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Gahirmatha Turtle Sanctuary

Location: Orissa

Main Wildlife Attractions: Olive Ridley sea turtles,Terminenalia, Zizphus Bija, Salaia,Sal, Babul, Species, Teak, Hair

Coverage Area: 1435 sq.kms

Best Time to Visit: October to February

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Spread on 1435 sq kms, Gahirmatha Turtle Sanctuary Orissa is close to Orissa's Bhitar Kanika Sanctuary. The best time to plan your Gahirmatha Wildlife Tours is during the months of October - February.

The breeding ground at Gahirmatha (mouth of Dhamra River) is considered to be one of the largest nesting grounds for the giant Olive Ridleys. These Olive Ridleys travel from the Pacific Ocean to this place in order to mate and then lay their eggs. Every year, Gahirmatha Turtle Sanctuary draws huge footfalls of tourists who come to see these wonderful creatures.

The nesting beach of Gahirmatha is a protected area. It is a segment of the Bhitarkanika Wildlife Sanctuary and National Park. The breeding area near the shore was also given the status of a protected area status in the year 1997 by the State Government.

It is known as Gahirmatha (Marine) Wildlife Sanctuary. The protected status came timely and helped a lot to check fishing activities as well as poaching. The man made ecological disturbances in the past had forced the turtles to change their nesting location several times.

However, with the government coming to the aid of these Olive Ridley sea turtles, future appear to hold some promise. The increasing number of Tours to Gahirmatha (Marine) Wildlife Sanctuary is a pointer towards that. So, without any further delay, book yourself for a Tour to Gahirmatha Turtle Sanctuary Orissa.