Places to Visit- from Parikud Palace

 Chilika

The Chilika lake is the largest brakish water lagoon in the continent. The panoramic view of the Chilika and the landscape makes the spectator spellbound.

The scenic splendor and brazen sky makes a man poet. The sunset is quite worth enjoying with the mountains and the sanguine bloodstained sky. The blue watered Chilika is a bounty of nature. The poet Radhanath has written a poetry on it "The Chilika".

Its Origin As to the origin of this largest brakish water lagoon, it is an extension of Mahanadi Delta.('Fauna of Chilika' - Zoological survey of India - 1995). The other view suggests that the heaps of sands gathered by the Tidal waves framed it to a lagoon. The research scholars and the scientists suggest this to be the origin of Chilika. In summer, Chilika is at about 905 square kilometres in area and in rainy season, it is almost 1165 sq.kms.

The salinity in summer varies from 1 to 27% and in monsoon it varies from .5 to 5%. Many rivers like the Salia and the Kushbadu meet Chilika. The mouth of Chilika merges with the Bay of Bengal. The confluence is the mouth where the Chilika merges with the sea.

The Chilika is a holy place of pilgrimage (Tirtha). The reason is obvious. The sacred rivers run and meet Chilika. Second, it was by the lotus feet of the mother goddess Kalijai (Kali). During the Mohammedan aggression Lord Jagannath was shifted to the lap of Chilika for safety and security.
That is why Chilika is a holy shrine. Third, the historical Kanchi invasion during the rule of Sri Purusottam Dev was made through this lake and the legend now stands as the mute witness 'Manik Patna' and 'Dahikhia'. This is the living history of Orissa's victory over Kanchi. The Chilika was hed the lotus feet of Sri Jagannath and Balabhadra in the guise of chief generals of the Orissa army.
For this Chilika itself is a holy place.

 

 The Kalijai

The Kalijai, the goddess on the mountain surrounded by the vast stretch of blue watered Chilika lagoon is a scenic beauty and a holy shrine. People from time immemorial are worshipping the deity. The faith in general is that she saves the life of the crew on the deck. She is the centre of all hope, assistance and aspiration of the crew on the vast stretch of water where life is helpless. She is the symbol of symphony of life. This maritime expedition is only possible by the grace of the deity.

The Mother Goddess, the Kalijai is the centre of attraction. People in lakes come to see the holy place of 29 acres of mountain within the Chilika lake. It is a unique spot in the state for tourism. Mother Goddess Kalijai is Kali, the source and the first 'Mahavidya' of "Dasmahavidyas". According to a poem by Pandit Godavarish Mishra, Jai - a girl was coming to marry in Parikud. The boat was capsized in the rough stormy water. She met her tragic death and became the deity Kalijai. It is the imagination of a poet but there is no supporting fact or a legend corroborating the whole state of affair. It is only the creative imagination of the writer. A girl, without fulfilment of her dreams, desire and ambition can never be a deity or a Goddess. It can either be termed as a spirit or a spectre. A girl of Banpur coming to marry at Parikudgarh, if at all is true, we would have been able to trace the exact nativity of the both, the bride and the bride-groom. Hence it is a fiction. The metamorphosis of Jai to Kalijai is that is why not a tenable proposition. But the poetry is a unique work of art. "The History of Parikud" (1930) by Radha Charan Panda states that Sri Harisevak Mansingh, the king of Bankad (Banpur) came to Parikud in the year 1779 after being defeated by the Raja of Khurdha. His son Sri Bhagirathi Mansingh was attacked by the king of Khurdha. The king of Parikud surrendered in the lotus feet of the mother Kali. Dr. Panda has stated that this temple was erected by Sri Jagannath Mansingh of the then king of Bankad in the year 1717. The State of Parikud is also a part of Bankadgarh. During that period, a large number of Flamingos (a kind of bird 4'6" in height) alighted in the Chilika and marched forward. The army of Khurdha presumed it to be a vast army deployed in the Chilika and fled away. The people opined that Kali made the king victorious (Jayi). So She was named Kalijai.

Makarmela is celebrated with great pomp in the holy shrine of the Kalijai. This is the only popular festivity here. Lakhs of devotees flock here for celebrating Makar Sankranti. The Raja of Parikud worships the Mother Goddess as his saviour. Let the Mother Goddess Kalijai bless us.

 

 Rushikulya

Rushikulya river is one of the major rivers of Orissa, India. It meets the Bay of Bengal at Puruna Bandha, Chhatrapur block of Ganjam district.It originates from the Rushyamala hills of the Eastern Ghats in Phulbani in Kandhamal district. It is 165 km long with 8900 km2 of catchment area. Its tributaries are the Baghua, the Dhanei Badanadi etc. It has no delta as such at its mouth.In 1993, biologists from the Orissa Forest Department and the Wildlife Institute of India learned that large scale nesting of Olive Ridley turtles was taking place near the mouth of the Rushikulya river. This area is the location of one of the largest mass nesting (arribada) sites of olive ridley sea turtles in India.[1] The villages near the mouth are Pali Bandha, Puruna Bandha, Gokhara Kuda and Kantia Pada, where one can find the nesting sites of the olive ridley turtles. These villages basically are fishermen's villages.

 

 Nalaban (Birds' Sanctuary)

Nalaban is known as the shrine of birds. Birds from remote places like Siberia, Canada, America and Australia come in flocks to the Chilika for food and shelter in winter. Govt. has declared this area in Chilika as Birds' Sanctuary. Birds in lakhs come to Chilika during the beginning of October. Almost 221 varieties of birds are seen in winter. It is a natural habitat for the birds. A new mouth has been opened recently by the Government of Orissa.

 

 Gopalpur

Gopalpur is famous for healthy environment.
Gopalpur-on-Sea as it is popularly known within the tourist circuit, boasts of one of the finest and most popular beaches in Orissa, India. Gopalpur is a small fishing village on the coast of Orrisa. The place derived its name from an 18th century temple dedicated to lord Krishna. Gopalpur was once served as a prominent seaport during the British Raj.
Tours to Gopalpur Beach with Tourism of Orissa tour packages promises to be an unforgettable affair with nature at its best. Gopalpur is distinguished for its lovely beach fringed by golden sand dunes and the ruins of the old port from where, in medieval times, sailors set out to Indonesia. Gopalpur on sea is a true haven for surfers, sailors and sunbathers. The tranquil and relaxed environs of this magnificent beach offer a soothing escape to the weary travellers, far away from the maddening humdrum of the cities.

 

 Satapada Visit

Satapada (Oriya: ସାତପଡ଼ା) is a town in Puri district, Orissa, India. In Oriya 'Sata' means 'Seven' and 'Pada' Means 'Village', so the name Satapada means group of seven villages. It is located at a distance of 50 kilometers from Puri, Satapada on Chilika is home for Irrawaddy dolphin (Orcaella brevirostris).
Satpada is located at the meeting point of Chilika Lake and Bay of Bengal. The famous Chilika dolphins can be seen in their natural best here. There are also ample opportunities for canoeing, kayaking and boating. A small island called "Rajahamsa" is situated near this place at the mouth of the lagoon, named after a bird Rajahamsa. This island is 18 kilometer from Satapada. Rajahans is a small strip of land of which one side is placed near the lagoon on one side and the other side is towards Bay of Bengal.

 

 Chilika Sea Mouth

Chilika Sea MouthChilka Lake (Chilika Lake) is a brackish water lagoon, spread over the Puri, Khurda and Ganjam districts of Orissa 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.
It is the largest wintering ground for migratory birds on the Indian sub-continent. The lake is home to a number of threatened species of plants and animals. 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.
The lagoon hosts over 160 species of birds in the peak migratory season. Birds from as far as the Caspian Sea, Lake Baikal, Aral Sea and other remote parts of Russia, Kirghiz steppes of Mongolia, Central and southeast Asia, Ladakh and Himalayas come here. These birds travel great distances; migratory birds probably follow much longer routes than the straight lines, possibly up to 12,000 km, to reach Chilika Lake.
In 1981, Chilika Lake was designated the first Indian wetland of international importance under the Ramsar Convention.