Mangalajodi is famous for waterfowl heaven and paradise of birds. The beauty of this village and its wetland attracts thousands of migratory birds, journey from as far different places of the world and also the tourists. Its wetland now host more than 1,50,000 of birds in the peak season. November to March is the best time to enjoy. Its importance as a powerful global waterfowl dwelling and declared as an “International Bird Area (IBA)”. Mangalajodi is not only home to rare birds but also embody a continuous lifestyle that is at fringe of destruction. Mangalajodi village consists of fishermen communities, mostly who go every evening for fishing inside the Chilika Lake and next morning come back with fresh catch. Local communities still dwell on the domestic methods of catching fish where in country made fishing nets are made out of bamboo - but these do not pose a threat to aquatic life. Fish is an important part of their diet and it can be cooked in many forms i.e. cooked; smoked or even sun dried - commonly called “Sukhua”.
The village is also a spiritual place. The ritual performance of the villagers are so much interesting. Many occasions and festivals are celebrated in Mangalajodi. “Danda Yatra” is one of the biggest and important ritual occasions, which celebrated in the month of March – April, performed by the villagers in an amazing way.
Patita Paban temple is another oldest and the biggest temple of this village. The surrounding of Maa Balimajhi Devi temple is a picnic spot of Mangalajodi. The lonely atmosphere and of this spot attracts everyone and brings concentration to mind.