Chilika Lake

Nestling in the heart of coastal Orissa, the Chilika Lake situated 100 km from Bhubaneswar, is actually a large (1,1200 sq. km) lagoon connected to the Bay of Bengal by a narrow mouth. It is the largest inland lake in India. The lake is dotted with numerous islands like Kalijai Island, Honeymoon Island, Breakfast Island, Nalabana (Island of Reeds), Parikud Island, Bird Island, etc., some of which are inhabited by fishermen who scour the waters for mackerel, prawn and crab.

It attracts large number of migratory birds Chilika Wildlife Sanctuary, in the winter months, attracts large number of migratory water-birds including flamingoes, teals, bar headed geese, brahminy ducks, coots, pigeons, Shovellers, and white bellied sea eagle. Close to the lake mouth there is a large population of dolphins. The nesting grounds are 19 km from Barkul, the water bird sanctuary can be visited by boat.

Orissa