Introduction to Chilka Lake Bird Sanctuary:
Positioned at South west of Puri the Chilka Lake in Orissa is the largest inland salt water lagoon in Asia. The lake stretches over an area of 1,100 sq. kms., Chilka is an exceptional tourist location for fishing, boating and bird watching. For the period of winter it flurry with thousands of native and migratory birds of several varieties from near and far off places like White bellied sea eagles, grey lag geese, purple moorhen, jacana, herons and flamingos are amid the countless species. Scattered with a lot of islands, a cruise in Chilka can be an enthralling experience. The blue vastness of the lake on the one side and the woody hills of the Eastern Ghats on the further, make the panorama quite charismatic.
Chilka Lake as well are abode to black buck, spotted deer, golden jackals, hyenas, and the lake is affluent in aquatic life. It waters harbor in the region of 160 species of fish, crustaceans and further marine creature, which include the eminent Chilka dolphin. Fishing Prawn, crabs and mackerel are a significant source of livelihood for the neighboring people, and hundreds of tiny fishing boats set sail every morning to bring in the day's catch from the lake. The Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve harbors second largest pachyderm population in India, and the probability of glimpse of elephant herds is very high, in particular for the duration of the dry season.
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