Dolphins at Satapada
Are you preparing to go on a picnic near Puri ? Then here is a nice option for you. If you are planning to go Puri on this Winter or Picnic time then don’t forget to add one more place with your tour plan which is “Satapada”. It is about 50 kms from Puri. If you want to enjoy the natural beauty of the world or if you are a lover of nature then this place will give you all the thing which you want. This place is really a beautiful place in Odisha.
Satapada is located on the South Eastern of the biggest lake Chilika. Actually the word “Satapada” is known as “Gather of Seven Villages“. This place is famous as the point where the Chilka Lake pours into the Bay of Bengal. Chilika covers an area of 1,165 square kilometers over the districts of Puri, Khurda and Ganjam. Chilika is home to more than a hundred variety of fish and dolphins. With the onset of winter, birds begin to land in Chilika, and within a month, thousands come together in different parts of the lake. Today, Chilika has the second largest congregation of migration birds in the world after lake Victoria in Africa.
Satapada attracts tourists for viewing of Dolphins and the picturesque Sea mouth. Tourists for viewing of Dolphins and the pretty Sea mouth. Tourist from Puri make a choice for a day long tour.Generally, Tourists visit the place in the early morning from Puri, say about 7.00 A.M. reaches there by 9.00 A.M. Tourists after reaching there, book their boat according to their choice and go for cruising inside the lagoon. There are options with them who want to visit for 1 hours, for Dolphin sight seeing, or 2 hours, cruising for the sea mouth and Dolphins or visit to the beautiful Rajahansa island both for the sea and lake. There are more than hundred private mechanized boats available with the Dolphin motor boat Association. Some Tourists are like to visit the Bird sanctuary which is about 4 hours duration by boat. Tourists spend their time on water for about 2 to 3 hrs and come to the land for lunch. Then they come back to Toshali Sands. The children can feel better with exposure to nature. The visitor center developed by Chilika Development Authority is a store house of knowledge. Entry fee is Rs. 5/-. Once you visit the center you can get to know about the lagoons, its ecosystem, natural wealth, migratory birds, Dolphins etc.