Beautiful Beaches in Puri

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Beaches in Puri

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 beache (Read More)s 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.

Here is the list of 6 Beautiful Beaches in Puri

1. Puri Beach

Puri Beach
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Puri Beach, also known as Golden Beach, is one of the finest coastlines in East India, bordering the Bay of Bengal. It is often flocked by devotees visiting the beach for a purification dip who come to Puri to pay their homage to Lord Jagannath. The beach is also renowned for the sand sculptures made by internationally known sand artist Sudarshan Patnaik.

Type of Beach: Public beach
Things to Do: Camel Rides, horse rides, laze at the sunbeds, shop for knick-knacks
Eating Options: Many stalls and shacks can be found on the beach. Small cafes can be found near the beach as well.
Location: Located close to the city centre. Can be reached via auto-rickshaws, buses or taxis.

2. Balighai Beach

Balighai Beach

Balighai beach is among the cleaner and quieter beaches in Puri. The resorts near the beach make it a weekend getaway popular among families and young working adults. Trees like casuarinas, Alaska, and Eucalyptus run alongside the beach offering lovely spots of shade under the warm sun.

Type of Beach: Public beach
Things to Do: Laze at the beach, beach picnics, beach games, weekend stays at resorts and cottages
Location: 17 Km from central Puri. Can be reached via auto-rickshaws, private car or taxis.

3. Baliharachandi Beach

Baliharachandi Beach

Baliharachandi Beach is the much quieter and offbeat alternative to the Puri Beach. With fewer stall and host to mostly picnickers, evenings are when it remains the most crowded. Scurrying little crabs, scattered seashells and an unobstructed view of the sea make up for the lack of other entertainment.

Type of Beach: Public beach
Things to Do: Laze at the beach, beach picnics, hike through the forest
Eating Options: Few small stalls can be found serving fruits and snacks.
Location: 10 Km from central Puri. Can be reached via auto-rickshaws, private car or taxis.

4. Chandrabagha Beach

Chandrabagha Beach
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Located near the famous Sun Temple in Konark, the Chandrabagha Beach is a clean and pristine beach known to be one of the best on the east coast. The beach has a long expanse of beautiful golden sand with tall trees to provide shade for those who want to laze at the beach. Chandrabagha Beach also is famous for hosting the famous cultural Chandrabhaga Mela. 

Type of Beach: Public beach
Things to Do: Jet Skiing, paragliding, motorboat rides, beach picnics, souvenir shopping
Eating Options: Few small stalls and small cafes can be found across the road to the beach.
Location: 30 Km from central Puri. Can be reached via auto-rickshaws, private car or taxis.

5. Swargadwar Beach

Swargadwar Beach

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, Swargadwar Beach is dotted with numerous stalls selling local handmade products, seashells, and jewellery.

Type of Beach: Public beach
Things to Do: Laze at the beach on sunbeds, horse rides, camel rides, evening market for souvenirs and handicraft
Eating Options: Stalls and small cafes can be found selling a variety of fast food.
Location: 4 Km from central Puri. Can be reached via auto-rickshaws, private car or taxis.

6. Astaranga Beach

Astaranga Beach

Located at a distance of 60 kms from Puri and 34 kms from Konark in Odisha, Astaranga Beach is a day trip destination. The beach is a famous fishing village and every morning a market is set up on the beach from where you can purchase different varieties of fresh fishes. The beach derives its name from the words 'Asta' meaning 'sunset' and 'rang' meaning 'colour'. There are no accommodation options nearby.

Type of Beach: Public beach
Things to Do: Laze at the beach, beach picnics.
Eating Options: Few small stalls and small cafes can be found across the road to the beach.
Location: 67 Km from central Puri via Puri-Konark Marine Dr and Konark-Kakatpur Rd. Can be reached via auto-rickshaws, private car or taxis.

Have you seen the sand sculptures of these beaches in Puri? Let us know your experience in the comments below!

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