We were having a great time in Bhubaneswar. We were enjoying the “learning with fun” motto of our vacation. Children were enjoying at their best and we were glad to see that. We had covered most of the famous destinations of the city. The remaining was the very famous Chilika Lake and the planetarium.
Chilika Lake was at a distance of around 100 kilometers from Bhubaneswar. We opted to travel by road and hired a taxi for our most awaited destination and considering the long distance, we started early from our hotel.
On reaching the site of the lake, we were surprised to see how big it was. No doubt, it is the largest brackish water lake in Asia covering an area of over 1,100 sq. km. It is truly the Queen of natural beauty. There were many tourists who, like us, came to enjoy the sight of migratory birds hovering over the lake. Owing to such large number of tourists visiting this place, many tourists’ attractions are made available like fishing and boating.
Chilika Lake extends from Puri district in the North to Ganjan district in the South, and is divided from the Bay of Bengal by a 60 km long narrow strip of muddy islands and sand-flats. It owns rich biodiversity and has great socio economic importance.
Moreover, Chilika Lake is renowned as one of the most significant wetlands in the world because it is habitat to an exceptional variety of birds. We came to know that this lake is a dwelling place for more than 160 varieties of birds in the peak seasons, scattering various colours of their wings in water. We were contended to see the diverse hue presented by the then flock of birds. After a while, we went for a boat ride in the beautiful lagoon. It was an awesome experience with such immense natural beauty surrounding us. We took a lot of photographs of a variety of birds for our future remembrance. The atmosphere was serene amidst the blue stretch of water on one side and the range of green hills on the other. No doubt, the visit to Chilika Lake will be a life-long memory.
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