in the evening. Special snacks (chargeable) can also be served
  • Have dinner around 9-9.30 pm. Retire to your room afterwards and have a good night sleep.
  • Bonfire (chargeable) can also be arranged

3rd Day

  • Have an early breakfast and leave for another boat safari trip to Bhitarkanika Forest.
  • Enjoy the serpentine creeks; watch out for birds, particularly different varieties of kingfishers, egrets, darters, herons, Brahmani Kites, parrots and eagless
  • Keep an eye on crocodiles basking in the sun by the side of the river channels
  • Get down at Bagagahan Heronry. Climb the watch tower. Look for pelicans and different varieties of storks. Some of the wetland birds migrate here from foreign countries (Please note Bagagahan birds are found from August till end of November. These are wetland birds and migrate from here at the beginning of Winters)
  • Visit the watch tower from where you can see wild pigs, some birds and at times even porcupines and jungle cats
  • Return and get down at the Dangmal jetty. Check out the crocodile breeding centre. Look for the different crocodiles kept there. Visit Interpretation cum Museum also
  • Return, have lunch at the resort and leave for your onward destination
  • While returning towards Bhubaneswar/Cuttack you can visit Pentha beach (10km detour from Rajnagar, which is on the route to Bhubaneswar and Cuttack)
3 nights/4 days

1st Day

  • Reach resort by evening. Have a look at the fabulous sunset in Brahmani River right in front of the resort. Have some tea and coffee with biscuits. Other snacks (chargeable) can also be served
  • Bonfire in the evening (Chargeable)
  • Dinner in the night. Retire to your rooms for a good night sleep

2nd Day

  • Have an early breakfast and leave for a trip to Bhitarkanika Forest.
  • Enjoy the serpentine creeks; watch out for birds, particularly different varieties of kingfishers, egrets, darters, herons, Brahmani Kites, parrots and eagles
  • Keep an eye on crocodiles basking in the sun by the side of the river channels
  • Get down at Bagagahan Heronry. Climb the watch tower. Look for pelicans and different varieties of storks. Some of the wetland birds migrate here from foreign countries (Please note Bagagahan birds are found from August till end of November. These are wetland birds and migrate from here at the beginning of Winters)
  • Visit the watch tower from where you can see wild pigs, some birds and at times even porcupines and jungle cats. Check out the temples built by yesteryear rulers.
  • Return and get down at the Dangmal jetty. Check out the crocodile breeding centre. Look for the different crocodiles kept there. Visit Interpretation cum Museum also. There is a souvenir shop here from where you can buy stuff you like
  • Return in the afternoon. Have a late lunch.
  • Be at your leisure. Feel free to indulge in whatever activities you want to. Go to nearby villages or watch sunset in the river right in front of the resort
  • Have tea and coffee with biscuits in the evening. Special snacks (chargeable) can also be served
  • Have dinner around 9-9.30 pm. Retire to your room afterwards and have a good night sleep.
  • Bonfire (chargeable) can also be arranged

3rd Day

  • Have an early breakfast. Set off for Habalikathi trip. This is a whole day boat excursion. You can order lunch in advance at the canteen run by the Forest Department at Habalikathi.
  • Return in the evening. Have tea and coffee with biscuits. Other snacks (chargeable) can also be served
  • Have dinner and take a good night sleep

4th Day

  • Have breakfast and check out afterwards
  • While returning towards Bhubaneswar/Cuttack you can visit Pentha beach (10km detour from Rajnagar, which is on the route to Bhubaneswar and Cuttack)
  • Have lunch at Tosali midway near Lalitgiri or at Ratnagiri, a 20km detour from the National Hghway 5A.
  • Continue your onward journey afterwards as per your plan
Alternative Plan for 4th Day:
  • Have an early breakfast and go for another boat safari in the Bhitarkanika Mangrove Forests
  • Return, have lunch and leave for onward destination
  • If time permits, you can check out Pentha Beach, a 10km detour from Rajnagar, which is on the route to Bhubaneswar/Cuttack from the resort
Special Outdoor Activities
Cycling to the beach

Activity: – Cycling trip to Pentha Beach

What & How: – Through village paths and rice fields, this tour leads us all the way to Pentha beach. Going by bicycle means plenty of opportunities to interact with locals and time to stop and take pictures of the stunning scenery.

After cycling for about 30 km, there is no better relief than enjoying a quiet breakfast on the beach! We return to resort by pick-up truck or by cycling.

When: every day in the morning. Booking 7 days in advance

Price:

i) Rs1500 per person, minimum 2 persons, with pick-up truck to Estuarine Village Resort. Every person in excess of 2 persons would need to pay Rs900/person. Maximum 6 allowed in one group.

ii) Rs1000 per person, minimum 2 persons cycling back to Estuarine Village Resort. Every person in excess of 2 persons would need to pay Rs600/person. Maximum 12 allowed in one group.

Including:

  • English speaking guide
  • Breakfast
  • pick-up back to the Resort
  • lunch not included

What to bring:

  • Sunscreen
  • Water tumbler
  • Energy Drinks
Bicycle-trip to Talchua

What: – Away from the busy traffic and the pollution of the city you discover authentic traditional Odisha rural life. Cycling along the river, you enjoy the local rural scenery. In the villages you pass through, daily life goes on. Your guide will explain you all about it. A chance to get to know things beyond the tourist attractions! Bicycle-trip to Talchua, an Odisha village close to where Brahmani River meets Bay of Bengal.

When? :- Start at 7am

Duration :- 4-5 hours

Price :-

  • Rs800 per person( min 2 persons )
  • Rs500 per person ( more than 2 persons )

Including :-

  • Bicycle ( which you can use until 5 pm )
  • The services of an English speaking guide )
  • A drink and cookies

This tour can also be done by an 8-seater vehicle

Price :-

  • Rs1000.000 per person (min 2 persons)
  • Rs700 per person (3 persons or more)
Sunrise Walk

What & How:

We take a 1-hour drive by a vehicle to reach a beach by Bay of Bengal. Once we reach the beach, we start hiking along the flat beach towards plantations of Forest Department. You can see the sun rising. Wherever you feel good enough, just go for a swim in the sea. Sun rising and the swim in the sea makes it a fantastic setting. Here we enjoy a light snacks in the form of bread and butter or bread and jam with some fruits and tea and coffee with cookies. Return after a fun-filled morning by the same vehicle.

Duration :- Around 3-4 hours.

When: Everyday from 5.30am to 8.30am

Price: Rs1500/ person (min 2 persons). Every person in excess of this will be charges Rs800. Maximum persons: 6 persons

Inclusive :- Morning snacks, Transport, Tea/coffee, English speaking guide.

Exclusive :- Drinks and personal snacks

Special Courses
Cooking courses

With our cook you discover the special spices and herbs of Odisha, you learn about vegetables, fruits and side dishes used here. And most important, the cook will share the secrets of creating a delicious Odisha meal with you.

When :- Every afternoon (preferably 3pm-5pm). Maximum 8 persons in one group.

Reservation minimum one day in advance

Duration: Minimum three days

Price :-

  • Rs1000 per person (when one person)
  • Rs800 per person (when 2-3 persons)
  • Rs600 per person (when4-8 persons)

Including:-

  • Ingredients
  • English speaking cook/teacher
  • Meal
  • Recipe
Yoga class

What:- Yoga class by trained teachers. Diets under guidance of yoga teachers. Emphasis on improving body postures, rejuvenating and relaxation of body, reducing stress and tension and inculcating Yoga as a lifestyle activity

No. of Persons – Minimum 6 persons & maximum 10 persons in one group

Duration :- Minimum one week. One hour yoga in morning and one hour in the evening. Everyday Yoga classes may be followed by meditation

Please Note :- Yoga Class need to be reserved well in advance

Price :- Rs1000/person/day

Making Fish Nets

Instead of just looking at locals catching fishes using nets, you can actually learn how to make those and catch fish using those. In two days you can learn the basics of fish catching nets.

When :- Every morning from 7am to 9am and every afternoon from 3.30pm to around 5.30pm

Duration :- Minimum two days

No. of Persons: Minimum 1 & maximum 6 in a group

Price :- Rs1000 per person

Inclusive:-

  • Materials used and your final result
  • English speaking instructor
Odisha/Hindi language course

With our small course we offer a different way to learn a bit of Odiya/Hindi language. It might be a help to get to understand some more about the culture, or it might even be the introduction to a real study of the language.

The course starts at 9 o’clock and the first two hours will be spent on learning some basic conversations – how to take a bus, how to say hello, how to talk and behave in the market etc

The language of Odisha, called Oriya, is undoubtedly linked to the culture, and the traditions. This will be an important part of the course. At around 12 o’clock your teacher will give you a recess. You can practice a bit on your own, have lunch and some rest. Late in the afternoon (around 5pm), you teacher will accompany you to the local village market where you will get the chance to practice the vocabulary you just learned, earlier in the day.

Using language is the best way to memorize …May be your fun filled days at the resort will become a memory forever!! You will return with some knowledge of a local Indian language or Hindi.

When :- Every day, from 9 am to 12 am. Minimum two days

No. of Persons: Minimum 1 & maximum 6 in a group

Price : Rs 600 / person

Inclusive:-

  • English speaking teacher
  • Hand outs with the basics of Odiya/Hindi language
Payments

You can deposit money by cash, cheque, and draft or online into any company account as per your convenience. Foreigners (or Indians) can also send money into one of the company accounts through money exchanges like Western Union or Express Money. One can deposit money into our accounts through Credit cards or Debit Cards also using Paypal. Our account details are verified one by Paypal.

After depositing or transferring the prerequisite money into one of our accounts, please do intimate us of the same through e-mail, sms or phone call. Once we receive the amount in our account we will confirm your booking and send an intimation of the same with a voucher.

Please note all Indian guests will have to give a copy of their valid photo ID at the time of check in (however, it is desirable you provide us the same at the time of booking itself by sending a scanned copy of it). All foreign guests have to compulsorily send scanned copies of their passport and visa well in advance.

Bank Details:

ICICI Bank (verified by Paypal. You can deposit money into this account through Credit Card & Debit card also)

Branch : Sector 11, Rohini, New Delhi

Account Holder : Apass India Leisure Solutions Pvt. Ltd

Account number : 036705001965

Branch Code: 0367

IFSC Code: ICIC0000367

Swift Code: ICICINBBCTS

MICR Code: 110229054

Karur Vyasya Bank (verified by Paypal. You can deposit money into this account through Credit Card & Debit card also)

Branch: Bhubaneswar Branch, Orissa

Account Holder: Apass India Leisure Solutions Pvt. Ltd

Account Number: 3201 135 00000 1008

Swift Code: KVBLINBBIND

Branch Code: 3201

IFSC Code: KVBL0003201

MICR Code: 751053002

Contact Us
Estuarine Village Resort

Nalitapatia Village (via Ishwarpur), Rajnagar Block, Kendrapara District Odisha, INDIA. 754248

Phone: +91-7749960882 / +91-7751871395

Email: info@villageresort.in / sales@villageresort.in

Kolkata Address

Central Business Services, Room No. 5, 26 Chittaranjan Avenue, 3rd Floor, Kolkata – 700012 (Landmark:- Next to Khadi Gramodyog)

Phone: 91-9163580464

Email: sales@villageresort.in

Corporate Office

Apass India Leisure Solutions (P) Ltd. B-5/399; 1st Floor; Sector-11,Rohini, Delhi – 110085, INDIA

Phone: +91-9810578109 / 9958343983 / +91-11- 40532821

Email: info@villageresort.in / sales@villageresort.in

Mumbai Office

Invitation Travel

Phone: +91- 9820755660, 9820751737

Email: info@villageresort.in / sales@villageresort.in

  • The Resort
    • Estuarine Village Resort

      Estuarine Village Resort is located at Nalitapatia village, close to Dangmal, the main entrance to the Bhitarkanika National Park, overseeing the confluence point of the rivers Brahmani and Baitarani. The resort has in it background Bhitarkanika National Park – a RAMSAR site renowned world over for its rich biodiversity – rich mangrove species and vivid fauna species like large estuarine crocodiles, spotted deer, wild cats, fish cats, hyenas, and lots of bird varieties, with eight different species of kingfisher making it even more special.

      Ambience of intimacy and privacy, nature at its best, with all amenities for classic family holiday and leisure vacation, all combine to make this 12-room nature camp resort a one-of-kind never forgetting experience. Rooms include five huge cottages and seven modified Swiss tents – modified to sync with the setting of the rural area the resort is located.

      Let flaming sunsets and this resort´s rustic-style enchant you the way you might have dreamt of. Enjoy the remoteness of the place and be at yourself with your loved ones.

      Resort Facilities
      • Non AC Rooms with attached Bath & Western style Toilet.
      • Power Back up
      • 24 hours running cold water
      • Hot water on demand
      • Restaurant.
      • Car Parking
      • Angling
      • Satellite Television (Only in Dining Hall)
      • Bon Fire arrangements. (Chargeable)
      • Car Hire (Chargeable)
      • Boat Hire (Chargeable)
      • Doctor on call (Chargeable)
      • Laundry (Chargeable)
      How to Reach?

      Estuarine Village Resort, located in the midst of Bhitarkanika, is some 170km from Bhubaneswar (4hr drive) and 140km from Cuttack (Through a combination of National Highway 5 & 5A and State Highway). The route from Bhubaneswar to Estuarine Village Resort:

      Bhubaneswar – (NH5) Cuttack – (NH5) Chandikhole – (take left to NH5A – the national highway which goes towards Paradip) Kendrapara – (State Highway) Pattamundai – Rajnagar (left from Rajnagar) – (village metallic all weather road) Jarimul –Ishwarpur – Khola Forest gate (left from a little further) – (concrete village road all along Brahmani River) – Estuarine Village Resort (on the right side of road & 4km from Khola Forest Gate)

      From Kolkata: One can also drive from Kolkata to the resort. This is more than 500km and it nearly 8-9hr drive. The route (as mentioned above) from Chandikhole onwards is the same. From Kolkata, one has to join NH5 leading towards Chennai. Chandikhole is nearly 60km from Bhadrak on NH5.

      From Bhadrak: One can go to Chandikhole via NH5 and then drive on the same route as mentioned above. The distance this way comes to almost 165km and the drive is of 3.5-4hr. However, from Bhadrak one can drive to Chandbali (nearly 60km) and nearly 15km beyond this is Jaynagar Ghat. From there one can take a boat drive to the resort. Boat takes anything from 45minutes to more than an hour, depending on the tides in the river. But road from Bhadrak to Chandbali is in pathetic condition, and it takes over 2.5hr.

      Nearest Airport: – Bhubaneswar – This is connected to most of Indian big cities, be it New Delhi, Kolkata, Bangalore, Chennai, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Port Blair or Bagdogra and Goa.

      Nearest Railway Station:- For convenience purposes, nearest major railway station is Cuttack. Bhadrak seems nearest major railway station on map, but road to Bhadrak (via Chandbali) is in bad shape.

      More Useful Information:-

      Nearest ATM: Rajnagar (30km)

      Nearest Government Hospital: Rajnagar (30km)

      Nearest Primary Health Centre: Khamarsai Village (3km)

      Ambulance Availability: Khamarsai Village (3km)

      Nearest Police station: Rajnagar (30km)

      Nearest Market: Khamarsai Village (3km)

  • Bhitarkanika
    • Bhitarkanika

      Bhitarkanika, lying in the estuarine region of Brahmani-Baitarani rivers in the North-Eastern corner of Kendrapara district of Orissa, is the second largest viable mangrove eco-system of India. This huge area of mangrove forests and wetland is intersected by a network of creeks with Bay of Bengal on the East. It houses some 215 species of birds, including wetland migrants from central-Asia and Europe, menacing salt water or estuarine crocodiles, and a lot of other fauna species like spotted deer, hyenas, fish cats, leopard cats, and big monitor lizards.

      This is one of best spots for wildlife and nature lovers. It is a heaven for bird watchers, ornithologists and wildlife and nature photographers. Those who believe in visiting real remote villages of India, Bhitarkanika is an obvious choice, for it is surrounded by a large number of villages – a must visit for those who think of rural tourism.

      Bhitarkanika includes Bhitarkanika Wildlife Sanctuary, Bhitarkanika National Park and Gahirmatha Marine Sanctuary.

      Bhitarkanika Wildlife Sanctuary

      An area of 672 square Kilometer was designated as Bhitarkanika Wildlife Sanctuary through a notification in 1975. The Sanctuary, which comprises of mangrove forests with diverse variety of mangrove flora species, has rivers meandering through it making several channels of different dimensions. The Sanctuary was formed to conserve the endangered salt water crocodiles, also called estuarine crocodiles. Besides estuarine Crocodiles, the Sanctuary is rich in avifauna, mammalian and reptilian population. This has proved to be a good habitat for cobras, Indian Python and Water and Monitor Lizards. A large number of water birds visit Bagagahan heronry which is spread over an area of approximately four hectare. These birds start coming towards the end of June and remain in Bagagahan heronry till November, but by the first week of December they start migrating out from here. Stork variety birds, most prominent being Asian Open Bill storks come in huge numbers and some reside here permanently. Other than these, egrets, black ibis, cormorants, darters, parakeets, and kingfishers are also found in good numbers.

      Bhitarkanika National Park

      The core area of Bhitarkanika Wildlife Sanctuary has been notified as Bhitarkanika National Park since 1998. This is spread over an area of 145sq km. This area has much significance with regard to ecological aspects which include mangrove forests, rivers, creeks, backwaters, estuaries and salt water crocodiles.

      Gahirmatha Marine Sanctuary

      Stretch of water body from old light house near Batighar to Maipura river mouth was declared as Gahirmatha Marine Sanctuary in 1997. This is world’s largest known rookery of Olive Ridley sea turtle. Mass congregation of Olive Ridley turtles for mating and nesting enthralls both the scientists and nature lovers throughout the world. It was the rarity of mass congregation and the cruelty meted out to these innocent marine creatures which paved the way for creation of Gahirmatha (Marine) Wildlife Sanctuary.

      Gahirmatha Sanctuary has a stretch of virgin beach from Barunei mouth to Ekakula. This huge beach stretch is accessible at a few places – Habalikhati (or Habalikuti) and Pentha being the most prominent. Pollution free, serene surrounding, casuarinas trees doting beach stretch at several places and flat bed – all these make the beach a treat for tourists and beach lovers.

      The total area of the sanctuary is 1435 Square Kilometer which includes 1408 Square Kilometer of water body and 27 Square Kilometer of land mass including reserve forests, mud flats and accreted sand bars. Core area of the sanctuary consists of 725.50 Square Kilometer and the buffer zone accounts for 709.50 Square Kilometer. The entire sanctuary area comes within the revenue district of Kendrapara.

      One can visit Habalikuti to get a glimpse of Gahirmatha. This can be accessed by boat only. There are forest accommodations available at Habalikuti. Once can enjoy the beach and also enjoy the forest area running parallel to the beach. Some good bird sightings are also possible at Habalikuti.

      Time to Visit

      Bhitarkanika is open for tourists from 1st August to 30th April every year. It remains closed from 1st May to 31st July and closes once more for 10-12 days during winters for bird and crocodile census.

      Best time to visit for birds: – 1st August to 20th November

      Best time to visit for crocodiles: – 1st October to 30th of March

      Entry Formalities:

      One can get a permit from Khola Forest Gate before visiting the Sanctuary by boat.

      For Indians – Photocopy of any photo Id is a must. Tourists must, however, carry the originals also. Indians are charged Rs40 (can be revised by Forest Department any time) for entry by boat.

      Camera fee is additional to this. Video Camera is charged at Rs5000/camera. Still & Digital cameras are charged at Rs50/camera. These charges can, however, be revised by Forest Department at any time.

      For Foreigners: – A copy of passport and visa is submitted at the time of entry. But originals have to be shown at the time of taking permit.

      Still & Camera charge is charged at Rs200/camera. Video camera is charged at Rs10000/camera. These are the charges collected directly by the Forest Department at the time of entry and can be revised any time.

      DO’s in the Forest
      • Obtain entry permit before entering into the park.
      • Always use licensed boat. The boatman is your first guide.
      • Observe perfect silence while moving in the Sanctuary.
      • Keep your eyes and ears open to observe nature at its best.
      • Use biodegradable containers to carry your eatables. Do not throw the leftover in the rivers ever. Ask the boatmen and they will help you dispose them.
      • Carry sufficient drinking water always
      • If possible, carry a binocular to observe birds and other small animals.
      • Obey the rules and regulations of the park. Violation of these can lead to prosecution or fines or both
      DON’T’s
      • Do not feed animals in the forest or at breeding centre. You can be prosecuted or fined for this or both.
      • Do not go to the forest getting drunk. Do not drink intoxicating materials on boat also. This can prove dangerous to your life.
      • Do not tease animals. It keeps animals under stress and they may turn aggressive.
      • Do not use blaring musical appliances. It disturbs the animals and against rules
      • Do not venture out at night. It might be dangerous.
      • Do not cook food inside the park. It is punishable and it may lead to forest fires
      • Do not go too close to the water in any case. There might be a lurking Crocodile and your life can be in danger
      • Do not carry firearms and explosives – It is punishable.
      • Do not carry meat and meat products. It is prohibited.
      • Do not pluck flowers, fruits or any other plant parts.
      • Above all, do not use plastic and plastic derivative containers – it may cause health hazard to animals. Be responsible tourists.
      Weather and Climate:

      Bhitarkanika is located at the east-coast of Bay of Bengal and hence the weather remains wet and humid. The temperature varies between 12 degree Celsius in winter to 40 degree Celsius in Summer.

      August-September: Rainy & can be moderately windy (Minimum Temperature 25°C, Maximum 34°C)

      October-November: Pleasant & a little windy (Minimum Temperature 20°C, Maximum 30°C)

      December: Moderately Cold & a little windy (Minimum Temperature 14°C, Maximum 27°C)

      January-February: Cold & a little windy ( Minimum Temperature 12°C, Maximum 27°C)

      March-April: Moderately Hot & can be moderately windy (Minimum Temperature 23°C, Maximum 35°C)

  • Getting Around
    • Getting Around

      There are a number of interesting activities one can do in Bhitarkanika or on the way to Bhitarkanika.

      Pentha Beach

      This is some 38km from the resort. The beach, situated close to Pentha village, is spectacular. Pentha beach, a part of the Gahirmatha Beach stretch, was once known for regular nesting of Olive Ridley turtles. Forest Department has started a hatchery for the Olive Ridley turtle eggs on one side of the beach for their better conservation. Plans are afoot to involve children from schools in Odisha and also local population to spread awareness.

      Flat bed and pollution free environment with casuarinas trees visible from a distance – the beach is a lovely place for beach lovers. This is also a potential lovely place for foreigners who want to tan.

      Village Walk

      Bhitarkanika has a number of villages scattered all along the forest. Villages around Bhitarkanika are a heaven for anyone interested in rural tourism. One can see large tracts of lands under paddy cultivation. There are several villages one can take a walk; look at the rural cultures, their lifestyle and activities.

      There are some villages which are dependent on fishing. One such prominent village is Talchua, which survives on fishing. Sea trawlers can be seen here and on sale are different kinds of sea fish and prawns. Incidentally, this is the place where Brahmani River meets Bay of Bengal. Dhamra Port, now owned by Adani Group of Gujarat, is a short distance by boat from here.

      Lalitgiri:

      This is a Buddhist site which can be reached taking a short detour from the National Highway 5A, the main route to Bhitarkanika. Earliest Buddhist Complex here can be dated back to the 1st Century AD. Lalitgiri, together with nearby Ratnagiri and Udaigiri, forms an important node of what is referred to as Diamond Triangle.

      Excavations here have brought to light significant archaeological materials that uphold Lalitgiri as a great Buddhist attraction. The majestic ruins of the huge brick monastery, the remains of the chaitya hall, a number of votive stupas and a renovated stone stupa at the apex of a small rugged sandstone hill dominate the rural greenery around. In addition, the museum displays a large number of Mahayana sculptures consisting of colossal Buddha figures, huge Boddhisattva statues, statues of Tara, Jambhala and others. All these show influence of Gandhara and Mathura School of Art.

      This also brings to mind the fact of Prajna, who had come from Takshasila to ancient Odisha to learn the philosophy of Yoga. He later left for China in the 8th Century AD with an autographed manuscript of the Buddhist text Gandavyuha, from the then Odishan king Sivakara Deva 1, to the Chinese Emperor Te-tsong. The discovery of caskets containing sacred relics from the stone stupa at the top of the hill further enhances the sacredness of Lalitgiri for Buddhists around the world.

      Lalitgiri was probably mentioned by Hiuen Tsang, a Chinese traveller, as Puspagiri Mahaviahara.

      Ratnagiri

      Ratnagiri monastery, situated on a flat hill-top, can be reached by taking a detour of 20km from National Highway 5A, the route to Bhitarkanika. This was one of the Buddhist sites along with Lalitgiri and Udaigiri which forms the Diamond Triangle of Buddhist sites in Odisha.

      Ratnagiri might have been chosen for the seclusion for the serene and calm atmosphere necessary for monastic life and meditation studies. Excavations conducted by Archaeological Survey of India during 1960’s yielded the remains of an impressive Stupa (Stupa 1) surrounded by a large number of votive Stupas of varying dimensions, two quadrangular monasteries (Monasteries 1 and 2), a single winged huge monastery with beautiful carved door jamb and lintel, spacious open courtyard, cells and verandah facing the courtyard with spacious sanctum enshrining colossal Buddha. The existence of temple with curvilinear tower is only one of its kinds discovered in Odisha.

      It is clear from the excavations that the Buddhist establishment of Ratnagiri, dating from circa 5th Century, witnessed a phenomenal growth in religion and architecture till the 13th Century. Large number of stone sculptures, few bronze and brass image of Buddha and Buddhist pantheon recovered during excavations tend to prove that Ratnagiri was a great Tantric center of Buddhism comparable to that of Nalanda in Bihar.

      By the end of 13th Century, it was on decline, but it continued till about the 16th century. A Tibetan history, the Pag Sam Jon Zang, identifies Ratnagiri as an important center in the development of the Kalachakratantra in the 10th Century. This is well supported by the discovery of a number of votive stupas, plaques, and other artifacts featuring Kalachakra imagery.

      Udayagiri

      Udayagiri, which forms the third angle of the Diamond Triangle along with Lalitgiri and Ratnagiri, is situated close to Ratnagiri. Together with Lalitgiri and Ratnagiri it formed part of Puspagiri University. As per epigraphic artefacts found here, its historical name was Madhavapura Mahavihara. Numerous excavations by the Archaeological Survey of India have been going on here ever since 1958. During excavations from 1997 to 2000, a second part (Udayagiri-2) was discovered with additional stupas and monasteries.

      Akhandalamani Temple

      This is a Shiva temple highly revered by the local population. The temple, which can definitely be traced to 18th century, is located on the bank of river Baitarani, at Aradi, 37 km to the east of Bhadrak via Asurali, Kothara and Dhusuri. This place is also linked to Chandabali and can be reached by a boat ride of just more 3 hours from the resort.

      Rajkanika

      To give a whole new dimension to the erstwhile kingdom of Kanika, the new capital, Rajkanika, was built as a block. With the intention to provide employment to its citizens, foundation stone of the palace was laid down by the Kanika ruler Rajendra Narayan Bhanja Deoin 1909. The Palace has four to five courtyards and houses two ponds measuring six to ten acres. Each of these was dug up in a traditional manner by a British architect. The palace is divided into three sections – the main palace, the ladies’ enclosure and the summer retreat.

      The Kanika museum, renovated recently for public display, showcases hundreds of antique pieces along with hunting trophies and other rare artifacts. The palace has the largest crocodile skull in the world.

      Puri, Bhubaneswar & Konark: –

      Please note we can organize complete tours to Puri, Bhubaneswar and Konark.

      Other Parts of India: –

      Please note through our Tour & Travel Division (Excursion2India :- www.excursion2india.com) we can arrange tours to Kolkata, Darjeeling, Sikkim & North East, Dooars, Sundarbans, Port Blair and other parts of India. Excursion2India (www.excursion2india.com) can also arrange tours to Nepal, Bhutan, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Bali, Mauritius and Egypt.

  • Tariff
    • Tariff

      Bhitarkanika is a nature’s paradise. It is a photographer’s delight, a perfect place for rural tourism. A minimum of 2 nights/3 days is a must to have even a cursory look of the forest. For group rates (if the number of persons is at least 12), please contact us directly

      Tariff valid from 1st August 2014 to 30th September 2014
      • ROOM TYPE

        NON AC DOUBLE BED
        COTTAGE
        TENT

      • ROOM TARIFF (INR)

        CP
        MAP
        AP2800
        3500
        4000

      • EXTRA BED (Per Person)

        CP
        MAP
        AP2800
        3500
        4000

      Tariff valid from 1st October2014 to 31st March 2015
      • ROOM TYPE

        NON AC DOUBLE BED
        COTTAGE
        TENT

      • ROOM TARIFF (INR)

        CP
        MAP
        AP3700
        4400
        5000

        3000
        3700
        4200

      • EXTRA BED (Per Person)

        CP
        MAP
        AP1200
        1500
        1700

        1000
        1300
        1500

      Tariff valid from 1st April 2015 to 31st July 2015
      • ROOM TYPE

        NON AC DOUBLE BED
        COTTAGE
        TENT

      • ROOM TARIFF (INR)

        CP
        MAP
        AP2600
        3100
        3600

      • EXTRA BED (Per Person)

        CP
        MAP
        AP800
        1100
        1300

      ACCOMMODATION
      • ROOM TYPE

        COTTAGE 1
        COTTAGE 2
        COTTAGE 3
        COTTAGE 4
        COTTAGE 5
        TENT 1
        TENT 2
        TENT 3
        TENT 4
        TENT 5
        TENT 6
        TENT 7

      • NO. OF BED

        2
        2
        2
        2
        2
        2
        2
        2
        2
        2
        2
        2

      • MAXIMUM NO. OF EXTRA BEDs ALLOWED

        3
        3
        2
        2
        3
        Nil
        Nil
        Nil
        Nil
        1
        1
        1

      • MAXIMUM NO. OF ADULT/CHILD ALLOWED WITHOUT BED

        1
        1
        1
        1
        1
        1
        1
        1
        1
        1
        1
        1

      • MAXIMUM NO. OF OCCUPANCY INCLUDING CHILD

        6
        6
        5
        4
        6
        3
        3
        3
        3
        4
        4
        4

      NOTE:
      • Service Charge 10% extra to be paid by guests directly at the resort
      • Tariffs do not include boats, guides, mineral water, and expenses of personal nature.
      • Cost does not include anything not mentioned here.
      • Children up to 5 years of age are free of cost.

      AP – American Plan (Room + Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner). Please note it does not include mineral water costs and special snacks ordered.

      MAP – Modified American Plan (Room + Breakfast + Dinner). It does not include mineral water costs and special snacks if ordered.

      CP – Continental Plan (Room + Breakfast).It does not include mineral water costs and special snacks if ordered.

      Packages

      We can customize packages for you. This will include your stay, food and sightseeing. We can also arrange vehicle for you from Bhubaneswar. These packages do not include expenses like guide fee and entrance charges. Please pay for these directly. Packages do not include the cost of mineral water

      For our guests we can arrange visits to Puri, Konark and Bhubaneswar, Kolkata, Darjeeling, Sikkim & other parts of North East India. We can also arrange packages to Port Blair, Dooars, Sundarbans and other parts of India

      We have a separate tour and travel division to arrange outbound tours to Nepal, Bhutan, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Bali, Mauritius,Srilanka,Dubai and Egypt.

      Write to us at info@villageresort.in or sales@villageresort.in to book your rooms and packages, giving us all your travel details.

      Rules for Booking:
      • You will have to pay 100% of the total amount to reserve your room or book a package
      Rules for Cancellation:-
      • 25% of the amount will be deducted if you cancel one month before the date of arrival
      • 50% of the amount will be deducted if you cancel two weeks before the date of arrival
      • 100% of the amount will be deducted if you cancel one week before the date of arrival.
      Important Information:-
      • Entrance charge, which is paid directly to the Forest Department, is Rs20 per head for Indians and Rs1000 for foreigners. Pay your entrance charges directly at Khola Forest Entrance. Camera fee is additional. These fees are directly collected by the Forest Department and can be revised as per their will. Guide Fee is also charged directly by the guides, if available.
      • You can hire boat also from the Khola Forest Check Point itself. You are free to hire your own boats. If we arrange boat for you we will charge you Rs3700 for a trip to Bhitarkanika. For a trip to Habalikuti we will charge you Rs7,700. You are, however, free to negotiate rates with private boats on your own. We will not responsible for these in any situation.
      • Forest Guide fee is to be paid directly to the guide. It should be around Rs300 for a trip to the forest, but you must negotiate on your wish if you so want. Please note, not many forest guides are still there at Bhitarkanika.

      Please Note: We cannot guarantee you sighting of crocodiles, birds, turtles or any other wild animals. These depend a lot on your luck.

  • Itineraries
    • Possible Itineraries in Bhitarkanika
      1 night/2 days

      1st Day

      • Reach resort by afternoon. Visit Dangmal – the part of forest area where crocodile breeding centre and forest office is located – immediately after checking in at the resort
      • Check out the crocodile breeding centre. Look for the different crocodiles kept there. Visit Interpretation cum Museum also.
      • Return in time to have a look at the fabulous sunset in Brahmani River right in front of the resort.
      • Have some tea and coffee with biscuits. Other snacks (chargeable) can also be served
      • Bonfire in the evening (Chargeable)
      • Dinner in the night. Retire to your rooms for a good night sleep

      2nd Day

      • Have an early breakfast and leave for a trip to Bhitarkanika Forest
      • Enjoy the serpentine creeks; watch out for birds, particularly different varieties of kingfishers, egrets, darters, herons, Brahmani Kites, parrots and eagles
      • Keep an eye on crocodiles basking in the sun by the side of the river channels
      • Get down at Bagagahan Heronry. Climb the watch tower. Look for pelicans and different varieties of storks. Some of the wetland birds migrate here from foreign countries (Please note Bagagahan birds are found from August till end of November. These are wetland birds and migrate from here at the beginning of Winters)
      • Visit the watch tower from where you can see wild pigs, some birds and at times even porcupines and jungle cats
      • Return, have lunch at the resort and leave for your onward destination
      • While returning towards Bhubaneswar/Cuttack you can visit Pentha beach (10km detour from Rajnagar, which is on the route to Bhubaneswar and Cuttack)
      2 nights/3 days with Habalikuti

      1st Day

      • Reach resort by evening. Have a look at the fabulous sunset in Brahmani River right in front of the resort. Have some tea and coffee with biscuits. Other snacks (chargeable) can also be served
      • Bonfire in the evening (Chargeable)
      • Dinner in the night. Retire to your rooms for a good night sleep

      2nd Day

      • Have an early breakfast. Set off for Habalikuti trip. This is a whole day boat excursion. You can order lunch in advance at the canteen run by the Forest Department at Habalikuti.
      • Return in the evening. Have tea and coffee with biscuits. Other snacks (chargeable) can also be served
      • Have dinner and take a good night sleep

      3rd Day

      • Have an early breakfast and leave for a trip to Bhitarkanika Forest.
      • Enjoy the serpentine creeks; watch out for birds, particularly different varieties of kingfishers, egrets, darters, herons, Brahmani Kites, parrots and eagles
      • Keep an eye on crocodiles basking in the sun by the side of the river channels
      • Get down at Bagagahan Heronry. Climb the watch tower. Look for pelicans and different varieties of storks. Some of the wetland birds migrate here from foreign countries (Please note Bagagahan birds are found from August till end of November. These are wetland birds and migrate from here at the beginning of Winters)
      • Visit the watch tower from where you can see wild pigs, some birds and at times even porcupines and jungle cats
      • Return and get down at the Dangmal jetty. Check out the crocodile breeding centre. Look for the different crocodiles kept there. Visit Interpretation cum Museum also.
      • Return, have lunch at the resort and leave for your onward destination
      • While returning towards Bhubaneswar/Cuttack you can visit Pentha beach (10km detour from Rajnagar, which is on the route to Bhubaneswar and Cuttack)
      2 nights/3 days

      1st Day

      • Reach resort by evening. Have a look at the fabulous sunset in Brahmani River right in front of the resort. Have some tea and coffee with biscuits. Other snacks (chargeable) can also be served
      • Bonfire in the evening (Chargeable)
      • Dinner in the night. Retire to your rooms for a good night sleep

      2nd Day

      • Have an early breakfast and leave for a trip to Bhitarkanika Forest.
      • Enjoy the serpentine creeks; watch out for birds, particularly different varieties of kingfishers, egrets, darters, herons, Brahmani Kites, parrots and eagles
      • Keep an eye on crocodiles basking in the sun by the side of the river channels
      • Get down at Bagagahan Heronry. Climb the watch tower. Look for pelicans and different varieties of storks. Some of the wetland birds migrate here from foreign countries (Please note Bagagahan birds are found from August till end of November. These are wetland birds and migrate from here at the beginning of Winters)
      • Visit the watch tower from where you can see wild pigs, some birds and at times even porcupines and jungle cats. Check out the temples built by yesteryear rulers.
      • Return and get down at the Dangmal jetty. Check out the crocodile breeding centre. Look for the different crocodiles kept there. Visit Interpretation cum Museum also. There is a souvenir shop here from where you can buy stuff you like
      • Return in the afternoon. Have a late lunch.
      • Be at your leisure. Feel free to indulge in whatever activities you want to. Go to nearby villages or watch sunset in the river right in front of the resort
      • Have tea and coffee with biscuits in the evening. Special snacks (chargeable) can also be served
      • Have dinner around 9-9.30 pm. Retire to your room afterwards and have a good night sleep.
      • Bonfire (chargeable) can also be arranged

      3rd Day

      • Have an early breakfast and leave for another boat safari trip to Bhitarkanika Forest.
      • Enjoy the serpentine creeks; watch out for birds, particularly different varieties of kingfishers, egrets, darters, herons, Brahmani Kites, parrots and eagless
      • Keep an eye on crocodiles basking in the sun by the side of the river channels
      • Get down at Bagagahan Heronry. Climb the watch tower. Look for pelicans and different varieties of storks. Some of the wetland birds migrate here from foreign countries (Please note Bagagahan birds are found from August till end of November. These are wetland birds and migrate from here at the beginning of Winters)
      • Visit the watch tower from where you can see wild pigs, some birds and at times even porcupines and jungle cats
      • Return and get down at the Dangmal jetty. Check out the crocodile breeding centre. Look for the different crocodiles kept there. Visit Interpretation cum Museum also
      • Return, have lunch at the resort and leave for your onward destination
      • While returning towards Bhubaneswar/Cuttack you can visit Pentha beach (10km detour from Rajnagar, which is on the route to Bhubaneswar and Cuttack)
      3 nights/4 days

      1st Day

      • Reach resort by evening. Have a look at the fabulous sunset in Brahmani River right in front of the resort. Have some tea and coffee with biscuits. Other snacks (chargeable) can also be served
      • Bonfire in the evening (Chargeable)
      • Dinner in the night. Retire to your rooms for a good night sleep

      2nd Day

      • Have an early breakfast and leave for a trip to Bhitarkanika Forest.
      • Enjoy the serpentine creeks; watch out for birds, particularly different varieties of kingfishers, egrets, darters, herons, Brahmani Kites, parrots and eagles
      • Keep an eye on crocodiles basking in the sun by the side of the river channels
      • Get down at Bagagahan Heronry. Climb the watch tower. Look for pelicans and different varieties of storks. Some of the wetland birds migrate here from foreign countries (Please note Bagagahan birds are found from August till end of November. These are wetland birds and migrate from here at the beginning of Winters)
      • Visit the watch tower from where you can see wild pigs, some birds and at times even porcupines and jungle cats. Check out the temples built by yesteryear rulers.
      • Return and get down at the Dangmal jetty. Check out the crocodile breeding centre. Look for the different crocodiles kept there. Visit Interpretation cum Museum also. There is a souvenir shop here from where you can buy stuff you like
      • Return in the afternoon. Have a late lunch.
      • Be at your leisure. Feel free to indulge in whatever activities you want to. Go to nearby villages or watch sunset in the river right in front of the resort
      • Have tea and coffee with biscuits in the evening. Special snacks (chargeable) can also be served
      • Have dinner around 9-9.30 pm. Retire to your room afterwards and have a good night sleep.
      • Bonfire (chargeable) can also be arranged

      3rd Day

      • Have an early breakfast. Set off for Habalikuti trip. This is a whole day boat excursion. You can order lunch in advance at the canteen run by the Forest Department at Habalikuti.
      • Return in the evening. Have tea and coffee with biscuits. Other snacks (chargeable) can also be served
      • Have dinner and take a good night sleep

      4th Day

      • Have breakfast and check out afterwards
      • While returning towards Bhubaneswar/Cuttack you can visit Pentha beach (10km detour from Rajnagar, which is on the route to Bhubaneswar and Cuttack)
      • Have lunch at Tosali midway near Lalitgiri or at Ratnagiri, a 20km detour from the National Hghway 5A.
      • Continue your onward journey afterwards as per your plan
      Alternative Plan for 4th Day:
      • Have an early breakfast and go for another boat safari in the Bhitarkanika Mangrove Forests
      • Return, have lunch and leave for onward destination
      • If time permits, you can check out Pentha Beach, a 10km detour from Rajnagar, which is on the route to Bhubaneswar/Cuttack from the resort
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  • Payments
    • Payments

      You can deposit money by cash, cheque, and draft or online into any company account as per your convenience. Foreigners (or Indians) can also send money into one of the company accounts through money exchanges like Western Union or Express Money. One can deposit money into our accounts through Credit cards or Debit Cards also using Paypal. Our account details are verified one by Paypal.

      After depositing or transferring the prerequisite money into one of our accounts, please do intimate us of the same through e-mail, sms or phone call. Once we receive the amount in our account we will confirm your booking and send an intimation of the same with a voucher.

      Please note all Indian guests will have to give a copy of their valid photo ID at the time of check in (however, it is desirable you provide us the same at the time of booking itself by sending a scanned copy of it). All foreign guests have to compulsorily send scanned copies of their passport and visa well in advance.

      Bank Details:

      ICICI Bank (verified by Paypal. You can deposit money into this account through Credit Card & Debit card also)

      Branch : Sector 11, Rohini, New Delhi

      Account Holder : Apass India Leisure Solutions Pvt. Ltd

      Account number : 036705001965

      Branch Code: 0367

      IFSC Code: ICIC0000367

      Swift Code: ICICINBBCTS

      MICR Code: 110229054

      Karur Vyasya Bank (verified by Paypal. You can deposit money into this account through Credit Card & Debit card also)

      Branch: Bhubaneswar Branch, Orissa

      Account Holder: Apass India Leisure Solutions Pvt. Ltd

      Account Number: 3201 135 00000 1008

      Swift Code: KVBLINBBIND

      Branch Code: 3201

      IFSC Code: KVBL0003201

      MICR Code: 751053002

  • Contact Us
    • Contact Us
      Estuarine Village Resort

      Nalitapatia Village (via Ishwarpur), Rajnagar Block, Kendrapara District Odisha, INDIA. 754248

      Phone: +91-9439365707 / +91-9163580464

      Email: info@villageresort.in / sales@villageresort.in

      Kolkata Address

      Central Business Services, Room No. 9, 26 Chittaranjan Avenue, 3rd Floor, Kolkata – 700012 (Landmark:- Next to Khadi Gramodyog)

      Phone: 91-9163580464

      Email: sales@villageresort.in

      Corporate Office

      Apass India Leisure Solutions (P) Ltd. B-5/399; 1st Floor; Sector-11,Rohini, Delhi – 110085, INDIA

      Phone: +91-9810578109 / 9958343983 / +91-11- 40532821

      Email: info@villageresort.in / sales@villageresort.in

      Mumbai Office

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      Phone: +91- 9820755660, 9820751737

      Email: info@villageresort.in / sales@villageresort.in

Testimonials

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    I Bhitarkanika National Park is completely different from other sanctuaries of India. This Is unspoiled, free from vehicles and relatively free from large crowd. Bird species, mammoth salt water crocodiles, wild boars, spotted deer and vast number of large water lizards – you seem to get in sync and become a part of this surrounding, creating a surreal environment. The resort has taken care to preserve the environment. It has all basic amenities – comfortable bed to sleep, clean toilet, good food, and courteous helpful staff.

    SInIkka VIvlo, Sweden
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    A very good weekend retreat. Good ambience

    Ankhi Sen, Bhubaneswar, Odisha
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    Very Beautiful place, quite and comfortable. All the staff are
    polite and sweet. Rooms and services are good. Thanks for all the attention

    Begona Fernandez, Spain
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    Arrangements and services are well maintained. Canteen and sanitary
    cleanliness is taken care of. Behaviour of staff and officials are very nice and cordial

    Santosh Kumar Patra, Cuttack
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    Lovely resort. Very friendly and helpful staff. Attention to
    details very good. Excellent food. We recommend

    Linda Frances, UK
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    Great Food, kind people, fascinating village walk plus excellent
    birding and crocodile sightings

    Elizabeth Light, New Zealand
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    It A nature’s paradise – this is how I can describe Bhitarkanika. Sea. rivers. greenery, and lots of fauna species, and that too all rare ones. Crocs, Olive Ridlays, varieties of kingfisher and birds, python and a lot of reptile varieties – sightseeing on boat and trekking inside forest area – all these make this park unique. Resort Is awesome too with so helpful staff. It is a new resort – still in development stage, but it does provide all basic facilities. A good place to stay overall.

    Eva Stigler, Norway