Quick Getaways from Chilka
Kalijai Temple : Goddess Kali is the
presiding deity of Chilika. Kalijai Island is
thus the abode of the Goddess. Every fisherman
in Chilika prays to Kalijai before he goes for
fishing. For the thousands of devotees who go
there and pay respect to Kalijai, boats are
available at Balugaon and Barkul at reasonable
Narayani : 7 Kms from Chilika,
is a picnic spot of great scenic beauty. By
the side of natural springs, the temple of Goddess
Narayani adorns the place and is ideal for relaxation.
: 35 Kms From Chilika, the place is haloed
with the shrine of Lord Vishnu. The perennial stream
that flows at Nirmaljhar is channelised to different
Banpur : Placed 15 kms from Chilika,
Banpur is a center of religious activities, and houses
the shrine of Goddess Bhagwati. In addition, Banpur
is also famous for its various cane furniture items.
Gopalpur-on-sea : 90 kms from Chilika,
Gopalpur-on-sea is one of the ancient ports of Orissa
and presently famous as a sea-side resort. Being a
quiet place, Gopalpur is a favorite resort for the
Taptapani : 125 Kms from Chilika,
Taptapani is a pleasant health resort with a hot sulfur
spring which has medicinal properties to cure skin
diseases. The water of the spring is channelised to
the bath-tubs of the panthanivas (Tourist
Bungalows) to accord spa-bath.
Getting There & Away to Chilka
approximately 120 km from Bhubaneshwar, the nearest
nearest railway stations are at Rambha and Balugaon,
both of which have train connections to cities
as distant as Kolkata, Puri, Hyderabad and Chennai.
From both Balugaon and Rambha buses are available
to the lake.
transport, OTDC tour buses and private operators
ply the roads between Chilika, Puri, Behrampore,
Bhubaneshwar and Cuttack.