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Review of Chandipur

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Kolkata (Calcutta), India
Level 3 Contributor
18 reviews
24 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 October 2012

Chandipur 4-5 hrs from Kolkata by Car. We visited this place for 3 nights 4 days. The beach is peculiar, as the sea forowards or recedes according to the tides for 5 kms or so.. By the words of my 5 yrs old son "Magic Beach" we can walk straight towards the sea for a couple of kms and one can have beautifull feelings in the early morning. The peculiar nature of the sea as it comes or recedes happens twice a day. The beach is very quiet, but not on sundays as the local people comes for a hour or so. But it is very safe and cool for everyone. There are very limited option to stay, but still if it is not in peak season you can go to the site and book. In a way it also the best option if possible to get the perfect rooms, as we did.We stayed at OTDC Panthanivas, being the best option of being very close to the beach and also having a private approach to the beach. Other Hotels are not near the beach. After Panthanivas the closest hotel is "Hotel Chandipur". There are quite a number of nearby sites one can visit from here. Again Panthanivas being the best option as their arrangement and vehicles are best. We didn't book any of these as we had our own vehicle.
Buribalam is the most nearby place just 2 km from Chandipur. This place is famous for Bengali Freedom Fighter Jatindranath Mukherjee(Bagha Jatin) along with other Bengali revolutionaries, became martyrs in the Battle of Buribalam in 1915. It is also a confluence of the river and the sea, so also a fishing harbour.
One can take a day's trip to NIlgiri, Panchalingeswar and Remuna. Panchalingeswar is a holy place for the hindus named after the five Shivalinga that are enshrined inside. The temple is on top of a hillock near the Nilagiri hill. The Shivalingas are said to have been enshrined by Sita, the wife of Lord Rama during their exile. Another story holds that King Banasura worshiped the Swayambhu Lingas at this place given its beauty. A perennial stream, which is the main attraction of the area, regularly washes the Shivalingas as it flows over them. To reach to the temple one has to lie flat on the rock parallel to the stream to touch and worship the lingas inside the water stream. It is 55 kms from OTDC Panthanivas. The temple can be reached after climbing 256 steps as the local people says, as we didn,t count. A fee for car parking and 1 rupee for shoes.
One can visit this place for scenic beautifull. On the way back visit Khirchora Temple in Remuna. An ancient temple and lord Khirchora. A fee for car parking.
Next day we went for Deokundis a scenic spot, found at a distance of 130 km from Balasore. This place is an important tourist attraction, owing to its alluring waterfalls and natural beauty. Perched on a hill, Maa Ambika is a highly revered deity in this region, whose idol was moved to Baripada's Ambika Temple from here. Again here also nearly 180 steps to climb. But one can sit here for hours enjoying this spot. Birds of different species can be spotted. On the way here is Kuldiha Wild Life Sanctuary, of the Simlipal Forest. The guard said to us that 40 tigers are present in this part of the forest according to the last sumari. The other animals are also present specially elephant and birds. Entry fees are applicable.
Lastly it was a vey enjoyable tour and according to my son we have seen sea, hills and jungle in a single tour.

6 Thank debasish2002
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“The most soothing beach in the world”
Reviewed 24 November 2008

Orissa has a long coastline of about 500 km. on the Bay of Bengal with a great number of lovely beaches. Chandipur is one such beach, but with a unique distinction on its own. Unlike other beaches, the sea water here recedes away from the shore line about five km twice a day, an unusual phenomenon, rarely found anywhere. I saw the sea literally vanishing before my eyes and also watch it coming back rhythmically at regular intervals. Also the time of retreating of sea water & coming back on the shore depends on the moon cycle.

Usually, the waves come and go smashing on the shore but here they are like a musical fountain, soothing to the eyes and ears. Elsewhere, the waters wait for the visitors but here the visitors have to wait for the waters. The calm waves are more relaxing here, then any other place in world.

This marvel of nature provided me with the opportunity of fearlessly walking into the sea and happily playing with the waves. When the waters disappeared, I took a bike ride on this wide beach, which was itself a very different experience. The beauty of the exposed bosom of the beach is further enhanced by the small red crabs. For a beach comber like me, it was no less then heaven with its abundant wealth of sea shells and drift wood.

Chandipur is hardly 2 km away is Balaramgadi where the river Budhabalang meets the sea. A trip through the mouth of the meandering river on a fisherman's boat was a pleasant experience for me. Watching them cast their nets and pull their catch of fish was mesmerising.

Also worth paying a visit is the Interim Test Range (ITR), which has played host to several test missile launches for India, only if u have good sources. Sadly, I hadn’t.

Chandipur is well connected by an excellent road. 16 km from Balasore.
Nearest railhead is Balasore (16 km) on the S.E. Railway served by a number of fast trains from Kolkata, New Delhi, Puri, Bhubaneswar etc.
Nearest airport is Bhubaneswar

Accommodation & restaurants are quite good like OTDC Panthanivas and Yatrinivas (Ph. 370051), Hotel larika , Hotel Chandipur , Hotel Subham besides a few more. I stayed at Panthanivas, which provided great food & had excellent facilities.

Thank rahil j
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