Olive Ridley is a special species of sea turtle. Olive Ridley is a medium-sized species of sea turtle found in warm and tropical waters, primarily in the Pacific and Indian Oceans, these turtles are also called Pacific Ridley sea turtle.
Gahirmatha Beach in the Indian state of Odisha is an ideal place for Olive Ridley Turtles. The Gahirmatha beach separates the Bhitarkanika mangroves from the Bay of Bengal and is the world’s most important nesting beach for Olive Ridley Sea Turtles; here thousands of Olive Ridley Turtles come every year for mass congregation. The beach is part of Gahirmatha Marine Wildlife Sanctuary, which also includes the adjacent portion of the Bay of Bengal. Apart from Gahirmatha, two other beaches on the mouth of rivers Rushikulya and Devi have been located which are suitable places for Olive Ridley Turtles.
Gahirmatha is the only marine wildlife sanctuary of Odisha reserved for Olive Ridley Turtles. Gahirmatha is located between 86 degree 45’57” to 87 degree 17′ 36″- East longitude and 20 degrees 17′ 32″ to 20 degrees 45’58” – North latitude, Olive Ridley sea turtles migrate from the coastal water of Sri Lanka in the Indian Ocean to the coastal water of Gahirmatha in the north in search of best nesting ground. Gahirmatha provides the best nesting ground for Olive Ridley Turtles. The turtles scoop the soft sand to a depth of 45 cm with the help of flippers and release 100 to 180 eggs on it, and then they return to Sea.
The turtle eggs are hatched after 50 to 60 days and then small new burn turtles come from eggs and return to Sea. This process continues every year, as a huge quantity of Olive Ridley Turtles are gathered at this place so it is a wonderful chance for turtle lovers to see Olive Ridley Turtles in a very better way. Hence, thousands of tourists from different parts of the world come to Gahirmatha Beach to see Olive Ridley Turtles.
There are many tours and travel agencies present in Odisha that arrange all necessary things like accommodation, transportation, food and one expert tour guide with sound knowledge about the Gahirmatha Beach and Olive Ridley Turtles. So that tourists can freely enjoy and get some good experience of seeing Olive Ridley Turtles. Odisha Tourism offers special Odisha Tour Packages and Gahirmatha Beach Tour packages for tourists.