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Chilika Lake – More Than Just A Lake

Chilka Lake

Chilka Lake

Chilika Lake is India’s largest brakish water lagoon, spread over Khurud, Puri and Ganjam district of Odisha. Chilika lake has a unique ecosystem that was formed by assemblage of fresh water, brackish and unique marine life. The lagoon was designated as a ” Ramsar Site” in the year 1981 and the place is of International Importance. The lake is a home to millions of different species of fish that supports the life of local fisherman. Chilika lake covers a distance of 1,100 sq  Km and supports a wide range of flora and fauna.


Importance of Chilika Lake

Large number of birds migrate to this place for nesting like Flamingoes, Ospreys, Golden Plovers, Sand Pipers, Gulls and many more.

There are number of beautiful and serene islands that attracts millions of tourist every year like Honeymoon, Break-fast, Somolo, Nalabana, Kalijal, Rajahansa and birds. All these islands serve as a home to number of fisher man. Regular water bots are available to visit this place.

Chilika Lake

Chilika Lake

Places to Visit at Chilika Lake

Nalabana - It is a bird sanctuary which is protected by Wildlife protection act. The island is situated at the centre of the lake.
Chilika Lake - More Than Just A Lake

Chilika Lake – Nalabana

Bird Islands - Bird lovers will find this as an awesom place as it a place for natural habitat for birds.


Kalijai Island - It is a pilgrim place which attracts devotees in the month of January during Makar Mela. One can find peacocks hovering in and around the place.
Chilika Lake - More Than Just A Lake

Chilika Lake – Kalijai temple

Stapada - Critically endangered Irrawady dolphins and nose dolphins are the main attractions of this islands.
Barkul - Water boats, Speed boats and Pedal boats are available at this place.
Chilika Lake

Chilika Lake – Barkul

Best Season To Visit Chilika Lake

The best time to reach Chilka Lake is during the winter, from the month of  November to February, when the temperature stays between maximum of 22°C and minimum of 4°C. This is the perfect time to visit the placid & picturesque lagoon in Chilka.

How To Reach Chilika Lake

By Flight - Bhubaneswar is the nearest airport from where regular buses and taxis are available to the Lake.
By Road - Daily buses are available from Bhubaneswar, Puri and the nearby area.
By Rail - Balugaon is the nearest railway station, On the Howrah- Chennai track. Regular buses are available from Balugaon.


Stay at Chilika Lake

There are number of hotels and restaurants at and nearby the Lake but it is always advisable to book hotels through local agents to get best rates and also getting help and suggestions are easier. is one such local agent based in Raipur that provides best rates and better facilities at Chilika Lake.





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