Puri situated on the eastern sea-bed of India, is the only most popular sea-side resort where the beauty of the sky in radiant colours, the roaring waves and the golden beach can be experienced. The long sandy beach draws large numbers of western travellers and Indians. According to Hindu belief, there are five great holy spots (Pancha Tirthas) at Puri out of which sea is the greatest and holiest for tourists and travellers. Puri sea beach is the best in India. In Mumbai, Goa, Cochin and Chennai as well as other sea beaches, taking bath in sea is a risk due to tides, under current and deepness. But in Puri to take sea bath is a pleasure and enjoyable experience. The beach is very wide and exposed and there's not a scrap of shade to be found.
Other Sea Beaches Around Puri
Puri offers the tourist the rare opportunity of witnessing the colourful Sun rise and Sun set. Puri sea beach is the right place to spend and enjoy morning and evening. Thousands of people from different part of India and world spend their morning and evening at Puri sea beach each and everyday. Sea shells are collected here in large quantity. These are the main wealth of Puri sea beach. It is highlight witnessing the dawn over the sea and fishing boats.The crude construction of the boats is unusual. They are made of solid tree trunks and are enormously heavy. Buoyancy is achieved purely from the buck of wood. They are made in two or three pieces, split longitudinally and bound together, when not in use they are untied and the pieces laid out on the beach to dry.
Puri Beach at a Glance - Photo Gallary
A light signal was used at Puri in 1877 for the ships passing along the coast at night. The lamp was changed subsequently in 1882 and 1887. A drum optic electric lamp was put into service from the 1st December, 1956 on the centre of the terrace of the Circuit house with cast-iron pedestal placed on wooden treastle. The light is visible in clear weather upto a distance of fourteen nautical miles or approximately 27 kms. over the sea.
There is a separate class of Guide comprising Telgu speaking Fishermen section. They are called as 'Nolias'. The Nolias, wearing conical straw hats and holding rubber tubes, guide bathers out through the surf. Non should take bath without the help of those Nolias otherwise non-acquintance may lead in to danger.
About the Nolias
Puri was a minor port with customs office, flagstaff and meteorological observatory. The ships used to anchor at a considerable distance and the cargoes and passengers were brought to the shore by the surf-boats of the Nolias(fishermen). The Nolias are Telgu fishermen by caste and were originally inhabitants of the Madras presidency.On the outbreak of the great Odisha famine of 1886 A.D. the ancestors of these Nolias were induced by the then Collector of Puri, Wilson, to come and settle in Puri in order to help the Government in famine relief work and as a recognition of their services they were allowed to hold lands in the Balukhand area at nominal rent. These people are the only class of seafaring men who could brave the sea at all weather and were extremely useful in rowing out cargoes of rice to the steamers which from time to time used to call at the Port.
Nolias at Puri Beach - Photo Gallary