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Places of Interest in Bhitarkanika
Close to the Bhitar Kanika Sanctuary is another of Orissa's special sanctuaries - the Gahirmatha Marine Sanctuary. This stretch of beach is the breeding ground for the giant Olive Ridley Turtles, who travel all the way from the Pacific Ocean to mate and lay their eggs here. Every year, thousands of these wondrous creatures come to lay eggs here. In order to protect the turtles, special arrangements have been made by the Government of Orissa.