Chilika Wildlife Sanctuary is one of blessed wildlife sanctuaries in Orissa. Located south-west of Puri, covering a widespread area of 1100 sq. km., Chilika is a popular picnic spot to spend time in natural environs. Families, couples and nature lovers enjoy the beautiful surroundings. The area around the Chilika Lake comprise the Chilika Wildlife Sanctuary. It is it home to various migratory and local birds. The most spotted ones are Flamingo, White Bellied Sea Eagle, Brahminy Kite, Spotbilled Pelican, Barheaded Goose, Openbilled Stork, Spoonbill, Brahimny Duck, Wigeon, Pintail, Shoveller, Ibis, Stilt, Heron, Egret, Avocet, Gull, Tern and Kingfisher etc. Apart from avians. Blackbuck, Spotted Deer, Golden Jackals, Hyenas and many more.
Rich in aquatic wildlife, this sanctuary houses Dolphin, Prawn, Crab, Limbless Lizard and Crustaceans. More than 225 species of fish are found in the waters of the lake. The noted ones including Acentrogobius Griseus, Alepes Djedaba, Arius and the Elops Machnata. Chilika Lake in Orissa is Asia's largest internal salt water body dotted by few tiny islands including the most charming Honeymoon Island and the Breakfast Island. This pear shaped lake, separated from the Bay of Bengal, it is one of the most blessed ecosystem in the name of Chilika Lake Sanctuary in the region. A wide range of flora, fauna and aquatic faunas, inhabit the envrions in and around the brackish lake.
Tourists in the Chilika Wildlife Sanctuary are left in awe of sunrise and sunset. Lots of people especially visit this sanctuary for the splendid views. One of the most famous tourist attractions near the Wildlife Sanctuary is the Kalijai Temple, devoted to Goddess Kalijai. Each fisherman prays at the Kalijai Temple before going on a fishing expedition at Chilka Lake. For leisurely exploration of the lake and the sanctuary hire the reasonably priced boats from Balugaon and Barkul for the sanctuary.
Escape the cities and spend a day in the blissful environs. The fresh air, natural bliss and the thrill of spotting these rare species.