37. EXPLORING THE EERIE MANGROVES OF BHITARKANIKA
About three-and-a-half hours from Bhubaneswar, Chandbali is the last land destination before you enter the marshy terrain of the Bhitarkanika Wildlife Sanctuary ( bhitarkanikanationalpark.com) by boat.
It’s an eerie, dark world inside Bhitarkanika, the second-largest mangrove ecosystem in the country, with the waters full of reptiles and the weird and haunting pneumatophores, better known as breathing roots. A tour of the mangroves is unforgettable – but beware, the saltwater crocs inside are one of the most threatening species in the world.
38. BOATING ON CHILIKA LAKE
About two hours from Bhubaneswar, a soft adventure awaits you and your family. The largest brackish-water lake in Asia, and a site favoured by bird watchers around the world, Chilika Lake ( orissatourism.org/
chilka-lake) is visited by hundreds of migratory birds in the winter and makes for a great day trip. Take a boat out to Satapada Island or Nalabana Island for the best look at local birds as well as the chance to spot the endangered Irrawaddy dolphins.