Orissa Chilika Dolphins Tour Package
Satapada is located at the northeast cape of chilika lake and Bay of Bengal. The famous Chilika dolphins can be seen in their natural best here. There are also sample opportunities for canoeing, Kayaking and boating. A small island called Rajahamsa is situated near this place at the mouth of the lagoon. It is named after the rajahamsa. This island 18 km from Satapada.This year’s census by Wildlife Wing has put the number of Irrawaddy dolphins in Chilika lagoon at 114. The enumeration was conducted on January 19 across six coastal divisions of the State where the total number of dolphins was found to be 469, including 163 Irrawaddy dolphins.While Chilika lagoon was found to be home to 114 of them, as many as 45 were spotted in Rajnagar Mangrove division. Irrawaddy dolphins are known to prefer estuaries and brackish water systems which explains their thriving habitat at Bhitarkanika. In Balasore, four of this species were detected.In 2013-14, the number of Irrawaddy dolphins in Chilika lagoon was estimated at 158 followed by 144 the next year. No census could be carried out in 2015-16 due to inclement weather whereas the 2016-17 estimation put their number at 121.Though the numbers may point that the Irrawaddy population has thinned down in Chilika, census teams had sighted more than 150 of these small, shy dolphins during the enumeration last month. In Satapada region, at least 86 of them were spotted while 66 were seen in Balugaon side of the lagoon.