One of the holiest pilgrimage centers of India. It is gifted with many fine beaches. The beaches are wide and ideal for beach sports. But due to the violent sea waves, water sports are many a time not favoured.
The Beach of Puri is also known as one of India’s finest beaches. You can easily locate scores of hatted fishermen navigating the tourists through the magnificent breakers rolling from the Bay of Bengal. Puri Beach is an exciting place for viewing romantic sunsets and sunrises.
Puri is 60-km from Bhubaneswar, the capital city of Orissa and 35-km from Konark on the Marine Drive. For centuries now, the beach at Puri has been the venue of countless pilgrims taking the traditional purification dip. Puri is the abode of Lord Jagannath and considered one of the most important Hindu pilgrimage destination.
The spectacular Jagannath temple, one of the holiest temples in the country is located very closely to the beach. The beach is also the venue for the famous dance and music festival held every year at the beach
16 km from Berhampur, the Gopalpur-on-sea is a popular beautiful sandy beach. Clusters of coconut and palm trees, white sand dunes overgrown with casuarinas plantation separate the beach from the blue waters of the sea. During the days of Kalingas it was known as the port of Paloura from which traders sailed as far as Java, Bali and Sumatra and piled up wealth dealing in silk and pearl.
Later it was a transit point to export sugar and cheap labourers for the tea gardens of Assam in north eastern India. The crumbling walls and the pillars of an ancient jetty together with some crumbling bungalows are witness to its swinging maritime past.
A divine beach resort of Orissa located 16 kms away from Balasore. A unique beach in which each day the seawater recedes about 5 kms during low tide and advances to the shoreline again during high tide.