Chilika Lake is a pear-formed lake, harsh water tidal pond, spread over the Puri, Khurda and Ganjam areas of Odisha state on the east shore of India, at the mouth of the Daya River, streaming into the Bay of Bengal, covering a region of more than 1,100 km. It is the biggest seaside tidal pond in India and the second biggest harsh water tidal pond on the planet after The New Caledonian boundary reef. It has been recorded as a speculative UNESCO World Heritage site.
It is the biggest wintering ground for transitory fowls on the Indian sub-landmass. The lake is home to various undermined types of plants and creatures. The lake is a biological system with enormous fishery assets. It supports in excess of 150,000 fisher–people living in 132 towns on the shore and islands.
Another significant fascination at Chilika is Irrawady dolphins which are frequently spotted off Satpada Island. Satpada, limited by the tidal pond on three sides, offers a magnificent view and pulls in the guests to its whole 30 km stretch of sand bar. Pontoons organized by OTDC are accessible for both the islands. The lake likewise underpins the nearby angler in procuring their living from Chilika’s prawn, mackerel and crabs.
Attraction: Kalijai Temple, Dolphin Point, Mangalajodi, Nalabana Bird Sanctuary, Tara Tarini Temple, Satapada, Narayani Temple, Sankuda Island, Birds Island, Honeymoon Island.
Nearby places: Konark Sun Temple, Golden Beach, Kalijai Temple, Jagannath Temple, Lingaraj Temple, Kshira-chora Gopinatha Temple, Alarnatha Temple, Sakshi-gopala Temple, etc..,
Best Time to visit: November to February.
Peak Season: Winter.
How to Reach
- By air: Bhubaneswar is the closest air terminal only 100 km away to reach Chilika.
- By rail: The closest railroad station to Chilika is Balugaon, Rambha, and Barkul.
- By road: Streets are all around associated with significant urban areas of Odisha and India to visit this common goal.