Chilka Lake Bird Sanctuary: All The Interesting Details About This Protected Site

Travel

Chilka Lake Bird Sanctuary in Orisa is known for its diversity and a variety of birds. Here is everything you need to know about the sanctuary. Find out.

Written By Yash Tripathi | Mumbai | Updated On:
Chilka Lake Bird Sanctuary

Chilka Lake Bird Sanctuary is spread over around 1,100km² and is home to the largest inland-salt water lagoon in Asia, known as the Chilka Lake. The sanctuary is considered to be amongst the world’s largest breeding grounds of flamingos which a person can observe around the saline coastal lagoons. The area is filled with bird species- from native to migratory, and many species from Southeast and Central Asia, the Himalayas, parts of Russia, and Mongolia. 

Flora and Fauna at the Sanctuary

Apart from its beautiful flamingos, a person can easily spot Geese, white-bellied sea eagle, jacana, and purple moorhen. Chilka Lake Bird Sanctuary is also home to around 160 species of fish, marine creatures, and abundant fauna. The place is considered to be a paradise for the bird-lovers and ornithologists since the whole vicinity attracts a large number of aquatic birds, especially in winters.

Also Read | Bird sanctuaries in India that are a must-visit for all Ornithology enthusiasts

The major species that can be witnessed here are White-bellied sea eagles, Graylag geese, purple moorhen, flamingo jacana and herons. Chilka Lake Bird Sanctuary is also an habitant of one of the biggest breeding places of flamingos in the world. The lake is very prosperous in aquatic species as its basin area has about 160 species of crustaceans, fish and many more marine lives, including the well-known Chilka dolphin. 

Also Read | Bird sanctuaries in South India that serve as a treat for birdwatchers

Apart from having the presence of fascinating wildlife in the area, the lake and its vicinity hold rich floral system with an abundance of aquatic and non-aquatic plants. The place has the presence of more than 710 species of plants in and around Chilka Lake. Such a huge variety of flora and fauna including numerous rare and endangered species of all forms has been the main reason for considering Chilka Lake as a protected site. The best time to visit here is between November to February.

Also Read | Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary in Karnataka, details and the best time to visit

Also Read | Silent Valley National Park: the best time to visit and how much it'll cost

First Published:
By 2030, 40% Indians will not have access to drinking water
SAVE WATER NOW
PEOPLE HAVE PLEDGED SO FAR
DO NOT MISS