Puri Beach

Puri Beach is a stretch of fine golden sand dotted with stalls selling sumptuous sea food and knick-knacks. It is popular with pilgrims who come to worship Lord Jagannath at the famous temple located nearby. The grand Marine Drive road running parallel to the beach is a popular spot for long walks. The fine sands of Puri Beach and the roar of the waters from the Bay of Bengal fascinate visitors throughout the year. The excellent hotels and guesthouses make the beach an ideal holiday spot with plenty of things to do here.

The beach's choppy waters are also the favourite choice of surfing enthusiasts. Visitors can take a stroll on the beach, browse pearls and seashell souvenirs sold by local vendors or marvel at impressive sand sculptures, including the work of internationally recognised local artist, Sudarshan Pattnaik. The beach hosts the annual Puri Beach Festival every November that sees huge footfalls. There are a plethora of options with lots of stalls selling snacks for foodies; there are several shacks along the beach selling fried and grilled seafood like prawns, crabs and pomfrets, freshly caught from the sea, along with vegetable pakodas (fritters). Puri also has a lighthouse that remains open from 4 pm to 6 pm. One can get a spectacular view of the sea and the beach from the top of the lighthouse.

Puri Beach

Gopalpur

The small town of Gopalpur lies about 16 km Berhampur and 173 km from Puri. It is a popular beach resort of Odisha whose inviting clear and blue waters lure visitors from all over the country. Lying on the Bay of Bengal, it is an attractive stopover for beachcombers and sea worshippers. Sunrises and sunsets are stunning sights at this beach. Adventure junkies can try their hand at surfing and sailing to explore spots untouched by humans. Popularly regarded as a sailor's paradise, in ancient times this beach served as an important port for the seafarers of Kalinga. Even during WWI it was an important military port from where soldiers embarked on journeys to Burma (now Myanmar). It was here that the first ever modern hotel was built in Odisha in 1914. The beach is lined with casuarina groves and is one of the cleanest in India. Even though the sea is too rough to go swimming, there are plenty of other activities that can be enjoyed. You can take a quiet stroll and soak in the sights of the beach or roam around the town to look at beautiful old buildings; seafood lovers will find plenty of food joints to indulge themselves and courtesy the Kalinga Divers Association, there are boating and water sports facilities available as well.

Gopalpur

Swargadwar beach

Literally translating to the door to heaven, the Swargadwar Beach is located very close to the Jagannath Temple. It is believed to be the bathing site of Sri Chaitanyadev, a revered Vaishnava saint. Thus, it holds religious significance apart from being very picturesque. Thousands of devotees visit the nearby Mahadadhi bathing spot throughout the year to take a dip in the holy waters. As popularly believed in Hinduism, those who do take a dip, attain salvation and reach heaven after they die. Devotees offer prayers so that they and their loved ones go to heaven after death. The beach has been blessed by a peaceful and surreal ambience. Close by is the Swargdwar cremation ground, which holds immense significance too.

Swargadwar beach

Golden Beach

Also famous as the Puri Beach, the Golden Beach is a stretch of fine golden sand dotted with stalls selling sumptuous sea food and knick-knacks. It is popular with pilgrims who come to worship Lord Jagannath at the temple located nearby. The grand Marine Drive road running parallel to the beach is a popular spot for long walks. The fine sands of Puri beach and the roar of the waters from the Bay of Bengal fascinate visitors throughout the year. The local fishermen with their wide-brimmed cane hats, along with excellent hotels and guesthouses, make Puri beach an ideal holiday spot with plenty of things to do here. The beach's choppy waters are also an ideal choice for surfing enthusiasts. Visitors here can take a stroll, browse pearls and seashell souvenirs sold by local vendors or marvel at impressive sand sculptures, including the work of internationally recognised local artist Sudarshan Pattnaik. The beach also hosts the annual Puri Beach Festival every November. There are also a plethora of options with a lot of stalls selling snacks for foodies; there are several shacks along the beach selling fried and grilled seafood like prawns, crabs and pomfrets, freshly caught from the sea, along with vegetable pakodas. Puri also has a lighthouse which remains open from 4 pm to 6 pm. One can get a spectacular view of the sea and the beach from the top of the lighthouse.

Golden Beach

Gopalpur Beach

An erstwhile port town, the small sleepy town of Gopalpur on the Bay of Bengal is popular for its pristine beach. With fine sand and deep and clear blue waters, Gopalpur Beach is an ideal spot for a lap or two in the sea. And if you are not a swimmer, nuliahs (local fishermen) can help you learn. White surf splashing on the golden sand makes Gopalpur one of the finest beaches on the eastern coast. The ruins of a port, a lighthouse and a few colonial-style old bungalows stand testament to Gopalpur's past as a bustling commercial town till about 1942, when its port ceased operations. Hardly 16 km from Berhampur, the hub of southern Odisha, this is an ideal site to rewind and relax. Swim, take long walks on the beach or just watch fishermen ride out the distant waves, all the while soaking in the serenity of the place.

Gopalpur Beach