The 480km-long coastline of Odisha is interspersed by captivating beaches, many of which are relatively uncharted. One such place is Kasafal – scenic, serene and sublime. Situated in the Balasore district, this beach is approximately 25 km away from Balasore city. Backed by the musical sway of Casuarina trees and creeper sand dunes, Kasafal is a beach with a unique distinction of its own. Unlike other beaches, the sea and the waves are not to be taken for granted. Yes, you read that right! The sea water here recedes from the shoreline about 5km twice a day, leaving the vast expanse of shoreline speckled with sea shells and driftwood. You can literally see the sea vanishing before your eyes and then reappear rhythmically at regular intervals. When the water recedes, you can take a jeep ride on the widest beach. Long stroll on the beach with the sea roaring at a distance will make for an agreeable evening. Close to this beach is Balaramgadi, where you can witness river Budhabalang rippling into the sea. You can go up to the mouth of the meandering river and watch the fisherman cast their nets along the way. Explore this novel attraction of Odisha, and add another chapter in your book of offbeat experiences.
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