Bird watching in Chilika Lake
Accessible from Puri (50 kms from Satpara), Chilika Lake is is the largest coastal lagoon in India and the second largest lagoon in the World. It is the largest wintering ground for migratory birds on the Indian sub-continent.
The lagoon hosts over 160 species of birds in the peak migratory season. Birds from as far as the Caspian Sea, Lake Baikal, Aral Sea and other remote parts of Russia, Kirghiz steppes of Mongolia, Central and southeast Asia, Ladakh and Himalayas come here, traveling as much as 12,000 kms.
In 1981, Chilika Lake was designated the first Indian wetland of international importance under the Ramsar Convention.
A boat ride here will offer an opportunity to sight dolphins and birds on the banks of islands within Chilika lake area. Birds are also sighted enroute from Puri to Satapada on both sides of the road. You wiill be able to have good sighting of Gulls, Asia Openbill, Jacanas, Lapwings, Curlew Sandpiper and wide range of other waterbirds, waders, storks etc
Seasonality - Oct - March is the best time to visit Chilika Lake for migratory birds. Temperatures in Summer can be very hot.