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7 Best Beaches Of Eastern India

By on November 20, 2012

Imagine there’s no heaven

It’s easy if you try

No hell below us

Above us only sky

“Imagine” by John Lennon

 John Lennon wasn’t exactly being a dreamy idealist. He was just putting words to what all of us desire some way or the other. To just let go of all our routine worries, to feel a serene calm, which would provide a relief from the monotony of our daily existence. Imagine blending with nature, taking in scents of the unadulterated Earth, water gushing in rhythm with the soothing winds blowing by, with your everyday world far far away. Imagine not having to go to the farthest corners of the world for this experience. For such oases of serenity do exist closer home.

India’s eastern coastline is dotted with such exotic places, which haven’t really caught the eye of the tourism industry, and hence retain their old world charm. Let’s talk about 7 of such little known but easily the best beaches in India.

  • Bakkhali: Located in South 24 Parganas district of West Bengal. It’s one of the deltaic islands in southern Bengal. One of the best beaches in India, it has an 8 km long beach stretching from Bakkhali to Frasergunj with gently rolling waves, suitable for cycling & driving. From the watch tower, one can view the expanses of the Mangroves (characteristic to gangetic deltas) on three sides whereas on one side you can have a bird’s eye view of the sea beach and the sea. There’s an island  nearby,JammuDeep,to where not only the boat ride on high waves is thrilling, but also on arrival you will see the beach full of Red Crabs, a scene befitting a nature lover’s most vivid imagination. Also nearby is the Sunderban National Park, where, if lucky, one can see the royal Bengal tiger.
  • Mandarmani: One of the best beaches in India, it’s located in Southwest Bengal. Best way to explore this place is by walking. Also there are options aplenty for adventure lovers with jet-sking, parasailing and banana-boating facilities available. For the uninitiated, a banana boat is a banana shaped boat which has a high tendency to get flipped upside down in the sea, which as obvious is the fun part! One must also not forget to sample the delicious local delicacy of crab and fish curry.
  • Gahirmatha: Going further south along the eastern coastline, Gahirmatha is a beach in Kendrapara district of Odisha. What makes it one of the best beaches in India is the fact that it is the world’s most important nesting beach for Olive Ridley turtles. The beach is a part of the Gahirmatha wildlife sanctuary. Novemeber is the time to be at Gahirmatha as Olive Ridley sea turtles migrate in huge numbers, every year for mating and nesting along the coast, thus  creating a magical experience for enthusiasts to view one of the rarest and incredible natural events first hand. Such mass nesting takes place in really few other regions in the world.
  • Talasari Beach: It’s located in Baleshwar district of Orissa. The name Talasari is derived from the two Odia words Tala (meaning Palm) and Sari/Sarani  (meaning row).The place has vast stretches of green paddy fields, river, blue hills and extensive beaches which include some of the best in India. The Talasari beach with its tall coconut and palm trees and casuarinas makes for a picture postcard view. See and feel nature at its best. One needs to cross the backwaters to reach the sea, another exhilarating experience in itself. One of the best beaches in India, this beach reserves its best for sunrise and sunset, when the fading sun creates an alluring contrast with the white sands of the beach. An excellent option for those seeking solitude (there are no hawkers or shops around the beach), one also gets to see the red and yellow flowers of cashew trees in full bloom in spring, which accentuates the already opulent scenery of the place.
  • Gopalpur: Located 18 kms from Berhampur, Odisha, Gopalpur is locally famous for its decorative products made from sea shells. From jewelry to home décor prodcuts, one can find a variety of type and size of products made from sea shells. What makes it one of the best beaches in India is the local dhaba food, cheap, spicy and delicious. The local prawn, crab and fish delicacies won’t disappoint. Besides one can always take a walk on the beach late into the night, which is well lit by a line of antique design lamps. The sea is highly turbulent though and one should be careful in this regard.
  • Tharangambadi (formerly Tranquebar): It’s a former Danish colony located in Tamil Nadu. It has the magnificent Fort Dansburg built by Danish rulers, which was the headquarters of the Danish governor and also housed the jail. It is bound by the sea on the eastern and western side. It’s not only an important part of India’s colonial heritage but is also a landmark of Danish  architecture. One feels like being transported back in time while walking on the beach, with sea on one side and high boundary walls of the fort on the other. Unarguably one if the best beaches in India, this fort still retains its archaic charm and is the window to the less widely known Danish colonial history of India.
  • Silver Beach: Situated near Cuddalore, Tamil Nadu is one of the best beaches in India, the Silver beach which has been left untouched by the hustle and bustle of the nearby town. It has options for adventure seekers as well as history buffs. The backwaters provide an excellent spot for watersports like jet skiing, rowing. Fort St. David constructed by British here, provides a first-hand view into India’s colonial past. Lord Clive, India’s first governor general worked from here in 1756. It has a large cannon which was used to attack and capture nearby towns. The French took it over in 1758 but the British captured it again in 1785. It contains documents, paintings, sculptures and other artifacts of the bygone era. Can the history get any more richer than this!

 

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