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Chilka Lake Orissa, Lake Chilka, Chilka Lake Bird Sanctuary
Spreading over a distance of 1100 square kilometers, the Chilka Lake is situated on the East Coast of India in the state of Orissa. The Chilka Lake is the largest brackish water lake in Asia. Situated at a distance of two hours from the populated city of Bhubaneswar, this lagoon is also famous for the marine, briny and fresh water ecosystem. There are millions of migratory bird’s places such as Baikal, Siberia and South East Asia and Central Asia. A boat ride in this lagoon will give an opportunity to perceive the wonderful display of the chirping birds. The best season of the year in order to enjoy the best display of these migratory birds is the months of October starching up to March.

The ecosystem of the lagoon holds a fishes of 225 different species, a variety of phytoplankton, aquatics plants, and algae along with more than 720 varieties of non-aquatic plants surrounding the lagoon. The Chilka Lake is designated as the “Ramstad site” which is a wetland of International importance. This is because of the variety of life that Chilka Lake is known to house. The bird sanctuary in this lagoon is the Nalabana Island. In order to give vent to the adventurous spirit this place is the perfect place for boat rides, scooter rides, canoeing, kayaking and so on an so forth. All these luxurious entertaining sports can be indulged in the sports complex in OTDC run Pathniwas.

The southern end of Chilka is known for its privacy. Rambha Cove which is situated at the southern end of Chilka is doted with a number of islands. Each of these islands are endowed with such natural beauty that it is even difficult to pass a judgment as to how takes the crown. Near the Ghantasala Hills, which stands at a distance of three kilometers from the Rambha Cove, there stands an architectural marvel in the shape of a conical pillar. If one moves a distance of further three kilometers, one comes to the Honeymoon Island that is breathtaking for the crystal clear water f the inland and the marvelous bed of colorful flowers decorated to heighten its beauty. In one is interested in Shrubs, herbs and creepers, then a visit to the Birds Island is a must visit. There is no doubt that such a visit will keep a person satisfied and enhance his interest for the same.

Now if we focus our attention to the Chilka Lake’s eastern snare, it is also no less tempting and captivating. This is due t the presence a 30 kilometers long sand bar, the Rajhansa islands, along with the mouth of the lake that has the provision of a serene, wide, virgin beach that one can take advantage f to relax ones senses. Apart from these, the unique feature of this part of the Chilka Lake is the presence of the Irrawaddy dolphins that is something which one should not miss.

The Chilka sanctuary with its flora and fauna spells a magic on its visitors with its lake, the migratory birds, the beautiful islands and the water sports that it has to offer. All this has converted Chilka into a popular tourist attraction fir the state of Orissa. Even the cuisines available in the area are something that one must dig ones hands into, to complete the experience of contentment.

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