The hustle and bustle of the city life take a toll on us. The body, as well as the mind, aspire for frequent breaks. An extended weekend is most welcome as it provides the chance for a short trip. There are places in and around Kolkata which are not yet crowded enough to make you feel like a claustrophobic. A three-day-weekend often becomes the reason for a mad debate on what should be the ideal destination. If you want to enjoy the serenity of nature along with the bustling sea waves, you can be zeroed down to Chandipur, Odisha.
Chandipur or Chandipur-on-Sea is a small sea resort that is unique in its own way.
It is only 16 km from Baleswar or Balasore and is one of the many beaches in Odisha on the coastline of Bay of Bengal. Chandipur has the usual beauty and attractions of a sea beach, but a rarity has made it one of its kind. In any other beach, the waves come and go relentlessly, the continuous sound of the waves always keeps you aware of their mighty presence, but here the waves “vanish” at times and, come back again dancing to the rhythm of their own music. The ‘vanishing’ or ‘receding’ sea is the star attraction of Chandipur.
Yes, here the sea ‘vanishes’ during the ebb tide! Wondering? Actually, at Chandipur beach the sea recedes up to 5 km during the low tide. It’s a great spectacle as the sea surges or retreats.
Surrounded by tall Casuarina trees swaying their heads in the breeze, with some temporary shops here and there, the beach is still very much pollution free and peaceful. One can feel the essence of nature here.
This wonder of nature also gives the tourists the pleasure of walking through the sea literally when it’s ebb tide. Even you can take a jeep ride if you like. The sea surges back at regular intervals, so there is no risk involved. Millions of red crabs and their holes are to be seen on the beach. The crabs are of different types according to the locals. Perhaps the uniqueness of the sea has given rise to the biodiversity of nature.
Sight-Seeing From Chandipur
You can visit a few adjoining places in and around Chandipur. The car service is available and can be arranged easily either by yourself or by the hotel. It’ll be convenient and saves the time if you leave the matter to the hotel authority.
We stayed at the OTDC Panthanibas resort, a decent place with wonderful room-service. We visited the Panchalingeswar Temple which is about 45km from Chandipur.
The serenity of the temple, nestled between the verdant Nilgiri Hills, will rejuvenate your mind. The five ‘lingams’ symbolising Lord Shiva are to be found at the top over which runs a perennial waterfall. You’ve to go barefoot to reach the top climbing a flight of stairs.
Don’t forget to have a glimpse of the Nilagiri which is famous for the Jagannath Temple. If you’ve some more time, you can also trek up to the temple. The various shades of green all the way will make you awestruck. Nilagiri is about 30km from Chandipur.
5km from Nilagiri lies Sajanagarh, a quaint village famous for the temple of Goddess ‘Bhudhar Chandi’. The intricate stone-works on the walls of the temple are astonishingly beautiful.
Remuna, 25km from Chandipur, is the site of the temple of “Khirachora Gopinath” that is, Lord Krishna. The ambience of this temple will make you feel the divine presence of the Lord.
Chandipur is thus a great family destination. It’ll also be the best if you want to spend a couple of days alone or with friends. The pristine beauty and silence of Chandipur will surely rejuvenate your body and mind.
How to Reach: A number of trains are available from Kolkata/Howrah. After reaching the nearest railway station, Balasore or Baleswar, hire a car/auto to reach Chandipur beach in about 40/45 minutes. Direct bus services are also available from Kolkata (Esplanade). It takes about 5 hours to reach Balasore City Centre by bus.
NH5 passes through the Balasore town.
Where to Stay: OTDC Panthanibas is the best place to stay in Chandipur. Besides that, there are other reputed hotels like Arpita Beach Resort, Hotel Muktangan etc. It’s better to book prior your trip especially if you have elders and kids with you.
Here is a very short glimpse of the sea during the high tide.
OTDC Panthanibas booking details are here