This stretch of NH5 has very less vehicles during daytime till evening. So one can enjoy the drive and the nature along the road. So you won't feel the distance boring. Besides, there's only one tool booth since Bhubaneswar. There is a shortcut also to Puri just around the lake.
It is a great experience to go to Chilika by road on your car or bike with friends. No shortcuts on national highway. We left early morning by 5 am or 6 am and it is the best time to start. We were travelling on our own car and the road was good and fine from starting to ending and the route was scenic. In Chilika there are many dhaba or restaurants to have food on the way.
Chilika Lake is about 60 km from Puri and it is easy to go there by a taxi or your own.