Nalabana Island


Many of Chilika Lake's million-plus migratory birds — including grey-legged geese, herons, cranes and pink flamingos — spend the winter months (November to mid-January) within the bird sanctuary on Nalabana Island, coming from as far away as Siberia and Iran. The island can be accessed by boat from Barkul.

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1. Kalijai Island Temple

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Closest to Barkul, this island temple really comes to life when innumerable pilgrims travel there during the Makar Mela festival in January.

2. Chilika Ecopark

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The grandly named Chilika Ecopark is a small but pleasant palm-tree-shaded park by the jetty. On display is a 12m-long skeleton of a baleen whale that was…