This Offbeat Beach Off the East Coast of India That No One Will Tell You About. Welcome to Bichitrapur- Paradise Redefined.



Nowadays, beach destinations are quite on the trend. And hitting the same old ones for unrolling, is passe. And on top of it all, trending places are overcrowded, as always.  Well, where's the fun in that? How about unwinding yourself away from the footprints of over-tourism? Is it not alluring enough? In fact, it is. Bichitrapur, off the east coast of India, is just the place in the sun. Unlike its sister beaches on the same coastline, this is somewhat an offbeat one, away from the city rush. And one perfect weekend getaway ex-Kolkata or ex-Bhubaneswar. With a distinctive ecosystem of backwater mangroves, Bichitrapur offers one eye-soothing and memorable destination. It is indeed a land of fantasy borne out of a fairy tale, a Utopian panorama all together. 






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

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    How to Reach Bichitrapur

    By Train: Digha is the nearest railway station (14 km), West Bengal. Jaleswar Railway Station is at 45 km from Bichitrapur Mangrove Sanctuary.

    By Road: One can also opt for road routes. Booking a cab ex-Howrah, ex-Kolkata or ex-Bhubneswar to Bichitrapur Mangrove Sanctuary, Odisha is a notable option. 

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



    Where to Stay 



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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.


    Nearby Places to Visit

    Mandarmani (about 40 km away), Digha (about 15 km away) and Talsari (about 11 km away) are the nearest beach escapades to Bichitrapur and Bhubaneswar is about 290 km from Khadibil. One could also visit Udaypur beach on the way.


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    Udaypur Sea Beach

    Bichitrapur At A Glance


    Bichitrapur at a glance



    Why Visit Bichitrapur? What Is So Special About it?


    Bichitrapur was long due, so we started out on a weekend. Bagging a window seat, will no doubt, do you justice. Why? Because, the Indian landscape is famous for its contrast. And on this trip, be sure to experience this diversity. The roadside scenes transform from packed city markets to arrays of green fields. Google navigation hardly ever keeps you off the right track. With every turn, it informed, that we were getting closer to our destination. So getting lost was quite unlikely. Little did we know what wheels we were putting into motion. For the time being, we headed towards our destination, without the faintest idea of the (good) imprints we were to carry off.

    As the GPS declared destination reached", the windscreen showed a bushy ruddy village road ahead. Well, I was eagerly waiting for something more than just a narrow road. I was rather disappointed, to be very honest. The water was nowhere to be seen, not even in the distance. After a few meters, the car halted in front of a ticket booth. By the booth house, a few minutes’ walks through the shrubberies led to a dock. A boat ride started off through the waters of Subarnarekha supposedly to the backwater mangrove mudflats. The riverside was naturally ample in greens. At the apparent end of the clear waters, a series of trees clearly marked out the skyline.


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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, bichitrapur, doibedouin
    Steering through Subarnarekha


    Far away the horizon is marked by the trees. bichitrapur. doibedouin
    Towards the edge, a line of trees clearly marked out the skyline.



    Steering through Subarnarekha leads off to the second episode- docking on an island. The docking point is known as Kharibil. And to emphasize here, this part of the island is completely unchartered territory. 



    Do not let Google Maps fool you in the normal view. Switch on to the satellite view to get a clear idea of the place
      
     The greeneries beside the Subarnarekha, bichitrapur, doibedouin
    The greeneries beside the Subarnarekha


    A bunch of trees welcomed us with a pleasant breeze, acclaiming our heartfelt courtesy. The first phase to 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, strewn with dead trunks of trees standing upright like the watchmen of nowhere.


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


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

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    Beyond the ruins of sands and trunks, was a more clear and endearing expanse of sand, giving way to hotspots of crab-holes. And afar, was an ethereal beauty, a captivating landscape. A line of silvery beige abruptly ending into a blue infinity. Looking minutely, one could catch the sight of another thin line of white movements of the sea, at the horizon. It was layers of multiple landscapes, bewitching enough to take one’s breath away. Trust me, I fell in love with the sea here. I have seen layers in the mountainscape before, but this is an absolute wonder!


    On minute pondering over the line of sight at the horizon, one could devise a thin line of white movements of the sea. doibedouin
    A line of silvery beige abruptly ending into a blue infinity. Looking minutely, one could catch the sight of another thin line of white movements of the sea, at the horizon. It was layers of multiple landscapes, bewitching enough to take one’s breath away.

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

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    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 quite a varied number of flora and fauna. Red crabs are a delight to the camera lenses, however, they are too fast and apprehensive to capture.




    On our end, there is this large expanse of the sapphire estuarine. The water spread out in a calmer and more patient stretch, encompassing the horizon. There was no wave. It was as if we landed on a different planet. [Remember Nolan's Interstellar? Not the big one though but before it.] The idyllic phenomenon of the saltwater frothing onto the sand is indeed a sight for the sore eyes. As the tide swept in and gulped the mudflats, we headed for our return. I wish I could have stayed a bit more.






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

    So if you ask me why Bichitrapur? I would answer, for experiencing Nature from up so close. You cannot touch the mountains unless you do mountaineering. But you can touch the sea. Feel it. And here, the sea reveals itself to you in steps- first on the river, second on the island and lastly on the estuarine beach. Here you could feel the thrill of demystifying Nature and connecting to her.


    Where To Eat

    There are two shops beside the ticket booth. One could have Veg-thali or Chicken-thali therein. A souvenir shop and a shop for meetha-pan are also there. The latter is a must-try though.




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



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    30 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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