Chilika Lake Overview

Ranked 8 of 52 sightseeing in Puri

Chilika Lake is another great destination to visit. This lake is Asia’s largest salt water lagoon. Situated near the Bay of Bengal, this lake is separated from the sea by only a small neck like piece of land. This is a favorite migratory spot for a numerous birds during winter.

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Chilika lake - Come to see the Dolphins

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Chilika Lake

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27th Dec 17

On the way to Chilka lake

On the way to Chilka lake  Video Review

Chilika Lake

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22nd Jul 17

Sea shell at island

Sea shell at island  Video Review

Chilika Lake

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22nd Jul 17

Chilka lake boat ride

Chilka lake boat ride  Video Review

Chilika Lake

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22nd Jul 17


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Chilika Lake

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What travellers are saying about Chilika Lake

Experience scale
  • Excellent 21
  • Very Good 14
  • Good 9
  • Poor 2
  • Below Average 1
  • Average 1
  • Terrible 0
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  • Best Time: During DayLength of visit: More than 3hrs
  • Length of visit: 2-3hrsBest Time: During Day
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Jagannath  Sahoo

Jagannath Sahoo5.0/5

3 reviews

Mesmerising view

The best place to visit if you are travelling to Puri. It's a beautiful lake with opportunity to see dolphins if you book a boat. Best time to visit is during sunset. We can get some really cool photos.
  • Mesmerising view
  • Mesmerising view

Sudesh Verma

Sudesh Verma3.9/5

11 reviews

Chilka Lake

Make a group of 6-8 persons. Take the motor boat for 2 1/2 hrs for 2520/-. They will give the ride for 3 1/2-4 hrs.Take Dav, Sea Fish, / etc. But bargain Ist.

Inderjeet Kunner

Inderjeet Kunner2.1/5

8 reviews

At your own risk

The lake is marketed but it seems they don't want tourist to access the lake. We had a local driver so we could get some information otherwise there is no enquiry office. I wanted to go boating but looking at the boats and the boatmen, I the idea. I request the administration to have professional approach towards such a place. Train the local boatmen, have good enquiry office giving complete information on the tour of the lake, better safety and security measures and lastly a very good jetty to embark on a good boat. Went with a fervour to visit but left disappointed.

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Suman saurabh  Nanda

Suman saurabh Nanda5.0/5

1 review

An excellent lake

If you love birds, boats, temple, sightseeing, water scooter ride, fishes then you must visit Chilika once, it's famous for backwater lake, more than 160 species of birds you can find only in winter, many deep water species you can see, underwater diving, maa kalijai temple is a big attraction.
  • An excellent lake
  • An excellent lake
  • An excellent lake
  • An excellent lake

Amit Ghosh

Amit Ghosh3.6/5

581 reviews

The backwaters of Puri

If in Chilka, you are bound to take a ride on the jetty. The lake stores some beautiful, intelligent and friendly dolphins, which are a pleasure to watch. Engage in some photo sessions as they prance around your boat. An extremely beautiful experience you just can't miss!

Kiran Ak

Kiran Ak4.6/5

2 reviews

Boating is a must-do thing here

Not boating in Chilka Lake is like you are a fan of SRK and haven't watched DDLJ. Never say you have visited Chilka Lake if you haven't done boating here. Although the prices for boating are quite high, it is worth it. Prefer going by tourist bus so that the guide will be there to get you the best price.

Supratik Deb

Supratik Deb3.6/5

1 review

Awesome and great to hangout

It's a great to hangout with family and friends. You can have a variety of seafood available over there. It's a must visit place if you are in Puri. It's a 100% paisa vasool place. You can see a lovely place of what we call a sort of estuary. You need to visit there by boating. It is the Asia's largest Brackish Lagoon.

Kunja bihari Mishra

Kunja bihari Mishra4.3/5

42 reviews

Best part of Bay of Bengal

Chilika situated around 40 KMs from Puri and around 80KMs from Bhubaneswar is one of the largest Lake in Asia. Once you visit Puri, you should visit Chilika which will always mesmerize by your beauty. I took a boating and I loved that. Cleaning is good.

Mridul Singh

Mridul Singh2.9/5

3 reviews

Big Lake but boating experience will be boring

A nice and big lake offers a nice view. Boating is also available, but to warn you in advance, by boating it means sitting in a wooden boat with a man driving it. The boat is shared with approx 10 passengers, you can also personally hire it. But it would be very expensive. Be sure to carry food with you, the food offered is average rate (some people will consider it costly) but the taste. Well I personally did not like the food taste, but others might like it. Boating experience is long and boring by the end (if you don't see any Dolphins) otherwise it may seem interesting. Still visit is recommended. If you are in Puri you are kids might still like it.

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Sourav Mohanty

Sourav Mohanty4.3/5

1 review

A visit to Chilika Lake is once in a lifetime experience!!

The Lake is in the midst of a secluded stretch of a natural forest which adds to the beauty of the place! Furthermore the mountains which lie aside are also worth mentioning. There is a temple of Goddess Kalijai, in a sort-of island type place in the midst of the Lake. Usually you have to take a boat to visit the temple. The boat journey is also a worth-experiencing thing. It is also a picnic spot, so can hang out with your family for picnics.

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Chilika Lake, Puri

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