Sunset at Chandipur beach
Chandipur, also known as Chandipur-on-sea, is a small sea resort in Baleswar District, Odisha, India. The resort is on the Bay of Bengal and is approximately 16 kilometers from the Baleswar Railway Station. The beach is unique in that the water recedes from 1 to 4 kilometers during the ebb tide. Due to the unique circumstances, the beach supports bio-diversity. Horseshoe crab is also found here on the beach towards Mirzapur, the nearby fishing market and community at the confluence of the Budhabalanga River.
A view of the Chandipur beach during high-tide
Chandipur is located at 21°28′N 87°01′E / 21.47°N 87.02°E. It has an average elevation of 3 m (9.8 ft).
Chandipur-on-sea is also the location of the Indian Army's Integrated Test Range (ITR). A number of missiles have been launched from the ITR including the nuclear-capable Akash, Shaurya, Agni and Prithvi ballistic missiles.
Chandipur can be reached by travelling up to Baleswar by rail or road and then thereafter catching a bus. Road access to Baleswar is via National Highway 5 (NH-5). Most Baleswar trains stop in Chandipur.