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Aryapalli beach, Chatrapur beach and the turtle breading beaches

About the place: 

Chatrapur beach in Odisha or Orissa is different from all other beaches of the world. Chatrapur is the head quarter of the Ganjam district. There are a few beautiful beaches spread in this area. Chatrapur (also spelt as Chhatrapur) is a town and a notified area committee in Ganjam District in the state of Odisha, India. It is the headquarters town of Ganjam District. There are two railway stations in Chatrapur; they are Chatrapur Station and Chatrapur Court Station.

The beach at Aryapalli is about 30 km from Berhampur and 8 km from Chhatarpur and Brahmapur. Within another 10 kilometer of Coastal trek from Aryapalli Sea beach via sana-Aryapalli/ Bada Aryapalli, Kattur Beach Up to Narayanpur Back water point you can enjoy the beauties of Bay of Bengal, There after another 3 km towards south will touch to you Gopalpur On Sea, The 2nd Tallest light tower in Odisha coastal belt will visible from so far.

The sea at Chatrapur beach is noisy with regular high tides. The beach is clean, calm and peaceful. The place is very quiet and calm but at the same time, all modern amnesties are not far from it. The Aryapalli beach is  a beach 32 kilometres (20 mi) from Berhampur and 8 kilometres (5.0 mi) from Chhatrapur and Berhampur. There are some more village beaches nearby. But the best attractions are obviously the breeding grounds of the world famous Olive Ridley Turtles.

Olive Ridley turtle hatching Centre: Just another 4 km from the Catchment area of Jayshree chemicals[Old name] Now Aditya birla Chemicals at Ganjam near Pottagada, A murram road runs up to the Olive ridley turtle Hatching centre Just on right Bank of river Rushikulya. The centre is just near by Fishermen 'Gangamata temple', From there you can proceed another 2 km Walk or crossover by a motorboat to Backwater to reach up to shore of Bay of Bengal. The nearby villagers of KANTIAGADA, PALIBANDHA & PURUNABANDHA are the ral nature-activists who provide protection to those turtles who come for mass nesting from far away. The turtle Watching time can be divided into three phase, On 1st phase they go for metting in deep sea, and float on sea from at a distance about 5 to 8 km from the shore [can visible only on Mid October to end of Nov]. On 2nd phase the female turtles  come to shore for mass nesting on Jan 1st week to 3rd week of January. And on 3RD [final phase] after about 45 days of Mass nesting the baby turtles are seen rushing towards the Bay. This one occurs on mid March. But such circle may vary according to the global changes of Weather and meteorological imbalance.

It will be an unique experience walking on the sea beach in darkness, with the surreal stillness punctuated by the now calm, now rough sounds of the waves breaking on the beach. If you flash a torchlight on a dome-like structure, it will be a moment of epiphany. Gently hissing away will be a calm mother turtle laying eggs, roughly the size of table tennis balls. On average a mother lays about 100-odd eggs in about twenty minutes. Olive Ridleys are feted by environmentalists as they happen to eat jellyfish swarms, which are known to be a threat to ocean ecosystems. They look extremely preoccupied and focus on the job at hand, that of laying their eggs and nesting, and then swimming away, all of which is done in the matter of an hour. After that, they are not bothered about the fate of the hatchlings, for they seal the nest as best as they can.

The nesting process itself is fascinating. Using their flippers, the mother turtle would first dig up a deep pit and having laid their eggs, she would then seal the nests, shoveling up a good deal of sand (if you stand close enough, you get a sackful in your face!) thumping away at the nests, sealing them from predators, like wild dogs, hyenas, crows and vultures. Then she would simply swim away, with a lighter demeanour than when she swam in, heavy with eggs.
While hatching of the eggs happens precisely from 45 days to now almost 60 days thanks to climatic changes, the survival rate of hatchlings when they swim away is about one in thousand.

Olive Ridley turtle breeding

Region or Zone: 
East
State or Union Territory: 
Odisha
How to reach: 

Chatrapur is the commercial capital of state and gateway to south Odisha, and has a well-developed transportation network. All express trains of Indian railway has a halt here. Well connected with the Howrah madras highway so all luxury busses also passing through.

Road

Chatrapur city is connected with National Highways NH-5 (Chennai – Kolkata), NH-59 (Gopalpur – Ahmedabad) and NH-217 (Gopalpur – Raipur) and other cities and towns ofOdisha. The three-wheeler auto taxis are the most important mode of transportation in this city. Taxis also ply on the city's roads. The Ganjam Urban Transport Services Limited (GUTSL) with joint partnership with Odisha State Road Transport Corporation (OSRTC) have come up with an agreement, valid for one year, to run a city-bus service forBerhampur to Chatrapur and urban centres on its periphery (Gopalpur, and Hinjli) on February 27, 2014.

Rail

Chhatrapur railway station is situated on the East coast railway line which is a major route connecting the two metros Kolkata and Chennai of India. It is directly connected to New Delhi, Ahmadabad, Bangalore, Bhubaneswar, Berhampur, Chennai, Cuttack, Mumbai, Nagpur, Pune, Puri, Vishakhapatnam, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Raipur, Sambalpur and many more cities of India. Bhubaneswar – Chatrapur connectivity (DMU) is popular connectivity to reach capital city Bhubaneswar.

Where to stay: 

You will find a good number of budget hotels in Chatrapur. There are luxarius ones too. If you face difficulty in locating a good accommodation, please mail us at info@travellersportal.info .

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