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Chilka Lake

Chilka Lake is spread over Khurda, Ganjam and Puri districts of Orissa. Balugaon and Rambha are two major towns serving as entry points for the lake. It is Asia’s largest salt-water lagoon and is separated from the Bay of Bengal by a sandy ridge. The pear-shaped lake spreads across 1,100 sq km, and has a unique ecosystem with a range of aquatic flora and fauna found in and around its brackish waters. An impressive array of bird life, both native and migrant, makes Chilka one of the best places in India for bird-watching, splashing around in the water and quiet relaxation.

A part of Chilka Lake is visible from NH5 and the Howrah-Chennai train track. Many buses ply from Bhubaneswar (Baramunda Bus Station) and Cuttack (Badambadi Bus Station) to Balugaon throughout the day, OSRTC buses ( i.e. state run buses) being the best ones. The journey takes 2 hours and costs less than Rs. 100 one way. From there, one has to hire a taxi or an auto-ricksaw to reach Barkul or Rambha (In case of Rambha, passengers can alight at Keshpur, which is further ahead from Balugaon, and from there hire an auto-ricksaw). However, Satapada is not so well connected from Bhubaneswar and taxis have to be hired to get there.

Panthanivas  (Orissa Tourism Development Corporation), Rambha, Telephone +91 6810 278346.  Rooms are Rs. 500-1000, Dormitory beds Rs. 150. Cottages, with stunning views of the lake, are Rs. 2000. Consult website for discounts offered to day visitors, students, senior citizens, etc.
Panthanivas (Orissa Tourism Development Corporation), Barkul, At/ PO Balugaon, Dist. Khurda, PIN 752 030, Telephone +91 6756 220488. Rooms Rs. 650-2400.
Hotel Digantika Main Road, Balugaon, Telephone +91 6756 220514; 9937460725, Chinese, Indian Restaurant available,Rooms A/c and Non A/c (Single, Double, Triple, lake facing) Rs. 500-1500.
Hotel Ashoka Main Road, Balugaon, Telephone +91 6756 220409,Bar & Restaurant also available with SBI ATM Facility,Rooms Rs. 350-950.
SHREE KRISHNA LODGE, Panthanivas Road, Barkul,Mob-9938263157,9861364135 NONA/C-A/C Rooms