Odisha’s Hidden Gem, Bat Island To Be Developed As Bustling Eco-Tourism Hub

by Sanjana Shenoy
Odisha’s Hidden Gem, Bat Island To Be Developed As Bustling Eco-Tourism Hub

Odisha is home to spectacular scenic spots like the Similipal National Park, Chilika Lake, Bhitarkanika and more. This state has a lot to offer for nature enthusiasts, that must plan a trip here instead of the usual Uttarakhand or Madhya Pradesh for wildlife and nature-centric abodes. Well, now the Odisha government is all set to revamp its hidden gem, Bat Island, nestled near the Hirakud Dam Reservoir. Home to around a thousand bats, this island will be transformed into an eco-tourism hub. Here’s more about it.

Bat Island In Odisha To Turn Into Eco-Tourism Hub

Nestled nearby the Mahutalu village in Odisha, Bat Island, just like the name suggests is home to a thousand bats. To reach this remote island, you’d have to take a 20-minute boat ride from Hirakud Dam. Around 20-25 families of fishermen have been residing in the village. This unique island is spread across 2-hectares. While Bat Island, remains a hidden gem for the rest of India, Odisha will soon take steps to transform it into an eco-tourism hub. Tourists can go on a Hirakud cruise, launched by the Forest and Environment department. As part of the cruise, they can visit Bat Island.

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Go On An Adventurous Cruise Ride To Spot Bats

According to TOI, forest officials have got 12 fishermen families on board for the conservation of the island. Anshu Pragyan Das, Divisional Forest Officer (DFO), Hirakud said they will commence after eco tourism opens post-Covid-19 post lockdown. She further revealed that in the initial first month, tourists can opt for a night stay package at Debrigarh Ecotourism. They can stay in 14 cottages run by the communities. Moreover, the Hirakud cruise that will likely start from October includes spotting bats from a distance, to cause no disturbance to the creatures. Visitors will be accompanied by eco-guides and binoculars will be distributed to spot bats. Meanwhile, go on a virtual tour to the jungles of Similipal in Odisha.