Odisha is home to a number of scenic beaches. We get you a step by step guide on when to visit these places and how to make the most out of it. By Divya Behl and Vikas Plakkot
A major seaport town and an excellent spot for experienced surfers, Paradip is the gateway to some of the most intimate animal encounters in the country. Within 100 kilometres of Paradip lie the protected areas of Bhitarkanika National Park and Gahirmatha Marine Sanctuary. While the former is home to many white crocodiles, the latter is where Olive Ridley Turtles come in large numbers to nest.
Best For: Wildlife Photographers
What To Do: Sunbathe on the pristine Paradip beach, surrounded by tropical forests, or go surfing in the warm waters.
A quiet seaside beach town that became a favourite for domestic travellers in the 1980s, Gopalpur has been converted into a resort town, replete with water sports. Set up in 1996, the beach festival in Gopalpur held every December is a wonderful showcase of Odia classical music and folk dance. Many water sports are also held at this time on the beach, making it a perfect spot for a winter holiday.
Best For: Beach Lovers and Families
What To Do: Climb up to the lighthouse to absorb 360 degree views of the beach. Shop for handwoven tussar silk textiles and decadent pickles in the nearby town of Berhampur.
The holy town, well-renowned for its stunning temples and religious festivals, is also a bucket-list destination for surfers. Every year in November, the scenic stretch of sand on Puri-Konark Marine Drive beach hosts the India Surf Festival where seasoned surfers from across the world meet over music, films, and much more.
Best For: Families, Culture Vultures and surfers
What To Do: Camp on the empty beach of Ramchandi, learn to surf, or to perform ‘yoga on water.’ Visit the heritage village of Raghurajpur where the heritage craft of Pattachitra—cloth-based scroll painting—is kept alive by local artists.