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Chilika Lake

Listed under Lakes in Orissa, India.

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This lake is separated from the Bay of Bengal by only a thin ribbon of silty land in some places. Born from the pressure of the river entering at its northern edge and the currents of the Bay of Bengal which have pushed up a sandbank wall holding in the quite brackish water - birds love it. There is a healthy population of aquatic birds, including flamingos, the main drawcard for tourists, augmented in the migration season by flocks of visitors. Protected and managed as a bird reserve, sanctuary reports say there are over 160 different bird species in peak season. River dolphins also live here, feasting as the birds do on around 225 varieties of fish.

Chilika Development Authority Information.

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