Beaches and Bathe At The Bay: Konark Eco Retreat
Konark is a cultural, quaint town in the state of Odisha and lies on the bay of Bengal, near Bhubaneswar. It has a rich history and shows remnants of the Kalinga architecture even today, with its Sun Temple being the most pristine and popularly visited example. Owing to its naturally blessed location and multitudinal scenic beauty, Konark is particularly famous for its many beaches that gain footfall from the entire world on almost every other vacation period. They are known for their peace, tranquility and calmness. You can also enjoy water sports or similar activities, or just simply watch the lovely sky and the movements of the sun while sitting on the shores. The coastlines are perfectly ideal for romantic walks and gateways.
1) Swargadwar Beach, Puri
The Swargadwar beach is littered with countless stalls equipped with handmade products, decorative items such as seashells and jewelry. You can simply walk away in the mornings or bathe in the oceans of Swargadwar and spend the evenings window shopping or buying authentic things from the beach to have an extra dose of beach side fun in Odisha. However, swargadwar, with swarg meaning ‘heaven’ and dwar meaning ‘gateway’, also means the gateway to heaven and is the cremation ground of hindus. Hindus believe that anyone cremated here will be liberated and go to heaven directly and devotees can watch the rites from a respectful distance to offer their prayers as well.
2) Ramachandi Beach
Located in the Puri district of Odisha, Ramachandi beach is only 15-20 minutes away from the famous and historically regarded sun temple in Konark. The beach is dotted with palm trees and beautiful canopy houses and offers a variety of activities such as jet-skiing, diving, water scooter, kayaking. You can also go for seashell collection to spend some warm and cozy time on the beach. There is also a festival called Ramachandi that is organized and celebrated by the tourism department of Odisha.
3) Astaranga Beach
Astaranga means colorful sunset, and is named after a quaint village in the Puri district of Odisha. It is known for its picturesque views, which comes literally from its name. It has the most beautiful natural scenes that you will find yourself experiencing and the sky looks absolutely magical at all times of the day and is a true marvel for your vision. Astaranga is a fishing village owing to which it has a fish market that is set up on the beaches every morning. You can purchase different varieties of fishes from the market and will find an insane amount of options.
Furthermore, you can also watch the nesting and hatching of Olive Ridley turtles. They nest there and can be seen crawling on the sand in large numbers. It is genuinely the cutest thing ever.
4) Golden Beach
The golden beach is a calm, laid back beach in the districts of Puri. It is away from the daily bustle of the state of Odisha and is beautifully touched by and colored in the hues of gold. It is an untouched place of beauty and has only the crashing waves of the ocean to give you company while you spend some time with your own thoughts. It is also close to the Jagannath temple and is thus quite popular among pilgrims who pay it a visit to offer their prayers to lord Jagannath. Owing to its lack of visibility, it is relatively clean and thus comforting.
5) Baleswar Beach
Baleswar is an administrative district of Odisha and lies somewhere near the northside of the state. The Baleswar beach, also known as the Chandipur beach, in particular is the perfect place for a getaway with friends or family and is popular for its absolutely mesmerizing sunsets that will leave your mouth wide open in awe. The beach also has an ancient Shaivite temple that is incredibly important for and popular among Shiva devotees. It is ecologically rich and you can also find a great amount of crabs, molluscs and crustaceans on it.
6) Chandrabhaga Beach
It is one of the most beautiful and pollution free beaches of the country, and is cleaner than other beaches. In fact, it is so crystal clear that it has received various cleanliness awards. It is wonderfully lined with the tallest trees and the most golden sands which makes it a true sight to behold. A lot of cultural events and festivals are held here and attract a whole lot of attention from the public. The beach usually has a very pleasant climate throughout the entirety of the year but is most likely visited when the Konark International Sand Art Festival is held.
Besides the festival, however, it is usually a lovely place for pictures and should definitely be visited whenever possible.
The luxurious Eco Retreat in Konark is held on the Ramchandi beach and is the quintessential place for thrill seekers and people looking for natural solitude. It is embellished with events such as blissfully colorful experiences, guided tours to the most picturesque places and beaches of Konark and also has very fun activities such as ATV rides, different types of water sports, archery, beach volleyball etc. You can also visit the famous sun temple of Odisha. If you are particularly fond of arts and crafts and love exploring heritage, you can also go to Raghurajpur, a magnificent arts and crafts village in Odisha.
The glamping event will let you exercise both mentally and physically to the fullest while swimming in an ocean made of the loveliest shades of memories and experiences. You can try out the yummiest cuisine with spices that will coat your tongue in a warm embrace, go on explorations around villages, beaches and cities and dip into the greenery of nature. After an exhausting day outside, you can go back to your luxurious, glamorous tents and just simply spend the rest of the night in the coolness of air-conditioning without missing out on anything.
Framed by multiple coupled trees, the village of Raghurajpur is one of the most beautiful craft villages in India. It has a heartwarmingly traditional culture of craft making and most villagers invest in the performance in its entirety to ensure it does not stop existing. The works are mostly inspired by the temples and other attractions of the state of Odisha, and have their own stories to tell. Almost every household is covered in art and decorated by craft.
Pipli is another phenomenal village in Odisha that is famous for its applique work, which is essentially carried out by stitching and embroidering different pieces of cloth that are based on the most amazing decorative items such as umbrellas, pouches, wallets, mirrors etc. Take them with you to add a certain twist and change to your homes in the best way possible.
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