Chilika Lake is the largest wintering ground for migratory bird and home to a largest number of endangered plant and animal species. It is also the largest coastal lagoon in the India.
Kalijai temple is dedicated to the Hindu goddess Kali and Jai. It is located on the island in Chilika Lake. The temple is highly revered by local people and fisherman community. This temple got its name from a village girl named jai who according to the legend was drowned and became the Goddess Kalijai.
One can find almost every species of birds in bird sanctuary of Odisha. The sanctuary attracts a large number of birds during winter where bird enthusiasts can have a blissful view of those beautiful creatures. The birds like white bellied sea eagles, Graylag geese, purple moorhen, flamingo, jacana, herons, Brahminy kite, spotbilled pelican, heron, egret, pelican, kingfisher etc are found in large numbers.
Boat riding is popular in Chilika Lake. People visit this lake for bird watching, Kalijai temple, boating and for watching dolphins. Here, different types of boats are available along with their rate charts. Dolphins are the main attractions of the boat ride for tourists. The Whole family can enjoy one boat ride along the marshes.