Staycation At Swosti Chilika Resort: How to Plan, What to Do & Activities

Located at the picturesque Chilika lake in Odisha, the luxurious Swosti Chilika resort offers modern comforts within irresistible beauty. Chilika, India's largest salt water lake is well known as migratory bird's paradise. Nestled amidst natural beauty, the resort's ultra modern facilities & dedicated services, ensure a pleasant stay for every guest- corporate or leisure. Traveling with kids? Swosti Chilika resort has many activities & comforts for the little ones that shall leave them feeling pampered. But how do we know that? Well, we traveled with our seven month old & came back feeling rejuvenated.



We arrived at the resort on an October afternoon & felt instantly comfortable with a traditional welcome. Further, after a quick check-in process, we settled in our luxurious quad villas called Windchimes. The cosy villas offered a spectacular view of the lagoon from a private balcony. Moreover, a sit-out area that faced the swimming pool was our favorite place to sip refreshing beverages.

Windchimes - Spacious Quad Villas


For lunch, we visited Orana, Swosti Chilka resort's multi cuisine restaurant. Happy to note that the menu featured local & international cuisines, we settled down to ease our hunger pangs. 

Orana - Multi Cuisine Restaurant

Orana - Multi Cuisine Restaurant - Interiors


We tried, local chicken curry - Kukuda Tarkari & the popular local fish - Betki in fried form. Moreover, the local dessert Chenna Poda made with paneer was a super tasty way to end our meal!

Kukuda Tarkari

Fried Betki Fish


After a sumptuous lunch, we snoozed peacefully on the comfortable beds. As the afternoon unfurled into a pleasurable evening, we roamed around the vast premises & checked out the facilities. Tea at the poolside was an inviting break & we made an appointment for an indulgent therapy at the luxurious Ekaaya spa. The spa offers traditional & western wellness treatments that help revive & rejuvenate after a tired journey. For more details about our experience at Ekaaya spa, click here 

Ekaaya Spa


Afterward, we decided on a light dinner & tried the in-room dining menu. The items on the menu are a mix of global favorites like sandwiches, pizza, pasta along with some local delicacies. The prompt service ensured we enjoyed a hot meal. We retired to bed, to wake up early to view a majestic sunrise. Pro Tip # Do not miss the early morning bird calls as the sun comes up over the Chilika lake. The memory of this moment shall stay with you forever.

Sunrise from our private balcony


Next, we visited Kalijai temple located on the nearby Kalijai island. The visit was well executed, as the resort offers a speed boat ride that takes you over the Chilika lake. A small nature trail on the island leads you to a picnic spot, frequented by locals. Moreover, during the ride, you glimpse more smaller islands including the "breakfast island" being developed by the resort.

The Jetty

Kalijai Temple

Nature Trail on Kalijai Island


As the afternoon progressed, Bean Hive, the coffee shop beckoned with refreshing beverages & quick bites in lush green surroundings. We settled with our cuppa recounting how much we had done in the two days we spent here & that too with our fussy seven month old.  

Bean Hive - Coffee Shop


Pro Tip# The resort has many picturesque picnic spots that can be reached with the golf cart on request. We found one near the spa & chilled there watching the sunset.

Picnic spot near Ekaaya Spa


A dip in the swimming pool awakened our hunger. The huge pool with comfortable lounge chairs was a great way to unwind after our numerous activities.




For dinner, we tried a special meal on the restaurant's rooftop area. Chef's recommendations - Dahi ke Kebab, a delicious local mutton curry cooked in a clay pot along with butter garlic naan & a mixed vegetable gravy were delicious. Since the portions were huge, we felt satiated with our meal. We moved to our villa to sit in our private balcony reminiscing the two beautiful days spent here.

To allow travelers to soak in and experience the magical sight in its full glory and grandeur, Swosti Chilika Resort with over 78 finely crafted cottages and innumerable amenities has been planned to be among the best that country has experienced. One of the best resorts in Odisha, Swosti Chilika resort offers a great venue for planning conferences, corporate get-together & team meetings amidst serenity of nature.

Millpond - Lake View Pool Villas


Take a break & indulge in some fun at Relayy - the game zone & challenge your loved ones to a game. Want to keep the kids busy? Take them to Breakk game zone, loaded with games & activities. Besides, the various games shall keep the little superstars busy, under the watchful eye of attendants as parents take some time off. Believe me when I say that if it brought a smile on my picky seven month old one, it shall not fail to impress anyone else :D

Relayy - the game zone


Besides, if you are looking for an ideal venue to plan a destination wedding, Swosti Chilika resort offers great packages with attention to detail that every wedding event may require. Moreover, during our stay here, we witnessed a romantic pre-wedding shoot that jogged beautiful memories. To know more about Swosti Chilika resort packages & facilities, reach out to the helpful staff at the resort

How Do I Get Here:

The resort lies approximately 114 km from Bhubaneswar airport. Swosti Chilika resort offers pick up & drop services via it's travel desk.

What More Can I Do:

Nalaban island, is a great place to watch many migratory birds & is a well known bird sanctuary. Ideal time of visit is from November to April months. Satpada, located on the southern side of Chilika lake is a great spot to watch dolphins. Visitors can also plan a picnic on the honeymoon island. If, you have more time, visit the beautiful Konark Sun Temple

Best Time To Visit:

The winter months of November to February are a great time to visit as there are many variety of migratory birds.

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