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VITARKANIKA

This wildlife sanctuary is situated on a core area of 145 sq.km, located in Kendrapara district, Odisha. Gahimatha Beach and Marine Sanctuary lies to the east, and seperates swamp region cover with canopy of mangroves from the Bay of Bengal.

The park is a home of Saltwater Crocodile, White Crocodile, Indian Python, King Cobra, Black Ibis, darters and many other species of flora and fauna. The national park and wildlife sanctuary is inundated by a number of rivers- Brahmani, Baitarni, Dhamra, Pathsala and others. The alley between the meandering creeks and rivers, houses the second largest viable mangrove eco-system of India. Its 672 km of mangrove forest and wetland, provides home to well over 215 species of birds including winter migrants from central Asia and Europe.

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