Mangalajodi is an village under Tangi block in Khordha district of Orissa at the northern edge of Chilika Lake.The village has twin Mangala(goddess) temples – the reason behind calling it ‘Mangalajodi’ in the first place (Jodi refers to two).
This place is said to be the heaven for the migrating birds flying here from different parts of the world like Caspian Sea, Lake Baikal, Aral Sea and other remote parts of Russia, Kirghiz steppes of Mongolia, Central and southeast Asia, Ladakh and Himalayas.The Mangalaodi wetland hosts more than 3,00,000 of birds in the peak season. October to March is the best time to visit this place. This region has is a significant global waterfowl habitat and is declared as an “Important Bird Area (IBA)”.
In the peak season you will find kinds of birds like Grebes, Cormorants/Shags, Herons, Egrets & Bitterns, Storks, Ibises, Geese & Ducks, Raptors, Pheasants, Partridges, Quails, Rails, Crakes, Moorhens, Coots, Jacanas, Waders, Gulls & Terns, Kingfishers, Swifts, Bee-caters, Larks, Swallows, Wagtails & Pipits, Robins, Thrushes, Babblers, Prinias, Warblers, Munias, Sparrows, Weavers, Starlings and Mynahs.
How to reach– You can take bus from Bhubaneswar or it is better to go on a taxi. Tangi chouk is by the side of NH-16 / NH-05 on the way to Berhampur district. Almost 68 kms from capital Bhubaneswar. Then take left from the sign board and travel upto 10 kms.You have to go through the village to reach the ecotourism destination.You can hire wooden boats inside the wetland.Provision to keep silence is a must during your boating.