Gahirmatha Marine Sanctuary is a very popular tourist destination and marine wildlife sanctuary inside Odisha, India. It is the largest of the world's nesting beaches with Olive Ridley Turtles. It goes across the Dhamra River mouth in the north to the Brahmani River mouth to the south. It is well-known for its beach that is a nesting site in the south for the olive ridley sea turtles. This can be one of the world's most important nesting beaches to sea turtles.
Within the immediate vicinity of the Bhitarkanika National Park, it is Odisha's sole Turtle Sanctuary. A boat ride along the river and then gradually stepping into the vast sea is an experience that is filled with excitement and thrills. The turtles journey throughout the way from the South Pacific Ocean to breed on the shores of Gahirmatha. Around half a million of these species come to the beach each year to mate.
It extends all the way from Dhamara, the mouth of Dhamara in the north, and continues to the Brahmani river mouth to the south. It is well-known because of its nesting beaches that is home to the Olive Ridley Turtles.It is the one of the world's most important nesting beaches for turtles. It is the only marine sanctuary in Odisha. The Gahirmatha beach is believed to have served as an ideal cradle for sea turtles and their infants from the time of immemorial.These turtles are famous for the long journeys they take each year to reproduce and recover. It has been discovered that Olive Ridley Sea Turtles travel from the Pacific Ocean through the waters of the coast in Sri Lanka in the Indian Ocean to the coast in Gahirmatha located in the north. They usually mate during the months of November through January, and the breeding season lasts for eight months from October through May.
It's fascinating to watch these creatures crawl through the ocean's depths, working choosing a suitable site and digging holes. They then lay nearly 200 eggs over the entire area before returning towards the sea.