Known mainly for its cultural attractions, it is Odisha’s beaches that steal your heart while busting most tourist’s misconceptions about the state. An elegant mix of radiant sun rays and roaring sea waves, the magical coast attracts scores of visitors every year. An ideal getaway for those in search of some solitary bliss, Odisha is home to some of the finest beaches in the country. Here is the second part of the series:
Set on the Konark coast of Odisha, the Chandrabhaga Beach is known for its stunning sunrise. Tipped to be the first beach in South Asia to receive the Blue Flag Certification, it holds a pivotal place on Odisha’s tourism map. Located at the abode of the magnificent Sun Temple, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it is one of the finest beaches along the eastern coast. Chandrabagha also holds immense cultural significance and hosts many cultural events including the Chandrabhaga Mela, organised every year to honour the Sun God. It is also the venue for the famous International Sand Art Festival, where renowned sand artists showcase their craft, and attracts large numbers of tourists and locals alike. One can also indulge in boating along the calm waters of the sea—and for those seeking an adventure, the watersports here never fail to surprise you.
One of the most popular beaches of Odisha, Gopalpur is blessed with breathtaking surroundings and a soft breeze. Once a bustling maritime zone, the pillars of an ancient jetty can still be found here. A must-visit destination for nature lovers, adventure-seekers and photographers, Gopalpur today is largely known for its remoteness, tranquility and offbeat crowd. With a peculiar old-world charm, its British port buildings speak volumes about the golden days. A popular attraction at the beach is its lighthouse that offers a stunning view of the entire city. From a casual stroll along the seaside to exciting watersports, the opportunities here are endless.
Deemed as one of the most prominent commercial ports of the country, Paradip has much more to offer. A thick green forest cover with natural creeks and clear blue waters, Paradip is located at an ideal location at the confluence of the Mahanadi river with the Bay of Bengal, making it one of the most sought-after destinations for travellers. One of the highlights here is a drive along at dusk while the sun sets. One can also spot huge cargo ships on the port here.
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