If you thought the flora and fauna in and around Odisha’s Chilika Lake weren’t enough reasons to visit the lake, here is a clincher. The lake is all set to become a stand-up paddle boarding (SUP) destination. Hawaii’s premier sport, SUP is now a global sport; it allows participants to paddle standing up in contrast to lying prone or kneeling.
Chilka Lake (Chilika Lake) is a brackish water lagoon, spread over the Puri, Khurda and Ganjam districts of Odisha state on the east coast of India, at the mouth of the Daya River, flowing into the Bay of Bengal, covering an area of over 1,100 km2. It is the largest coastal lagoon in India and the second largest lagoon in the world.
The lake is an ecosystem with large fishery resources. It sustains more than 150,000 fisher–folk living in 132 villages on the shore and islands.