Launching in 2024, the luxurious MV Bhitarkanika, is a custom built two-suite catamaran meticulously designed to provide immersive journeys through the enchanting river systems of Odisha’s Bhitarkanika National Park. For those seeking upscale Bhitarkanika accommodation, the vessel’s harmonious blend of modern luxury and eco-friendly design provides discerning travelers with a comfortable and elegant retreat while cruising through the pristine wilderness of one of India’s most remarkable biodiversity hotspots.
Life On Board
MV Bhitarkanika boasts just two spacious suites designed to host up to four guests in supreme comfort, ensuring a restful night’s sleep in the heart of the forest. Contemporary furnishings, original artworks on palm leaves, handloom textiles, and luxury linens create a tranquil haven. From honeycomb spa robes and slippers to spa-quality bath amenities, every detail is designed for indulgence.
The catamaran also features a panoramic sun deck for wildlife viewing, a lounge-cum-dining area for intimate meals and educational wildlife talks, and a scratch kitchen where a private chef crafts delightful local delicacies. Welcome drinks, cooking classes, and shore programs with cold towel services post-excursion enhance your overall experience.
Embark on a unique adventure deep into the Brahmani-Baitarani-Mahanadi network of rivers. Two distinct itineraries, the three-night “Cruising in Bhitarkanika” and the four-night “Amazon of the East,” offer a deep exploration of Bhitarkanika National Park at a leisurely pace, allowing guests to savor the rich biodiversity of the region.
Often referred to as the mini-Amazon, the park is the second-largest mangrove ecosystem in India, lying on the coast of the Bay of Bengal. The name “Bhitarkanika” signifies outstanding beauty within, and these cruises take guests to the heart of this exceptional region, a Ramsar Site famed for its rich biodiversity, being home to endangered saltwater crocodiles, the largest colony of Olive Ridley Sea Turtles, some 320 bird species, as well as numerous reptiles, vertebrates, and mammals, including wild boar, rhesus monkeys, otters, sambar deer, wolves, and fishing cats.
But Bhitarkanika also has a rich historical and cultural past, having been the hunting grounds of the erstwhile King of Kanika. Many of his hunting towers and artificial watering holes can be seen dotted throughout the sanctuary, as well as several medieval Hindu temples, yet the major attraction remains the wildlife.
A Bhitarkanika National Park tour on board the luxurious MV Bhitarkanika boat promises guests a cultural and natural immersion never before seen in this remarkable region of India, and is sure to soon put Odisha on the world tourist map where it belongs.
Please note: Itineraries may be adjusted due to tidal conditions, local holidays, and days of the week to avoid closure of monuments, sites, and museums. The crew may announce these changes at short notice, and will advise of the exact time for each activity on a daily basis.
Suites & Cabins
Premium suite designed with fresh contemporary furniture, original works of art on palm leaves, handloom textiles and luxe linen. Equipped with modern amenities for a comfortable stay and cruising in the wilderness. Everything is set for a beautiful night’s rest in the heart of the forest.