To get lost into the splendid nature on the East Coast of India, Chilika Lake located to the South of Puri town in Orissa is one of the best winter weekend family destinations.
The pleasant boat cruise on the lake will take you to 'Nalaban Island', the wintering ground for the millions of migratory shorebirds every year. You may get lucky if you can spot the Irrawaddy dolphins near 'Satapada Island', where the Chilika lake merges into the sea. A Kali Mandir on the 'Kalijal Island' hosts a fair annually on Makara Sankranthi, every January. There is also a small Lord Shiva Temple called 'Kaliyugeswar Mandir'. Overall, a dream destination for birdwatchers, nature lovers and photographers. The scenic landscape around the lake is a visual delight to the tourists.To get there, the nearest rail-station is Balugaon from where a taxi or auto-rickshaw can be taken to reach the lake.