Odisha’s Puri Beach decked out in pink flowers for the winter

As winter approaches, some of Puri's beaches become covered in these beautiful pink flowers known as'morning glory'.

by Soumayashree Mishra

Puri is famous not only for its lively beaches, but also for its centuries-old Jagannath Temple. So, a typical day in Puri went as follows: visit the temple in the morning, head to the beach after breakfast, splash in the violent waves, have lunch and rest for a while, and then return to the main beach to enjoy the evening meals, food stalls, and shops.


Puri’s beaches are scorching hot during the summers, so expecting flowers to grow on the beach seems unrealistic. However, as winter approaches, some of Puri’s beaches become covered in these beautiful pink flowers known as’morning glory.’ These violet and pink flowers open up and close as the sun rises and sets.


Susanta Nanda, an IFS officer, took to Twitter to share photos of Puri’s Golden and Niladri beaches covered in pink flowers.

The ‘Beach of Flowers,’ he tweeted.

Puri has two cleanest and most serene beaches: Golden and Niladri. Fly over the Valley of Flowers…

In full bloom, sand dunes covered in natural sand binders.

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