About Mangalajodi :

Located in the northern banks of the famous Chilka Lake, Mangalajodi is just 68 kilometers from Bhubaneswar. It is a fresh water zone which is interconnected by several channels (both natural and man-made). When winter sets in, Mangalajodi witnesses the approach of a large number of migratory birds (mostly waders). Consequently, it becomes one of India’s best locations for birding and attracts a lot of bird lovers.

Black-tailed Godwits
Black-tailed Godwits at Dusk

There are some reasons because of which Mangalajodi is a great birding destination. In fact, it is not just about the birds. It’s a lot more than them !

1. Convenient to Reach

As mentioned earlier, Mangalajodi is just 68 kilometers away from Bhubaneswar. Since, it is so close to a state capital, it becomes easier to reach this wonderful destination without much trouble.

whiskered tern
Whiskered Tern Flight

2. Low Rates

The boat rides, accommodation and food are available at decent prices and one doesn’t have to worry about a budget.

Pied Kingfisher Mangalajodi
Pied Kingfisher

3. Proximity to Birds

This is one of the very few birding locations where most birds are not distracted by tourism and they maintain activity even at pretty close distances. As a result, this becomes a great opportunity for birders to observe their favourite birds better. For example, I got to observe the variety of colours possessed by the Glossy Ibis, for the first time.

Glossy Ibis
Glossy Ibis
Egret Mangalajodi
Lesser Egret Portrait
Citrine Wagtail
Citrine Wagtail
Common Snipe Mangalajodi
Common Snipe having a bath

4. Great for Beginners

If you have recently pursued birding, then Mangalajodi is certainly a wonderful visit for you. These waters are a great location for photography even if one doesn’t have the best of lenses.

Black-tailed Godwit
Black-tailed Godwit Close-up
Openbill Mangalajodi
Asian Openbill Pair
Ruff Mangalajodi
Purple Heron
Purple Heron in its typical habitat


5. Bird Count

In winters, Mangalajodi gets filled with over 200 species of birds. Godwits, ducks, geese, herons, egrets, storks, ibises and swamphens fill the waters. Apart from waders, Mangalajodi is also home to raptors, wagtails, warblers, munias, etc.

Ruddy Shelduck
Ruddy Shelduck or Brahminy Duck
Temminck's Stint
Temminck’s Stint
Ruddy-breasted Crake
Ruddy-breasted Crake
Clamorous Reed Warbler
Clamorous Reed Warbler

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