Chilka Lake in Orissa is Asia’s largest inland salt-water lagoon. It is not just the largest coastal lagoon of Asia but it’s the second largest lagoon in the World making it the popular picnic spot for the tourists. The lagoon hosts over 160 species of birds in the peak migratory season coming from distance places like Caspian Sea, Lake Baikal, Aral Sea and other remote parts of Russia, Kirghiz steppes of Mongolia, Central and Southeast Asia, Laddakh, Himalayas and Siberia throughout the year making this place a heaven duly supported with adaptable conditions for birds. The lake is also home to a number of threatened species of plants and animals. Other than bird watching Chilika is famous for boating, fishing and also a famous picnic spot for locals residing around Chilika.

The pear-shaped lake spreads across 1,100 sq km, and has a unique ecosystem with a range of aquatic flora and fauna found in and around its brackish waters. Its spread over the Puri, Khurda and Ganjam districts of Orissa state on the east coast of India, at the mouth of the Daya River, flowing into the Bay of Bengal.

Studded with small islands- including the picturesquely-named Honeymoon Island and Breakfast Island- the lake is separated from the Bay of Bengal by a sandy ridge. The lake supports a huge ecosystem with large fishery resources. It sustains more than 150,000 fisher–folk living in 132 villages on the shore and islands and provides earnings to these fisher–folk living in very large numbers.

One can also have a glimpse of the lake from the moving trains and vehicles on the road near these places. The atmosphere is just serene and undisturbed amidst the blue expanse of water on one side and an evergreen range of hills on the other. Dotted with a host of islands with romantic names, a cruise in Chilika will be a life-long memory.

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