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Chilka – Land Of Lagoon


Chilka is famous as the abode of the largest coastal lagoon in India, the Chilka Lake. This lake prides in being the second largest lagoon of the world. Owing to the presence of the lagoon that Chilka has, it is one of the most popular tourist destinations of Odisha.

Situated 81 km from the capital city of Bhubaneswar, Chilka lies along the borders of Ganjam district, Khurda and Puri.

Chilka – A Peek Into History

A geological survey has confirmed that Chilka used to be a part of the Bay of Bengal during the late Pleistocene period. The place has an important role to play in the history of India. During the rule of the Kalinga dynasty, Chilka was a bustling commercial centre and a prominent harbour. Ptolemy also talks about the Chilka Lake in his text as an important port.

Tourist Places In And Around Chilka

Tourism in Chilka is mainly because of the world famous Chilka Lake. Apart from the lake, Chilka tourism presents a wide array of tourist activities like boating, fishing and bird watching and wildlife spotting.

Chilka – Concordance Of Nature

Discover the richness of Chilka tourism with the diverse species of birds, aquatic animals and reptiles. Every year during winter, thousands of birds visit the Chilka Lake. Aquatic animals like fish, turtles, crabs, prawns and mollucks inhabit the lake. Limbless Skink and Irawadi Dolphins can also be spotted.

Chilka Weather Condition

The best time to visit Chilka is during the winter months - between October and March. During this period, the place becomes a heaven of several migratory birds worth seeing and we know these birds are the reason behind tourism. Moreover, the weather also remains cool. The temperature in the day time remains pleasant.

How To Reach Chilka

Chilka can be accessed via air, train and road. The Bhubaneshwar airport is the nearest airport and the closest railway stations are Rambha and Balugaon. Buses and taxis can be availed from Puri and Cuttack.

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Chilka Weather

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How to Reach Chilka

  • By Road
    Chilka can be visited by road too. You can take a bus from the neighbouring places to reach Chilka. You can hire a taxi too. Tours are organized by OTDC (Orissa Tourism Development Corporation) to visit Chilka from the neighbouring places. A tour can cost around Rs.500 per head in AC bus.
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  • By Train
    The nearest railway stations are at Rambha and Balugaon. Rambha is situated 32 km away from Chilka whereas Balugaon is close by. Buses at regular intervals ply to Chilka from these places. Taxi services can also be availed. To experience a wonderful time, you can take a boat ride.
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  • By Air
    The nearest airport to Chilka is the Biju Patnaik Airport in Bhubaneswar. This airport has the facility of domestic and international flights as well. A two-hour ride is required to cover the distance of 110 km to reach Chilka from the airport. Regular buses are available from the state capital to Chilka.
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