Chandipur Beach - Where sea water disappears!

Attributes: Unusual Travel Places in India, Beach

Have you seen the sea disappear in front of your eyes? A unique phenomenon rarely seen anywhere else, the sea recedes by as much as five kilometres every day on the Chandipur beach in eastern India, not just enthralling the onlooker but also offering an opportunity to literally walk into the sea.

This hide-and-seek of the sea comes to play twice a day and seeing the sea disappear and then return is an unforgettable experience.

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 National Highway 5. One can be assured of a good journey thanks to the green scenery that follows you throughout and good roads.

Tourists have seen the sea disappear in front of their eyes, and they have also walked in the sea bed, almost for four kilometres, and then returned with the gentle water when the high tide came. It feels like returning with the sea. The massive void left behind by the waters, the path they took, gets soon filled up and it’s as if they walked into the sea. This beach is nothing like the other beaches.

For some, it’s not just walking but also riding a bike into the sea.

When asked if it was dangerous for people to ride a bike into the sea bed with the impending high tide, Localities say, no.

The tide has its timings. Depending on the moon, the timings keep changing. It’s mostly the locals, familiar with the tide’s time, who take their bikes into the sea bed. The others are thrilled just to even walk that distance

The best time to visit Chandipur is winter, between November and March, and most tourists come during this time.

How to go there

Air :- Nearest Airport is Bhubaneshwar, 214 km.

Rail :- Neelanchal Express, Puri-Howrah trains stop at Balasore, from where Chandipur is 16 kms. and is approachable by road.

Road :- Balasore (16 kms). NH5 links the town with Bhubaneswar in the south and Calcutta in the north.

Tags: Unusal Travel Places in India, Beaches in India

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