Mangalajodi is Birds' paradise. More than 200 species of birds both resident and migratory are found in this area of Chilika Lake, the beautiful blue lagoon, at different points of time in a year. The flying architecture of Godwits under bright sunshine is mind blowing and fabulous. The silver and black clouds appearing alternatively and suddenly at few hundred feet away from one's boat while on travel mesmerize one's intrinsic thought of being immersed with the beauty of this part of world.
Mangalajodi village about 70 Kms away from Bhubaneswar, the state capital of Odisha state in the eastern part of Peninsular India. This is also about 35 Kms from Balugaon railway station on Kolkata – Chennai route. This village is on the bank of Chillika Lake and a landscape full of bamboo and mango trees which creates a natural ambience. Travel and visit to this place always carry a distinct, incredible and picturesque beauties at different point of times, be it winter, summer or rain.
Boat riding is most enjoyable as the guides, the members of Sri Sri Mahavir Pakshi Surakshya Samiti of Mangalajodi shares their past experiences as hunters / poachers and now turned to the die hard bird protectors after being vigorously and convincingly pursued by Shri Nada Kishore Bhujabal, Vice Chairman of Wild Orissa who is stationed at Tangi, Khurda, Odisha.
Mangalajodi has now carved a place in world tourism map because of unique conservation method by once die hard poachers and second highest congregation of migratory birds in this area of Chilika Lake.
Mangalajodi, rechristened as "Birds Paradise" is a hot and pretty Spot for birders and bird photographers. Especially in winter, migration of lakh of avian birds to this wet land invite the designated tourists towards it. This place is also an attractive place for the native tourists from the nearby towns and villages. Thousands of tourists throng to this place.
MFor day tourists, following facilities are made available by Godwit Eco Cottage with regard to food and boating.
[The cost includes welcome drink, lunch (Veg & Non-veg) & high tea]
Boat facilities made available on request. Boat Cost is Rs.750/- (maximum four persons shall be accommodated and boating time is three hours)
Apart from the above, tour to hinter Chilika is also arranged.
Journey time : 7 to 8 Hours.
No. of tourists: Maximum up to 10
Boat charges: Rs.3,000/-
Food cost per person: Rs.400/- [Cost includes Lunch (Veg/Non-veg) high tea (2 times)]
Special item : Immediate Machha poda (burnt fish) served in the boat with extra cost Lunch in the boat or in any one of the hinter isalnds