Chilka Lake, Odisha - The Largest Ecosystem of the Fauna in State

After I reached at the Bhubaneswar Railway Station, I went to the hotel. It was already night and hence I decided to start with the expeditions from the next day. Therefore it was more like a zero day for me as I enjoyed good food in the street of the city and had a calming sleep in the night. On the day one, I planned a visit to the Chilika Lake in Odisha. I booked tickets in a Volvo city bus which drove me near the Lake.

Chilika Lake, Khurda, Odisha
Chilika Lake, Khurda, Odisha | Image Resource : wikimedia.org

 

The brackish water lagoon is located in the Puri Khurda Road in the Ganjam district of Odisha. With about a coverage area of 1100 square kilometers, the brackish waters of the lagoon provide a calming viewing point for every visitor. There were hundreds of tourists from far off places, including many of them from outside the country who had visited the lake that morning. It was Sunday and hence the crowd was also more than expected. The Chilika Lake is world’s second largest lagoon and the largest coastal lagoon of the nation. So there is no amazing fact as why the people visiting it were higher always.

 

A Flock of Lesser Flamingos at Chilika Lake
A Flock of Lesser Flamingos at Chilika Lake | Image Resource : wikimedia.org

 

The place is an abode of large numbers of colorful birds. The number of birds reaching here rises up to 169 in the winter season. Several endangered and foreign bird species are found in the horizon. Birds from Kirghiz steppes of Mongolia, Caspian Sea, Ladakh, the Himalayas, Lake Baikal and Aral Sea from Russia are seen flocking here. It is truly amazing and much to the astonishment as where from these birds come. Do they really visit from such far off places? It was a question for me. However, as I had visited the city in summers and that too in the day time, I could not see much of these colorful varieties. So I decided to stay there till evening to catch a glimpse of the large variety of birds that might accumulate in the sky.

In the shore of the lake and islands near it, there exist more than 132 villages. The occupation of the people staying here is primarily fishing and agriculture. I had a splendid time near Chilika lagoon as I also interacted with few people and went for boating there.

 

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Hey, I am Adway Chavan, an IT professional who spends all of his working hours staring at a computer screen...well, almost all. IT is my passion whilst nature, wildlife and adventure are the buzzwords I live by. I am also an amateur photographer and have travelled extensively in India and abroad. I never ever turn down a travel idea and spend all my holidays visiting national parks and forest reserves, biking up mountains and taking road trips. I have also indulged in bungee jumping, paragliding and sailing. One day I hope to take up the greatest challenge of all and go trekking in the Himalayas! Till then, watch this space!

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