The Gahirmatha Marine Turtle Sanctuary is another phenom of Bhitarakania. It is situated around 3.3 km from Dangamal and 86 km from Kendrapara Town. It is a rare ecological phenomenon. It also harbours the worlds largest known rookery of Olive Ridley sea Turtle. Gahirmatha Marine Sanctuary is the lone mass nesting spot in the Indian Ocean region and the only turtle sanctuary in Odisha. The Olive Ridley turtles move 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 nighttime.
The sanctuary is also home to a 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. The Sea Beach It is an incredible sight memorable experience for the Tourist. Besides this, there is a beautiful Shiva and Shakti temple at Dangamala. Gahirmatha Marine Sanctuary is one of the most popular tourist places in Kendrapara District, Odisha.
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