We were spending our time in this place for past 5 to 7 days and the final day has come where we have to go back to our normal life. On the last day of our visit to Bhubaneswar we planned to visit the Chilka Lake which is the largest water lagoon in Asia. The lake spreads over 906 in summer to 1165 sq km in rainy season. The lake is located in the heart of Odisha’s costal line and covers Bhusandpur to Rambha-Malud.
We enjoyed some recreational activities in the Islands which is famous for recreational activities. Some of the Islands are Nalabana, Kalijal, Somolo, Honeymoon, Break-fast, Birds and Rajahansa. We enjoyed boat trips and also enjoyed the nature there. The boat ride was wonderful and the food was tasty. We tasted the prawns, crabs and mackerels.
The large Nalabana Island is declared as bird sanctuary which covers more than 9 kilometers. We fund several species of birds and several migratory birds come to the Chilka Lake during the season. Some of the birds we see there are ospreys, golden plovers, sand pipers, flamingos, pelicans, shovellers, gulls. We were told that these birds migrate from Iran, Central Asia and Siberia. More than 160 species of birds come to this place during peak season. We truly enjoyed the avian charm.
Kalijai Temple is located near the Chilika Lake, which is also a famous attraction here; lijai Temple is also one of the famous attractions. Goddess Kalijai is worshipped in the temple and these Islands are the best tourist destinations. Makar Sankranti is the famous festival here. Another major attraction in this place is the Irrawady dolphin in Satpada Island. The place is surrounded by lagoons and several travelers are magnetized to this place.
Today the environmentalists are worried about the decreasing number of birds and the increasing salinity of the chilka lake due to environment pollutions. The motor boats and fishing nets have becoming a major threat to the species living in it.
Now the time has come where we have to say good bye to this charming place. In the evening we left Chilka Lake and retired to our room to pack our things.