Every year as winter sets in millions of migratory birds from different parts of
world i.e Siberia, Russia etc. flock the lake making Chilika as the largest wintering
ground for birds in the subcontinent.The beauty of Chilika has enamoured tourists
and writers alike. To enable tourists to savour the serene beauty of Asia’s largest
brackish water lagoon at the Dept of Tourism and Forest Department has set up accommodation
facilities at the following places- Pathanivas at Barkul and Rambha . Nature Camps
at Berhampura, Rajhans and Mangalajodi.
Quacks and calls fill the fresh air pervading ones’ consciousness.
It also boasts of a significant population of Irrawaddy Dolphin which is the highest recorded inland population in the world. One can see groups of Dolphin diving and swimming during boating near Rajhans Nature Camp.
Chilika is a hotspot of biodiversity and has been designated as Wetland of International importance and a RAMSAR Site. It is the biggest breeding place for Flamingos in the World. The major species of colorful birds that can be witnessed are White bellied sea eagles, Gray lag geese, purple moor hen, flamingo jacana, herons, Brahminy ducks, Pintails etc.
Distance from Bhubaneswar - 61.8 KM
Nearest Airport - Bhubaneswar
Road Transport - Chilika is well connected by Bus Service from across the state.