Paradeep city is known for its quiet ambiance situated on the coastline of Odisha and is just 125 km away from the capital city of Bhubaneswar. There’s, however, another reason why Paradeep is famous for – as one of the largest ports in the eastern coastline of the country and its’ foundation stone was laid in 1962 by Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru – the then prime minister of India. But lesser people know that there are much to Paradip than ports and ships. Hotel Golden Anchor reveals the five must-visit places in Paradeep that await your surprise:
Gahirmatha Beach: The largest breeding ground in the world for Olive Ridley Turtles
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This beach is generally crawling with olive ridley turtles that travel all the way from Pacific, Atlantic and Indian Oceans for nesting here (starting from September to December) and is the largest breeding ground (arrabida) for these uniquely endangered species in the world. This beach is now a part of Bhitarkanika Wildlife Sanctuary and also has beautiful white sand and blue waters that is a pleasing sight to behold. Just a few km away from the main town of Paradeep, a visit to this beach will take you up and close with nature and live those days under-the-sun.
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Well, how can you leave Paradeep city without actually visiting the port that has enormous ships and vessels on the shoreline? The moment you step into the port, you suddenly are transported to the world of maritime commerce and realise that how much effort goes into the transportation of cargo via sea. And, if you’re lucky enough you can even catch glimpses of Indian naval ships disappearing in the horizon.
Bhitarkanika National Park:
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A sanctuary for rare white crocodiles native to the salt-waters of Bay of Bengal, in the dense mangrove forests. Sprawling in the area of 672 sq km and located in the Kendrapara district, this national park can be accessed from Chandbali near Dhamra port in Bhadrak. It also is a home to black ibis, chitals, wild pigs, pythons, cobras, darters, etc. So, if you’re a wildlife explorer or a nature lover this might be your dream come true travel and an experience that you’d carry yourself to home with for times to come.
Jhankada Temple of Goddess Sarala:
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Believed to be an avatar of Goddess Saraswati, this temple is famous for its link to the Odia epic poet Sarala Das who wrote the Oriya Mahabharata. An epicentre of devotees from across the state especially during the festivals of Pana Sankranti, Chandan Jatra and Sharadiya Utsav, one visit to this picturesque temple is sure to cleanse your minds from all things otherwise.
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Okay, so lighthouses are generally considered to be the best place to visit if you’re looking for something both surreal and serene. This lighthouse is situated right beside the Gahirmatha beach and can be accessed from 5pm to 5:30pm for witnessing a majestic sunset by the sea.
Be it the temples, beaches or the lighthouses Paradeep city is an apt place to steal a vacation or even have a fun weekend after a long week with your loved ones. We offer straight 20% discount on all walk-in bookings and stays. Plan your trip and book with us now!