Located 75KM from Bhubaneswar along the Bhubaneswar Chennai NH5 highway, this small fishing village of Tangi, is the northwestern edge of the Chilika Lagoon. Unlike Chilika, Mangalajodi is still relatively quiet and unknown amongst the general tourists; it’s a paradise for bird lovers.
What makes the eco system of Mangalajodi special is that the entire village turned from poachers to bird conservationists. It was all due to the effort of one man Nandkishore Bhujbal whose concerted efforts from 1997 to protect the ecosystem and creating awareness about the ecosystem amongst the villagers has preserved the delicate ecosystem. Today Mangalajodi is a tribute to his perseverance.
The conservation and protection of the ecosystem now lies with Mangalajodi Tourism and Conservation Trust, a organization formed by the villagers and is now headed by Madhu Behera– a redoubtable individual who is the most sought after guide and expert of the wet marshlands.
The wet marshlands can only be explored by boat; there are around 200 migratory and native avian species along with fishing cats, water monitor lizards and snakes amongst others which reside in the marshlands.
The three hour boat rides offers a mesmerising experience if you are nature lover. A guide is absolutely essential to understand the marshlands and the avian species that you come across.
Where to Stay
Normally people stay in Bhubaneswar or in Rambha or Barkul and make a day visit to Mangaajodi. However one can stay at the Godwit Cottages located just a couple of KM from the Mangalajodi Jetty. They offer comfortable stay and is your best option at Magalajodi. They also conduct village walks for their guests. For reservations and bookings, please the details below.
There are home stays options available also. Madhu Behera your guide to the area can be contacted to arrange for the same. Please find below his contact details
Contact Madhu Behera- +91-9777553283
Mangalajodi is an ecologically sensitive area ,be kind to nature and avoid spilling trash around the area
Madhu Behera- is an important contact point of the area.If you plan to visit the marshlands, better to contact Madhu Behera (contact details given at the bottom of where to stay section> and pre book your boat, especially in the tourist season i.e. winters.
Make sure you reach the place by 7 am. During the tourist season, it’s best to visit the place during the weekdays as the rush is less and the birds are not disturbed by your presence.
The place doesn’t have breakfast or food stalls. So either you pack your breakfast or while booking the boat inform the boat operator, they can arrange snacks at extra cost.
The market just ahead of the jetty has a range of shops offering snacks and breakfast and one can find ATM’s there and along NH5. Petrol Pumps are located along the NH5 route..
Cost of booking the boat & guide – Rs. 850/-
Though part of Chilika, the Mangalajodi marshlands are essentially sweet water wetlands for most of the year save from March till rainy season when the water is brackish.
Card payment facilities aren’t available at Mangalajodi.