#60DaysOfSummer – Birdwatching in Chilika Lake

Chilika Lake

If you’re visiting Puri and feel like taking a break into the wilderness, head to the gorgeous Chilika Lake for some birdwatching.  The lake is very close to the Bay of Bengal and is fed by freshwater streams and has a wide mouth that opens to the sea. The lake hosts a large number of migratory birds each year.

Satpara, Barkul and Rambha are its three major tourist spots. One of the more interesting phenomena at Chilika happens at Nalaban Island which is completely submerged in water during the monsoon and emerges again after the rains stop. It is a veritable haven for a wide array of bird species. It ranges from standard to rare and migratory to resident. This lake offers a breathtaking natural backdrop which is perfect for bird watching. It also provides the opportunity to spot stunning avian creatures while boating.


To reach Chilika Lake in Odisha, you have the option of travelling by road, rail, or flight, depending on your starting location and personal preference. Here’s how you can reach Chilika Lake using each mode of transportation:

  1. By Road: Chilika Lake is well-connected by road, and you can reach there by hiring a taxi, using public transportation, or driving your own vehicle. The lake is approximately 100 kilometres from the capital city of Bhubaneswar and 120 kilometres from the city of Puri. You can take the NH16 (National Highway 16) or the NH316 (National Highway 316) to reach the lake. There are also several state highways and well-maintained roads that lead to Chilika Lake. Book a cab from Bhubaneswar to Puri to reach your destination comfortably.

  2. By Rail: The nearest railway station to Chilika Lake is Balugaon Railway Station, which is located about 5 kilometres away. Balugaon is well-connected to major cities in Odisha, including Bhubaneswar and Puri. From Balugaon, you can hire a taxi or take a local bus to reach the lake.

  3. By Flight: If you prefer to travel by air, the nearest airport to Chilika Lake is Biju Patnaik International Airport in Bhubaneswar. It is the largest airport in Odisha and is well-connected to major cities in India. From the airport, you can hire a taxi or take a bus to Chilika Lake.

Last Updated on June 13, 2023 by Shabari Shankar

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