Chilika Lake Banpur Odisha

Chilika Lake Banpur Odisha

Queen of natural beauty, Chilika, the largest brackish water lake in Asia covering an area of over 1,100 sq. km is a great attraction for the tourists for fishing, bird watching and boating. In winter Chilika is a flutter with thousands of indigenous and migratory birds of many varieties from far and near – even from the distant Siberia.

How to reach

Chilika is around 100 kms from Bhubaneswar by road and train.Best time to visit October toJune.Places of tourist interest in ChilikaKalijai Island Honeymoon Island Breakfast Island Birds Island Nalabana (Island of Reeds)Parikud Island, etc. are some of the important and interesting spots inside the lake.
The Island of Kalijai is famous as a center of religious worship due to the temple of Goddess Kalijai where a big fair is held on the occasion of Makara Sankranti that falls in January every year. The Island of Nalabana, 8 km in circumference occupies a unique place in the vast expanse of Chilika Lake as it happens to be the central point for the migratory birds. One can view dolphins in their natural habitat at the mouth of Chilika near Satpada.

Places of interest around Chilika
Narayani (22 km) : Goddess Narayani adorns the valley hill-top which is girdled by a stream. It is an ideal picnic spot.
Nirmaljhara (11 km) : Nirmaljhara has earned its name as an ideal place for a picnic as well as pilgrimage. A stream that emerges out from the feet of a Vishnu image enhances the importance and sanctity of the place.

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