Kendrapada is the district located in Odisha, India. The district headquarters are located at Kendrapada town. Right to the eastern part of this state, Kendrapada district is located. This district is bounded by Bhadrak at the north, Bay of Bengal at the east, Jagatsinghpur at the south and Cuttack district at the west. At the North West side, Jajpur district is located. As the Bay of Bengal is located at the east side of this district, it also created a coastline of 48 km that stretches from Batighar to Dhamra Muhana.
From the state capital of Bhubaneswar, this district is located at a distance of 85 km. this district is located on the delta which is create by River Baitarani and Brahmani. These two are the contributory rivers for River Mahanadi. There are some amazing places come under this district like the Bhitarkanika National Park, Bhitarkanika Magrooves, the Baladejew Temple and Gahiramatha Beach. As per the census of 2011, the population of Kendrapada district was 1,439,891. When you are in this district of Odisha, you are not too far from exploring the bio-diversified environment. It’s the geographical location of this district due to which such things can be explored here. Apart from this, the Kendrapada district is also home for some notable tourist locations.
It comes under the jurisdiction of the Kanika Estate. This part of the world is popular for its mangroves jungle and the saline rivers. It was declared as the wildlife sanctuary during 21st, Apr 1975. This place is very popular across the globe as the best place for crocodile breeding under a natural setting. This wildlife sanctuary is popular for its heavenly beauty as well as the wild animals like wild boars, deers, monitor lizards, monkeys, king cobras, pythons and crocodiles. Via the Khola check gate, you can move for Rajnagar and approach for this place. This can be access by road from Rajnagar.
You can also approach Dangmal from the Gupti via boat while covering the Patsala River. This will lead the way for you to reach the Bhitarkanika Nala. From Rajnagar, Gupti is located at a distance of 25 km and Dangmal can be accessed from Gupti while spending 1 Hr 30 minutes or so. Through the River Baitarani, you can also move for Dangmal from the Chandbali through boat. When you travel for Bhitarkanika by boat, it can always offer you a thrilling experience. If you want to see the crocodiles under their natural environment, then a journey to Bhitarknika by boat is always advisable.
This beach is located in the Kendrapada district. This beach is what separating Bay of Bengal from Bhitarkanika. The Gahirmatha beach is popular across the globe as this is the nesting place for the olive ridley turtles. This beach is also the part of the Gahirmatha Marine Wildlife Sanctuary. This is also an adjacent portion for Bay of Bengal. The largest rookery of the olive ridley turtles is located here. Apart from this nesting place, there are two other rookeries traced and these are located at the mouth of the rivers like Devi and Rushikulya. Both the scientists are tourists prefer to come to Gahirmatha beach in order to see the olive ridley turtles mating and nesting. During this time of the year, this beach location gets jam packed with these turtles. You can find them everywhere. This is also considered as the biggest congregation for these sea turtles.
This is a unique phenomenon and there is hardly any other place in India where you can watch such thing. These are the most innocent marine creatures and they use to come till the Batighar and can also be found at the Maipura River which is also a part of Gahirmatha Marine Wildlife Sanctuary. This is the single most marine wildlife sanctuary located in the state. In order to see this biggest migration of the Olive Ridley turtles, you should come Gahirmatha during the month of Nov. This is the starting time for such migration. During this time, the nesting figure can remain from 100 to 500 thousand. In the recent years, a decline has occurred as far as such nesting figure is concerned. Well, the concerned departments have paid a huge attention to limit such declining ratio.
Sri Sri Baladev Jew Temple
This temple is an historical temple in Odisha and a popular one as well. This temple is located at Ichhapur. The total area of this temple is two acres and six decimiles. This whole area is further divided into two parts. The first part comprises of different temples as well as the second part is where the garden is located. It’s the boundary wall of this temple which is also known as the Bedha is 14 feet tall.
It’s the Aul Township where this palace is located. It’s an ancient palace and located on an area of forty acres. There are several other structures located at Aul Palace among which the Rajbati, Devi Mandir, Ranimahal, Bhandar, Ghodashala, and Pramod Udyan are the important ones. The Aul Palace is located at a serene place and close to a river. This has evolved as a solid tourist location in this district. Close to this palace, the burial place of the famous freedom fighter named as Dharanidhar Bhuyan is located.
False Point Port
Right at the front portion of the Batighar, False Point Port is located. Once it was used as the modern port in Odisha. This port is located at the mouth of the River Mahanadi as well as Jamboo. During the year 1855, this port was commissioned. Till 22nd Oct, 1924, it remained in the working condition. During 22nd Sep, 1855, a severe storm has devastated this port. Close to this port, there is also a submerged ship still present in the sea. This ship was also devastated and drowned during that time. This ship is what still telling the past glory of False Point Port. False Point Port can be accessed via Jamboo. From the town of Kendrapada, this port is located at a distance of 40 km. it can also be accessed via boat.
Batighar (Light House)
At the eastern coastline of India, this was the first light house installed. From the district HQ, it is located at a distance of 45 km. this light house is located at the village named as Batighar. Right on the River Bank of Kharinasi, this Batighar is located. This place is also surrounded by stunning natural beauty. There was a time when this place was also called as the Kudia Dwip. It was then used as the hunting place by the Kings of Kujanga. On 6th Dec, 1836, the construction work for such light house was started. However, it was lighted on 16th Oct, 1837. The stone which were used to make this light house were imported from the Barabati Fort located in Cuttack. Its having a height of 125 feet and the foundation wall of this light house is fifteen feet thick. The diameter of this Batighar is ten feet. In order to reach the top of this light house, you need to cover 138 steps which are made of cement concrete. Once you cover these steps, you need to climb that sixteen step ladder to access the top of this light house. The most important thing about this Batighar is that it is operational since the first time it was lighted. Now, the Calcutta Light House is managing it.
The Emperor of Kanika has constructed this huge palace. His name was Rajendra Narayan Bhanja Deo. This palace is constructed on an area of four acres. The height of this huge structure is 75-feet. The Kanika Palace is located at Rajkanika Block. From the district HQ, it is located at a distance of 50 km. this palace is popular for its unmatchable beauty.