Located 55 Km from Puri and 120 KM from Bhubaneswar, this part of the Chilika lake is famous for the endangered Irrawaddy Dolphins. These magnificent creatures just make the adrenaline pump a bit harder with their breathtaking presence. The sea mouth where the Chilika lake merges with the Bay of Bengal is a must visit.
Satapada also boasts of an interesting array of avian species and during the winters it’s a paradise for bird watchers as the migratory birds flock the lake.
A small island located 18KM from Satpada across Chilika Lake, is an hour or so boat ride away from Satpada jetty. The island offers a perfect setting to spend a few tranquil moments in the midst of beautiful surroundings and is a beautiful place to spend a day.
How to reach – The only option is the boat ride from Satpada
Where to Stay
OTDC– Odisha Tourism Department runs a Yatrinivas located right on the edge of the lake. The accommodation is basic and comfortable but watches out for mosquitoes especially at night and take adequate precautions.
The Odisha Eco Tour Cottages located at Berhampura Island which is -25 mins Boat ride from Satapada offers a very good option.
Daavens Eco Cottage – located at Berhampura Island, Satapada offers a comfortable stay amidst the beautiful lagoon. The property is equipped with modern facilities. They offer a range of boarding facilities from tents to group accommodation. The property lies in between budget and high range in terms of tariff. Check out their website and facebook page for offers and discounts.
Ph- +91-9437568051 / 889583475
Website – www.daavenhospitality.com
Facebook page- Daaven’s Eco Cottage
Best time to watch the dolphins is between 7am-9am as there is less hustle bustle and few tourists in the lagoon.
For boating services check out the rate card of OTDC . Cost varies between Rs.1100-Rs.1200 per ride.
Ensure the boat allotted to you is in proper condition and there are life jackets available before embarking on your ride. Avoid over crowding the boat.
Beware of touts who stand 5-6KM ahead of Satapada and tries to lure you with all sorts of promises. Before entering Satapada there is car parking cess that one has to give,so keep that as reference point.
If you opt to have to stay at any places mentioned in the “Where to Stay” section, please note that will it be your only option as far as food is concerned. However the sea food at the Yatrinivas it’s sumptuous but be prepared to wait for the services.
One can also ask the boatman to take the boat to one of the lake side shacks- the food is quite good, but check out the price and put on your bargaining cap and ensure that the fish or prawns or crabs are fresh.
Avoid littering and be respectful towards the environment.