This tiny marshy land is situated on the northern bank of Chilka lake in Odisha. The place is famous as Bird’s Paradise as this serene wetland is the abode of more than 200 species of birds both residents as well as migratory in winter season.
I bought my first DSLR in 2016 and soon after I started peeping into the beautiful world of birds. And when one of my amateur photographer friends informed me about her plan to visit Manglajodi, Odisha with one of her friends, in the month of February 2019, and asked me to join, I agreed then and there. As the plan was made just a month before, hence we could able to get confirmed train tickets only in “ Kamakhya - Puri Express” which runs from Kamakhya Railway station to Puri via Howrah.
On that very day, we three bird enthusiasts met at Howrah station by 10 pm. The scheduled arrival of train was 10.30 pm. Although, with the help of one of the mobile applications, we had known that our train was running late by 4 hours.
We kept waiting, sitting near Boro Ghari area in the Howrah Railway Complex. All were feeling sleepy. An announcement came around 1.30 am about the arrival of the train with platform number. We started moving ahead towards the Platform. The train arrived at Howrah station around 2 am. Soon we boarded the train, occupied our respective berths and fell asleep. The train supposed to reach at Khurdah road junction by 6.40 am but we actually reached at 8.30 am. We took a cab from outside the station for Godwit Eco Cottage. It would take almost an hour to reach there. The road was good and journey was comfortable.
After quick freshen up, we were greeted with hot, delicious meal. Both veg and non-veg options are available. After satiate our stomach, we headed towards the jetty for boating.Yes, here boating is the only way to observe the various birds in their natural habitat.
As our train was late, we could able to do only two boatings instead of three. One in the afternoon and another in the next day morning.
Things to do in Manglajodi :
Boat ride :
You can do guided wooden boat ride through this marshy land of Chilka and get a close view of the hundreds of beautiful migratory birds as well as resident birds in their natural habitat.