Foot Notes | Hungry tide1 min read . Updated: 23 Feb 2013, 12:13 AM IST
Five seaside gems on India's east coast
Foot Notes | Arundhati Ramanathan
Although the beaches on India’s east coast aren’t as well known as those on the west coast, many of them have a charm of their own. Here are our Top 5 east coast beaches that can make even late risers look forward to sunrise.
Muttom is a picturesque fishing village about 32km from Kanyakumari. Here, sometimes soft waves caress your feet sunk in clean sand and sometimes the sea slams into seaside rocks. Climb atop the 100-year-old lighthouse built by the British and get a bird’s-eye view of the little huts dotting the coast, a Portuguese-style church rising above the village and sails bobbing upon the water.
Covelong lies on the road from Chennai to Puducherry. All that is left of this former Dutch town now are its ramparts. The sea here is gentle and loving, making it a great place to go swimming, windsurfing or even going out on a catamaran ride.
With several beaches to choose from, Puducherry offers something for every tourist. Even if you are not one to dip your feet in the water, you can take long, lazy strolls along the promenade or sit down in one of the quaint cafés on the waterfront. You can also take a boat ride to Paradise Beach, about 8km away, to relax and down a beer.
Gopalpur in southern Orissa has something for every season. In December, you can mingle with the crowd in an annual five-day beach festival. In February-March, you will be in time for the egg-laying and hatching season of the endangered Olive Ridley turtles on the Rushikulya beach nearby. Set out in the wee hours to witness the hatching of turtles and help environmentalists safely drop the freshly hatched ones back into the sea as you watch the sun rise.
Mandarmani in the Purba Medinipur district of West Bengal is the perfect place to roll down your car windows down and hang your head out as you drive by the 13km-long motorable beach. If you do decide to walk in the clean sands, you might have red crabs for company. With hardly any crowds on the beach, Mandarmani offers you plenty of privacy. Take in lungfuls of the clean air and relax over a game of beach cricket or volleyball.