September 26, 2021: Odisha has a long coastline and is bestowed with many beautiful beaches. Some of the most popular places in Odisha are beach destinations including Puri. There are many beaches near the West Bengal border like Digha and Shankarpur in the north part of Odisha. There are some great beach destinations in the southern border near Andhra Pradesh as well like beaches in Kakinada and Vishakhapatnam. Let’s look at the best beaches of Odisha.
Best beaches of Odisha
Whenever we think of beaches in Odisha, we think of Puri. But Puri isn’t the only beach in Odisha worth visiting. Take a look at our list and you would know why you should plan your next beach holiday in Odisha.
Pradeshradeep Beach: Of sunbathing, golden sands & more
At a distance of 125 kms from Paradeep and 94 kms from Cuttack, Paradeep is one of the most serene and tranquil beaches of Odisha. Host to a scenic beauty in golden shimmering sands, indigo blue waters and lined with huge rock boulders, the beach is not just a prominent tourist spot but also a major sea port of the country.
Fringed on the outskirts with emerald green forests, and adorned with a quaint island; is actually and estuary of the river Mahanadi. Besides the commercial angle, the beach invites a lot of tourist to laze and sunbathe in the long stretch of golden sands or just for frolicking in the aqua blue waters of the sea. The dash of rocks at the side offers an amazing marine drive and make for an ideal day-out destination.
Gopalpur Beach- One of the best beaches of Odisha
Gopalpur beach is located on the east coast of the Bay of Bengal, the Gopalpur Beach is a luxurious beach located in Odisha. Famous for being one of the few sites in India where Olive Ridley Turtles nest. This beache has an extensive reservoir of coconut and casuarina groves and is a perfect outing for a languorous weekend. The beach, also known as ‘Gopalpur-on-Sea’ has a calm and soothing coast. It is famous for hosting annual Gopalpur Beach Festival and offers up the possibility of experiencing a number of aqua sports.
One of the most popular landmarks of the beach is its lighthouse which offers a marvellous view of the entire city of Gopalpur and the azure waters of the Bay of Bengal. One can also witness the exotic red crabs casually strolling on the beach’s lonely coast! From enjoying a casual strol among the cashew trees or getting an adrenaline rush with water sports, there is no dearth of possibilities at Gopalpur Beach!
Rushikulya Beach: Secret recluse of Odisha
One can call it the secret recluse in the state of Orissa, Rushikulya Beach is a quietude place ideal to relax and enjoy some solitude.
Totally underrated and often unexplored, this Beach is not visited by a large number of people, hence you can visit this beach to getaway from the hustle bustle of the daily life. Hidden in the folds of nature, this beach is a safe haven.
Rushikulya Beach is a great place to unwind and enjoy the beauties of nature. The shimmering blue water and the clean sand makes for a picture perfect place where you can also witness the hatching of the endangered Olive Ridley Turtles. This beach is serene and tranquil where you can sit and listen to the melodious sound of the water and enjoy.
Puri Beach: The must visit
Counted among the finest coastlines in East India, bordering the Bay of Bengal, the Puri beach is located at a distance of 35 km from the Sun Temple. Endowed with the special attention of the sun, it gleams on the pristine waters of the beach, the place is ideal for holiday makers looking for some solitude.
It is often flocked by devotees visiting the beach for a purification dip who come to Puri to pay their homage to Lord Jagannath. The beach is also renowned for the sand sculptures made by internationally known sand artist Sudarsan Patnaik. The sculptures are usually inspired by the art covering the temple walls or other mythological character or episode.
The shore is blessed with fine golden sand and gushing waves, Puri Beach is quite renowned for its peaceful and calm surroundings. Once there, one can also get a taste of the local life of Puri as well, as it is a favourite haunt of the natives of this place. Tourists can easily distinguish the local fishermen by their triangular straw hats and dhotis.
These fishermen also serve as the lifeguards on the beach and take visitors out in the sea on their boats to look at the mesmerising sunset. The stretch on the Chakratirtha side is much more tranquil and pleasant for a long stroll, and if you’re feeling a little adventurous you can also go into the waters for a swim.
Talasari Beach: Fisherman’s paradise
Located in Baleswar district of Odisha and at a distance of 10 Km from Digha, the Talasari beach is pristine, serene and has been bestowed with spectacular panorama.
There are secret beaches, beaches which are beyond the reach of contamination, beaches that refresh our senses and Talasari is one such place.
This virgin beach has sand dunes, calmer waves amid several palm trees, coconut trees, cashew trees known to be the last beach on the north eastern coast of India. Talasari gets its name from Tala (rhythm) and Sari (row)- the rhythm formed by a well arrayed lush green belt and golden sands with an occasional red fleck (thanks to the red crabs ambling around) meeting the enormous sea, which is almost melodious.
Labelled as a fisherman’s paradise, Talasari doesn’t experience much tourist rush. There is a concrete structure where fishermen trap their fishes and sell them in a fish market near the beach where you can also find cooked chicken, crabs and fish. You can simply walk across the river bed or enjoy boat rides and high tides the high tides here.
Apart from being a sea beach, Talasari also is a river bank of Subornorekha river which flows to merge into the Bay of Bengal.
Chandipur beach: Hide and seek
Want some magic added to pleasure? Chandipur Beach is a startling and miraculous addition that glorifies the beauty of the state of Odisha, focus on miraculous!
Would you believe it if you were told that the beach is not a continuously existing feature on the map? That the sea disappears during the day? Well, as unbelievable as it sounds, it is actually true! They call it the “Hide and Seek sea”, and rightly so! Watching the sea disappear and miraculously reappear as it plays with you is an unforgettable experience that will leave you in awe of the miracles of nature.
One of nature’s truly wondrous works is how the sea at this beach recedes up to five kilometres during the ebb, and then comes back to fill the emptiness with the high tide.
This literally gives us the opportunity to walk deep into the actual seabed. In fact, when you walk on the beach when it has receded, only your feet get submerged into the shallow water and get surrounded by moist sand; so if you take a picture from afar, it looks as if you are actually walking on water.
Chandrabhaga Beach: Clean & blue waters
This beach is located about 3 kms east of Sun Temple in Konark in Orissa where the Chandrabhaga River joins the sea, Chandrabhaga Beach is one of the most beautiful and pollution free beaches of the country.
Owing to its immaculately clean shores and crystal clear waters, the beach has been awarded with the Blue Flag Certification by the Foundation of Environmental Education (FEE)- which is a tag given to environmental friendly beaches which meet their stringent standards. Lined with tall trees and vast expanse of golden sands, the beach holds cultural and historical importance as well. Several cultural festivals and religious fairs are held here frequently which attract a lot of pilgrims and devotees to the beach.
Astaranga Beach: Of colourful sunsets
Etymological meaning if Astranga is “colourful sunset”! This magnificent beach located in the state of Orissa, as suggestive by the name is famous for the picturesque views that it provides during the sunset. The sky takes on vivid hues and the blue water in juxtaposition of it makes the whole place look magical.
The Astaranga beach is a famous fishing village and every morning a market is set up on the beach from where you can purchase the different varieties of fresh fishes. This beach is a perfect place to getaway from the helter skelter of the city and spend some quiet and peaceful time rejuvenating yourself.
Ramachandi Beach: Unexplored
Located at a distance of 65 kms from Bhubaneswar, Ramachandi is a beautiful beach situated on the confluence of the mighty Bay of Bengal and vivacious River Kushabhadra. At a distance of just 7 kms from Konark, and with the construction of the Marine Drive Road, the beach is easily accessible and is frequented mostly by picnickers, young couples, college students apart from regular tourists. Ramachandi Beach boasts of shimmering silver sands, clear indigo waters and tall towering palm trees. Named after the presiding deity of Konark, Goddess Ramachandi, the pristine beach is still unexploited, isolated and clear of turbulent waters. People mostly visit it to witness the mesmerising sunrise and sunsets from here.
Aryapalli Beach: Yet to gain a name
Aryapalli Beach is located at a distance of 105 kms from Berhampur and 6 kms from Chhatrapur in the Ganjam district of Odisha. It is that holistically eye-catchy beach which is lined with palm trees and sprinkled with silver sands. The beach houses green casuarina plantations where tourists can also enjoy sun-sand-surf. The calm and serene atmosphere and the invigorating climate of Aryapalli beach attracts tourists from all over for that much needed break from the hustle bustle of the city life. After a day of sunbathing, splashing in the waves and swimming in the clear blue waters, the tourists also tend to visit the adjoining village of fisherfolks and get explore their amazing food and culture. Besides, the sand mineral project is another attraction that you can visit.