Sun, sand and the sea in India – Odisha

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The Indian peninsula hosts some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. In addition, the beaches offer a unique perspective into the life of the communities that reside by the sea.

Today, we visit the sandy shores hosted by Odisha on the Eastern Coast of the Indian sub-continent.

The beaches of Odisha are renowned for the long stretches of golden sands, deep blue seas and cool winds. These shores are also famous for the sea food that is served. If you are looking for a laidback, relaxed beach holiday on secluded sea shores, then Odisha is the place for you.

These are some of the best beaches this state has to offer.

 

Chandipur Beach

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With a daily tide movement of 5 kilometres, the Chandipur Beach at Odisha (Orissa) offers a truly unique and captivating sight. Watching the sea vanish right in front of your eyes and then observing its return is a very rare site. In addition to this hide and seek of water, the Casuarina trees and creeper sand dunes seem to be swaying to a melodious musical note.

Chandipur is one of the few beaches of the world where the sea recedes up to 5 km daily at low tide and chasing the waves in a jeep, when the sea retreats is unforgettable. When the tide is in, locals trawl for small fish along the coast. The serene and peaceful landscape of Chandipur captivates the visitor.

The beach is also in close proximity to other places of interest namely Remuna, Panchalingeswar, Aradi and Chandaneswar.

 

Gahirmatha Beach

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The Gahirmatha beach on the eastern coast of Odisha is one of the most important nesting grounds for the Oliver Ridley turtles. The Gahirmatha Marine Wildlife Sanctuary, located at the confluence of the River Dharma and Bay of Bengal attracts wild life buffs to see millions of turtle nesting here.

The turtles come to rest between October and February. The rest of the year is a good time to visit the beach and enjoy the surf, sand and the sea.

 

Paradeep Beach

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Located at the confluence of mighty Mahanadi River and the Bay of Bengal, Paradip or Paradeep beach is an ideal place to enjoy mesmerizing sunsets and sunrises, pristine beaches, age-old temples, thousands of Olive Ridley turtles, a magnificent lighthouse and one of the largest ports in India.

Blue waters to soothe your eyes, soft sands trickling your feet and sun rays kissing your cheeks; feels amazing right! This is exactly what you will feel like while at this hypnotic beach spot. Enjoy your vacation at this spellbinding seashore along with your family and friends, and you will cherish these moments for a lifetime.

 

Rushikulya Beach

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The Rushikulya beach on Chilika in the Ganjam district of Orissa is famous for the Oliver Ridley turtles that come to nest here. However, the beach is also an ideal vacation spot during the rest of the year as well.

A long spread out seashore, with open skies and deep blue seas, make for a beautiful vacation spot.

 

Ramchandi Beach

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The beach of Ramchandi in the state of Orissa is a great spot for surfing, boating, and yoga. Only 7 km away from the famous historical village of Konark, the gentle slope of the beach gives it calm waters.

The long distance from the beach to the main sea ensures that people can surf, swim without fear. The short distance of Ramchandi Beach from Konark draws visitors to it throughout the year, but, the beach stays beautifully pristine.

 

Talasari Beach

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Talasari Beach is a beautiful beach located in the Balasore district, Odisha, and is one of the less populated and undamaged beaches in the state. The serene beach of Talasari, spread along the Bay of Bengal, is less known amongst visitors due to lack of promotion as a tourist destination.

Talasari Beach is nestled near the Subarnarekha River and the sea, near the Odisha-Bengal border. It is the last beach in the Odisha to the north. The beach is famous for its fishing village, and among people partial to sea food.

Another feature of Talasari that fascinates tourists is its backwaters, which one needs to cross to reach the sea. The calm ambiance, unique receding waters and tropical weather all year round make it a popular destination for adventure seekers and those looking for solitude.

 

Astaranga Beach

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Astaranga is a small beach located 91 kilometres away from the holy city Puri. The beach is famous for its beautiful sunsets. It is a joyful delight for all the photographers and beach lovers as it leaves you with a blissful experience of one of the best sunsets you could ever sip your coffee with! It also happens to be a popular fish trading region in Orissa.

 

Balighai Beach

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Experience the majestic sunrise and the soothing sunset on the shores of one of the calmest sandy delights in Odisha. Balighai Beach is a coastline splendour that attracts lot of local and foreign travellers. Situated at the mouth of Nuanai River, the calm river flowing into the Bay of Bengal is a sight to behold. Water skiing and parasailing are some of the major attractions of the beach.