Satapada side of Chilika Lake & Dolphin watch area
Satapada is located at a distance of 48 KM from temple town of Puri. It is nearly 100 KM from Bhubaneswar. National Highway (NH) number 203 A connects Satapada to Puri. This place is located by the side of Chilika and close to the mouth opening of Chilika lake to sea. The main attraction at Satapada is its Chilika boating and Dolphin watch. Tourist come to Satapada for a boat ride in Chilika lake and to watch Dolphins.
On the way to Satapada from Puri at a distance of 22 KM there is a place known as Brahmagiri and here the temple of Alarnath is located. Many devotees visit this temple during closing of Darshan at Jaganatha Temple of Puri during Anasara period. This period falls just before the Ratha Jatra ( Car festival ) time.
Different types of boats are available at Satapada and all tourist boats are power driven. The motor boat association of Satapada manages these boats. They have rate chat for the boats based on capacity and duration. The association also maintains rest room, toilets and drinking water for the tourists. Here is the rate chat of the Boat
|1. Dolphin Sight Seeing ( 1 hour ) || Rs 400 |
|2. Dolphin Sight Seeing & Sea Mouth island ( 3 hour ) || Rs 700 |
|3. Nalaban Bird Sanctuary & Dolphin Sight ( 4 hour ) || Rs 1000 |
|4. Kalijai, Dolphin Sight & Nalaban Bird Sanctuary ( 7 hour ) || Rs 1200 |
|5. Barakul, Dolphin & Nalaban Bird Sanctuary ( 8 hour ) || Rs 1300 |
|6. Little Bird, Sea Mouth, Dolphin || Rs 1000 |
Extra charge for Picnic
Picnic & Night Halt
| Rs 50|
One family or group is allowed in one boat. In one group consists of 6 adults + 2 children
Boats from Satapada can take you to Balugaon side of Chilika. The duration is 3 hours and charge is Rs 1200. There are vessels available to take heavy vehicles to other part of Chilika.
Dolphins are the main attraction of Satapada boat ride. But it depends on your luck , usually some small part of the tail of the dolphin is visible. If they jumps then only the back of the Dolphin can be seen. The motor boats switch off the engine at the Dolphin points to maintain silence. At the jetty instruction are displayed for the tourist on care to be taken near the Dolphin point.
|Had a great holiday at Satapada - stayed at the OTDC Tourist Lodge. Went boating. The boatman - boat no. 239 was a very honest and helpful person. We had a great time visiting the sea mouth island and also saw dolphins. One bit of advice - start as early as possible - we got on the boat at 7 am to enjoy the maximum.|
|There is an old shiv temple near Satpada, falling to pieces but of great antiquity and worth and manned by a fantastic story telling brahmin. What is it called any idea?|
|We have seen the dolphin clearly from near.|