Gahirmatha Sanctuary

Forest Division : Mangrove Forests Division (WL) Rajnagar
District : Kendrapara
Date of Notification : 27-09-1997
Notified Area : 1435 Sq. km

Gahirmatha is the lone mass nesting spot in Indian Ocean region and the only turtle sanctuary in Odisha. The Olive Ridley turtles travel across the South Pacific to breed on the coast of Gahirmatha.Million of Olive Ridley turtles visit the beach during mass nesting every year. Olive Ridley turtles usually nest during night time.The sanctuary is also home to variety of flora and fauna. Wild boar, barking deer, bear, leopard, crocodile, jungle fowl, samber and wild dogs are among the other wildlife seen in the sanctuary.

Quick Facts
  • Gahirmatha was declared a turtle sanctuary in 1997 by Odisha government after considering its ecological importance and as part of efforts to save the sea turtles.
  • Olive Ridley turtles get their name from the coloring of their heart-shaped shell.It starts out gray but changes to olive green when the turtles turn adults.
  • It is an ideal destination because it is the world’s largest nesting beach of Olive Ridley Sea Turtles.
  • The government with the help of NGOs have succeeded in creating a safe habitat for these turtles and transformed the area into a restricted zone to ensure complete protection for these animals.
How to reach

By Road : The closest highway is NH5 running from Kolkata to Chennai. While travelling by road you have to take NH5 from Bhubaneswar on to Cuttack, Kendrapara and Rajnagar.
By Rail : The nearest railway station is Bhadrak (49kms).
By Air : The nearest airport is Bhubaneswar (75kms)

Facilities available
  • No facility Available.
Salient Detail
Geographic Extent: Longitude 86° 44' to 87° 15'(East) Latitude 20° 48' to 20° 16'(North)
Climate : Temperature - In summer: 40°C, In winter: 10°C
Villages : None
Contact officer: DFO, Mangrove Forests Division (WL), Rajnagar, Ph-06729-242460, Fax-242460. ACF, Chandbali, Phone-06786-220072 ACF, Paradeep, Phone -06722-220905
Best time to visit: October to May.
Accommodation : No Accommodation Available

Gahirmatha Santuary

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