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Paradise of Birds - Mangalajodi, 4Days/3Nights

4kms south-east of Tangi town, Odisha and 60kms south-west of Bhubaneshwar city, nearest rail station is Balugaon, 48kms away.

A freshwater swamp at the north-eastern edge of Chilka Lake - which is a place for hours of birding with migratory and resident birds of wide variety of species - watch them singing, flying, playing or listening to their calls. This is a place where these avian denizens are free to fly - create a nature's painting of wide green marsh, brackish swamps, blue dimension line and colorful flights. And you have all the chances to capture those stunning visuals all around in the lagoon and adjacent village, named Mangalajodi, in Khurda district of Odisha.

The area is primarily a freshwater zone connected by boating channels, cut through the reed beds of perennial grasses with the brackish waters of Chilka lagoon and a watchtower is there.

The village - Mangalajodi and its wetlands - is a waterfowl haven, attracts thousands of winter migrants and playing host to significant and diverse populations of breeding residents, which supports a jaw-dropping population over 200,000 - 300,000 waterfowls in winter. This place is declared as an "International Bird Area" or IBA.

Mangalajodi is not only home to rare birds but also exemplify a sustainable lifestyle that is at verge of extinction. The village consists of fishermen communities, of whom mostly go to Chilika Lake every evening for fishing and come back the next morning with fresh catch.



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Mangalajodi Village - Bhetnoi

Scenic beauty of this village and its vast wetland grab attention of the nature and bird lovers, provide an amazing experience of clicking the photographs of colorful birds, rural-scape and its lifestyle.

While boating through the channels of the swamp wetland, you can see the species of birds like - Cormorant, Tufted Duck, Little Grebe, Red-crested Pochard, Fulvous Whistling-duck, Purple Swamphen, Common Moorhen, Asian Openbill, Cotton Pygmy-goose, White Ibis, Glossy Ibis, Egret, Purple Heron, Red-wattled Lapwing, Grey-headed Lapwing, Redshank, Sandpiper, Ruff, Crake, Jack Snipe, Painted Snipe, Pheasant-tailed Jacana, Bronze-winged Jacana, Ringed Plover, Pratin Cole, Kingfisher, Whiskered Tern, Seagull and many more.

Some other species regularly observed in significant numbers are Black-winged Stilt, Northern Pintail, Northern Shoveler, Black-tailed Godwit, Garganey, Greylag Geese, Eurasian Wigeon, Ruddy Shelduck, Clamorous Reed Warbler, Black-crowned Night-Heron, Yellow Bittern, Chestnut Bittern, Black Bittern and other resident birds.

As you wander around the village, you can see and photograph Raptors like Shikra, Eurasian Marsh Harrier, Brahminy Kite and White-bellied Sea Eagle. Other birds are available on the way to watchtower include Plaintiff Cuckoo, Blue Throat, Wabler, Bushchat, Paddy-field Pipit, Yellow Wagtail, Citrine Wagtail, Common Hoopie etc.

The village, Mangalajodi also hosts a wide variety of fishes, amphibians, reptiles and mammals. Most importantly, the endangered Fishing Cat, which are mostly nocturnal.

From the watchtower, the village and its wetland provide panoramic vision from a top angle view for some mesmerizing photographs.

The other attraction is Bhetnoi - a place 110kms away from this village, attracts travelers and photographers for its noteworthy population of Blackbuck - an antelope species and the birds like Indian Roller, Hornbill etc. Best time to visit Mangalajodi is November to February.

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