Would not it be magical if while you were splashing in the waves of the beach, and the beach suddenly vanishes? This is exactly what happens at Chandipur. During the low tide, the sea recedes by 5 km into the ocean, emptying the beach of waves and water.
The water goes out with the low tide, and stays behind until a high tide comes and literally ‘returns’ the water back to the shoreline. The beach recedes twice a day at high tide. Though, when this exactly happens depends on the moon cycle. The residing fishermen and local authorities suggest that it is safe to venture into the sea and on the sea bed when the water recedes.
Watching the sea vanish right in front of your eyes and then observing its return is a very rare sight. Adding to the peaceful ambience are the swaying casuarina trees and the solitary sand dunes, with the constant hum of the waves as they rise and fall gently.
The receding waters at low tide offer an excellent opportunity to walk into the sea, ride a bike or even drive a car. The exciting prospect of walking on the seabed sure assumes a place on thee curious traveller’s bucket-list.
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Chandipur is famous for its seafood. So, if you decide to visit this exciting place, don’t forget to try some mouthwatering Odia-style fried prawns and pomfret in one of the small beach shacks.
Unlike the bustling and more popular Puri beach, Chandipur is a relatively unexplored coastline. Relaxing on a tranquil patch of sand and watching the sea recede and advance with the tides is a delightful experience.
Chandipur is home to a wide range of biodiversity. Apart from a variety of fish species, the rare Horseshoe crab and tiny red crabs are often spotted on the beach.
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The best time to visit is between November and March. An elaborate beach festival, showcasing the dance forms, art and culture of the state, has become an annual affair here and takes place every February.
Chandipur lies around 200 km from state capital Bhubaneswar. From here, one can either take the train to Balasore, the closest town at a distance of 10 km, and then travel by road, or take the entire journey by road on NH 5.
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