Coastal Tourism, Odisha

Odisha is home to a number of spectacular beaches that will take your breath away. Odisha is a coastal state in eastern india. 480 kms of coastline streaches along 7 disticts of Odisha. Odisha has huge potential in coastal tourism. Beaches like Puri, Gopalpur, konark, tala sari are attacts many tourists to spend their time sunbathing, swimming or simply enjoying the stunning view. There are many virgin beaches in Odisha. Apart from tourism coastal has been center of many economic activities like agriculture, aquaculture, fishing , fish processing industry, chemical industry , port etc.

Tourist Beaches in Odisha Puri Beach:

The beach is most visited beach of Odisha. The beach is famous as it is close to Lord Jagannath Temple. Lots of pilligrims came here to take a bath. The beach is unique as one can get a view of sunrise as well as sunset on same beach. The Annual Puri beach festival is organized every year by Indian Ministry of Tourism at the shore. The Beach road is full of hotels and lodges and a variety of restaurants, and gets very crowded in the evening and late into the night.
Nearest Town/ City : Puri

Gopalpur Beach:

Gopalpur Beach, also known as “Gopalpur on Sea” is home to numerous picturesque spots. The beach is Sandy with shallow depths. Surise in the early morning attracts many travellers. With increase in tourists, food shops near beach is increasing.
Nearest Town/ City : Berhampur

Chandipur Beach:

The beach is also known as hide and seek beach. The sea disappears during low tide. The High Tide normally comes twice a day and you can expect to meet the sea around 8-9 Am in the morning and 7-9 Pm in the evening. Once can walk into the beach upto 3 km during low tide. The beautiful beach is less crowded. Food and Coconut shops available on the beach.
Nearest Town/ City : Balasore

Chandrabhaga Beach:

It is called Chandrabhaga beach because a river with the same name meets the sea. A large colony of fishermen from Andhra Pradesh beside the dried river mouth represents the typical tribal life of India. The beach is also known as Konark beach.
Nearest Town/ City : Konark, Puri

Other Sea Beaches:

Talasari Beach, Aryapalli Beach, Pati Sonapur Beach, Paradeep Beach, Astaranga Beach, Balaramgadi Beach.

Gahirmatha Beach

The protected beach is the world's most important nesting beach for Olive Ridley Sea Turtles located in close proximity to the Bhitarkanika National park. The beach separates the Bhitarkanika mangroves from the Bay of Bengal. The spectacular mating and nesting site of mass congregation of Olive Ridley sea turtles enthralls both the scientists and the nature lovers throughout the world. It was reported by forest officials that at least 2 lakh baby Olive Ridley turtles have come out of their pits within a span of 24 hours. These Turtles travel all the way from the Pacific Ocean to breed on the coast of Gahirmatha.

Chilika Brakish Lake

At the south end of Odisha's long coastline where bay of bengal meets with 1100 inland Chilika Lake to create the largest brackish water lake in Asia. The lake has many small and big islands. The calm water and the islands attacts millions of migratory birds every year. The Irawady Dolphins can be seen in the channels approching the sea mouth near Satapada. Honeymoon Island and Breakfast Island of the lake are famous among the travellers. Guest house, boating, boat house, jet sking is available for the tourists.

Ports in Odisha Paradeep Port:

Paradip Port is an artificial, deep-water port situated at confluence of the Mahanadi river and the Bay of Bengal in district of Jagatsinghpur. The all weather port is administered by the Paradip Port Trust. The harbour looks pleasant with white rocks lining around and clear green water. This is one of the busiest port in India.

Gopalpur Port:

The port is situated few kms from Berhampur. The deep sea port has huge potential in future. Govt. of Odisha has decided to transform the non-function fair weather port to all weather direct berthing port in near future.

APJ Abdul kalam Island

The Island is named from 'Wheeler Island' to 'APJ Abdul Kalam island as a tribute to the former president of India on his second death anniversary. The Island is located approximately 10 kilometres off the Odisha coast on the Bay of Bengal. The Island, which is about 2 kilometres in length and 390 acres, is considered as one of the Country's most advanced missile testing range. Akash, Agni, Astra, BrahMos, Nirbhay, Prahaar, Prithvi, Shaurya and Advanced Air Defence, and Prithvi Air Defence are the missiles test fired from the island.

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