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More often than not, Odisha’s tourism scene is majorly associated with religion, culture, and cuisine. But in the recent years the beaches in Odisha have also started emerging as fabulous tourist attractions. In fact, every beach has started gaining so much popularity among the tourists and locals that Odisha tourism has started giving special attention to them. As a result, there has been betterment in the maintenance of these beaches. So head to these pristine beaches on your next visit to the place and enjoy the breathtaking views that these beaches have to offer!
10 Must-Visit Beaches In Odisha
Listed below are 10 beaches of Odisha that are sure to leave you bedazzled. Do not miss out on experiencing the scenic beauty of these beaches while you’re holidaying with your friends or family.
- Aryapalli Beach
- Swargadwar Beach
- Rushikulya Beach
- Konark Beach
- Astaranga Beach
- Gopalpur Beach
- Chandipur Beach
- Bhitarkanika Beach
- Ramachandi Beach
- Chandrabhaga Beach
1. Aryapalli Beach
This virgin beach is perfect for day outing if you’re looking to spend time out in the open and just chill by the waters. The sea here usually has a high tide. It houses the Sand Mineral Project which is a major tourist attraction. The beach is also home to an array of Casuarina trees that enhance the beauty of the place.
Location: Aryapalli, Odisha
Famous For: Fishing and Sunsets
2. Swargadwar Beach
If you are someone who loves to visit beaches that are bustling with people and activities, then this beach is the ideal picnic spot for you. However, the beach is also a decent attraction for people who seek quietude. The area around the lighthouse is quite peaceful and deserted. The beach is primarily a bathing beach and even has a religious connotation.
Location: Swargadwar Rd, Odisha
Famous For: Sri Chaitanyadev, a sage used to bathe at this beach and so it is an eminent religious place.
3. Rushikulya Beach
Another virgin beach! This beach epitomizes serenity. It is home to the endangered Olive Ridley Turtles. If you want to experience the hatching of the eggs, it is better to visit the beach early in the morning. Bathing in the sea here offers a thrilling experience as the waves are quite huge.
Location: Rushikulya River, Odisha
Famous For: Turtles Hatching
Best Time To Visit: February and April as the turtles hatch in these months
4. Konark Beach
Konark Beach is only 3 km away from the revered Konark Sun Temple and therefore naturally well visited. It is very hot here so it is advised to visit the beach in the evening. You can enjoy drinking coconut water here and can buy souvenirs like caps and hats. One can also indulge in adventure activities like Speedboat, Jet Ski and ATV among others.
Location: Chandrabhaga Sea Beach, Nolia Sahi, Odisha
Famous For: The sun temple is located at this beach and which add to the popularity of this beach.
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5. Astaranga Beach
‘Astaranga’ literally translates to ‘colourful sunset’ and so naturally this beach is famous for beautiful sunsets. Quite a lot of photographers and bird-watchers visit this beach. The activities available at this beach are fishing and cooking. Spending time at this beach is an absolute delight for culinary enthusiasts as it offers the option of procuring fish and grilling them right on the beach!
Location: Astaranga, Odisha
Famous For: Jahania Pir shrine is situated at this beach and it attracts a lot of devotees.
6. Gopalpur Beach
Gopalpur Beach, Odisha is a great beach for one to collect shells and first-sized peal-white conch. One can also surf and sail in the waters at this beach.There is also an old lighthouse which is open to visitors in the afternoon. One can experience breathtaking views from the top of the lighthouse. Gopalpur Beach Festival takes place every year in the month of December. There are various aqua sports organized at the beach.
Location: Gopalpur, Odisha
Famous For: Olive Ridley Turtles, Casuarina groves
7. Chandipur Beach
Chandipur Beach, Orissa is among the cleanest beaches. It is an unusual sea beach and houses the ‘Vanishing Sea’ phenomenon, which means that the sea recedes to a certain distance for a certain time and then comes back at high tide. This occurs twice a day. The beach is famous for Odisha-styled seafood that one can have in the shacks that are present on the beach.
Famous For: Vanishing Sea effect, Seafood
8. Bhitarkanika Beach
This beach is literally lit. Oh yes, the water here glows at night! When bioluminescent sea animals float towards the shore they produce neon blue light which enables the water to glow. Bioluminescence is the phenomenon in which living organisms produce light. Head to this magical beach to experience the magnificence.
Location: Paramanandapur, Odisha
Famous For: This beach is known for its turquoise waters and its proximity to the wildlife national park.
9. Ramachandi Beach
Konark is famed for the stunning Ramachandi temple and it is also considered as one of the best tourist places in Odisha. Located between Konark and Puri, Ramchandi Beach is named after Goddess Ramachandi. This spot is one of the most serene beaches in Odisha and while you are exploring this st9ate you should not miss out on this ravishing beach. There is a small market on this beach and you can shop for souvenirs from there. You can also try street food as there are many street vendors present at this beach.
Location: Ramachandi, Khalakata, Odisha
Famous For: Jet skiing, Shopping
10. Chandrabhaga Beach
Chandrabhaga is one of the cleanest beaches in Odisha and it is the first Indian beach that was awarded Blue Flag certification. The clean blue water and the shimmering sand are perfect for a relaxing day. A plethora of festivals and fairs are organized at this beach and it attracts a lot of pilgrims every year. To get acquainted with the mythological story behind this beach, you must visit it at the time of a festival and interact with the locals. If you like uncrowded beaches then you should not plan your visit while festivals and fairs are taking place on this riveting beach. Get ready to soak in the gorgeous view of the sunset while the cool breeze touches your face.
Location: Konark, Odisha
Famous For: Chandrabhaga beach is known for the various religious fairs and festivals organized every year.
Now that you know which beaches to visit on your next holiday to Odisha, don’t think twice and plan a vacay to Odisha to spend time at these pristine beaches! These beaches in Odisha will make your whole travel experience memorable and more fun. Add them to your itinerary and have a worthwhile vacay here!
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