" One's destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things." - Henry Miller
Odisha is a state in east-India mostly famous for Shri Jagannath Temple and Puri beach in the tourism dictionary. Thousands of tourists fly each year to bask in the sunshine of Puri beach and to get the blessings of Lord Jagannath. There are a number of other tourists places e.g. Bhitarkanika, Similipal National Park, Satkosia, Chillika , Konark etc. But there are also a few other wonderful places hidden from the fame and publicity. Mangalajodi is one such place.
Mangalajodi is a part of Chillika lake situated in tangi, Khordha district. In winter, thousands of birds fly here and make the place lively. Mangalajodi Ecotourism is community owned and managed wildlife conservation venture. An early morning boat ride across the swamp area exploring hundred varieties of birds will give you a sense of peace and amazement. Due to close proximity and clear sight, this is also a paradise for photographers. A lot of foreign photographers and nature lovers visit here every year for some candid shots.
"Mangalajodi is far ahead of other wetlands in the country in terms of the richness of the habitat, the number of birds, and the proximity at which one gets to see the birds. In fact birder friends who visit Mangalajodi with their long prime lenses say that you don't really need the zoomsters in this habitat as the birds are too close." - Bikram Grewal, ornithologist-author-birdwatcher and conservationist