Located 55 Km from Puri and 120 KM from Bhubaneswar, this part of the Chilika lake is famous for the endangered Irrawaddy Dolphins. These magnificent creatures just make the adrenalin pump a bit harder with their breathtaking presence. The sea mouth where the Chilika lake merges with the Bay of Bengal is a must visit.
The place also boasts of an interesting array of avian species and during the winters it’s a paradise for bird watchers as the migratory birds flock the lake.
Where to Stay
OTDC has a Yatrinivas located right on the edge of the lake. The accommodation is basic and comfortable but watches out for mosquitoes especially at night and take adequate precautions.
Check in – 8 am; Checkout – 8 am
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Website – www.otdc.in
Where to Eat
Go for sea food at the Yatrinivas its sumptuous but be prepared to wait for the services.
Daavens Eco Cottage
Located at Brahmapura Island, Satapada offers a comfortable stay amidst the beautiful lagoon. The property is equipped with modern facilities. They offer a range of boarding facilities from tents to group accommodation. The property lies in between budget and high range in terms of tariff.
Check out their website and face book page for offers and discounts.
Website – www.daavenhospitality.com
Facebook page- Daaven’s Eco Cottage.
Rajhans – a small island located 18KM from Satpada across Chilika Lake, is an hour or so boat ride away from Satpada, the island offers a perfect setting to spend a few tranquil moments in the midst of beautiful surroundings and is a beautiful place to spend a day.
How to reach – The only option is the boat ride from Satpada
Best time to watch the dolphins is between 7am-9am as there is less hustle bustle and few tourists in the lagoon.
The OTDC has boating services – and one is advised to avail the facility as the rates are reasonable & costs Rs1100/- per ride.
To book a boat ride contact – OTDC Satpada- 06752- 262077, you can book online as well. Just log onto the website – www.otdc.in
There are local boats as well…but one has to bargain with them…the costs range anything from Rs.1200/- - Rs2500/- depending on the season. Make sure you take the OTDC boating rates as reference when you bargain.
Also when taking a boat ride ensure the boat is in good condition and there are safety jackets available and all safety measures taken by the boatmen.
Don’t get taken in by guys standing 5-6KM ahead of Satpada and offering you to take them in their boats for dolphin watching.
There are lots of shacks serving rice and sea food spread across the shores of the lake- try them out but only after you have fixed the price.
If you plan to spend an entire day in Rajhans, take your provision of food and water .