Chilka Lake Bird Sanctuary
Sprawling over 1,100km², Chilka Lake Bird Sanctuary is home to the largest inland-salt water lagoon in Asia, the Chilka Lake. This sanctuary is said to be one of the world’s largest breeding grounds of flamingos, which can be observed around the brackish coastal lagoons. From native to migratory, and species from Southeast and Central Asia, the Himalayas, parts of Russia, and Mongolia can be spotted here. Geese, white bellied sea eagle, jacana, and purple moorhen are the highlights, as are the beautiful flamingos. Apart from different species of birds, there are 160 species of fish, marine creatures, and abundant fauna. This lake is a haven for the lovers of birds, aquatic life, and nature.
Best time to visit: November–February.