On 29th March 2013 , 6 members of our family planned a week end trip to Chandipur Balasore. We travelled by own vehicle from Kolkata . Road condition , Approx 25% to 30% of total travelled distance ( 260Km) , is very poor. Balance are Ok. It took approx 5 hrs travel time( One Way) + break. ITDC Panthanivas was booked online. AC suit rooms are sea facing. one may opt for other rooms also. Location of Panthanivas is excellent.All other hotels are away from beach. Most of the times sea water is far away. It is a mixed feeling. some time we felt bored and some times we felt charged. Periodical appearance and disappearnace of water is an unique experience. Beach is very safe for every age of travellers.
There is no separate acess to beach for Local people and travellers staying in other hotels. It makes over crowded in evening.
Room rent is inclusive of breakfast. Only choice is Puri Sabji or bread omlet. Inadequate staff and not well trained for a hotel like OTDC. Food is little over charged for quality of food. it is a total chaotic situation during break fast at morning hours. Though Room service is not available, they served it at room for my 74 yr old mother.
On second day , we found one small resaturant named " SANJU". located on beach. Superb Bengali dish of your choice. Prawn/Crab/Hilsa/chiken. We took lunch. We also took dinner in open sky . Beach was completly Dark and silent. Hotel may be really small in size by taste is far better or comparable with any reputed restaurant.
On third day we started early in the morning and visited Panchalingeswar Mandir. Nice place to visit. Approx 50 KM from Chandipur towards Bhubaneswar. After Puja and break fast at OTDC returned Kolkata.
Overall it is a good family trip.
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