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Chilika Lake weekend getaway from Kolkata

by on October 8, 2007

chilika-lake.jpgIt is the largest brackish water lagoon in the heart of the coastal Orissa. Chilika Lake has also become one of the weekend destinations from Kolkata. It extends from Bhusandpur in Puri district in the north to Ramba Malud in Ganjan district in South, separated from the Bay of Bengal. Well I came to know that Chilika is recognized as one of the most important wetlands in the world because it is also home to a phenomenal variety of birds. The lake and its islands teem with nesting birds like flamingos; pelicans also include migratory birds flying great distances from Iran, Central Asia and Siberia.

Then the Nalabana Island is covering about 16km in the lagoon area is a bird sanctuary. It is a paradise for bird watchers as the 9kms sanctuary attracts around 4lacs waterfowls of different species. Another major attraction at Chilika is Irrawady dolphins which are often spotted off Satpada Island. It is bounded by the lagoon on three sides offers an excellent view and attracts the visitors to its entire 30km stretch of sand bar. Boats arranged by OTDC are available for both the islands. The lake also supports the local fisherman in earning their living from Chikila’s prawn, mackerel and crabs. However the plying of mechanized boats, the increasing of different fishing nets and gears has threatened the species of the Chilika lagoon, the Irrawady dolphin.

There is a Kalijai temple which is standing on the one of the tiny rocky island which is considered to be the abode of the Goddess Kalijai, Shiva’s consort Durga, is a pilgrimage spot. Every year at Makar Sakranti pilgrims flock at the site to leave votive offerings in the cave where the deity is enshrined. Then there is a temple dedicated to Lord Varuna, the God of sea, in the tiny island of Baru Nakuda near Magarmukh is revered.

Then in the small village of Manikpatna there is a temple of Bhabakundesvar Shiva and an old mosque. At the entrance of the mosque is the piece of architecture as the door is made of the jaws of whale.

Brahmaputra is a place of scenic beauty in between the sea and the lake where a site to watch small deer is called Baliharina.chilika-lake-birds.jpg Then there is Birds Island, a haven for resident and migratory birds. The Malud and Parikud are colorful islands within the lake. The Beacon Island is 3km from Rambha is an architectural marvel and conical pillar and a small room constructed on a submerged mass of rock near Ghantasila Hill. The Breakfast Island and Honeymoon Island presents very dark blue water to visitors, who come here to relax.

People can stay at Satpada, Barkul and Rambha, there are OTDC rooms available.

Find driving directions from Kolkata here.

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One Comment
  1. Dear,Friend
    Chilka Lake (also Chilika Lake) is a brackish water coastal lake in India’s Orissa

    state, south of the mouth of the Mahanadi River. It is the largest coastal lake in

    India. The lake was formed due to the silting action of the Mahanadi River, The

    area of the lake varies from 1165 km² in the monsoon season to 906 km² in the

    dry season, and is studded with numerous small islands. This wildlife sanctuary

    is ideal for wildlife tours and bird watching tours during the winter months.
    Please Visit For More Detail
    http://www.desidirectory.com/india-travel-guide/

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