Though one of India's holiest pilgrimage centres, Puri is
also clebrated for its attractive coastline, that has gifted
it with some very fine beaches. The beach front is wide, and
ideal for beach sports. The sea at Puri can, however, be rough.
Swimming, here, is recommended only in the company of life
guards, who can be distinguished by their characteristic yellow
conical caps. There are several resorts, that line the beaches,
and range from the modest in comfort, to the more luxurious.
Due to the rough sea, water sports are not common.
Another popular beach resort is Gopalpur-on-Sea, 170 km from
Bhubaneshwar, and 15 km from Berhampur. This is a perfect
beach, fairly isolated, and undisturbed by day-trippers. This
place is good for both sailing and surfing.
Another divine beach resort of Orissa, Chandipur is situated
16 kms away from Balasore. It is a unique beach in that that
the sea water recedes about 5 kms during low tide and advances
to the shore line again during high tide, each day.