Uttar Pradesh Has a Secret Beach and We Are Just as Thrilled

Uttar Pradesh, which is otherwise known for its politics and pollution has been keeping a super awesome secret from us all these years. Yes. It is a hidden beach! And oh! So beautiful. We got all the details as soon as we discovered this gorgeous beach so you can hop off on a trip to this gem of a beach right away.

 
 
 
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Boasting of an expanse of vibrant trees and treehouses, Chuka Beach is located in the Pilibhit district of Uttar Pradesh. A nature haven famous for its lush forests, eco-tourism, and rare species of flora and fauna, one of the very few places that have remained undiscovered from the prying eyes of tourists, Chuka Beach allows you to rent treehouses and lets you enjoy the view of thick treetop. But unlike any other regular beach, you cannot sunsoak here or lay on the sands. But on the upside, if you’re a wildlife enthusiast, you might get lucky and spot some majestic Bengal Tigers, Foxes, and Jackals from the treehouses, which are just some of the examples of wild animals that are frequent visitors to the Tiger reserve.

 
 
 
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After driving through a couple of miles of the dense forest scenery, you will find yourself at Chuka Beach. It is flanked by the Sharda Sagar Dam and Sharda Canal on either side in the area of the Pilibhit Tiger Reserve.The recently turned tourist attraction has tree houses, food stalls, and temples built to attract visitors. This strategy has worked as the number of people visiting the tranquil beach had started to increase in the months before the lockdown.

Location

The town of Pilibhit sits on the Indo-Nepalese border and the Tiger Reserve lies on the outskirts of Pilibhit. The hidden Chuka Beach is further located within the Tiger Reserve at an hour’s drive from Bareilly.

Things to Do When Here and Around Here 

Apart from being surrounded by the serene beauty of the relaxing Chuka Beach, you can also take part in other activities such as:

 
 
 
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  • Paddle boating which has been introduced by the tourism department and visit the canteen for some snacks. 
  • Explore the forest reserve with a tour guide and if you’re in luck you might spot some tigers or other wildlife.
  • Spend some quality time in the treehouses or thatched huts which cost between Rs. 1,500 to Rs. 4,000. Although overnight stays are not preferable, you can rent it for a while and enjoy some peaceful moments with loved ones.   

Cuisines Offered 

Many small restaurants in the area around Pilibhit offer various cuisines from Indian, Chinese to Indo-western style cuisines as it sits on the border of Nepal.

Best Time to Visit 

As the weather gets hot during the summers and there is definite rain during the monsoons, the best time to visit would be during the months of October-March when the weather is relatively pleasant and cooler.

Getting to Chuka Beach 

One can choose to travel by air, road, or even train as the town of Pilibhit is well connected to the air/road system of major surrounding cities.
By Air: 8 hours away from Pilibhit by road, the nearest airport is Indira Gandhi International Airport, New Delhi.

By Road: If you prefer to take road trips, then you can choose to travel by road to Pilibhit. The town is well connected by the road system from many cities and towns. You can also choose to travel by bus or taxi which is the easiest mode of transport.

By Train: You can take a train from Bareilly, Lucknow, New Delhi, Rampur, or any other major city or town to Pilibhit Junction.

Getting Around the Area

To reach here, you can either drive yourself or hire a cab to get down to Chuka Beach through the Tiger reserve forest. After reaching, you can explore all the places around by walking.

Accommodations Around the Area 

There are a couple of options for accommodations around Pilibhit, you can choose to stay at Hotel Grand Sharda, Krishna Residency, Hotel LA, or also consider staying in Bareilly (a one hour drive from Pilibhit).

If you’re excited after learning about this new beach and plan to visit here, share your thoughts with us in the comments below!

This post was published by Malvika Kumar

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