Chilika lake is the Asiaís largest Brackish water Lake. Located at coastal region of Orissa state is at a distance of 100 Km from Bhubaneswar ( capital of Orissa ). The Chilika Lake is connected to see by 30 KM long irregular mouth with sand islands and low depth water areas. Chilika is famous for its migratory birds coming from distance places like Siberia in winter seasons. Other than bird watching Chilika is famous for boating , fishing and popular picnic spot for locals residing around Chilika
Approch to Chilika
There are two main places where tourist enter to Chilika. One is the Balugaon, Rambha area at a distance of 100 Km from Bhubaneswar and is connected by national highway number 5 and by main train route connecting Chennai and Howara ( stations Balugaon, Rambha, Chilika) . Buses are available from bus stops near the train stations to go up to the lake.
The other point where tourist visit Chilika is from Satapada side which is located close to the opening of Chilika to sea. Located at a distance of 48 Km from temple town of Puri. Many tourist visit this part of Chilika after visiting Puri temple and Konark Sun temple. Satapada being close to sea visitors can watch Dolphins swiming and jumping at this area. Motor boats operated by motor boat association are available here for boating.
Barkul Panthnivas & Boating
Barakul Panthanivas of OTDC ( Orissa Tourism Development Corporation ) is the hub of tourism from this part of the lake.
There is another Panthanivas ( OTDC resort ) at Rambha further south of Barkul.
Reaching Barakul Panthanivas.
Nearest railway station is 6 KM at Balugaon ( Station Code BALU). Superfast trains does not have stop here. Bhubaneswar is in north of Barakul at a distance of 145 KM. Berhampur ( Station Code : BAM) is south of Barakul at a distance of 70 KM.
Barkul is located by the side of NH 5 at distance of 145 KM from Bhubaneswar. In south direction Berhampur is at a distance of 70 KM. If you are travelling from Bhubaneswar then on NH 5 you can see board showing left turn towards Barakul Panthanivas.
Boating at Barakul
There are private operators are available for boating at Barkul, there rates are less than the rate of OTDC Panthanivas. However it is advisable to rely on Government services and take your boating ticket from Panthanivas reception counter.
Rates for Boating at Barakul ( As on Aug 2014 )
|Speed Boat 5 seat || Rs 2000|
|Nalaban - Kalijai by Speed boat || Rs 4000|
|Floating resturant per Hours || Rs 2750|
|50 Seater Luxury boat per Hour|| Rs 2000|
|50 Seater boat per Hour|| Rs 1800|
|34 Seater boat per Hour|| Rs 1400|
|22 Seater boat per Hour|| Rs 1320|
|20 Seater boat per Hour|| Rs 1000|
|08 Seater boat per Hour|| Rs 850|
|07 Seater Luxury boat per Hour|| Rs 850|
|Kalijai & Back per head || Rs 80|
|4 Seater paddle boat per hour || Rs 50|
|2 Seater paddle boat per Hour|| Rs 40|
Two main attractions for boating are Kalijai temple island and Nalabana. Kalijai is a temple of goddess Kali in an island. By boat it will take 45 minutes to reach Kalijai temple. You can spend minimum 20 minutes here. So it will take minimum 2 hours to visit Kalijai temple and return to Barakul. No one stays at Kalijai island. During day time it is connected by boat.
While travelling you can see INS Chilika firing range and training camp at your right side.
To your left will be a small island with white stones known as Chadei or Birds Island.
You can also see other islands like Parikuda, Maluda from a distance. Villages are there in these islands. You can easily spot this islands because of mobile towers. Due to these habitated islands you will get Mobile signals throughout the Chilika Lake.
The Story of Kalijai.
As per the legend, Jeei a girl from nearby village was travelling by boat with her father in Chilika to get married at Parikud Island. Due to storm the boat was capsized near the island on deep water and all survived expect the girl Jai. It is believed that after her death the girl became Goddess Kali and worshiped as KaliJai in the same island.
It is considered that Banapur is the goddess Kalijaiís father village and Parikud is her in Laws place.
A festival is organized every year during Makar Sankranti time ( Month of Jan ) at KaliJai Island
While travelling you will see several hills surrounding the Chilika Lake.
Nalabana is famous for migratory birds arriving during winter seasons. Due to high water level Nalabana remains submerged during rainy seasons. During winter months this became a rendezvous for birds who settle here to escape for cold winter in Siberia and nearby areas.
After declaration of sanctuary approach to this area is restricted and tourist has to watch birds from a distance.
The best time for bird watching
It is during starting of winter months and during ending of winter months chance of spotting birds increases. So Oct-Nov and Feb - March period is best for this .
Boating at Rambha Panthanivas
Rambaha Panthanivas is further south of Barakul and here also you can go for boating. The main attraction here are Breakfast Island, Honeymoon Island and Parikud Island.
Accommodation at Chilika
From Balugaon side of Chilika Orissa tourism Development Corporations Guest House Panthanivas is available at two places. One is at Barkul and other one is at Rambha.
Balugaon, Khurda - 752030
Phone: 06756-227388, 22748
At/P.O. Rambha, Ganjam - 761028
From Satapada side
Via Brahmagiri, Dist. Puri Pin : 752001
Phone : 06752 262077
Visit Orissa Govt tourism Development Corporation website Panthanivas.com for booking and other details.
There are few private hotels available at Balugaon for budget accomodations.
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|ARUN K GHOSH||18-11-2009|
|Please let me know road map from puri to chilka.|