The long coastal belt of Orissa
offers some of the finest white sand beaches in the world. The Puri
beach is the main venue for countless pilgrims, who come over here to
take the traditional purification bath. The seaside resort has made the
beach of Chandipur a favourite among beach lovers. Gopalpur-On-Sea, an
ancient seaport, is one of the most beautiful and unspoiled beaches one
can visit. Other must visit sand and surf treasures in the state include
Konark Beach, Balighai Beach, Talasari Beach and Pati-Sonapur Beach.
East of Puri on Marine Drive, Orissa
Famous As : Picnic Spot
Main Attraction : Baliharina Deer & The Sea Turtle
About 8-km to the east of Puri on the Marine Drive, one could
enjoy the glamour of Balighai beach amidst casuarina plantations.
This casuarina-fringed beach is a famous picnic spot too.
The juxtaposition of gentle casuarina-lined river with crashing,
desolate ocean coast is a strange and extremely beautiful one. One
may also catch a glimpse of the shy Baliharina a kind of deer who
inhabit the area. The Sea Turtle Research Centre is another
attraction of this beach.
from Puri on Marine Drive, Orissa
Main Attractions : The Sun Temple & Museum
Excursions : Ramchandi Temple
Only 32-km from Puri on Marine Drive, one could find a sprawling
beach at Konark rated as one of the finest in the world. With a
long stretch of cleans sands - cool blue sea making rapids in
rolling waves - the beach claims to be one of the best in the
eastern coast for having a lovely serenity of its own.
At a strolling distance one finds the famous architectural
splendour of the Sun Temple - Konark, a world heritage monument.
The Sun Temple Museum of the Archeological Survey of India has a
good collection of sculptures from the temple ruins.
About 8-km along the beach is the famous Ramchandi Temple on the
confluence of the river Khushabhadra and the sea.
OTDC's Panthaniwas and Travellers Lodge, Konark
16-km from Balasore, Orissa
Famous As : Seaside Resort
Excursions : Remuna, Panchaligeswar, Aradi & Chandaneswar
The swaying casuarina trees and the shimmering waters of this
seaside resort have made Chandipur a favourite haunt for a small
coterie of beach lovers. The uniqueness of Chandipur is that twice
a day its waters recede from the shore a good 5-km away, giving
water revellers the ultimate pleasure of walking into its shallow
depths with fearless abandon.
The beach offers gorgeous views of dynamic seascapes and timeless
dawns. Other places of tourist interest around Balasore are Remuna,
Panchaligeswar, Aradi and Chandaneswar.
WHERE TO STAY
A number of quality hotels are available in Balasore, the district
headquarters town of the region. Various Panthasalas are also
available at Aradi, Panchalingeswar and Chandaneswar.
OTDC's Chandipur Panthanivas
Larika Yatri Nivas
: 94-km from Cuttack, Orissa
Places Of Interest : Kendrapara & Jhankad
Main Attraction : Temple of Lord Baladeva & Car
Excursions : Bhitarkanika National Park
major seaport of India for trade activities with a fine sea beach,
is an enjoyable tourist resort 94-km from Cuttack. Important
pilgrim centre Kendrapara is 65-km from Cuttack. Known as 'Tulasi
Kshetra' it is famous for the temple of Lord Baladeva.
A grand car festival is held here annually which draws a mammoth
crowd. Also situated 60-km from Cuttack, Jhankad houses the shrine
of Goddess Sarala and the place is associated with poet Sarala
Das, the first epic poet of Orissa.
Enjoying The Wilds
Exciting moment can also be had at the Bhitarkanika National Park.
Sprawled over 367 square kilometres, it has a variety of animals
in its mangrove forests criss-crossed by rivers and creeks.
Known for crocodiles, sea turtles on the Gahirmatha beach and
water monitor lizards, it has rare white crocodiles. It is also a
Park for deer and migratory birds. One can also see 10th-11th
century temples, sculptures, mud-forts and pottery.
Paradeep Port Trust's Nehru Bungalow
Madhuban Guest House
Hotel Aristocrat, Paradeep
Hotel Golden Anchor, Paradeep
Hotel Paradeep International, Paradeep
Hotel Golden Palace, Kendrapa
Shrikrishna Lodge, Kendrapa
Rajshree Lodge, Kendrapa
Aram Lodge, Kendrapa
Tulsi Lodge, Kendrapa
Santosh Lodge, Kendrapa
from Berhampur, Orissa
Main Attractions : The Blue Beach & The Blue Bay
Best Time to Visit : October To April
Excursions : Chilika Lake & Taptapani sulphur-spring
of the most pristine beaches of Orissa, this small beach is a
splendid retreat for sea worshippers, located about 16-km from
Berhampur. Once a humming seaport, Gopalpur offers its visitors a
slice of serenity in environs that are conducive to introspection
still see the crumbling walls and pillars of the jetty, witness to
its past glory of commercial activity. The pleasures of the Blue
Beach and the Blue Bay of her backwaters continue to lure the
water babies. Gopalpur-on-Sea is a surfer's delight and excellent
of a Holiday Hideout
a small fishing village on the coast of Orissa, it was so named
when a temple dedicated to Lord Krishna was constructed some time
in the 18th century. Apart from its temple, Gopalpur was
distinguished for its magnificent beach and was discovered as a
perfect winter resort.
India Company built huge warehouses and godowns because the trade
with Burma had picked up and Gopalpur had become a trading point
for rice from Rangoon. In those days, there were dances and
parties that continued until the early hours and wealthy Bengalis
from Calcutta made it their holiday home.
importance dwindled when trade with Burma abruptly ceased during
the war and never revived again. When the British left India, even
members of rich Bengali homes preferred to holiday in other places
of the country, Gopalpur reverted to what it was originally, a
increase in tourist trade in the late seventies, and the opening
of luxury hotels, a slow revival began and today Gopalpur-On-Sea
is one of the foremost beach resorts in India.
This is the
one beach that is as yet, not exposed much to tourism and hence
still unspoiled. If you are looking for a quiet holiday in the lap
of nature, the beach at Gopalpur awaits you. A golden beach
fringed by sand dunes and ruins of an old jetty from where, in
medieval times, sailors set out to Indonesia, make this an ideal
place for a relaxing holiday. A perfect beach, fairly isolated and
undisturbed by the day-trippers.
Good accommodation options such as seaside resorts, luxurious
hotels, and old bungalows are available at Gopalpur, with good
servicing facilities and excellent view of the sea.
HOTELS & RESORTS
The Oberoi Palm Beach, Ganjam
Song of the Sea Resort
: Puri, Orissa
Famous As : A Pilgrimage Site
Main Attractions : Sri Jagannath Temple
Main Festivity : Puri Beach Festival
For centuries now, the Puri beach has been the venue of countless
pilgrims taking the traditional purification dip. Yet, for decades
now, both Indian and foreign beach-lovers have made it their
The crashing surf on one of India's finest beaches is a glorious
sight, as is the visual of hatted fisherfolk guiding tourists
through the magnificent breakers rolling in from the Bay of
Bengal. It would be best not to be too adventurous since the
undertow can be a bit treacherous. The spectacle of dazzling
sunsets and the catamarans dipping on the pearly waters are
terrific memories to take back home.
An additional bonus is its proximity to the spectacular Jagannath
temple, one of the holiest temples in the country. The beach is
also the venue for the famous dance and music festival held every
year at the beach.
Excellent accommodation and eating facilities are major plus
points for extending your trip.
OTHER CITY HOTELS
Victoria Club Hotel
Hotel Holiday Resort