Berhampur, Dec 29 (LocalWire) Mangalajodi in Chilika lake, which hosts lakhs of migratory birds every winter, is now ready to give visitors a taste of eco-tourism in the blue lagoon.
Booking of cottages under the eco-tourism project at Mangalajodi has started with one cottage was booked on Friday and four more on Saturday.
There are 12 cottages in the eco-tourism project.
In a bid to attract nature lovers and bird watchers and promote eco-tourism at Mangalajodi, about 100-km from here, the forest department has constructed a dozen rooms, watch towers at the site.
Around Rs 2.50 cr was spent on the project, sources said.
Apart from staying at the room to watch migratory birds of different species, nature lovers can also go for trekking.
After 15.69 sq. km Nalabana, the bird sanctuary area inside the Chilka lake, Mangalajodi hosts lakhs of winged guests on their winter sojourn to the area.
Several species of residential birds are also sighted at the spot throughout the year.
“Our aim is to attract tourists in all seasons so that they can enjoy the picturesque lake,” said divisional forest officer (DFO), Chilika wildlife division, Bikash Ranjan Das.
‘We have decided to restrict motor vehicles from the village to birding site during the migratory season. Instead of motor vehicles, we will operate e-rickshaw in around 2-km road,” he said.
Locals will be involved to operate the e-rickshaws to transport tourists, he said.