Odisha is a hidden gem lying on the eastern side of India. The Home of Lord Jagannath  Odisha attracts thousands of tourists and devotees to its pious land. While one of the reasons why these many tourist flocks here is due to the presence of Lord Jagannath but tourism in   Odhisa is much more to that.

 As we earlier explored Daringbadi in Orissa there are other such unexplored places in this beautiful state.  Rushikulya beach is one such offbeat place that you must visit on your next trip to Odisha.   The serene beach is a picture perfect place that relaxes you.

Why should you visit Rushikulya Beach

Rushikulya Beach turtle

 Rushikulya beach is a great place to let go of all your worries and only see the beautiful weather and the golden sand.  Also, the Hatching of the endangered Olive Ridley Turtles makes the Rushikulya beach special. The serene beach also boasts of one of the most beautiful sun set you would have seen your life. The melodious sound of the waves soothes your mind and the body.

 Things to Do in Rushikulya Beach

Hatching  of Olive Ridley Turtles 

Witness one of the most beautiful scenes. The glorious beach is home to thousands of Olive Ridley turtles who flock here every year to lay their eggs.  As small turtles come out of these eggs it is such a once in a lifetime opportunity to witness such a rare moment.

While a few years ago the olive Ridley turtles had skipped this process. In 2002, 2007, 2016 this incident happened but not this year. According to a report, March 2020 around 250,000 olive Ridley turtles have come ashore for mass nesting. The 6 kilometers long Rushikulya beach has witnessed this mass nesting.

In the months of December and January, you can witness the mating of Turtles here. There is a boat tour which is conducted as tourists are shown in this process. You could witness this rare moment here only.

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Rushikulya Beach turtle on beach

Then Each female turtle lay an average of 100 eggs. As thousands of couples mate at this time, you could see thousands and thousands of egg Nesting in the months of February and March.    

Then a few months after you can witness the pristine view of Eggs hatching. You could see thousands of baby turtle who have occupied the beach. Babies hatch on their own as their mothers have left them on the beach these small and cute turtles look very alluring.

Odisha turtle nesting season

          December and January: Turtle mating

          February and March: Turtle nesting

          April: Turtle hatching


 The golden beach and sparkling water of Rushikulya beach is not just there for witnessing these moments you could swim there too. The Shimmering blue water gives you an opportunity to swim around.

The cold water and wavy seawater is an exciting experience. You could easily see many people swimming with you and enjoying these moments. I should warn you about the high waves of the sea, as take proper measures before taking such an adventure

Rushikulya Beach

Where to Stay  in Rushikulya

Rushikulya beach is not one of those highly visited places in Odisha. So that’s why there are no such great options to stay there but nearby towns are not very far too.   To reach the beach Either you will have to stay in Barkul or Rambha on Chilika. These small two places have good infrastructure in terms of tourism. There are bungalows available at both of these places for the stay of tourists. We took the Balgaun route and stayed in Barkul where the stay house is so beautiful that it is in front of the Chilika.

While if you want to live closer to the beach then I recommend you Rambha. Rambha is a little further off from the station but it is very near the Rushikulya beach.

My Journey of  Rushikulya beach: Road Blog

So we started our journey very early from Barkul. We started the journey at 3 am in the morning so as to witness the most scenic sunrise.  While the drive from Barkul to the beach is around 1 hour but it one of the most beautiful rides you will see. As soon as you reach around the area you will have to cover the final one kilometer on foot only.    Actually, our original idea was to catch the glimpse of Sunrise.

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Rushikulya Beach

And I must admit what a view that was. We could see freshly hatched turtles, you can put some of them carefully in the bucket and them drop them into the sea. While you must be aware of wild animals and birds who are ready to eat these small little babies.  

Some scientists believe that human touch is bad for these kids so you must only touch if extremely necessary else just admire them. These small turtles were looking so fabulous that you will be mesmerized by them. You will be overwhelmed to see such a creation of God.

 Best Time to Visit Rushikulya Beach

The best time to visit Rushikulya Beach is during the winter season between October to March. The weather at this time of the year is very pleasant.  You will love to spend more time here in these months only.

 While in summers you can surely see Turtle hatching at this time of the year. But the temperature rises very sharply. You can expect hot and humid temperatures here.

While monsoon season is not very viable if you are looking for Turtle fun. Beach also is dangerous due to various storms and high tides. You will be facing bad weather and bad waves in monsoon so you must avoid traveling in Monsoon.

In winters though you can see Nesting and hatching. Visit anywhere from November to March and you will see this spectacular event happening. IT is a very surreal experience to witness such a natural process.   

turtle laying eggs in Rushikulya Beach

How to reach  Rushikulya Beach

Reaching By Air

 To reach Rushikulya beach the nearest airport is the Bhubaneshwar airport. This airport is located around 158 km away from here. The airport is well connected to all the major metro cities in India. You can easily get a taxi and bus from the airport to reach here.

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Reaching By Rail 

 To reach the beach the nearest railway station from the beach is the Ganjam Railway Station. The Ganjam railway station is located at a distance of 10 km from here. There are various taxis and cabs are easily available from the railway station that will take you to your desired destination.

Reaching By Road

 The Beach is well connected to a number of places including such as  Cuttack, Puri, and Kolkata through smooth roads. You can either rent a car or take your own car to reach this wonderful place. You can find buses from a lot of different cities running till Ganjam, Barkul, or Rambha.

 Visiting the beach is one of the most serene experience. The beach is a tranquil place to relax. Let dive deep into what nature has given us. The beach is a perfect offbeat destination for your next trip. This beach is perfect for those who want a weekend break especially from cities like Kolkata, Bhubaneshwar, Puri, and other nearby states.

So when are you taking this epic journey to this beautiful beach?  I am sure you will be mesmerized by the beauty this place has. Do let me know when you take this beautiful adventure. Comment down below about your travel, stay, and experiences here.

While you are here if you love adventure and travel around Orissa Then do check our blogs about Orissa tourism. We cover some of the most off beaten places of Orissa here.

If you love unexplored places than do check our series which is based on Unexplored places in India. We cover some of the most beautiful yet unexplored places here. From Forts, beaches, waterfalls, backwaters, ancient routes, lakes, rivers, trekking destinations, hill stations there are a lot of places.

Happy travelling.

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