Odisha’s beaches are represented by vast stretches of golden sandy land, deep blue sea, pleasant weather and are the most peaceful beaches in India. The country has almost a 6,000 km long coastline, which is home to some of the finest beaches in the world. Out of it, Odisha has 482 km of coastal stretch which offers some of the finest silvery beaches where the lapping waters of Bay of Bengal pay homage to their beauty.
1. PURI BEACH
For centuries now, the beach at Puri has been the venue for countless pilgrims who come for taking the traditional purification dip. The fine white sands of Puri beach and the roar of the breakers rolling in from the Bay of Bengal have always fascinated visitors. As it is with all the beaches of Odisha, overcrowding is never a problem and the sight of holiday-makers having entire stretches of the beach to themselves is not uncommon.
2. CHANDIPUR BEACH
Chandipur is one of the most popular tourist destinations and has its own unique character which sets it apart from all other beaches of India. The most interesting feature of the sea at the Chandipur beach is the way it retreats almost 5 kms twice a day. As the sea recedes back, the horizon broadens and the soft, moist, tempting sand becomes an ideal place for the tourists to sit back and enjoy the tranquil aspect of nature. The rare sight of the waves caressing towards the shore and the dazzling sunlight are sure to captivate anybody who visits this place.
3. CHANDRABHAGA BEACH
The Chandrabhaga beach in Odisha is one of its biggest assets both from the aspect of the tourism industry and the history of the place. The golden sand and the casuarina trees add to the natural glamour of the beach. But the biggest claim to fame for the Chandrabhaga beach is the Konark Temple or the Sun Temple. Originally, the waters of the Chandrabhaga beach used to flow towards the celebrated sculpted wheel on the Konark Temple but today, the sea has shifted and it is almost 2 kms away from the temple.
4. GOPALPUR BEACH
Located at a distance of 186 kms from the capital city of Bhubaneswar, the Gopalpur beach in Odisha is an ideal place to relax amidst natural surroundings. The serene atmosphere and the pristine beaches create the perfect tranquil atmosphere for rejuvenating one’s mind and soul. A paradise for marine lovers, the Gopalpur beach is the site of an ancient seaport and the ancient light house on the beach stands as a memento of the bygone era. The biggest asset of the Gopalpur beach is its virgin nature. It is probably this natural setting of the Gopalpur beach and the vibrant local lifestyle that captivate the tourists most.
5. RAMCHANDI BEACH
On the confluence of river Kusabhadra and the Bay of Bengal, Ramchandi is a beautiful beach. Goddess Ramchandi, the presiding deity of the Konark region is worshipped here with reverence. Situated 7 kms from Konark on the Marine Drive, Ramchandi is an ideal place to spend a couple of fun filled hours.
6. BALIHARACHANDI BEACH
It is about 27 kilometers away from Puri, a great place to experience the natural beauty of Odisha and is also quite an adventurous spot. Temples are also here which are visited by devotees every year and the great coastline here is what makes the beach a perfect holiday destination.
7. PARADIP BEACH
A major port of Odisha, Paradip also boasts of a fine beach where visitors can easily spend a couple of hours soaking in the sun or frolicking in the lovely blue waters.
8. ASTARANGA BEACH
This little beach, about 19 kms from Konark, presents a panoramic view, especially during sunset on a multi-coloured horizon as though seeking to justify its name as Colourful Sunset. It is near the mouth of the Devi River and lies on the Bay of Bengal coast.
Experience the beauty of these beaches, go back home with a mesmerized feeling and get enticed to visit here several times!
BY MCL BUREAU vol2 issue 21a