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Chilika Lake

Location: Southwest of Puri, Orissa
Coverage area : 1,100-sq-km
Main attractions : Peach Coloured Flamingos , Grey-Legged Geese & Siberian Cranes
Best time to visit : September & Feb
Accommodation : Panthanivas of OTDC, Rambha Panthanivas of OTDC, Barkul Ashoka Hotel, Bulgaon Yatrinivas, Satpada
Arrival information : 
-- By rail : The Calcutta-Chennai rail route of South Eastern Railway touches Chilika Lake at Balugaon, Chilika,  Khallikote and Rambha. The nearest railway Station for Barkul is at Balugaon (5-km) and for Satpada,  at Puri (50-km).
-- By air : Bhubaneswar is the nearest airport, situated 105-km from Barkul, 130-km from Rambha and 110-km  from Satpada. Indian Airlines has flights from Delhi, Calcutta, Visakhapatnam, Raipur, Hyderabad,  Mumbai and Chennai .
-- By road : 
Nearby excursions : Nirmala Jhar, Narayani, Banpur 
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Chilika lake situated south-west of Puri a distance of 100km from Bhubaneshwar. It covers an area of 1100 sq. km. is the largest salt & fresh water lake in Asia. Chilika is also known as 'Honeymoon Island' and 'Breakfast Island'. It is a good picnic spot. 

Flora and Fauna :
It attracts a large number of migratory birds, like the flamingo, teal, bar headed goose, shoveller and white - bellied sea eagle. One can enjoy boating, fishing with 150 variety of fishes. Bird lovers can enjoy by visiting here in winter because migratory populations wing in from places as far as Siberia. Chilika is easily accessible from both Bhubaneshwar and Puri.Prominent fauna is Flamingo, teal, bar headed goose, shoveller and white - bellied sea eagle. Gangetic dolphins.
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