If you’re visiting Puri and feel like taking a break into the wilderness, head to the gorgeous Chilika Lake for some birdwatching. The lake is very close to Bay of Bengal and is fed by fresh water streams and has a wide mouth that opens to the sea. The lake hosts a large number of migratory birds each year.
Satpara, Barkul and Rambha are its three major tourist spots. One of the more interesting phenomenon at Chilika happens at the Nalaban Island which is completely submerged in water during the monsoon and emerges again after the rains stop. The island is said to be the best place to spot birds descending during migratory season.