Gopalpur On Sea
Hardly 16 km from Berhampur, the club of Southern Orissa, is the tiny
town of Gopalpur on the Bay of Bengal. Enjoying the reputation of
being a popular Beach Resort of Orissa, the deep and clear blue waters
instantly provoke those who are good swimmers. The temptation of
bathing here is irresistible. Not-so-good swimmers take the hands of
the Nolias (local fishermen who help bathers) and enjoy a pleasant
bath. White surf splashing on the golden sands makes Gopalpur-on-Sea
as one of the finest beaches on the eastern coast. A fascinating haunt
for avid beach combers and sea worshippers,
it is a splendid retreat.
Watching the life on the beach is also exciting. The fishermen pulling
their catch or mending their nets add local colour. Beautiful objects
made of seashells available in abundance are worth buying souvenirs
for decorating a Drawing Room or giving some one a Present. Sand
sculptures here and, there made by some local artists are a feast to
the eyes. Mouth watering sea food, especially fish from the deep sea,
satisfy the hungry stomach. Green-coconuts quench the thirst.
Gopalpur was once buzzing with maritime activities which Orissa is
known for ages. It was one of the outlets through which early settlers
of South East Asia sailed off. It was a famous and popular seaport
during the British Rule till about 1942 when it ceased to operate due
to the second world war and separation from Bunna (now Myanmar). The
crumbling walls and pillars and the. light house stand witness to the
past port. Remains of several bungalows and mansions belonging to the
European merchants give the place a colonial look. A modern port is
being developed here to revive the lost glory.
Chandipur is one
such beach, but with a unique distinction on its own. Unlike other
beaches, the sea water here recedes away from the shore line about
five km twice a day, an unusual phenomenon, rarely found anywhere.
?You can see the sea literally vanishing before your eyes and also
watch it coming back rhythmically at regular intervals, as if playing
hide and seek.
Elsewhere, the waves come and go dashing on the shore like madcap but
here they are like a musical fountain, soothing to the eyes and ears.
Elsewhere, the waters wait for the visitors but here the visitors have
to wait for the waters. Elsewhere, the waves go wild and the visitors
calm but here the ecstasy of visitors will go wild while the waves
This marvel of Nature gives the bathers an unexpected pleasure of
fearlessly walking into the sea and happily playing with the waves.
When the waters disappear, you can even take jeep ride on, the widest
beach. The beauty of the exposed bosom of the beach is further
enhanced by the small red crabs. If a beach comber, you will be
delighted with its abundant wealth of sea shells and drift wood.
To enjoy Chandipur in all its entirety, a minimum stay of twenty-four
hours is recommended.
Hardly 2 km away is Balaramgadi where the river Budhabalang meets the
sea. A trip through the mouth of the meandering river on a fisherman's
boat is a pleasant experience. Watching them cast their nets and pull
their catch of fish is memorable
Konark is the world famous site of the most exquisite Sun temple one
can ever come across. While visiting this religiously and historically
famous site, do check out the lovely bliss and serenity of its beach
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.
Paradeep is a large seaport in Orissa. It also has a beautiful beach
and a marine drive, and islands and creeks in the estuary of the
Mahanadi River. It is also known for the temple of the deity, Lord
For centuries now, the beach at Puri has been the venue of countless
pilgrims taking the traditional purification dip for Puri is the abode
of Lord Jagannath and considered one of the most important Hindu
pilgrimage destination. However, for decades now, both Indian and
foreign beach lovers have made it their special haunt.
The fine white sands of Puri beach and the roar of the breakers
rolling in from the Bay of Bengal have fascinated visitors throughout
the ages. As it is with all the beaches of Orissa, overcrowding is
never a problem and the sight of holiday-makers having entire
stretches of the beach to themselves is not uncommon. The local
fishermen, with their catamarans and wide brimmed cane hats are
welcomed by tourists for they not only provide you with a ride on
their boats but also act as lifeguards if you wish. And yes,they are
also expert masseurs.
Situated 8 km from Puri, this is beach is fringed by cashurina trees
and has a tranquil ambience. Once visited this beach can never be