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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161 Kms from Kasafal
Kolkata is the cultural hub of India and a place that gives you a feel of the heritage even in this modern era. Where there are other metropolitan cities that are moving ahead in advancement, Kolkata is one city that is retaining the richness of the past generations and the traditions that were followed. In simple words, Kolkata is a city with a soul. Known as Calcutta in earlier times, it is also a place that is high on the intellectual front. This is the city that was the capital of the India under the British rule and therefore a lot of architecture and feel can be experienced from the history before independence. Do not forget to get the hands on the tangy Bengali cuisine when here. You can either stroll along the Hoogly or else explore the Howrah Bridge, the choice is yours. So when are you taking the plunge?
231 Kms from Kasafal
The district headquarters of the Puri District, the City of Puri lies on the western side of the state capital of Bhubaneshwar and is right on the banks of the Bay of Bengal. Puri is known to be one of the most important pilgrimage places for the Hindus and a seat of Lord Vishnu in the form of Lord Jagannatha. The Jagannatha Temple is the most important attraction here and the Lord here resides with his brother Balaram and sister Subhadra.Other than this, the sea is what attracts tourists from all over the world. The historically rich city has a moderate climate and heritage places which dates back to the 3rd century as well. There is also the Math of Sankaracharya which finds great popularity with peace seekers. Apart from that shopping is what you can enjoy here. You get all sorts of traditional items to bring back home.
194 Kms from Kasafal
Best time to visit - January,February,October,November,December
Named after Tribhuvan Eshwar or the 'lord of the three worlds' is the capital of Odisha, Bhubaneswar. It is set on the Mahanadi Delta but is not restricted to only coastal areas. Caves, hills, zoological parks, museums, art galleries, temples, amusement parks – you'll find all this and more at Bhubaneswar. The 180 ft tall, majestic Lingaraja Temple is the most popular in the locality. It is a sculptural feat featuring gods, goddesses, kings, queens, hunters and musicians. Lord Harihara, a union of Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu is the presiding deity. The Mukteshwar Temple is smaller in comparison to others, but is famed for its beautiful ceiling of an eight petalled lotus and a glorious archway. The other prominent temples are Brahmeswar and Rajarani. The captivating natural beauty of the Udayagiri and Khandagiri caves will compel you to lose yourself in historical wonder. However, be prepared to deal with numerous langoors jumping all over the place. The dense and tranquil forests of Nandankanan will welcome you on your way to its national park. Apart from the wildlife and the white tiger safaris, you can also spend some quiet time in the gardens and indulge in an exciting ride on the ropeway. Another wonderful site to visit is the Dhauligiri Shanti Stupa. Situated on Dhauli hills, it is a well-maintained edifice where you can visit for beautiful views and solitude. If you want to be enlightened about the tribes of Orissa make sure you visit the tribal villages, markets and the Museum of Tribal Arts & Artifacts. Among places to stay, the Mayfair Lagoon or Trident are great options, but there are also other hotels that are light on the pocket.
213 Kms from Kasafal
Best time to visit - November- March
A small town in the state of Odisha, this place is mainly known for the 13th Century Sun Temple. This place was built by Samba who was the son of Lord Krishna. He built the temple here as a mark of his devotion and thankfulness towards the Sun God. Apart from this temple, the Chandrabhaga beach is another attraction here. Konark is not very far away from the Puri City and so is also easily accesible for everyone. This is also an UNESCO World Heritage Site and is looked after by the Archeological Survey of India. The place started hiding away from the eyes of the tourists but is now again reviving its importance among all.
176 Kms from Kasafal
Best time to visit - January,February,March,November,December
Cuttack is one of the oldest cities in Odisha. It is also called the 'Millennium City', owing to its history of about a 1,000 years. The former capital of Odisha, Cuttack has seen the rise and fall of various empires over the years. Ranging from the magnificent Keshari dynasty to pre-independence struggles, the city has always been a centre of attention. Cuttack is a major commercial hub, sitting at the delta formed by Mahanadi and Kathjori. Cuttack is best known for its internationally acclaimed silver-filigree work called Tarakasi. Cuttack is home to the once magnificent, Barabati Fort on the banks of Mahanadi. Barabati Fort hosts multiple cultural and sports events today. The temple Katak Chandi lies at a walking distance from the fort. Qadm Rasool, a holy site for followers of Islam, is said to have the footprints of Prophet Mohamed embedded on a circular rock. The shrine is acclaimed by both Hindus and Muslims. Another attraction in the holy shrine is an 18th century music gallery in the middle of the compound. Qadm Rasool makes for a very enriching visit! Other tourist attractions include Paradeep Beach, Dhabaleshwar Island and the Odisha Maritime Museum.
59 Kms from Kasafal
Best time to visit - January,February,March,September,October,November,December
Mandarmani is a fast-growing sea resort in East Midnapore and in the northern part of the Bay of Bengal. The sea here is shallower than Digha and thus even better for swimming. The sea beach is a drive-in one and is the longest motorable beach of India. An attraction here are red crabs that crawl along the 13-km beach. Mandarmani offers you a peek into country life and is the perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of the city. The views of the Casuarina trees and the sound of sea waves crashing the shore is blissful. The main activities you can enjoy here are swimming, cricket, tennis and boat cruises. There are also a number of holiday resorts right on the beach which offer you a laidback, relaxed holiday!
276 Kms from Kasafal
Best time to visit - January,February,March,July,August,September,October,November,December
Ranchi, the capital of Jharkhand, is known for its gushing waterfalls and umpteen temples. Another place that attracts tourists is the unique Muta Crocodile Breeding Farm – a rare existence in India. Perfect for a leisurely holiday, this rapidly growing city overlooks the Chhota Nagpur plateau. If you are interested in learning about the various tribes here and their culture, the Tribal Research Institute and Museum will help you understand and explore their rituals, customs and way of life while also offering intriguing souvenirs to take back home! The mighty Hundru Falls, Jonha Falls, Panchghagh Falls and Dassam Falls must definitely be on your list for an adventurous, action packed holiday. For the spiritually inclined, the Jagannath Temple, Angrabari and Pahari Mandir are worth exploring for their architectural brilliance and faith.