This vast lagoon
studded with small fascinating islands and sandy
beaches interspersed with casuarina grooves along
the Bay of Bengal. Over 167 species of resident
and migratory (94 species) birds including flamingo,
white bellied sea eagle, brahminy kite, spotbilled
pelican, barheaded goose, openbilled stork, spoonbill,
brahimny duck, wigeon, pintail, shoveller, ibis,
stilt, heron, egret,avocet, gull, tern, king fisher
etc. find their winter abode in this wetland.
Besides this wetland
provides home for endangered Irrawady dolphin but
their population is under much pressure. The sunrise
and sunset in Chilika are unforgettable scenes.