One of the unique features of the beach at Chandipur in Odisha is that the sea water recedes from the shore line about five km twice a day. This unusual phenomenon is rarely found anywhere. You can see the sea literally vanishing before your eyes and watch it coming back rhythmically at regular intervals, as if playing hide and seek. Odisha beaches occupy 482 km of the total eastern coast belt that is adorned with beautiful beaches. These beaches score the second rank in the tourism circuit after the unmatchable temples of the state. Of the total beaches, Chandipur is undoubtedly the most beautiful and serene.
Chandipur, one of Odisha’s many lesser known wonders, is situated some 16 km from Balasore, halfway between Puri and Kolkata. With its swaying palms, white sand dunes and vast sea, the beach at Chandipur provides an ideal getaway to relax and spend quality time with friends and family while soaking in the beauty of the natural wonder. Another amazing feature of the beach is the whistling of the magnificently swaying casuarinas in the breeze and sand dunes adorned with wild creepers. The beach is just 2 km away from Balaramgadi, which hosts the confluence of the River Budabalang and the sea. Fishing is the major occupation in Chandipur. A flourishing fishing community and market reside near this beach, makes it worth a watch.
For some thrill, take a boat ride on the bank of River Budabalang. One can opt for a jeep-ride towards the sea along the shore, when a low tide takes the water back. A dance festival is held every January wherein the expert groups perform various folk dances such as Chhau, Ghoda Nacha and Sambalpuri. There are other places that you can visit on your tour to Chandipur Beach that will make your stay in Chandipur, arranged by the Tourism of Odisha, an unforgettable vacation. There are some very interesting places to see around the town. At Aradi, one finds the popular temple of Lord Shiva known as Lord Akhandalamani and is believed to bless the sick with magical recovery from diseases.
The Gopinath Temple, on the other hand, is dedicated to Shri Gopinath (Lord Vishnu as he is known in this part of the country) who is famous for stealing sweet rice for Madhavendra Puri. Other deities being worshiped with Shri Gopinath’s idol made of black stone are Shri Madana Mohana, Shri Govinda, Radha-Rasabihari, Chaitanya Mahaprabhu and Lord Jagannatha on one side and several shalagram shilas on the other. Kshira called amrita keli is a sweet that you must try. The kshira is a mixture of condensed milk, sugar and cream with raisins and is offered first to the Lord.