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Chandipur

 
June 2009

Chandipur Panchalingeswar Information 



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Chandipur

Location

Chandipur is a small beach along the northern coast of Orissa along the Bay of Bengal. It is 16Km from Balasore, an important city of Orissa and having rich historical significance. Balasore was part of ancient Kalinga and was invaded by the Mughals. Later in the 17th century, it developed as an important port city. More information about the history of Balasore can be found here.
Chandipur shot into the limelight after the Missile Testing Center was setup there by the Indian Army.

Going there

To go to Chandipur, one has to travel through Balasore. Balasore is accessible both by rail and road.

By Rail

It is a 4 hour journey from Kolkata. All long distance trains stop here. From Balasore station, autos and hired cars are available. Autos charge Rs 125 and cars Rs 300 – Rs 400 for the 16Km journey to Chandipur.

By Road

Balasore is 5Km from NH5. This makes it connected to Kolkata, Bhubaneswar and Puri. It is 250 Km from Kolkata.
It is around 80Km from Digha and can be reached from there within 2 hours.

Places to stay

There are many hotels in Chandipur, as it is full with weekend tourists. If one considers proximity to the sea, the property managed by OTDC is the best. OTDC hotels can be booked online or from their regional offices. The beach is just a 1 minute walk from the hotel. Other hotels are Hotel Subham, Santi Niwas, Hotel Anandomoyee, etc. A complete list of hotels can be found at the OTDC portal.

What to see

The most common sightseeing trip while at Chandipur is that of Remuna, Nilagiri and Panchalingeswar. Cost varies depending on the number of passengers. A hired car charges Rs 700 – Rs 1200, depending on the season and from where you are booking. This trip takes around 5 hours.
Other trips can be done to Simlipal Forest, Bhitarkanika and Digha-Talsari. These are longer trips and are hardly worth as a day trip option.

Panchalingeswar

Panchalingeswar is situated on the Nilgiri Hills in northern Orissa. It is 30Km from Balasore.

Going there

To go to Panchalingeswar, one has to travel through Balasore. Balasore is accessible both by rail and road.

By Rail

It is a 4 hour journey from Kolkata. All long distance trains stop here. From Balasore station, autos and hired cars are available. Autos charge Rs 200 and cars Rs 400-500 for the 30Km journey to Panchalingeswar. Arrange for return pick-up when you go as only shared jeeps are available from there and one needs to walk for 1 Km to avail it.

Places to stay

There are not many options in Panchalingeswar. OTDC has a Panthasala at Panchalingeswar. Just bang opposite the OTDC property, there is Hotel Sakuntala. Another option to stay is Roopark Village Resort in Panchalingeswar. It will give a different flavor to the stay.

Places to see

  1. Do not miss the Shiva lingams submerged under a flowing stream.
  2. Take a walk in the Kuldiha forest. Prior permission is required. Beware of wild elephants, which are in plenty there.
  3. Explore other parts of the Nilgiri Hills on foot.

 

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Chandipur Panchalingeswar Information



10 Comments

  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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