About the location: Situated in village called Moti Virani in Kutch, the Centre for Desert & Ocean is the brainchild of a passionate environmentalist Jugal Tiwari and his son Shivam. The wildlife conservation organisation does bird watching trips focusing on the wildlife rich Banni grasslands in the arid region. The family is also involved in various community projects that the traveller can get insights into. These include, one-day nature education camps, installing water filters in village homes, providing tree saplings to village schools and more. Accommodation is in well-kept rooms with 24-hour solar-heated hot water and authentic Gujarati vegetarian meals are provided.
Brief History: CEDO was formed in 1960 with a view to propagate and preserve native plants and strengthen the native green cover of Kutch and other arid lands of Gujarat. The homestay was started in 2005 to offer serious nature travellers an opportunity to visit and learn from Kutch’s unique ecosystem.
The safari timings are suited to convenience; early morning and evenings are recommended.
By Road Nearest by road village is Nakhtrana which is 3 kilometers from CEDO.
By Train Bhuj railway station lies on the western railways network
By Air CEDO lies around 53 km northwest of Bhuj. Bhuj is well connected by air, rail and road. The Bhuj airport lies 4 km from the city and has ample domestic flights from major destinations in India.