Chilika has a unique distinction of having the second largest congregation of migratory birds in the world. Chilika's Nalabana bird sanctury is definitely an ornithilogists delight as well as a visual treat for tourists. Chilika has also been a home for the endangered Irrawadi Dolphins and several species of fish, crabs and prawns and reptiles. A visit to the mouth the place where chilika Lagoon joins the sea can be a captivating experience.


How to reach

Your choice of transport will depend on how quickly you want to get from one place to another.
How to reach Chilika by air

By Air

The nearest airport to Chilka is situated at Bhubaneswar which is 105 km from Barkul, 110 km from Satpada and130 km from Rambha.
How to reach Chilika by rail

By Rail

Calcutta-Chennai railway route of South Eastern Railways touches Chilka Lake at Balugaon, Chilika, Khallikote and Rambha. The nearest railway station for Barkul is located at Balugaon at a distance of 5 km from Chilka.
How to reach Chilika by road

By Road

Chennai National Highway No. 5 linking Calcutta (689 km), Cuttack (132 km) and Visakhapatnam (348 km) can be used to reach the lake. OTDC and other private tour operators provide luxury coaches and cars from Puri (127 km) and Bhubaneswar (108 km).

Best time to visit

Chilika experiences a tropical climate and weather remains moderately warm year round. October to March would be the best season to visit Chilika, because it is the time when the lake is visited by the migrating birds. Devotees and pilgrims come to Chilika in the month of January during Makar Mela (at the time of Makar Sankranti) to pay homage to the Goddess Kalijai. The temple of Goddess Kalijai is situated on the Kajali Island in Chilika Lake.

Quick Info

  • Famous For Lake
  • Languages Oriya and Hindi
  • Best Season Throughout the year
  • Weather Summer: 20 to 25°C
    Winter: 7 to 22°C
  • Postal Code 752037
  • STD Code 6756