The normally sleepy 5KM stretch from Purunabandha to Gokharakuda along the confluence of Rushikulya river and Bay of Bengal sees a flurry of nature’s activities from mid February to first week of March every year, when the critically endangered Olive Ridley Turtles come for nesting. The normally secluded village hamlets see’s tourists flocking at late night and early morning to catch a glimpse of nature’s miracle. Rushikulya stretch is touted as the second largest hatchery for these turtles after Gahirmatha located in Kendrapara district of Odisha.
The nearest town is Khallikote and it’s advisable to book your own taxi or take your own vehicle to witness this natural phenomenon.
If you are planning to watch the nesting of Olive Ridley’s and plan a night stay take your own tent’s for the purpose or one can stay at Rambha or Barkul.
Best time for photography is early morning around 6 am.
During the nesting of Olive Ridley’s be sensitive to the animals- remember the egg laying process is a stressful time for the turtles akin to a human delivery and being on land they are most vulnerable, so please don’t cause them discomfort.