Chilka, a birders’ paradise on the bank of a beautiful lagoon.
Chilka, a brackish water lagoon with estuarine character is the perfect place for those who seek the solace in close proximity with nature. You can experience an amazing beach holiday, without any disturbance of the typical beach-going party crowd. Settled in a biodiversity hotspot, the property gives you the chance to engage in birdwatching activity, or encounter the graceful Irrawaddy dolphin during boat ride to the camps. There are three places to stay in the property, with unique features and locations. Millions of migratory birds converge in Mangalajodi. This place is a happy hunting ground for birders and photographers, with luxury cottage stay and panoramic view of the lake. Rajhans Island separates Chilka Lake from the Bay of Bengal and provides amazing sunrise/sunset views. Behrampura Island lies 25-minute boat journey from Satapada, famous for Dolphin sighting. All of these properties provide luxury, comfort and the famous local food to the tourists along with the thrill and much-coveted solitude.
Accommodation:There are three different accommodations at Chilka. I.e Behrampur, Rajhans Nature Camps and Manglajodi Nature Camp.
Good news for large groups, Chilka can accommodate more than 60 – 75 adults at a time.
Check-in 12:00 PM
Check out 10:00 AM
Boating and Dolphin-watching :Chilka Lake is the largest habitat of the Irrawaddy Dolphins. Boating during the morning or afternoon hours is a great time to see them playing along with the wave. The vast waterbody merging with the sea is a sight to behold here.
Birding :Huge swarms of migratory bird species visit the waterbodies in here every year, and there are a number of resident birds too. Lapwing, Gull, Pintail, Ruddy Shelduck, Oriental Pranticole, Painted Snipes, and a huge variety of raptors are seen here throughout the year, especially around winter.
Stargazing : The clear sky over the lake is perfect for stargazing, as it is away from the major cities.
Beach Activity:The beach is not full of the crowd often. Therefore, it is a perfect place who want to enjoy an undisturbed beach holiday with sun and sands, without the party hullabaloos.
Satapada: Located in the eastern side of the lake, bound by the lake on three sides, this place offers an excellent view of the lagoon. This place is 50 km. away from Puri. The major attractions of this place are the interpretation center and eco-park. Boats start from here to see the Irrawaddy Dolphins in the lake itself.
Manikpatna :As per historical evidence, there was a port in here, which was used for trade with Far-East Asia. BhabaKundaleswar temple and one old mosque are located here.
Kalijai Temple : On Kalijai Island, there is a temple of Devi Kalijai, who is highly revered by the local people. A huge fair is held every year during Makar Sankranti in here.
Rambhartia :This place lies about one and half hour boat journey from Satapada. Here, the sea mouth along with the Casuarina plantation on the sand-bar attract the nature lovers to this place. The long beach along the sandbar separates the lake from the sea. It is a popular picnic spot in winter.
Barunkuda: A small island situated near Magarmukh near Satapada with a temple of Lord Varuna.
Nabagraha: An ancient deity located near village Berhampur on an island.
How to Reach
Rail : The nearest rail-station is Bhubaneswar. From there it is nearly 80 km away which takes 2 hours and30 minutes to reach by car.
Air : The nearest airport is Bhubaneswar (Biju Patnaik International Airport), 85km away and takes a car 2 hours and 30 minutes to reach the place.
Road : From Kolkata, the property is approximately 540 km away and it takes around 11 hours to reach by car.
Best Time To Visit
Undoubtedly, the best time to visit Chilka Lake is the winter months of November to February. Usually, in these months, the variety of migratory birds flock to this place. This is a great time to watch the dolphins too. Rainy season should be avoided as then there is the problem of boat movement, and the water becomes muddy, barring the wildlife watch.
Double Bedded AC Comfort Suite : INR 6490 + 15% GST and Convenience fee (Per day per room)
Double Bedded AC Standard Room : INR 5841 + 15% GST and Convenience fee (Per day per room)
Rajhans Nature Camp
Double Bedded AC Tents : INR 6490 + 15% GST and Convenience fee (Per day per room)
Manglajodi Nature Camp
Double Bedded AC Cottages : INR 6490 + 15% GST and Convenience fee (Per day per room)
Kids between 1 to 3 years are complimentary
Kids from 4 years will be charged INR 1000 for foods and lodging. (To be paid at the destination)
INR 750 for foods and lodging Maximum. (To be paid at the destination)
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