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Posted on: Monday , Jan 12, 2009 At 15:50 PM

Seeing Olive Ridleys

During winter months, Olive Ridley Turtles arrive in large numbers in many places along the coastal line of India. Though their arrivals are most well known at Chilka Lake in Orissa, you can see them in many other places too. Here is a small list.

  1. Chilka Lake
  2. Near Chennai
  3. Morijim Beach Goa
Winter is the best season to see Olive Ridleys in the beaches, and Orissa is where they are most populous.


In the last few decades, the existence these turtles have been threatened by fishing activity in Chilka lake and other regions. Many NGOs are working to save the turtles from extinction. The efforts of Wildlife Institute of India in Rushikulya Beach south of Chilka Lake are particularly well known.


This is the right time if you would like to watch Olive Ridleys coming down the shore to drop eggs, or see the young ones breaking out and heading into the sea in any of the above places. The nesting season of Olive Ridleys is from October to March.

See some images of Olive Ridleys here and here.

Update: Besides the above, Gahirmatha beach sees a very high density of Olive Ridleys, thanks to gspygrl for the information.

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By arunchs| Posted on:14 Jan 2009

Thanks for the info gspygrl
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By gspygrl| Posted on:13 Jan 2009

You forgot to include Gahirmatha. Gahirmatha which is a few kms from the Bhitarkanika Wildlife Sanctury is the place where the Olive Ridleys congregate in large nos and it apparently has the largest rookery of Olive Ridley sea turtle in the world. To know more pls visit http://www.bhitarkanika.org/
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