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Old 10th October 2013, 14:07   #1
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In Odisha, if you talk of beaches, people talk of either the Puri beach at the Sri Jagganath Dham or the Chandrabhaga beach at the small place of Konark, the land of the Sun Temple. Apart from these there are many beautiful beaches in Odisha which are less explored or less talked of. Be it Chandipur near Baleswar or Gopalpur-on-Sea in Ganjam, these are the much better beaches if you talk of serenity and tranquility.
Preparations:
  • As Gopalpur and Chandipur are located on opposite directions of the NH-5 we decided to do the trips to the two places separately.
  • As the places are not too far away the only things we carried were a foot pump, some drinking water, topping of air pressure and a glance on the coolant and brake fluid levels.
TRIP TO GOPALPUR-ON-SEA
We started the trip at about 7:30 in the morning. The NH-5 is just around 2 kms from our house. So off we went towards Khurda. En-route to Khurda we had to pay a toll of Rs.80 at the Gangapara toll plaza. It is only after Khurda that the roads become clear and the fun begins. Chilika is about 95 km. A few km from Chilika, we have a OTDC Panthanivas at Barkul. We had our breakfast at the Panthanivas. The Panthanivas has also a very good view point from where we can see the chilika lake.
After spending a bit of time viewing the Chilika lake we left for Gopalpur. The newly constructed chilika bypass is a treat to drive but we could not enjoy the full length as we went via Chilika.
Some snaps of the small ghat:
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Some snaps of the wonderful roads:
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We took a shortcut from Chattrapur towards Gopalpur through some Keora farms. The road was a bit bumpy but the fragrance of the air from the Keora leaves and the greenery were a treat to the nose and eyes respectively. Some pics of the Keora Jungle:
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Within minutes we reached the beach and we could hear the roar of the Sea.The approach road to the exquisite beach of Gopalpur :
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Driving towards the bay of Bengal
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Some snaps of the beach itself:
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The so acclaimed now defunct lighthouse
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Huge statue of Bajrang bali
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Spotted this very well maintained Fiat 1100D on the return journey.
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THE PLACE LESS VISITED- TAMPARA LAKE (about 20 km from berhampur)
The Tampara Lake is a very less visited by tourists, small lake. But the beauty lies in the fact that it is very less crowded. Boating facilities at very reasonable prices are available, like water scooter, pedal boat, traditional oar type boats, speed boats etc. It is offset at a distance of just about 0.5 km from the National Highway. This place is a highly recommended spot for those who visit Gopalpur. Now let the pictures do the talking.
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CHILIKA VIEW FROM BARKUL
Barkul has an OTDC Panthanivas with both restaurant and lodging facilities. The following pics were taken from the Chilika Lake Observatory fron the Barkul OTDC Panthanivas.Coasts of Odisha-photo0488.jpg

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CHANDIPUR: THE LAND OF SILVER SAND
The name 'Chandipur' is often associated with missiles. The missile man of India and former President has made a number of trips because of the missile testing facility at Chandipur.
The sand of Chandipur gets a silver dazzle as sunlight falls on it. One has to see this in person in order to believe. One most interesting thing is that the sea recedes and moves forward by about 5km according to the tidal forces.
Chandipur also has an OTDC panthanivas. We had our lunch there. The taste wasn't too bad (rather good) but the service was just 'awful'. We had to wait an hour and a half for our food. We thought among ourselves-" These guys must have gone to the market to buy the poultry as we had ordered some chicken."
Now lets see the silver sand:
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The ride for the trip-"THE FROG"

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Now the "kitna deti hai" part
18.6 kmpl- Full tank to full tank method (99% AC)

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Thread moved from the Assembly Line (The "Assembly Line" Forum section) to Travelogues. Thanks for sharing!
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CHANDIPUR: THE LAND OF SILVER SAND
The name 'Chandipur' is often associated with missiles. The missile man of India and former President has made a number of trips because of the missile testing facility at Chandipur.
Thanx , you refreshed my memory.

This place was my weekend picnic spot in my college day.
I love this place.

Even till date when ever i am in odisah,i never forget to go chandipur with old friends.
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Thanks for sharing! All your travels seem to be towards the northern side, or was this one big trip?
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