Nalbana Bird Sanctuary in Chilika lagoon; the paradise of waterbirds.
Flamingo @ Chilika lake | By Government of Odisha - Bhubaneswar.me website (archived from the original on 16 September 2018), https://commons.wikimedia.org/

Nalbana Bird Sanctuary in Chilika lagoon; the paradise of waterbirds.

Chilika is Asia’s largest brackish water lagoon. The Nalabana is a seasonal island which submerges during the monsoon. It reemerges in the post monsoon period every year. It is a major island in the center of the Chilika lake. This island supports 60% of total migratory birds congregation each year. It is part of Chilika Ramsar site.

Flagship Animal: Water birds.

Notified Area: 15.53 km2 including core area of 6 km2.

The sanctuary was designated in 1987.

Best time of visit is winter season from October to February.

Flora

Aquatic plant and many varieties of algae.

Fauna

Mammal

Irrawaddy dolphins around the Nalabana Island.

Avifauna

More than 300 bird species are found in the limit of Nalabana sanctuary including greater flamingos, waders, lesser flamingos, goliath heron, grey herons, purple herons, egrets, spoonbills, storks and black-headed ibis, Asiatic dowitchers, Dalmatian pelican, Pallas’s fish-eagles spoon-billed sandpiper,  spot-billed pelican, white-bellied sea eagle, pariah kite, brahminy kites, kestrel, marsh harriers, peregrine falcon, plovers, the collared pratincole, ruff, dunlin, snipes and sandpipers, larks, wagtails and lapwings etc.

Other Sites around Nalabana Bird Sanctuary for great time.

 Mangalajodi : Bird Watching ( best time to visit is cold month starting from November to January end.

 Satapada: Irrawadi dolphin ( round the year, but one should avoid the hot and rainy days)

 Kalijai Island: Kalijai deity temple.

 

Approach to Nalabana Bird Sanctuary

Nearest Airport: Bhubaneswar (110 kms)

Nearest Railway Station: Balugaon.

Nearest town Balugaon connected by road NH 16.

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