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!
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!
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.
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.
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 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