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June 2009

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Chandipur Panchalingeswar Information 

Chandipur is around 250Km from Kolkata and 16Km from Balasore, the nearest town. One of the many beaches that dot the coast of Bay of Bengal in Orissa, Chandipur is now a popular tourist destination. It also shot into limelight with the Indian Missile Testing center being set up at Chandipur.

The beach at Chandipur

The beach at Chandipur

The trip to Chandipur was an impromptu trip – we just decided to go there all of a sudden. Actually after the trek to Gomukh & Tapovan was canceled and then the trip to Rishi valley had to be adjourned because of the severe cyclone Aila hitting West Bengal, I was just yearning to take a break – anywhere. As I had not been to Chandipur before, I decided to explore the beach of Chandipur for a few days and take a welcome break from work. Being just 3-4 hours from Kolkata, not much pre-planning was required. Purchased the train tickets (did not feel like driving), booked the OTDC hotels and we were ready to go.

Oh, the sea is not dry!!

Well, don’t be surprised by the above statement!! Many had discouraged me from going to Chandipur, as for most of the day, its a beach without any water. So, imagine our surprise when at first sight we found that there was water till the shoreline. We reached OTDC Panthaniwas, our hotel for the next 2 days, after a 30 minute auto-rickshaw ride from Balasore station. After check-in, no time was wasted and within a few minutes hit the sea. Surprisingly, the sea was very shallow. Even at full tide, the water was only upto my waist. And we could walk far, far away into the sea at waist deep water. You can walk on and on, till you feel fatigued, but the water will hardly rise above your waist. Really unique!!

Crabs & Prawns

After a 2 hour swim, I had to drag my daughter out of the water as my stomach was rumbling with hunger.

The shallow sea at Chandipur

The shallow sea at Chandipur

And why not? One of the main attractions of any sea side trip for me is the sea food – giant crabs and prawns. One of my favorite destinations for sea food is Sankarpur, and I was eager to try them out at Chandipur. Unfortunately, they were good, but a little below expectation. The prawns were not as big as they were expected to be! The same could be said for the crabs and the curry for both of them were so similar, it was not much fun.

The water has disappeared!!

Dark monsoon clouds engulf the sky

Dark monsoon clouds engulf the sky

The evening stroll on the sea beach had a surprise in store – the water had disappeared!! The sea bed was dry and people were walking all over it. This was an unique experience. Aheli, my daughter and myself started walking towards the distant water – and it turned out to be an endless walk. After walking for about a kilometer and a half, we gave up. No matter how much we walked, the water seemed to recede further and further away.

After that, the rest of the evening was spent in strolling on the beach, have dab(green coconut) and jhalmuri and tea.

Morning Walk

A journey to a place does not have a sense of completion unless I walk around the area. So at six in the morning, I was on the beach again, but this time to walk along the beach. To make life uncomfortable, the sun was up and it was getting hotter, the sea was dry and it was humid. Luckily one could walk along the beach for quite a distance. It was too early for the tourists to get up from bed and the beach was desolate except for a few workers who were working on an adjacent construction. I love walking, specially in desolate areas.

Red Spots on the Sea

Red crabs on the sea at Chandipur

Red crabs on the sea at Chandipur

After walking for some time, I noticed red spots on the sea bed. After observing carefully, similar red spots could be noticed on the beach also. What are these? Well, they were colonies of red crabs. Chandipur is the home of horse-shoe crabs (a sign board says so). Thousands and thousands of crabs were on the sea bed and the beach. What a sight!!

Violet shells

For the first time I also saw violet colored shells – quite unique. My daughter went on collecting them until her hand and my pockets were full. Its a ritual when we go the sea – collect shells, clean them up, bring them home carefully so that they do not break and then forget about them!!

Trip to Budhabalanga

Budhabalanga is the confluence of the Budhabalanga river and the Bay of Bengal and 5Km from Chandipur. It was one trip that I wanted to do, but could not. An auto-rickshaw had been booked, but it did not turn up. And when it did, it refused to go as it had another passenger for a longer trip (and more money). This was the last day at Chandipur and after a morning swim we would be headed for Panchalingeswar. The planned morning swim turned out to be an afternoon dip in hot water as the tide timing was 12:30 PM. We walked nearly a Km to dip in the hot water and then return back to our hotel for another delicious ‘chingrir malai curry’. Any Japanese would have said ‘Oishi’!!


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  1. K.P.Mukherjee said:

    Ni ce trip . I will love to go there soon……….At least for the CRABS……….

    Posted on August 25th, 2009 at 12:53 pm

  2. Britishraj said:

    Chandipur! pretends to be a seaside resort. It’s like the ‘pub with no beer’ why, I truly believe the tide goes out and sometimes forgets to come back. I think if one was looking for a beach resort near Cal. then Digha and the ‘surrounding area’ is a better option. Puri is my favourite.

    Posted on September 16th, 2009 at 7:38 pm

  3. admin said:

    >> I truly believe the tide goes out and sometimes forgets to come back
    Nicely put. It feels so strange at times. Around Kolkata, my favorite remains Sankarpur – for some unknown reason.

    Posted on September 17th, 2009 at 4:38 am

  4. S S Dalpat said:

    very soon I will visit that places with my family in Dec last week

    Posted on December 18th, 2009 at 5:04 am

  5. admin said:

    Have a nice trip!!

    Posted on December 18th, 2009 at 6:23 am

  6. sankarpur said:

    [...] Orissa. Address : Khunta, San Khunta, G.b. Nagar Mayurbhanj Orissa India Dipploma Course …Chadipur | Travel Story BookChadipur is around 250Km from Kolkata and 16Km from Balasore, the nearest town. A small beach [...]

    Posted on March 30th, 2010 at 6:51 pm

  7. Jagannath said:

    The red crabs that you saw at Chandipur are not horseshoe crabs. The horseshoe crabs are bigger and have a long antennae like rod. Sadly, there are no horseshoe crabs in Chandipur as all of them have been wiped clean due to indiscriminate fishing.

    Posted on December 9th, 2010 at 9:37 am

  8. siddhartha pati said:

    dear,jagannath,,,,,,i sure u r wrong bcoz chandipur is one one good habitate og horseshoe crab in india….even two types of these species found here,T.gigas is one species..and also found over here in large number…..

    Posted on August 16th, 2013 at 5:36 pm

  9. eesit pradhann said:

    Which one is better- chandipur or gopalpur?

    Posted on January 10th, 2014 at 4:35 am

  10. Shakuntala said:

    This marvel of Nature gives the bathers an unexpected pleasure of fearlessly walking into the sea and happily playing with the waves.

    Posted on September 2nd, 2014 at 12:53 pm

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