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Rushikulya Beach, Gopalpur Overview

Rushikulya Beach is one of the hidden gems of Odisha. Located in Chilika in the Ganjam district of Odisha, the beach is exactly at the confluence of the mighty Bay of Bengal and River Rushikulya. The beach is not very popular and is usually deserted due to lack of any touristy activity. However, it does come alive once every year when thousands of olive ridley sea turtles gather here to mate and lay eggs. The process happens in the wee hours of morning and within a span of 40 - 45 days, the eggs are hatched and ready to bring the young hatchlings into the world. Many nature enthusiasts accumulate at the beach during the season to witness the enchanting phenomenon. You will also see many people picking up the newborns and transferring them to a bucket of water till they go and drop them off into the sea. It is done to save them from getting picked up by eagles, crows and other scavengers when they cover the distance of 100 metres from the eggs to the sea.

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Best Time To Visit Rushikulya Beach

The best time to visit the beach is during the months of February to April when the olive ridley sea turtles have gathered at the beach to mate and lay eggs. And then, when the eggs hatch 40 - 50 days later. Don’t forget to carry your camera along to capture the moment.

How To Reach Rushikulya Beach

To reach the beach, you will have to make stay accomodations in Rambha or Barkul in Chilika. The beach is an hour’s drive from Barkul and then you will have to park your vehicle a km away and cover the remaining distance on foot. The nearest railway station is Ganjam and the shortest route is NH 16 to the beach.

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