Apart from birds, Chilka Lake Bird Sanctuary is a home of various wild animals as blackbuck, golden jackals, spotted deer and hyenas. Chilka Lake is very prosperous in aquatic species as its waters has about 160 various species of crustaceans, fish and many more marine life including the well-known Chilka dolphin. For the local people prawn, mackerel and crab fishing is vital source to run their livelihood and numerous fishing boats are seen in the lake to bring the day’s catch. The Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve has second biggest pachyderm numbers in India and the opportunities to see the elephants are very nice especially in the dry season.
Kalijai Temple chilka
The temple is dedicated to Kalijai who is believed to be an incarnation of Goddess Kali. The temple is located on one of those emerald green islands, that dot the lagoon. Interestingly, the depth of lake around the island is not yet known.
Nalabana : Another island in the cluster, Nalabana, boasts of a superb beach with golden sand and blue water. One can enjoy boating and fishing at leisure. A nice place to hang around, this island also has patches of green forests holding hidden ecological treasures in its pockets. Every year, the migratory birds compensate their stay by providing stupefying photographic safaris.
Cruise on Chilka Lake : To cruise on Chilka Lake as well as to visit discrete islands, motorised yatch and speed boat services are available at fixed rates from OTDC. You can also hire a sea kayak from Orrisa Tourism’s Water Sports Complex (WSC) to explore the Nalaban island.
Sea Sizzlers : Enjoy delicious sea food preparations in patta (leaf plates), here in Chilka. Satiate your taste buds with fresh Tiger Prawns, Red Crabs and other fish delicacies in food stalls set up by the locals.
Chilka Lake Accommodation Numerous hotels, rest houses, villas and huts are dotted in and around the lake. Some places of accommodation are owned and managed by OTDC, while others are maintained privately. Moreover, at the southern end of the lake, there are tourist bungalows at Rambha and Barkul which is 6 km north of Balugaon railway station.
How to reach Chilka Lake Bird Sanctuary By Air: Bhubaneshwar airport is about 120 KMS away from Chilka Lake. By Rail: Bhubaneshwar and Puri stations are ideal to take the trains from various cities of India. By Road: One can arrive by road to Chilka Lake from various parts of Orissa.
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