Chilling Out at Chilika

Chilika is incorrectly called a lake. This is the description of it from Wikipedia:

Chilika Lake  is a brackish water lagoon, spread over the Puri, Khurda and Ganjam districts of Orissa state on the east coast of India, at the mouth of the Daya River, flowing into the Bay of Bengal. It is the largest coastal lagoon in India and the second largest lagoon in the World.

1 At the Pier

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 The water spread area of the Lagoon ranges between 1165 to 906 km2 during the monsoon and summer respectively. you can imagine the sheer vastness of the lagoon when you consider that the area of Bangalore City is around 700 Sq. Km.

2 Revving up the craft

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Chilika sustains more than 150,000 fisher–folk living in 132 villages on the shore and islands.

3 Steering the craft

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The lagoon hosts over 160 species of birds in the peak migratory season. Birds from as far as the Caspian Sea, Lake Baikal, Aral Sea and other remote parts of Russia, Kirghiz steppes of Mongolia, Central and southeast Asia, Ladakh and Himalayas come here. Though there none to be sighted when I was there except for some sea gulls.

4 “What for you are looking bored,Darling?”

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From Wikipedia:
“Chilka is home to the only known population of Irrawaddy dolphins in India[31] and one of only two lagoons in the world that are home to this species.[29]

We sailed for a couple of hours before we were able to spot a couple of Dolphins prancing around – but they were so fast there was no chance of taking a snap of the lovely and sleek creatures.

5 Dissappointed fellow passengers

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6 Time out @ an Island

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7 Time to get off ?

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8 All alone in the immensity

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2 thoughts on “Chilling Out at Chilika

  1. Sunil Deepak

    Lovely pictures, especially n. 7. I had passed close to Chilika once but we were in a hurry and could not stop!

  2. thefloatingclouds

    This is beautiful! Liked Picture 6 and the effect it creates.

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