Located in the Balasore district of Odisha, the Chandipur Beach is the country’s most unique beach, owing to its rare phenomenon in which the sea retreats for as much as five kilometers (three miles) during low tide and comes back into its normal state during high tide. Due to this phenomenon, the beach is also known as the ‘Hide-and-Seek’ beach. As the sea recedes, visitors can walk up to five kilometers on the sea bed, literally, and catch a glimpse of the marine creatures, including red crabs, horseshoe crabs, and small star fish, which otherwise live further from the beach. There are casuarina trees lining the area, which adds a certain appeal to the beach.
Chandipur Beach is also dubbed as one of the best places to watch the sunrise and sunset. We also recommend sampling the seafood at one of the local restaurants, since the beach has a great reputation for its variety of fish and red crab found in the sea.