Welcome to Satapada
Little more than a bus stand, a hotel, and a cluster of road-shack restaurants beside a 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 all-day boat outings that take in several islands and a spot of 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 fishermen pull in their catch, as their boats move through the labyrinthine reeds.
In the village, you can see a 12m-long baleen whale skeleton at the small Chilika Ecopark.