About 8-km to the east of
Puri on the Marine
Drive, one could enjoy the glamour of Balighai beach amidst casuarina
plantations. This casuarina-fringed beach is a famous picnic spot too.
The juxtaposition of gentle casuarina-lined river with crashing, desolate ocean coast is a strange and extremely beautiful one. One may also catch a glimpse of the shy Baliharina a kind of deer who inhabit the area. The Sea Turtle Research Centre is another attraction of this beach.