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Like Beaches? Then You will Love This Hidden Gem Off the East Coast of India. Welcome to Bichitrapur- Paradise Redefined.



Set along the virgin shoreline of Bay of Bengal are a triad of acres of unspoiled yellow stretches of mudflats contrasted by the green and blues, the quintessential array of red crabs and an unending horizon,  all coalesced together to literally form 'a land of amazement',  Bichitrapur. 

Unlike its revered sister beach, Digha, which is now deliberated more of an unpleasant result of over-tourism than rewarding travel experience, this is somewhat an outlandish place away from the hustle and bustle; and one perfect weekend getaway ex-Kolkata or ex-Bhubaneswar. Known for having a distinctive ecosystem of backwater mangroves, Bichitrapur offers an unperturbed beauty. It is indeed a land of fantasy borne out of a fairy tale, a Utopian milieu all together. 

It is indeed a land of fantasy borne out of a fairy tale, a Utopian milieu all together. Far away the sea could be seen.


Reach there: Book a cab from Howrah or Bhubneswar to Khadibil, Odisha. Digha, West Bengal is the nearest gateway to Bichitrapur having a distance of about 15 km. Mandarmani is about 40km to Bichitrapur and Bhubaneswar is about 290 km from Khadibil. One can either stay at Mandarmani, Digha or cottages run by OTDC (Odisha Tourism Development Corporation Limited) or OFDC (Odisha Forest Development Corporation).

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We stayed at Priya Jeet Resort at Mandarmani, West Bengal; arriving the day before to have a full fledged taste of the sea.

Bichitrapur at a glance


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The car winded through the state highway, past the green village backdrops. With the smartphone in hand, and the navigation on, instructing out the shortest route to our destination, we headed towards our pre-vetted stop, unbeknownst the fondest memoirs it was going to make.

When the navigation declared that the destination has been reached, the windscreen showed a bushy ruddy village road and it was a slight discontent indeed. After a few meters the car halted in front of a kiosk wherefrom one can get the tickets, following which a few minutes’ walk through shrubberies to a dock. Herefrom a boat ride was ensued through the waters of Subarnarekha to the backwater mangrove mudflats.


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The ticket booth.


The small dock wherefrom the boat ride is initiated, bichitrapur, doibedouin
The small dock wherefrom the boat ride is initiated

Steering through Subarnarekha and docking at an island, a bunch of trees welcomed us with a pleasant breeze acclaiming our heartfelt courtesy. Little did we know that this part of the island is going to offer a completely unchartered territory, etching a long lasting and impeccable memory? I got my Nikon busy clicking pictures. A few steps into the bushy trails, and voila, there it was! A stretch of barren land, scraggly with dead trunks of trees standing upright like the watchmen of nowhere.

  Steering through Subarnarekha, bichitrapur, doibedouin
Steering through Subarnarekha

Far away the horizon is marked by the trees. bichitrapur. doibedouin
Far away the horizon is marked by the trees.
  
 The greeneries beside the Subarnarekha, bichitrapur, doibedouin
The greeneries beside the Subarnarekha

A stretch of barren land, scraggly with dead trunks of trees standing upright like the watchmen of nowhere. Doibedouin
A stretch of barren land, scraggly with dead trunks of trees standing upright like the watchmen of nowhere.


Tickets: Round trip which includes to and fro journey to the mudflats- Rs. 1200 for six-seater and Rs. 1400 for eight seater boat. The archipelago consists of twenty six small islands, most of which are delimited to harbouring due to presence of quicksands.


Beyond the desolated sands was a more clear and endearing expanse of sand, giving way to hotspots of crab-holes. And afar, was a transfixing landscape, a fitting panorama to the eyes. The marooned vista was hemmed by stunning views of silvery beige abruptly ending into a blue infinity. On minute pondering over the line of sight at the horizon, one could devise a thin line of white movements of the sea. All in all, it was bewitching enough to take one’s breath away. 


On minute pondering over the line of sight at the horizon, one could devise a thin line of white movements of the sea. doibedouin
On minute pondering over the line of sight at the horizon, one could devise a thin line of white movements of the sea.

The marooned vista was hemmed by stunning views of silvery beige abruptly ending into a blue infinity.  doibedouin
The marooned vista was hemmed by stunning views of silvery beige abruptly ending into a blue infinity. 

It was as if somebody uttered “Stupefy” and I stopped to apprehend the place for its sheer beauty.

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The place is rich in varied number of flora and fauna. Red crabs are a delight to the camera lenses, however they are too fast and apprehensive to capture.



At the exterior, there are large expanse of the sapphire estuarine, spread out in a more calm and patient spread of water, encompassing till the horizon. The idyllic phenomenon of the saltwater frothing onto the sand soothed the eyes. As the tide swept in, we headed for our return.


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The return ride to our originating point was more scenic as the day dusked with vibrant colours and the surrounding greenery turned into a more lavishing greens. Washed by a light monsoon drizzle, the water as well as the mangroves gleamed in the rays of the setting sun and Nature dressed up in a whole new attire of hues- green, saffron, blue, and abundant.

Where to Eat: There are two shops beside the kiosk at Khadibil and one could have Veg-thali or Chicken-thali therein. A souvenir shop is also there; and a shop for meetha-pan is also there and is a must try. 



The exquisite must try Meetha Pan. doibedouin
The exquisite must try Meetha Pan



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29 comments:

  1. This is so informative | is such a quick and easy way to find out all I need to know to plan a trip to Bichitrapur.

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  2. Last year we visited to Digha. But I guess we miss this beach. My blog partner is from Kolkata. We will definitely going to visit this beach next time

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  3. Wow the beaches there are so gorgeous. I love the beach so whenever I have a chance to visit there I wouldnt mind checking this out.

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  4. I love the exclusivity and the tranquilty of the place. This is my kind of escape.

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  5. Oh my goodness, this place looks beautiful! Although I’ve never been to a beach in India before myself, I would love to make my way over in the near future. Thanks for sharing all of this! :-)

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  6. Now this is a place where I'd love to go and have a vacation in. The place looks awesome and sounds like you had a great time.

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  7. This is such a nice place.. I would really die to have a vacation here..! �� I bet you had a really great time..��

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  8. Bichitrapur is really a very peaceful and wonderful beach area, we visited it in the late Feb.

    Loved it.

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  9. Exceptionally well written. I specially liked because I am from Kolkata and I have visited Bichitrapur, Mandarmani, Digha etc. Very nice article.

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  10. Such a wonderful beach..! I would really love to visit this place someday. Thanks for sharing..!

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  11. Odisha has always been on my list but I never got a chance to go there. Bichitrapur seems nice! :)

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  12. I’ve never been to this part of the world but it looks so beautiful and peaceful! I will have to add this to my bucket list!

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  13. Oh my goodness! I love beaches...and even better, beaches that are not over-populated to the point that I can literally have the beach to myself. And this beach is it! It must have been so calm there right?

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  14. What an interesting view. First time to see that kind of beach. Wow. Thanks for a new discovery! A perfect movie setting with fantasy or maybe suspense to horror theme? lol Can be romantic if really creative,

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  15. It is so cool when you learn about new places to visit! This would be something I would like to see -- it's so isolated and relatively untouched by man. That's hard to find! If only there was enough time to see all of the places in the world!

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  16. This place is perfect for a quiet weekend getaway. I would love to try the food here, too. :)

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  17. I love going to the beach and this looks both stunning and unique! Thanks so much for sharing with us!

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  18. All of these photos are so beautiful! This place looks like a lovely destination!

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  19. The scenery looks beautiful and the buildings colorful. I love the water, particularly the way the trees frame it.

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  20. I didn't know that there exists such a beautiful beach in Bengal. You have taken great photos.

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  21. I would definitely want to find a beach like Bichitrapur. So great to have the beach to yourself. The boat ride through the mangroves looked interesting. I certainly see why it drew you to have your camera out all the time. So interesting to see a tree in the middle of the water.

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  22. This is a very interesting spot to find! Thanks for the information about it, the trees look so weird, definitely worth it for the pictures.

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  23. I like beaches and so do love the navigation part to the hidden gem of India. It was perfectly baked trip. I hope you enjoyed tranquility of the place.

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  24. Oh my goodness, this place looks beautiful! Although I’ve never been to India's east coast before myself, I would love to make my way over in the near future. Thanks for sharing all of this! :-)

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  25. I love beaches, and off the beaten path ones like this are even better! I don't think about beaches when I think of India (silly I know) but I would love to visit an Indian beach someday. I love the picture of the bright red crab too.

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  26. Dream place. Heavenly views. I wish I could go there right away and ... I do feel like I've been part of your beautiful experience thanks to your skilled depiction.

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  27. I have to go to Kolkata for some work next month. Thank you so much I am definitely going to this beach. I love such calming places.

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  28. Is the water brown? muddy? Or it's just because of the sand? Looks like a hidden gem it is.

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