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Chandipur Beach, Balasore

Chandipur Beach, Balasore

Chandipur, is a beach in Baleswar District, Odisha, India. The beach is located on the shore of Bay of Bengal and is approximately 16 kilometers from the Baleswar Railway Station. The beach is unique in a way that the water recedes up to 5 kilometers during the ebb tide. Due to its unique circumstances, the beach supports bio-diversity. Horseshoe crab is also found here on the beach towards Mirzapur, the nearby fishing market and community at the confluence of the Budhabalanga River (Balaramgadi). It is a suitable picnic spot. One of Odisha Tourism's Panthanivas (guest house) is situated here.

One of nature's many wonders, the sea recedes massively from the beach during ebb and returns to fill the emptiness during high tide. 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.

The best part of this place is that it is elevated as a high platform with benches to seat properly. There is a statue of APJ Abdul Kalam and whole platform as well as path coming towards beach is lighted during night.

The Chandipur beach is also well known for its proximity to the Defence Research and Development Organisation's (DRDO) Integrated Test Range which is situated on the way to chandipur beach.

It is India's most advanced missile testing site in the Bay of Bengal should now be named 'Kalam Island'. The missiles which were launched from the Wheeler Island include Akash, Agni, Astra, BrahMos, Nirbhay, Prahaar, Prithvi, Shaurya and Advanced Air Defence, and Prithvi Air Defence.

The flat beach, sight of the small sea waves on the horizon, the casuarina plantation, flights of birds and their chirping, the soft light of the dawn, colorful sky made the walk memorable.

Geography

Chandipur is located at 21.47°N 87.02°E. It has an average elevation of 3 m (9.8 ft). This town is 51.330 acres (0.20773 km2) in size.Chandipur beach can be submerged at high tide.

Normal Indian weather

Summer temperatures range 25–40 degrees Celsius, while the Winter range is 17–27 degree Celsius. Tourism season is typically November to March.

Ministry of Defence

Chandipur is also the location of the Indian Strategic Forces Command's Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Abdul Kalam Island, formerly known as Wheeler Island. A number of Indian missiles have been tested and launched from the ITR, including nuclear-capable Prithvi, Agni and Shaurya ballistic missiles, as well as Akash and Barak 8 surface-to-air missiles.

Transport

Chandipur can be reached by travelling up to Baleswar by rail or road and then thereafter catching a bus, auto or taxi. Road access to Baleswar is via National Highway 16 (NH-16). Chandipur sea beach is 16 km from Balasore railway station.

Also avail the local guide & trekker service to see the major locations of Panchalinegeswar, Khirachora Gopinath temple, Chandipur Beach, Emami Jagannath temple, & Nilgiri Jagannath temple.