Nowadays seasoned travellers are mostly venturing into novel places and Odisha is giving them lots of surprises. Lately enough, the craze to explore and broadcast about this state has heightened, thus letting tourists discover everything new here! Of all the sites that are lesser known, we get you Hukitola that has been barely touched by mass tourism.
Unspoilt nature, serenity and a historic feel, that’s Hukitola Island for you, nestled near the Kendrapada district. In order to reach this one-day relaxing destination, you need to take a boat ride which is as exciting as the place itself. The way to the Island is thickly laden with mangrove trees, various interesting birds and boasts a particular area where you can view the beautiful confluence of river and sea.
And once you step foot on Hukitola, you will notice that everything is striking about this low key Island. Its best assets are a rice storage building constructed in 1867 by British colonists, which is still operational for rain water harvesting and a small wind mill that stands tall on its premises. Another good part is when you climb to the top of this structure and look around for a 360 degree view and also be amazed to get a glimpse of Odisha’s first lighthouse, The False Point!
Much has also been known about the Island’s feature of conserving horse shoe crabs, which have unique medicinal values. Though there are no eating and accommodation provisions in Hukitola, we are sure its spectacular beauty will cast a lasting impression on you!
ROUTE TO REACH: Cuttack – Jagatpur – Salipur – Kendrapara – MarshaGhai – Jamboo Dweep / Gobari River Ghat.
DISTANCE FROM CUTTACK: 100 kms by road, then 10 kms by boat to reach Hukitola
NOTE: Permission of Forest Department on Gobari River Bank is mandatory
REACH BY OR BEFORE: 8:00 am
PICTURE CREDITS: Sajal Sheth and xBHP Bhubaneswar