Having grown up in Kolkata, one of the mandatory places I would visit with my family during term breaks was Puri, Odisha. Puri not just has energetic beaches but is most famous for its centuries-old Jagannath Temple. So, a typical day in Puri looked like this – visit the temple in the morning, head to the beach after having breakfast, splash amidst the violent waves, have lunch and rest a while, and then head to the main beach again to enjoy the evening meals, food stalls and shops.
During the summers, Puri’s beaches are under the scorching heat and hence, to expect any flowers to grow on the beach would seem unrealistic. However, as winter approaches, some of Puri’s beaches get covered with these gorgeous pink flowers called ‘morning glory’. These flowers, found in shades of violet and pink, open up as the sun rises and closes its petals in the dark.
As November is here, it is the best time for these morning glories to grow and so they have! IFS Officer Susanta Nanda took to Twitter to share pictures of Golden and Niladri beach in Puri covered with pink flowers.
What a gorgeous sight!
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Have a look at the IFS Officer’s tweet here:
The ‘Beach of flowers’.
Puri has two stretch of cleanest & most serene beaches- Golden& Niladri. Move over the Valley of flowers…
Sand dunes covered with natural sand binders in full bloom. pic.twitter.com/oifTOEq0BH
— Susanta Nanda (@susantananda3) November 7, 2022
People online loved to see the beaches undergo this beautiful transformation. Here’s what some of them said:
After much care and expenditure some stretches near Niladri beach & Blue Flag beach are restored with this sea sand plant
— ଦେବବ୍ରତ Sahoo 🇮🇳 (@bapisahoo) November 7, 2022
Arrival of winter, Puri beaches will look calm, cool n more beautiful
— Rabi Sahoo (@RabiSahooPuri) November 8, 2022
Carry-on the good work.
— I am DRM (@DibyeshSe) November 8, 2022
A feel of peace and beauty, thank you.
— Sun Deep (@SunDeep65253805) November 8, 2022
Imagine having an evening picnic with your family and friends in a place like this. The best of nature indeed. 🙂