Welcome to Satapada
Little more than a bus stand, a hotel, and a cluster of roadside restaurants beside a long jetty, the tiny village of Satapada – on a headland jutting southwestwards into Chilika Lake – is the starting point for boat trips. These range from short dolphin-spotting excursions to day-long boat outings that take in several islands and limited birdwatching. The boats are noisy, so serious birdwatching is out. Also, they tend to get too close to the dolphins, so make it clear this isn't what you want. In spite of this, it's a tranquil experience being out on this great watery expanse, watching fishers pull in their catch, as their boats move through the labyrinthine reeds.