Chilka Lake, is Asia’s biggest internal salt-water pond. Chilika lake Bird Sanctuary situated south-west of Puri a distance of 100km from Bhubaneshwar in Orissa. It covers an area of 1100 sq. km. is the largest salt & fresh water lake in Asia. Chilika is also known as ‘Honeymoon Island’ and ‘Breakfast Island’. It is a good picnic spot. In winter thousands of migratory birds of many varieties arrive here from the distant Siberia. One can visit Chilka Lake any time during the year except monsoon. The period from October to March is best time to see the migratory birds.
other attractions around chilka lake
Kalijai Temple :
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.
Chilka Lake map