Chilika Lake is very beautiful and big brackish water lagoon located in Indian state Odisha. Chilika Lake is world’s second largest coastal lagoon and India’s largest lake. It covers 1,100 km area. This lake is equivalent to heaven for millions of migratory birds those spend winter at this lake. Also this is an extraordinary place for bird lovers, as they get chance to visualize many varieties beautiful and colorful birds in huge quantity that is very exciting and full of fun and pleasure.
Migratory Birds of Chilika
Thousands of migratory birds from very far distance come to Chilika to spend the winter season, counties like Caspian Sea, Baikal Lake and remote parts of Russia, Mongolia, Lakah, Siberia, Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan etc very beautiful birds come to Chilika. Nalbana Island is very suitable hub for birds. According to survey in 2007, these are total nearly about 840,000 birds visited the Chilika Lake, out of which 198,000 around birds were spotted in Nalbana Island. Migratory birds plays an important role for tourism in Chilika, it is greatest attraction for visitors in Chilika Lake.
Some Important Quotes of Chilika Lake
- There are 52 streams including the Bhargavi, Daya, Makra, Malaguni and Luna Rivers are present through which water inflows to Chilika Lake.
- The surface area Chilika Lake is of min.: 900 km2 (347 sq mi) and max.: 1,165 km2 (450 sq mi).
- The Maximum depth of the Chilika Lake is 4.2 m (13.8 ft).
- Krushnaprasadrah, Badakuda, Honeymoon, Kalijai Hill, Birds Island, Kanthapantha, Nalabana, Nuapara, Somolo, Breakfast and Sanakuda etc are the islands located in Chilika Lake.
- Maa Kalijai Temple is the most popular tourist attraction in Chilika to which thousands of Hindu people visiting and worshiping Maa Kalijai.