Chilika Ratings & Reviews

Rajeev senta

Rajeev sentaratingratingratingratingratingrating3.6/5

8 reviewsPosted 3 years ago

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 Deoratingratingratingratingratingrating4.3/5

15 reviewsPosted 4 years ago

'' 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 ...


Suman Mukherji

Suman Mukherjiratingratingratingratingratingrating4.3/5

9 reviewsPosted 4 years ago

Must visit place in Odisha

Asia's largest brackish water lagoon with water spread ranging from 1165 sq km m the rainy season to 906 sq km in the dry season is nestled in the heart of the coastal Odisha (Orissa). It extends from Bhusandpur in Puri district in the North to Rambha-Malud in Ganjam district in the South, separated from the Bay of Bengal by a 60 km long narrow strip of marshy islands and sand-flats.

Two major places to visit at chilika is Kali jai temple and dolphin seeing. But you cannot do the same from a single place.

If you want to visit Kali jai temple you have to board a boat from Balugaon.

There are provision of boats both shared and personal depending upon your pocket size at the OTDC Panthanivas Balugaon. Excellent behaviour of the staff, excellent food you can pay both by cash or card.

If you want to see the gangetic dolphins you may have to go via Satpura which is 47 km from Puri. Motorable road will lead you to Satpara.

Things to keep in mind :

At Satpara while boarding the boat negotiate as there is no fixed rate.

They say for 4 places or points but 2 of them are not possible first the red crab and second is the mini island for bird sighting which is now protected area and one cannot go near it.

At the red crab island flock of thugs will arrive as soon as your boat embarks there showing you how pearls are formed and corals are made.

They will start breaking sea shells in front of you and you may see one after another pearls coming out of it which is a fake. Secondly they will start braking corals which they say (not actual) and you will be astonished to see precious stones coming out of it. All fake. Strongly suggest do not ever fall in the trap.

Rest I will give 5/5 excellent place the be in the natures lap.


Swati Chakraborty

Swati Chakrabortyratingratingratingratingratingrating4.3/5

15 reviewsPosted 5 years ago

Chilka-An incredible Lake in India

Recently I have travelled Chilka Lake, Orissa which was a fabulous experience to me. It was a very joyful boating Not to mention that Chilka is Asia's largest salt water lagoon. During the boating in Chilka, I have visited Nalbana, Kalijai Temple, Kalingeswar Temple, Chadheihaga Island etc. Watching Dalphin was also a wonderful and rare experience. You may go to Chilka from various place of Odissa like Puri, Satapada, Rambha, Barkul and Balugaon. I have stayed one night at Balugaon after reaching there in the afternoon and travelled chilka lake next morning by Motor Driven Boat. The best time to visit Chilka is winter. Really in winter Chilka is a paradise for Migrate birds. Bird lover must visit to Chilka in winter.

  • Chilka-An incredible Lake in India
  • Chilka-An incredible Lake in India
  • Chilka-An incredible Lake in India
  • Chilka-An incredible Lake in India
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Deepak M

Deepak Mratingratingratingratingratingrating4.3/5

11 reviewsPosted 5 years ago

The Best Boating time at Chillika

We traveled to Chilika Lake from Puri. Its the only Salt water lake. We traveled into the lake by a long kayak motor boat. We saw the dolphins and also quite a variety of birds, cranes, seagulls, kites, crows, etc, mostly hovering around the fish nets of the fishermen. I would say, this is one of the best place for boating, the boat docked on a nearby island where the fisherman were selling pearls and other precious stones. We got to see red crabs & also saw the point where Lake meets the sea, its called 'Sangam'.


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Lata Awasthi

Lata Awasthiratingratingratingratingratingrating1.4/5

8 reviewsPosted 5 years ago

Please Avoid

You really do NOT want to waste a single second at this lake . . 1. Sight. Total rip-off. No beauty. No serenity. Just plain water stretching till umpteen miles. Water is a pathetic shade of algae green. 2. Cost and Ride. ₹ 3, 300/- for a single long boat ride which gets so boring, you will regret everything in the end. 3. Primary Attractions. First is the most awaited scene of the dolphins. Absolutely nothing on that front. You cannot see anything but slight ripples in the lake and a rare fin or tail which vanishes back into the deep waters in a matter of seconds. Then, the birds. I don't even understand why are they even advertising the lake with that. No birds but some baby cranes here and there. 4. Food. Don't even ask about that. Some thelas hither-thither selling chips and stuff. No restaurants whatsoever. 5. Ease of access. A filthy toilet in the corner and broken boats with random pieces of wood loose everywhere. 6. Miscellaneous Things. BEWARE the pearl and gem sellers. The boatman will stop the boat somewhere and another person will first show you Red crabs. That is basically a basket with two-three crabs crawling in sand. Then he will show you 'oysters' and break them in front of you and give you the pearls in them. Then he will break corals and take out fake gems like opals, ruby and some other stuff. The boatman won't leave until you buy these and the seller will persuade you first about the gems' genuineness and then trick you into buying them at a very high price. Summarizing all this . DON'T GO TO CHILIKA LAKE


Lata Awasthi

Lata Awasthiratingratingratingratingratingrating1.4/5

8 reviewsPosted 5 years ago

Please Avoid

You really do NOT want to waste a single second at this lake . . 1. Sight. Total rip-off. No beauty. No serenity. Just plain water stretching till umpteen miles. Water is a pathetic shade of algae green. 2. Cost and Ride. ₹ 3, 300/- for a single long boat ride which gets so boring, you will regret everything in the end. 3. Primary Attractions. First is the most awaited scene of the dolphins. Absolutely nothing on that front. You cannot see anything but slight ripples in the lake and a rare fin or tail which vanishes back into the deep waters in a matter of seconds. Then, the birds. I don't even understand why are they even advertising the lake with that. No birds but some baby cranes here and there. 4. Food. Don't even ask about that. Some thelas hither-thither selling chips and stuff. No restaurants whatsoever. 5. Ease of access. A filthy toilet in the corner and broken boats with random pieces of wood loose everywhere. 6. Miscellaneous Things. BEWARE the pearl and gem sellers. The boatman will stop the boat somewhere and another person will first show you Red crabs. That is basically a basket with two-three crabs crawling in sand. Then he will show you 'oysters' and break them in front of you and give you the pearls in them. Then he will break corals and take out fake gems like opals, ruby and some other stuff. The boatman won't leave until you buy these and the seller will persuade you first about the gems' genuineness and then trick you into buying them at a very high price. Summarizing all this . DON'T GO TO CHILIKA LAKE


Lata Awasthi

Lata Awasthiratingratingratingratingratingrating1.4/5

8 reviewsPosted 5 years ago

Please Avoid

You really do NOT want to waste a single second at this lake . . 1. Sight. Total rip-off. No beauty. No serenity. Just plain water stretching till umpteen miles. Water is a pathetic shade of algae green. 2. Cost and Ride. ₹ 3, 300/- for a single long boat ride which gets so boring, you will regret everything in the end. 3. Primary Attractions. First is the most awaited scene of the dolphins. Absolutely nothing on that front. You cannot see anything but slight ripples in the lake and a rare fin or tail which vanishes back into the deep waters in a matter of seconds. Then, the birds. I don't even understand why are they even advertising the lake with that. No birds but some baby cranes here and there. 4. Food. Don't even ask about that. Some thelas hither-thither selling chips and stuff. No restaurants whatsoever. 5. Ease of access. A filthy toilet in the corner and broken boats with random pieces of wood loose everywhere. 6. Miscellaneous Things. BEWARE the pearl and gem sellers. The boatman will stop the boat somewhere and another person will first show you Red crabs. That is basically a basket with two-three crabs crawling in sand. Then he will show you 'oysters' and break them in front of you and give you the pearls in them. Then he will break corals and take out fake gems like opals, ruby and some other stuff. The boatman won't leave until you buy these and the seller will persuade you first about the gems' genuineness and then trick you into buying them at a very high price. Summarizing all this . DON'T GO TO CHILIKA LAKE


Lata Awasthi

Lata Awasthiratingratingratingratingratingrating1.4/5

8 reviewsPosted 5 years ago

Please Avoid

You really do NOT want to waste a single second at this lake . . 1. Sight. Total rip-off. No beauty. No serenity. Just plain water stretching till umpteen miles. Water is a pathetic shade of algae green. 2. Cost and Ride. ₹ 3, 300/- for a single long boat ride which gets so boring, you will regret everything in the end. 3. Primary Attractions. First is the most awaited scene of the dolphins. Absolutely nothing on that front. You cannot see anything but slight ripples in the lake and a rare fin or tail which vanishes back into the deep waters in a matter of seconds. Then, the birds. I don't even understand why are they even advertising the lake with that. No birds but some baby cranes here and there. 4. Food. Don't even ask about that. Some thelas hither-thither selling chips and stuff. No restaurants whatsoever. 5. Ease of access. A filthy toilet in the corner and broken boats with random pieces of wood loose everywhere. 6. Miscellaneous Things. BEWARE the pearl and gem sellers. The boatman will stop the boat somewhere and another person will first show you Red crabs. That is basically a basket with two-three crabs crawling in sand. Then he will show you 'oysters' and break them in front of you and give you the pearls in them. Then he will break corals and take out fake gems like opals, ruby and some other stuff. The boatman won't leave until you buy these and the seller will persuade you first about the gems' genuineness and then trick you into buying them at a very high price. Summarizing all this . DON'T GO TO CHILIKA LAKE


Lata Awasthi

Lata Awasthiratingratingratingratingratingrating1.4/5

8 reviewsPosted 5 years ago

Please Avoid

You really do NOT want to waste a single second at this lake . . 1. Sight. Total rip-off. No beauty. No serenity. Just plain water stretching till umpteen miles. Water is a pathetic shade of algae green. 2. Cost and Ride. ₹ 3, 300/- for a single long boat ride which gets so boring, you will regret everything in the end. 3. Primary Attractions. First is the most awaited scene of the dolphins. Absolutely nothing on that front. You cannot see anything but slight ripples in the lake and a rare fin or tail which vanishes back into the deep waters in a matter of seconds. Then, the birds. I don't even understand why are they even advertising the lake with that. No birds but some baby cranes here and there. 4. Food. Don't even ask about that. Some thelas hither-thither selling chips and stuff. No restaurants whatsoever. 5. Ease of access. A filthy toilet in the corner and broken boats with random pieces of wood loose everywhere. 6. Miscellaneous Things. BEWARE the pearl and gem sellers. The boatman will stop the boat somewhere and another person will first show you Red crabs. That is basically a basket with two-three crabs crawling in sand. Then he will show you 'oysters' and break them in front of you and give you the pearls in them. Then he will break corals and take out fake gems like opals, ruby and some other stuff. The boatman won't leave until you buy these and the seller will persuade you first about the gems' genuineness and then trick you into buying them at a very high price. Summarizing all this . DON'T GO TO CHILIKA LAKE

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