Wildlife Sanctuaries to explore in Odisha
The ancient kingdom of Kalinga, which was invaded by the Mauryan emperor Ashoka in 261 BCE resulting in the Kalinga War, coincides with the borders of modern-day Odisha.
Bhitarkanika, lying in the estuarine region of Brahmani-Baitarani rivers in the North-Eastern corner of the Kendrapara district of Odisha, is the second-largest viable mangrove eco-system of India. This huge area of mangrove forests and wetlands 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 saltwater or estuarine crocodiles, and a lot of other fauna species are th