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Chilika Lake Tours

Chilka - The Destination

Abundant with bird life, thick with fishes and strewn with lush green wetlands along its shores—welcome to Chilika Lake, a vision straight out of a picture book. One of Asia’s largest lagoons, this wetland of the Indian subcontinent sustains over 25,000 small fishermen. It attracts a large number of aquatic birds, most of which are the focus of intensive studies and research.

Chilika Lake India

Studded with many small islands, including the picturesque Honeymoon Island and Breakfast Island—a sandy ridge separates the lake from the Bay of Bengal. An extraordinary array of bird life, both native and migrant, makes Chilika one of the best places for all bird lovers. Among other rare birds, Chilika is home to one of the world’s largest breeding colonies of flamingos.

Chilika is the abode of the Goddess Kali. In fact, Chilika has an island dedicated  to  the  Goddess ,  by the name Kalijai. A ferry or a boat is

always available to cross over. On the shore of the lake, is the Orissa tourism rest house - the rooms are a good bet for they overlook the lake. The other advantage is the mouthwatering sea food which is served here - fortunately, there are no birds on the menu or one would tend to suspect the cause for dwindling numbers! The lake is fascinating and if you can brave the luxury of time, it is certainly a journey worth making.

Chilka - Facts at a Glance

Area : 1100 sq kms
State : Orissa
Temperature : 30?C - 73?C (Summers)
17?C - 24?C (Winters)
Rainfall : 1160mm
Best Season :
The best time to visit this picturesque lake is between October to March. This is the time when migrating birds—almost 50-70 species -cover thelake. Also, pilgrims flock this place during Makar Mela (at the time of Makar Sankranti) to pay respects to Goddess Kali at the Kalijai Island.

Attractions in Chilka

All you prudent bird-watchers will find the Chilika Lake an appropriate destination. Birds like Cormorants, Pond Herons, Egrets, Snipes Stints and Water Fowls flock around the lake all throughout the year. During the recommended months of winter, nearly 50-70 species of migratory birds visit the lake. They assemble around the shallow waters surrounding the unpopulated island 15 km North-East of Chilika known as Nalban. Winter would present you a magnificent sight with a lot of migratory birds feeding, preening their feathers, or simply splashing in the water.

Bird watching in Chilka

These migratory birds include Pochards, Brahminy Duck, Grey-leg goose, Sandpipers, Spot-Billed Pelican, Teals, Gulls and Albatross. These birds come mostly from the Himalayas and Siberian region where the water freezes in the winter and they can no longer feed there.
Chilika preserves its natural green lush shrublands near the lake front so that it can preserve this natural bird sanctuary.
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