Chilika Tourism

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Taratarini

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Tara Tarini Temple

Bhavya boww
8th Mar 18

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Reasons to go to Chilika

1Go on a thrilling boat ride
Go on a thrilling boat ride

HolidayIQ Reviewer Basab Ray Chaudhuri shares, “Boating in Chilika is a thrilling experience. Dolphins Point, Breakfast Island, Honeymoon Island, Kali Temple are famous destinations during boating.

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Reviews (30)

Rajeev senta

Rajeev senta3.6/5

8 reviews

Nice Property. Food, Beverages charges VERY HIGH

Property is good. Nice place to relax on weekends. Rooms were clean and spacious . Food and beverages were very expensive. They will charge you for Swimming costumes if you don't have the proper one. The charges for the costumes are very high .
  • Nice Property. Food, Beverages charges VERY HIGH

Santanu Deo

Santanu Deo4.3/5

15 reviews

'' A thing of beauty is joy for ever''

Chilka Lake is really beautiful and amazing .. However, I have a big problem with this whole Dolphin watching business .. We booked a boat .. For 4 hours .. It was making noise like anything .. And all the boats were same .. Imagine you are in the middle of a beautiful lake .. Trying to enjoy the scenery .. Suddenly a loud motor noises .. Its pathetic .. Really .. I think the Tourism Department should do something to reduce the noise/disel pollution ... Really there are much better ways to enjoy the lake than going to see Dolphins ...

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Chilika Overview

Chilika Lake, located in the heart of coastal Orissa, is India’s largest coastal lagoon and the second largest lagoon in the world. It is situated along the district borders of Pun, Khurda and Ganjam of Orissa. Chilika Lake is a popular tourist destination.

Chilika Lake covers an area of over 1,100 sq. km. It is at the mouth of the Daya river flowing in to the Bay of Bengal. This lake is the largest inland brackish (salt water) lake in Asia. The Chilika lake region is distinguished as a wetland which is home to diverse species of avian, aquatic, reptilian and animal life. This lake is also a bird sanctuary that welcomes thousands of indigenous birds and migratory birds from Siberia, Iran, Caspian Sea, Russia, and many more. During the winter season, Chilika Lake is filled with different varieties of birds.

As per geological survey, Chilika Lake was a part of the Bay of Bengal during the later part of the Pleistocene period. The excavations conducted by the Archaeological Survey of India at Golabai Sasan shows that Golabai was a prominent boat-building centre and a major port.

Earlier, Chilika lake was a major harbour during the reign of King Kharavela of Kalinga in 209 BC. Port Palur, located at the southern tip of the Chilika Lake was also mentioned by the Greek geographer ‘Ptolemy.’ As per a 10th century text, Chilika Lake was an important commercial and trading centre as well as a major harbour for ships sailing to Java, Malaya, Singhala, China and other countries.

Chilika Lake encloses many inhabited as well as uninhabited islands. Few prominent ones are Kalijai Island, Honeymoon Island, Breakfast Island, Birds Island, Nalabana (Island of Reeds), Parikud Island, Nirmaljhara Island and Malud Island. The beauty of Chilika Lake can be viewed by a boat ride from Balugaon, Barkul, Rambha or Satpada.

Chilika tourism offers a variety of activities such as fishing, bird watching and boating. Kalijai Island is a popular pilgrimage destination as it abodes the temple of Goddess Kalijai.

Birds Island is a haven for about 160 species of migratory birds during the winter season. Satapada, Parikud and Malud Islands are the other tourist destinations in Chilika Lake. Chilika is easily accessible from Bhubaneswar (100 km) by road or rail.

There is so much to see in Chilika.

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