Puri is situated at the eastern India. It is in the state of Odisha. The distance of Puri from the capital city of Odisha is 60 kilometers. It is connected by rail, bus and air travel. Due to presence of Lord Jagannath Temple and the once beautiful sea-beach since time immemorial people reached here. Throughout the year, we see the presence of large number of floating population.
Most people love to stay nearer to the sea as nearby sea beach area there have been many hotels and most of these are growing and encroaching land and there are perhaps no restrictions on concerned municipal areas as walking in between these roads have become extremely difficult. This article is not about marine drive road but it is on the sea beach as most of these sea sand areas is engulfed by these ever encroaching hotels.
In comparison with marine drive areas of Chennai or popularly known as Marina Beach, entire areas is full of trees and there is hardly any encroachment and this makes walking in these areas extremely easier. The Puri Sea is famous for its tide as the movement of tides reaching nearer to you provides awesome level of screenshot and that enhances imagination of tourists further.
Due to presence of large number of hotels nearer to the sea beach as well as concise the sand areas out there, then there is presence of so many hawkers meandering here and there and that makes walking through these sand even more difficult. If you happens to reach nearer to sea at sun rise of about half past five in the morning in the month of February you will find the rays of sun just spreading in line with the sea and the straight line makes it so smoother and wonderful experience to observe the presence of sea at its full strength and in between within these straight lines from sun to sea which is a purple line there would be birds flying everywhere into these lines as if they try to ride on these steps to reach towards heaven.
You will find at some point birds would stay on the sand which is wet because the tide just returned back and they try to drink water from the filter sand and there the straightest purple line would be seen out there. It seems for some time that you are at the stage of complete natural happenings and the happiness that comes out from within that front is so exotic and wonderful that it cannot be described in detail about it. One can only feel it with ones’ deeper understanding.
After walking out for some distance nearer to sea in its sand structure which of course solid and walking through it becomes the sense of immense satisfaction as there is no chance of getting into traffic as well as there is no chance of obstruction while you walk within these sands. Suddenly, my eyes filled with moist and almost deeply saddened to see the presence of death of Olive Ridley out there and this is mostly due to caught in between nets of fisherman who despite prohibitory orders continue to put their nets on the sea and to my utter surprise while walking for more distance within these roads I happen to see death of almost three more Olive Ridley.
What is utter disdain is that despite prohibitory orders for catching fishes in this part of land still there is brazenly opening out of local fishermen with their boat and then spread their net on the sea water and that makes the Olive Ridley to catch in between those places and that spells their doom at last. Then openly, these fishermen sell the sea fishes to travelers who bought these fish. While walking I have to cross from time to time so many of such nets which obstruct the sea-sands and make walking very difficult there in.
I could feel what should have been the last moments of these Olive Ridley when they are caught in between these sea water and the net as I have to slow down my walking speed and then bow down so that I could pass these nets which are in parts on sea shores. To my utter disdain some tourists are standing nearer to dead Olive Ridley and taking photographs and selfies and in this manner they forget the basic human values dealing with it and this makes me feel the sad that how come while we move towards greatness of technology but still forgetting the basic ingredients of life that should be more visible to us and should not we always be implanted to root rather than flying within these technological excellences par se.
Within these small stretches of sands due to encroachment of hotels, almost quarter of these places are covered by local people out there mostly from fisherman communities who put the chairs on sands and ask money from people who sat there and they ask for ten or twenty rupees to seat on it and what it makes is that it makes the distance to move nearer to the sea-shore shortened and who have given them permission to use these sands for commercial purposes?
Then after walking for some distances you would see on the sand there would be mostly sea-related things out there and waiting for people to purchase and that occupies some portion of the land and that makes walking and moving into these places more difficult than earlier anticipation. If you travel in between these places you would get the impression that you are moving in the land of unknown and where there is no law and order for controlling of these unwarranted and perhaps unregistered so called businessmen who occupies the sea-sands and shores of their wishes and whims and if they could they even go beyond the sea and occupies the water portion of sea too.
Then from place to place you would find presence of so called photographers who used to contact with tourists and ask them to photo shoot on the sea shores and as far as my knowledge goes they have the association and their number are so much that if you cross two meters one person is there and sometimes they compel visitors and then sometimes argue with them for no reason and the walking within these sands in the presence of these so called amateur photographers becomes extremely difficult.
Then from distance to distance on the sea shore there are presence of ostriches and horses and their owners would go to visitors and ask them whether they would seat on it and they charge differently for seating on it and differently on moving to some distance and they would not clean the places out there and the stools of these animals tend to stay within these sands forever. They would not provide passage to you and even they would not clean their stools and who have permitted to use these innocent animals to be utilized for business purposes.
If you look at those person who are with these animals tend to cover up the entire sand space and it is almost difficult to cross over these place as on one side the advent of sea-tide and on the other hand the presence of gathering of large number of people tend to cover entire sea-sands on these places. You would definitely feel the pain out there while walking across sea-sands and while you are moving into these seas on the morning but the amount of commercialization makes the beauty of natural surroundings difficult to grasp and understand. While moving here and there you would find that some persons with plenty of chief necklaces of white in color and urging visitors to buy them and if not sometimes argues with them for no reason and that makes to feel that why such the level of commercialization are allowed here.
Most of these necklaces are duplicated, but it is being told that these are made of pearls extracted out from Puri sea. Just look at the mind set of these sellers who go to such extra yards while dealing with marketing aspects but tend to forget all of these ethics on its way. Many time’s visitors used to buy these with handsome money while completely forgetting that these are duplicated pearls. Some tend to sell some different types of stone consisting of black, maroon and purple and they sold these by tending to say that these they got from the sea.
To add to the wood in between, there is the presence of large wooden boats and some new motor boats out there. That obstructs the entire stretches of land and also there is no regulation here as of now of should be paid in order to move with these motor boats so that these people should not demand so much from visitors.