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CHILIKA- the pride of Orissa
Covering an area of 1100 sq. km, Chilika is considered to be the largest saline water lake in the whole of Asia. Also known as Queen of Natural Beauty, Chilika is a major tourist attraction of Orissa for boating, bird watching and fishing. During winter season, large number of migratory birds flocks to this place making it look even more beautiful.
Situated in Puri district of Orissa, this lagoon consists of small islands that surround it. Various islands that lie in the vicinity are Honeymoon Island, Kalijai Island, Island of Reeds and the Birds Island. Visitors from all over the country throng these islands to experience their scenic surroundings and serene atmosphere.
This region is classified as wet land, which is home to different species of animals and birds. Flamingoes and turtles can be easily spotted at this place. Tropical climate is experienced in this region with winter and summer being the two main seasons. Being close to a lake, level of humidity at the islands remains high. A visit to Chilika can be planned all around the year because the temperature remains within comfortable ranges. Rush of tourists is witnessed in Chilika in all the months, as people come here to relax and feel refreshed.
The exotic beauty of Chilika has inspired many poets to sing its praise. Amidst an evergreen range of hills on one side and expanse of blue water on the other, atmosphere remains undisturbed and calm. A cruise in Chilika with your family and friends will surely become a lasting memory.