One of the most notable beaches in Odisha, Balighai’s pristine beach is relatively undiscovered. Situated at the mouth of Nuanai River, the spectacle of the calm river flowing into the Bay of Bengal is a sight to behold.
Balighai is about eight km northeast of Puri, famous for the Lord Jagannath temple. Located off the Puri-Konark Marine Drive Road, the white sandy beach is ringed by casuarina trees.
The beach is a major attraction as it is an excellent place to enjoy time with family and friends. The beach sand glitters on full moon nights giving it a magical feel. Olive Ridley Turtles visit the beach during December and January to lay eggs and many migratory birds can be seen during winter months.
Boat rides are available which allows you to enjoy a sunbath or fight the waves and refresh your mind with a dip in the sea. There are other water sports available like water skiing and parasailing. There are different points on the beach from where you can see breathtaking views of the sunrise and the sunset.
You can visit the Balihirana Deer Sanctuary where you can spot the endangered Balihirana antelope and Indian Black Bucks. The Sea Turtle Research Centre, a short distance from the beach, is also worth a visit. You can also visit shrines near the beach like the Barahi, Lakshminarayan and the Amareshra.
WHERE TO STAY
The best accommodation options are all located towards Puri. There are many budget hotels near Balighat Chak and on Konark Road. Mid-range hotels are clustered near VIP Road, Clarke Road and Red Cross Road. Luxury hotels are mostly located on Chakra Tirtha Road.
WHERE TO EAT
Shacks on the beach many restaurants on the Puri-Konark Marine Drive Road are best places to eat. Restaurants mostly serve vegetarian dishes. North Indian, South Indian, Punjabi and Chinese cuisine are generally served.
BEST TIME TO VISIT
The beach can be visited anytime of the year but the best time to visit is between October and March.
The average minimum and maximum temperature of Puri is as given below. The best time to visit Puri is also specified.