Rushikulya Beach – Odisha
Renowned for being home to the “Olive Ridley Turtle” is an unknown beach located in Odisha called Rushikulya Beach. This scenic and isolated beach are situated in the Ganjam district. In addition, apart from being scenic and pristine this beach is popular for the “hatching of the Olive Ridley Turtle” eggs which occurs mainly early in the morning. Furthermore, since this beach has not been developed there are no hotels, motels, shacks etc seen in or around this beach. It was this year (2018) that, this beach for the first time witnessed two major nesting’s of the Olive Ridley Turtle species. They occurred first in the month of February, and then 49 days later in April. According to forest department officials, approximately 3600 turtles were hatched during nesting in April. Now, whether or not this rare nesting phenomenon continues in 2019 as well, only time will tell.
Rushikulya beach map
- By train:
The nearest railway station is located in Ganjam. The Ganjam Railway Station is well connected to major cities in the country such as Vizag, Cuttack, Tirupati.
- By road:
If you intend to drive to this beach then the ideal starting points would be Bhubaneswar, Cuttack, Puri, Patna, and Kolkata.
- Via Bhubaneswar:
There is one route from Bhubaneswar to this beach, and it is via NH16 and SH 30.
2. Via Cuttack:
There are two routes from Cuttack to this beach, and they are via NH16 and via SH 37.
3. Via Puri:
There are three routes from Puri to this beach, and they are via NH16 and SH30, via Brahmagiri Road/Puri-Satpada Road and SH31, and via SH33.
4. Via Patna
There are three routes from Patna to this beach, and they are via NH16, via NH19 and NH16, and via NH22.
5. Via Kolkata:
There is one route from Kolkata to this beach, and they are via NH16.
- By air:
The closest airport to this beach is located in Bhubaneswar. The BijuPatnaik Airport is well connected to major cities such as New Delhi, Kolkata, Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad, and Mumbai.
Climate and the best time to visit Rushikulya Beach
The summer season at this beach begins in March and ends in May and comprises of a maximum temperature of about 45 degree Celsius with the mercury dropping to as low as 19 degree Celsius. The rainfall received during the monsoon season which begins in June and ends in September is “moderate”. On the other hand the winter season which begins in December and ends in February is extremely pleasant with the temperature ranging from a maximum of 22 degree Celsius to a minimum of 4 degree Celsius. So, the ideal time to visit this beach is from October to February during winter.
Things/activities to do
Since this beach has not yet been explored and as a result is rather isolated there are not many things/activities to do found in and around this beach apart from the nesting of the rare Olive Ridley Turtles and the hatching of their eggs. Furthermore, the hatching usually occurs during the early hours in the morning.
According to a 2010 article in The Hindu titled “One lakh turtles nest in Rushikulya beach in Orissa” apparently over one lakh turtles laid eggs at this picturesque and pristine beach located in Odisha. In addition, about 6,000 turtles is said to have arrived at this beach early in the morning just to lay eggs. As per the the Divisional Forest Officer (Berhampur) AK Jena, adequate safety measures to protect the eggs had been put into place until the hatching eventually occurred. These measures included providing for nets as well as forest personnel, local volunteers, and police to safeguard the eggs against jackals, kites, and stray dogs. With regards to Rushikulya Beach accommodation, there are none available since it is located in a secluded spot.