In addition to the majestic temples, the chiming of bells, and an all-around religious aura, the beautiful beaches in Puri need no real introduction. Glowing with immaculate white sands, these beaches offer a respite from the chaotic city life. The magnificent shorelines draw in numerous tourists to the city besides the regular pilgrims. In the evening, most of these beaches light up with the vibrant chaos of the devotees flocking to the sea-shores for the routine dip in the holy waters of the sea. The beaches in Puri are now also gaining momentum owing to the splendid sand sculptures created by the renowned artist Sudarshan Patnaik. Boasting of immaculate shorelines, and clear blue water rocking against the huge rock boulders, adjacent to the cityscape, the gorgeous beaches in Puri also offer mesmerising views of the sunset and sunrise.
Here is the list of 8 Best Beaches in Puri for a Divine Peaceful Vacation
Puri Beach is a fine coastline of the Bay of Bengal with the sun gleaming on the pristine waters of the beach. Located at a mere distance of 35 kms from the Sun Temple, the place is ideal for holidaymakers looking for some solitude.
Balighai beach is all about serenity and quietude that you will hardly find in the other beaches in Puri. The luxury resorts make sure that you can make this a destination getaway instead of a drive-through, and at the same time enjoy the tranquil environment of a clean environment and solitude, surrounded by Casuarina and Eucalyptus, and the azure blue up ahead.
Located at a distance of 20 kms from Puri, Golden Beach is a pristine, laid back beach away from the din of the city. On a little diversion on the highway leading to Konark, you can come across this wonderful beach free of the crowds and regular pilgrims. The beach is untouched and desolated and boasts of a perfectly peaceful environment with only the crashing of sea waves to give you company.
Baliharachandi Beach is the much quieter and offbeat alternative to the Puri Beach, with a peaceful calm and tranquillity about the whole place. There are not many people here and even fewer stalls. Since the beach falls between Puri and Konark, it is ideal to combine these destinations along the way. Scurrying little crabs, scattered seashells and an unobstructed view of the sea make up for the lack of other entertainment.
Running along the main Marine Drive of Puri, right in front of the Swargadwar Crematorium, the ever-so-famous beach of Puri is the throbbing heartbeat of the city. Crowded with visitors throughout the year, the Swargadwar Beach is dotted with numerous stalls selling local handmade products, seashells, and jewelleries. A whole morning goes away by splashing and bathing at the safe, sandy beach, while the evenings are kept for enjoying the oceanic view and tea and snacks from the many stalls.
A clean and pristine beach where one can take leisurely walks and enjoy the sunrise and sunset, the Chandrabagha Beach is known to be one of the best on the east coast. Located at a distance of 30 kms from Puri, this beach has a long expanse of beautiful golden sand with tall trees to provide shade when you want to sit and enjoy the weather and absorb the beautiful surroundings.
Located at a distance of 60 kms from Puri and 34 kms from Konark in Odisha, Astaranga Beach is a visual delight to the eyes and the mind alike. This one of the beaches in Puri where the atmosphere suddenly becomes ten times more pleasing during the sunsets when the horizon lights up with the golden and red glow from the sun. The beach derives its name from this phenomenon, 'Asta' meaning 'sunset' and 'rang' meaning 'colour'.
Baleshwar Beach, or Chandipur Beach as it is more popularly known, is one of the less crowded and more serene beaches of Odisha. What makes this beach unique is its tide pattern. During particular ebb tides, the sea water recedes back from the sandy beach for up to 5 kilometres, leaving muddy traits behind. Because of this, this beach is ecologically rich and also great place to find molluscs, crustaceans and horseshoe crabs.