Clear blue sea, a warm bright sunny atmosphere, pious ambience, swaying coconut and palm trees, stunning corals and exotic fish. Backed by Silvery Island, bracing waters and shops with shell crafts are something which symbolize the Odisha beaches. It has a total of 482 km of coastal stretch. The clamorous waves of Bay of Bengal coupled with cool sea breeze make Odisha beaches ideal destination for holidaying. A perfect place for water sport enthusiasts, one can spend hours soaking in the sun, surfing or just frolicking in lovely blue waters. Do not miss out the rare Olive Ridley Turtle's eggs in some unexplored nooks.
Famous Beaches in Odisha
The long stretch of Puri is one of the largest (7 km) and the loveliest beach in India. The dazzling golden sand, cool breeze with the roaring sound of the waves is simply thrilling. It is the site of annual Puri Beach festival and it is amazing to see the beach assuming the color of festivity and various activities upholding the culture of Odisha. Exciting sport activities like angling, surfing and sea cruising are a favorite among the tourists. The sunrise and sunset at the horizon leave an everlasting impression.
The sea beach of Chandipur is the most popular with the tourists. The most interesting feature is the way it recedes up to 5 km daily at low tides, which is captivating. Adding to the peaceful ambience are the swaying casuarinas trees and solitary sand dunes. Because of its uniqueness, a varied range of biodiversity is to be found. One can spot a horse shoe crab or a red crab crawling.
Gopalpur beach is a popular beautiful sandy beach and an ideal place for relaxing amidst the natural surroundings. A paradise for marine lovers, the beach is the site of an ancient Sea Port and the light house on the beach stand as a memento of the bygone era. The beach offers peaceful ambience conducive to conviviality. It is ideal for both sailing and surfing.
The long stretch of sparkling sands and a divine tranquility makes it one of the perfect beaches to enjoy. Visitors can witness the beauty of sunrise or sunset and that of the spotting fishermen grossly involved in their daily chores. Konark beach is famous for the annual Magha Saptami Fair during which devotees perform a holy bath. Located nearby is a pond where Samba, son of Lord Krishna was cured of leprosy. Swimming is not really advisable but you can undertake long, soothing walks.
On the confluence of the River Mahanadi and the Bay of Bengal, Paradeep beach is the vast and is invitingly calm and serene. This Odisha beach is famous for temple ’Tulsi Kshetra' which is dedicated to Lord Baldev. A grand car festival is held here annually that draws a mammoth crowd.