Satapada, A Dolphin Sanctuary near Puri


Destination Summary
Famous for Dolphin Sanctuary, Migratory Birds, Sea Mouth and Rajahansa Island
Nearest Attractions Chilika Lake, Baliharachandi, Alarnath
State/Country Odisha/India
Located at Eastern Coast of Odisha
Distance From
105 KM
Distance From Puri 50 KM
Mode of Transport Road (Bus and Taxi)
Nearest Airport Bhubaneswar - 110 KM
Best Time to Visit Round the Year
Local Language Odia
Other languages Hindi, Bengali and English

Located at a distance of 50 kilometers from Puri, Satapada on Chilika is very famous for Irrawaddy Dolphins (Orcaella brevirostris). 'Sata' means 'Seven' and 'Pada' Means 'Village', so the name Satapada means group of seven villages. It is located on the southern part of the Chilika Lake. The exact geographical location is 19°40'10"N and 85°26'38"E. Satapada is also famous for Sea Mouth Island where Chilka lake meets the Bay of Bengal.


Click to view Satapada Photo Gallery Satapada, alternatively spelt as Satapara, is one of the most popular tourist place of Odisha. Here Dolphins and the scenic Sea Mouth attract large number of tourists every year. Satpada also provides the opportunity for viewing a memorable sunrise and sunset. It is advisable to reach there in morning hours and spent much of your time with Dolphins. At the dolphin viewpoint it is difficult to view the complete dolphin. If you are lucky then you will be able to see entire dolphin, generally some portion of the tail or head of the dolphin is visible while they are swimming. If they jumps then only the complete dolphin can be seen. Satapada is an ideal spot to enjoy with family.

Another major attraction is the nearby Rajahansa Island. It is a small island on Chilika at the mouth of the lagoon. This island is named after the famous bird ‘Rajhans’. A one-and-a-half-hours boat journey across the Chilika Lake from Satapada, takes visitors to Rajahansa island. The island is 18 kilometer from Satapada. Rajahans is a small strip of land which has the lagoon on one side and the Bay of Bengal on the other, with a forest and mountains in between.

Though Satapada is not vary famous for migratory birds, but visitors may find different varieties of migratory birds here because the famous Nalaban bird sanctuary is very near to Satapada. It takes around 4 hours by boat from Satapada to reach Nalaban.

The Dolphin Motor Boat Association provides and manages motor boats at Satapada. Visitors can hire boats to go to the dolphin viewpoint to get a sight of the dolphins. The Motor Boat Association has rate chat for the different types of boats based on their capacity and duration of the visit. Tourists can also hire boats to go to Nalaban and Rajahansa Island.



Satapada is having the resort accomodation from Odisha Tourism Development Corporation Ltd. (OTDC). It is known as Yatrinivas and provides excellent accommodation. Rooms can be booked at the tourist offices in Puri, Chilika and Bhubaneswar. Online booking facility is also available.


Address: Brahmagiri, Puri - 752001
Phone: (06752) 262077
Total Room/Bed: 25/50
Facilities: Restaurant, T.V.
Yatrinivas Satapada
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Nearest airport is at Bhubaneswar (110 kilometers)
Nearest rail head is Puri (50 kilometers). Puri connects to all the major places in the country via superfast and express trains
Satpada is connected to Puri(50 kilometers) and other nearby places by road. National Highway number 203 connects Satapada to Puri. Bhubaneshwar and Puri have daily bus services along with taxis to Satapada. Conducted tours are also organised by OTDC and local tour operators
Local Transport:
Cycle and Auto Rickshaws

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