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Chilika Lake Weather And Best Time To Visit Chilika Lake
One of the most popular tourist spots in the coastal state Orissa, Chilika Lake is a salt-water lagoon situated at the mouth of the river Daya that eventually goes on to meet the Bay of Bengal. Visitors from all over the country flock to the lake to witness the treasure of aquatic and avian life that is part of the ecosystem around Chilika. Spectacular sunrise and sunset views will also prove to be one of the highlights of the region, which are best enjoyed on a boat ride across the lake.
The tropical weather of Chilika means the region remains relatively warm throughout most of the year. With certain months faring better than the others, here is an account on the best time to visit Chilika Lake.
Winter (October – February)
The best season to visit Chilika Lake is during the winter months when the maximum and minimum temperatures average around 22ᴼC and 7ᴼC respectively. Situated close to the coast, the weather in this region never gets too cold and remains perfect during the winters for enjoying the outdoors. This is also the time of the year when the migratory birds visit the lake region, which becomes their temporary refuge for the next few months. For bird-watchers, there is no better time to take a trip to Chilika Lake.
Summer (March – September)
During summers, the maximum temperature can occasionally rise up to levels of 45ᴼC, with minimum temperatures recorded around an average of 20ᴼC. The Chilika Lake region also receives a good amount of rainfall during the late summer months when the South West Monsoon arrives in the month of July. The annual rain averages around 135 cm with winds flowing in from the sea, which considerably reduces the heat from the summer months. While it is not one of the ideal times to visit Chilika Lake, people looking for a short break can still plan a trip to this region from cities nearby during this time.