Chandipur beach near Balasore , Odisha is a picturesque beach with clean silvery sand and green casuarina groves. The most unique phenomenon here is that every day the sea recedes into the horizon by as much as five kilometers during the low tide and again returns and fills the emptiness at high tide.
The Dissappearing Sea
This unique natural wonder of receding sea not only offers you a sight to behold but also gives you a chance to literally walk on the sea. You can even ride your motor-cycle or a jeep in the sea bed here and chase the waves. This hide-and-seek of the sea happens twice in a day. The sea is very gentle here and recedes back slowly giving you a chance to walk, look at the red crabs and collect souvenirs of beautiful seashells and drift wood on the exposed sea bed.
There is always a lovely breeze that almost creates pleasing music to the ears while shifting through the Casuarina trees. The whole experience here is almost unexpectedly pleasing.
The other places of interest nearby are the Integrated Test Range of the Indian Army. Several missiles are launched from this test range including nuclear capable missiles. Then there is the small Balaramgadi Village, a local fishing village where you can enjoy activities like boating and fishing. You can also boat on the bank of river Budhabalanga in the local fishermen’s boats.
At about 45 km from Chandipur is Panchalingeswar, the Lord Shiva temple with five lingams. This is a picturesque place with green Nilagiri hills all around.
The best time to visit Chandipur is winter, between November and March.
Where to Stay
Chandipur has a wide range of lodging options from luxury Chandipur resorts to economy hotels and OTDC guest houses.
While the restaurants in the resorts here offer a wide variety of cuisines you must try the local cuisine of sea fish, crabs, prawns and lobsters at the restaurants along with green coconut water.
How to Reach Chandipur
The nearest airport is at Bhubaneswar and Kolkata well connected with Delhi, Hyderabad, Raipur, Nagpur ,Mumbai and other major cities in India. Chandipur is easily reachable by auto rickshaw or taxi from Balasore (16kms) , which is the nearest railhead and bus stand. One can hire a cab or take a bus to move around Chandipur and nearby places.