We checked out early in the morning. Checkout time in most of the hotels in Puri is 7:30 - 8 am. We hired a taxi to drop us at Satapada. We reached at around 10 am. Had breakfast in satapada and booked a boat. We got a boat covering everything to do in chillika for RS. 2500.
The Chilika Lake, which is a paradise on Earth for bird watchers and nature lovers, is the largest internal salt water pond that can be found in Asia. The pear-shaped lake is dotted with a few small islands and has fisheries and salt pans around its shore. This island is nestled in the heart of coastal Odisha and extends from Puri district in the north to Ganjan district in the south, and is separated from the Bay of Bengal by a 60 kilometres long narrow strip of sand-flats and marshy islands.
The prime locations in chillika are Nalaban island, kalijai, breakfast island, bird island, dolphin point, barkuda island.
Nalaban is famous for bird watching. Kalijai is a temple on an island, it is quite a crowded place. After 5 hours of boat ride and sightseeing we asked the boatman to drop us in Balugaon instead of taking us back to Satapada.
On reaching Balugaon we had lunch in a small restaurant near the lake. Balugaon is famous for it's curries of prawns and crabs.
We then hired a car and headed towards Gopalpur. Gopalpur is famous for it's beaches, which are not crowded and one can spend some peaceful time by the sea. It was a 2 hours drive and we reached by evening. We checked into a hotel by the sea and spent the evening enjoying the sunset and the beach