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A Mangalajodi Sojourn: Wild Orissa Eco Tourism to get close to birds and biodiversity

Haven’t you ever been out with your friends and family and caught sight of an odd bird? You probably wish that you knew these migratory birds whether they are squawking seagull or humble sparrow. It is natural delight to watch birds whether you are old one or younger one. Mangalajodi village near Chilika lake, Orissa is a place where you can watch more than 1, 50,000 birds in the peak season.

Mangalajodi Eco Tourism (Image Courtesy kolkatabirds)
Mangalajodi Eco Tourism (Image Courtesy kolkatabirds)

Getting to Mangalajodi village is task but perhaps there is something to say for your journey that you don’t want to miss in your life.

With every stage of the travel towards Mangalajodi you will move a step far from the rapidity of life you spent in Delhi, Mumbai or any cities of India, but getting closer to the mildness of nature’s beauty. You can’t say that there is no adventure to be had or your tour to Maglajodi is not idyllic.

Mangalajodi village is home to all migratory birds that in every winter migrate here to spend winter in its warm water. Ducks like Shovellers, Pintail, Garganey, Pochards and Gadwall and waders like black winged Stilts, Black Tailed Godwits, Ringed Plovers undertake this journey from Central Asia and Europe etc across the Himalayas and return in summer season.

How well do you know Mangalajodi ……

Manglajodi is a small picturesque village on Chilika Lake famous for marshes fowl congregations located 60 kms to south-west of Bhubaneswar city and 4kms south-east of Tangi town in Khurda district of Orissa, India.

Brahminy Kite at Mangalajodi (Image by Kolkatta Birds
Brahminy Kite at Mangalajodi (Image by Kolkatta Birds

Earlier this site was used for roosting, foraging and nesting by the avian population. Killing, Trapping and subsequent selling of birds were ritual here. Every night, poison were spread here to kill birds, shooters frequently visit this place. In 1997, some volunteers and NGOs of Wild Orissa have taken serious steps to save the wetland. Slowly and steadily they are able to save this place and in 2000 they made a “Sri Mahavir Pakshi Suraksha Samity” of Mangalajodi. And it become a “ Pachers” village that do this task on commercial scale.

Now Manglajodi is designated as “Important Bird Area” by Birdlife International for its significant global waterfowl habitat.

Tourist’s attractions you can’t afford to miss…

  • The prime attractions of Manglajodi are birds, birds and wild birds……! but while watching birds you can enjoy boating and feed the birds. You can experience conservation as Saviors patrol in Mangalajodi to protect the birds and know their migratory patterns and breeding cycles.
  • Photography and Local cuisine are  delights of this area. You will love it.
  • Along with Mangalajodi you can visit Chilka Lake and Nalabana Bird Sanctuary. Every winter, Chilika has 7, 00, 000 to 8, 00,000 birds compromising 121 species.

Best time for visit: November to March every year

Ruddy Shelduck at Mangalajod (Image by Kolkatta Birds
Ruddy Shelduck at Mangalajod (Image by Kolkatta Birds

Where to stay:

You can  get your accommodation at Toshali Sands and contact the  Travel Desk, they will be glad to help you to reach Mangalajodi in 2 hours.

Getting there to Manglajodi  is easy

Nearest Airport: Bhubaneshwar (Odisha State Capital)

Railway: Bhubaneswar is well connected to train, nearest railway stations are Mukateshwar and Kalupada Ghat  on S.E. Railway’s Howrah-Chennai line

Road: Well connected, Tangi on NH5 is the nearest town. Bhubaneshwar city is a 2 hour drive from Mangalajodi.

Ethnic Village Resort “Toshali Sands” at Puri offer an exclusive budget accommodation package to take you to Mangalajodi Wetlands, Chilka, Orissa fro For Reservation and Booking Open from November to March, Book Your Package at http://bit.ly/gO5TkN . Contact your Travel Desk Consultant “Metu” for more information on Manglajodi Eco Tourism at metu@toshali.in