Chilika lake covers 1100 sq kms, so it is extremely large with many accesses, one of which is Satapada. Satapada is 50 kms from Puri, the road running through the beautiful countryside of Orissa with large patches of water as one approaches Satapada. In winter, these are filled with colourful ducks.
We hired a boat and an excellent guide, who was knowledgeable about the Irrawaddy dolphins as well as the migratory birds that come to Chilika in the winter. It was thrilling to see the dolphins in the distance. However, we were disappointed that we merely got glimpses of them, though we had been told that there are quite a number in the lake. The birds were plentiful, but mostly ducks. We enjoyed seeing the traditional fishing boats on the lake.
It is advisable to start the boat trip as early as possible since later in the day, the tourist motor boats frighten away the dolphins. We went early yet couldn't get good sightings. So, as they say of all wildlife, it's your luck!
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