Chilika Lake recognized as one of the most important wetlands in the world because it is home to a phenomenal variety of birds.
Chilika Lake offers visitors a spectacular display of its colorful avian charms in a thousand different hues presented by over 160 species in the peak season between November and February.
The lake and its reed islands teem with nesting birds -White Bellied Sea Eagles, Ospreys, Golden Plovers, Sand Pipers, Flamingos, Pelicans, Shovellers, Gulls, include migratory ones flying great distances from Iran, Central Asia and Siberia.
Spread over ranging from 1165 sq km the rainy season to 906 sq km in the dry season is nestled in the heart of the coastal Odisha. It extends from Bhusandpur in Puri district in the North to Rambha in Ganjan district in the South.
Separated from the Bay of Bengal by a 60 km long narrow strip of marshy islands and sand-flats, the lake is ideal tourist destination in Odisha in winter.
A boat ride to Kalijai Temple Kalijai Temple, the large Nalabana Island covering about 16 sq km in the lagoon area and the major attraction Irrawady dolphins which are often spotted off Satpada Island is certainly could be lifetime experience.
How to Reach Chilika Lake Orissa
Nearest airport is Bhubaneswar and thereafter a distance of 103 kms can be covered to reach the beautiful Chilika lake.
Direct trains from the temple city can be taken to the Chilika Lake covering distance of 96 kms.
What To See:
Satpada (Irrawaddy Dolphin, Sea Mouth, Red Crabs)
, Barkul (Kalijai Island, Kalijai Temple, Nalaban Birds Sanctuary)
, Mangalajodi (Migratory birds)
, Rambha (meeting point of Rushikulya river and Sea. Also we can witness Olive Ridley Turtle)