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Gopalpur in My-views(The sandy golden beach)::
Gopalpur was traditionally a nice and clean beach with different shades of blue sea water. Yes! I must say that the sunset was best part of this travel. We enjoyed sunset from our balcony with hot tea.(Served in our room).Evening was very much enjoyable with chirping birds,setting sun and essence of kewde flower. The whole sea beach was scenic and tranquil.To our understanding,this was the least explored beach of east coast.
The beach was clean and people could walk across the beach for several hours. We went during sankranthi time. We saw lots of entertainment options for different people of different ages(Horse riding,camel riding etc).
There were lots of hotels here in gopalpur.

Long drive to kolkata Via Road

There were make shift arrangements as well. Many were offering paying guest facility.Most of the hotels were on the bank of the bay of Bengal. The  connecting road was diving them from sea beach.Being very remote area, there was not much offering like Puri or Vizag or as a tourist spot.But local vendors were capable enough to accommodate or provide foods to all.There were many items on the menu like- fish fry, fish curry,Chinese items,chicken items etc.The best part of these shops were that we could change the spices as per our need. But yes if you were travelling a non festival time, post sunset was not good to roam on the beach or the road.It was also not advisable to venture sea post sunset as there were no life guards,police patrolling available.

Long drive to kolkata Via Road

There was no toilet facilities or bathing facilities available on the beach.So it was always better to take a room in nearby hotels(you could book one after coming here , be prepared for hard bargaining).While privacy was a concern, few KMs apart from the main beach cleanness was  almost non existent.
We had not taken bath here due to time crunch. But seems like sea bed was safe. The slope was gradual.Being shallow and sandy,one could enjoy swimming.As there was very less tourists and no life guards were available, I would suggest not to venture to much into the sea.

Long drive to kolkata Via Road

However the waves were gentle and pleasant.Bay of Bengal was a mixture of very high and very low tide.So it was better to take care of the length of tide.
Coconut water was must have item in gopalpur along with popular jhalmuri. We did not try other items as we needed to keep our stomach fit for the next leg of our journey. But there were lots of other items available like-Crab,prawn,motor chana,different teas etc.
In my views,gopalpur could be visited through out the year. The summer would be little humid and hot. As we had visited during winter,it was very cold.

Long drive to kolkata Via Road

Long drive to kolkata Via Road

The Alarm beeped at around 5AM in the morning, we jumped out the bed and started for next day’s long drive. We were real quick and started at around 5:30PM.Even though the sunset was beautiful , the sun rise was even better. At 5:40 we hit the main road NH-5.

Long drive to kolkata Via Road

We drove some kms and we found the beautiful chilka Lake from top of a small ghat section. There were lot of visitors busy clicking the sunrise. The  road was small ghat section.Every corner of the road gave us natural beauty of sunrise over chilka.Post crossing chilka , actual orissa started.The view of chilka from car’s window was also awesome.When we entered into a small ghat road the beauty became even more prominent.

Long drive to kolkata Via Road
Break at bhubneswar
Long drive to kolkata Via Road

Bengal and orissa has allmost same taste ,same food habits. We felt that we were our town. We stopped for a quick tea that boosted us for the next course of journey. But we had to little careful here. All diversion and broken road started. NH authority were trying hard to maintain the road. At around 11 AM we reached Bhubneswar and 12 noon we hit cuttack. Seeing a good road side dhaba we stopped for lunch. We resumed our journey at around 2:30PM again. Btw, the food was super tasty. The road after cuttack was allmost empty, we could manage to maintain 100Km/hr most of the time. the road condition was great too.At around 3:30Pm we reached to the Bengal border.Crossing the border was no mean an easy task.

Long drive to kolkata Via Road

Lots of trucks were in queue. We were told that they would move before midnight. We had to take wrong route to cross the border. The police of both side were kind enough to make our way to Bengal. Just after crossing the border and orissa we felt instantly, we were at home. Only 300KM to go. We stopped for a quick tea at kolkaghat. The road condition of Bengal was nice and smooth. We could drive 120KM/hr constantly till Andul.

Long drive to kolkata Via Road

At around 6:30PM we reached to our home. A solid 1600Km drive came to an end. Till this point my parent did only know we were coming via train and had to do lot of break journey as we did not get direct ticket. Seeing our car they were surprised. It was a mixed reaction from them. My mom said that she knew that I was not going to take such huge risk to cross 4 states with connecting trains. Mom will be moms.You can not lie to your own mom!!!.

Long drive to kolkata Via Road

However it was a nice and pleasant journey with lots of memories. Special thanks to Sunil to provide road condition till Vizag , special thanks to Arindam to provide the road condition from vizag to kollkata,Based on them we did 2+2=4 calculation. Last but not the least our travel guru Souritra and Harish for fitting projectors,guide and long drive guidelines.

Long drive to kolkata Via Road

Long drive to kolkata Via Road

Cost Details:
Diesel Cost: Single side:
1st time
Diesel- Rs 4000
2nd time
Diesel- Rs 4400
3rd time
Diesel- Rs 4750

Long drive to kolkata Via Road

Toll Cost:
Rs 1750 all 3 times

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