1100 sq. km.
Situated southwest of Puri, Chilka is the largest
brackish water lake in Asia. It is doted with the islands and is noted for
the many migratory birds which flock to the nesting sanctuary here in winter
( December to January). The shallow lake is about 70 km long and averages 15
km wide It's separated from the sea only by a narrow sand bar. The railway
line and the main road run along the inland edge of the lake. It's a
peaceful enough place but of greatest interests to ornithologists.
Environment and human problems - such as siltation and commercial prawn
fishing - are threatening this important wetland. The lake is spread over an
area of 1100 sq km and is a good picnic spot. One can enjoy boating on the
shimmering blue waters and enjoy fishing at leisure. There are about 160
variety of fish in the lake. Birds come here from as far as Siberia.
WITHIN CHILKA : Nalabana:
It is a forest of reeds and is famous for the long-range migratory birds in
winter. Birds Island:
is heaven for the resident and migratory birds. One can watch the birds in
their natural habitat here. Kalijai:
The abode of Goddess, Kalijai. The island is famous for the temple and the
scenic surroundings. Satapada:
The famous Chilka Dolphins are can be seen in their natural best.
Parikud and Malud:
They are islands
within the lake. Brahmaputra:
The place is known for its scenic beauty.
Cruising on Chilka:
motor launches of OTDC at Barkul and Ramba. The Revenue Department also
maintains some boats at Balugaon. We can also arrange the country boats at
these places and at Satapada as well. Access
The nearest airport - Bhubaneshwar. Later, drive to
The nearest railhead- Balugaon (South Eastern railway section)
The major station - Puri (train services from all over the country)
Plenty of accommodation is available at various
places in and around the lake. Some of the hotels, rest houses, lodges and
huts are maintained and managed by OTDC and many are privately owned.
Panthaniwas at Ramba and Panthaniwas at Barkul are among the famous hotels
in the area. Ashoka hotel at Balugaon is another hotel which attracts many
visitors. At Satpada the Yatriniwas provides excellent accommodation.