Kalijai island from Odisha is placed among the top 10 islands across India by National geographic. The beautiful island in Chilika lake is one of little-known islands among 1,200 islands spread across the country. Away from the regular most visited islands, Kalijai and nine others islands are a must see by any enthusiastic traveller.
The meditative expanse of Chilika Lake lures birdwatchers and solitude seekers, but few explore the islands scattered across Asia’s largest brackish water lake. Every January, Kalijai Island thrums with pilgrims during the Makar Sankranti fair. It’s equally fascinating to watch Kailijai’s morning rituals, like locals fishing with traditional bamboo baskets and nets.
Getting There Boats to Kalijai Island depart from Barkul jetty, 105 km/2 hr from Bhubaneshwar airport (www.orissatourism.gov.in/chilika.html; boat ₹970 return).