Top 5 Best Beaches of Orissa

India is a land of marvels! It comprises of all the kinds of elements that one can explore; such as the mountains, beaches, plateaus, deserts and plains. And the innumerable beach destinations to pick from are always difficult, so here’s a list of 5 such beautiful beaches that you must visit on your Orissa tour, the Eastern part of India!

Balighai Beach

Balighai Beach

Balighai Beach

If you’ve planned a trip to Orissa beaches, then remember this one. Balighai Beach is about 8 km to the northeast of Puri, which is extremely famous for the Lord Jagannath temple. It’s actually located off the Puri-Konark Marine Drive Road and is covered with warm, white sand. The Balighai Beach is situated at the mouth of Nuanai River, and is a magnificent sight for tourists as the calm river gushes into the vastness of the Bay of Bengal. The beautiful beach sand glitters on full moon nights giving it a magical feel. It’s also a very famous site which is often visited by Olive Ridley Turtles in the month of December and January to lay eggs alongside various migratory birds that visit the beach around the winter season. Try to plan your tour accordingly so you can witness this mind blowing sight yourself!

Balaramgadi Beach

Balaramgadi Beach

Balaramgadi Beach

Not too far way is yet another beach that one must visit. Just about two or three kilometers away from another beach are Balaramgadi beach in Orissa. Balaramgadi beach is totally accessible by tourist vehicles, private cars or by other means. It’s one of the smaller beaches of Orissa; Balaramgadi beach never fails to provide its tourist with picturesque locations for those who are on a lookout for peace & calm. Along with that, this beach is really clean and is perfect for a bath! One can laze around at Balaramgadi beach, or indulge in a variety of adventure sports like boat rides on the Budhabalanga River. One of the most spectacular sites of this beach is that it’s the point of convergence with the Budhabalanga River and is perfect for all nature lovers.

Chandipur Beach

Chandipur Beach

Chandipur Beach

The Chandipur Beach is one of the most unique beaches of Orissa. Lots of interesting places are here to visit, such as the Jagannath temple, Simlipal National Park, Shakti Shrine of Deokand, Shivalinga and many others. It is surrounded by casuarinas trees and beautiful sceneries all around which makes one’s Orissa beaches trip complete. Chandipur is one of the few beaches in the world where the sea recedes up to 5 km everyday at low tide and chases the waves. The serene and peaceful landscape of Chandipur never fails to entice its visitors. The beach is also close to a few other places, namely Remuna, Panchalingeswar, Aradi and Chandaneswar that are often a treat to most of its tourists.

Chandrabhaga Beach

Chandrabhaga Beach

Chandrabhaga Beach

This beach has a religious background along with its natural beauty. It’s believed that during the seventh day of Magha, for seven days a fair is held in honor of the sun god, who is said to have cured Sri Krishna’s son Shambhu from leprosy at the beach around February-March. Pilgrims and devotees from world over come here every year to take a dip in the holy waters and offer their prayers to the sun. It’s almost heavenly for the nature lovers and calm seekers, as they can experience the lovely serenity, while watching the amber sun rising above the blue waters over a clear sky. Chandrabhagga is definitely a must-see for all those who enjoy a little magic created by nature!

Puri Beach

Puri is by far the most famous and crowded beaches in Orissa. The beaches of Puri are also renowned for the sand sculptures created by the internationally acclaimed Sudarshan Patnaik. The sculpture’s subjects are usually inspired by characters and episodes from the mythology and also the contemporary events. The beach at Puri offers a great opportunity to witness the beautiful sunrise and the sunset on the same beach which attracts a heavy crowd from all over the country. Not only is Puri famous for its beautiful beach but also because it houses one of the most eminent temples, The Jagannath Temple.

So these are top 5 most alluring Orissa beaches

Top 5 Buddhist pilgrimage Sites in India

Buddhism is one of the most revered and richest religions in the world. There are 5 famous sites of Buddhism which are a must visit for anybody who wants to know more about the life and teachings of Buddha or the true meaning of the faith of Buddhism. Read on to know more.

Bodh Gaya

bodh gaya

bodh gaya [image source: MakeMyTrip]

Pilgrims of Buddhism hold the Bodh Gaya as one of the holiest places. The MahaBodhi Temple Complex has been named by UNESCO as a world heritage site. The temple complex is thronged with devotees who arrive in the early hours of the morning. The MahaBodhi tree is believed to be the oldest living tree as it was under this tree that 2500 years ago the Prince Siddhartha who originally belonged to Lumbini (Nepal) gained freedom from Maya and sought enlighten. Post enlighten Siddhartha took on the name of Lord Buddha and the original temple complex was built on his name. the Buddhist holy objects like Animeshlochana Temple, Cloister Walk, Cankanama, Nigrodha Ajapala Tree and the Rajayatana tree all date back to the 5th Century. The temple complex remains open from 5 a.m to 9 p.m.

Bodh Gaya is a place where every nation has its own monastery. You can see monasteries belonging to nations like Thailand, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, China and Japan and they all have slightly different doctrines of Buddhism. Besides the Thai Monastery you can see a 80 feet high statue of Gautam Buddha. The nearest station is Gaya which is a mere 12 km away.

Kushinagar

kushinagar buddha statue

kushinagar buddha statue

Kushinagar is the place where Gautam Buddha attained Mahaparinirvana or his soul attained freedom from his body. Most devout Buddhists consider Khushinagar as one of the central places of importance in the spiritual context. Post the death of Gautam Buddha many Stupas and several memorials were erected over the 2.5 km long road erected in his memory. The road is called Buddha Marg and along this path is the Mahaparinirivana Temple which contains a 20 feet high statue of reclining Buddha that was carved in ancient 6th Century. If you want to visit Khushinagar then travel to the nearest town Kasia (55 km away from Gorakhpur), You can stay in the UPSTDC tourist bungalow after making a booking at 05564-273045. You can also visit Padrauna as it is the place where Buddha took the last meal of his life.

Rajgir in Bihar

Rajgir was the capital of Magadhan kingdom before Patliputra formally became the capital. Rajgir is very famous for its multitude of hot springs which have curative powers. It is said that during the monsoons Buddha used to prefer the shelter of the Griddhakuta Hills that are a part of Ratnagir Hill ranges. At one end of Ratnagiri are the caves of Saptaparni where a huge international Buddhism Council was arranged right after Gautam Buddha’s death and all his teachings were scripted down. After 2500 years post the council a convention was arranged by Japanese Buddhist Association and a Stupa was built over the cave along with an Arial rope way connect. The stunning ruins of the Nalanda Mahavira the ancient university town which was formed in 411 A.D lie just 11 km away from Rajgir.

Sarnath in Uttar Pradesh

sarnath stupa

sarnath stupa [IMG Source: http://www.sarnathindia.com/]

Sarnath is located near Varanasi (just 13 km away) and it was the place where Gautam Buddha delivered his first lecture to his 5 disciples who were based in Sarnath. Asoka built many memorials in Sarnath after he was influenced by Buddhism. There are two famous stupas here the Chaukhandi Stupa and the Dhamek Stupa. There is a Vihara known as Mulagandhakuti Vihara which was organized by Mahabodhi Society. Frescoes made by Japanese artist Nous Cossets are displayed here. The museum of Archeology here is one of the oldest museums in India and it contains rare antiques dating back to 3rd Century and 12th Century A.D.

Kapilvastu in Uttar Pradesh

kapilvastu

kapilvastu [IMG Source: wikimedia.org]

Kapilvastu is now known as Piprahwa and many archeologists believe that this is the very place where Shakya Siddhartha was living when he saw 3 sights which transformed his life forever. Siddhartha was hit by an intense urge to find out the real reason behind the suffering of people and he roamed around for 6 long years till he reached the place called Bodh Gaya. The place is 100 km away from Gorakhpur and if you want to visit then you can consider staying in the tourist bungalow. Call on 05544-261489 to make the booking. You can also visit Lumbini which is nearby.