Chandrabhaga – Almost desolate :)

ย 25.06.2017:

We left Puri at about 02.00 hrs to Konark, one of Indiaโ€™s best known. Konark, which is a part of the Golden triangle is around 35 kms from Puri and can be easily reached by road. Odisha is a land of great history and heritage, art and architecture, fairs and festivals. The traffic on the road was comparatively less as everyoneโ€™s journey today is towards Puri. We parked our car on the roadside to stretch for a while and continued with our journey towards Puri.

The roads are good and covered by trees on either side of the roads. Half way through, the way became more scenic with the sea on one side and lagoons on the other. Bordering the Bay of Bengal in the east, Odisha is famous for its beaches such as Gopalpur, Puri, Chandipur and Chandrabhaga to mention a few. Chandrabhaga, yet another famous beach of Odisha after the Gopalpur on Sea is located at a distance of 4 kms from the famous Sun Temple Konark. Just few hundred meters away from the Chandrabhaga, there is a jet-ski hub where we can go on a water-bike ride.

Continuous travels, bad weather, soaking in the rain for hours together started to take a toll on me. I had a bad cold, sore throat and was running of fever; so I had to stay back on the shores while the guys went on with their jet-ski rides ๐Ÿ˜ฆ Nevertheless, watching them ride those beasts was also fun ๐Ÿ™‚ . A small tip here is that if one wants to ride a jet-ski, bargain hard ๐Ÿ˜‰ We went on a walk along the shores of the Chandrabhaga beach, where they say that in the past river Chandrabhaga joined the sea here, but now only the confluence remains to be seen. Tourists do visit this place also to take holy dips on some auspicious days!

Chandrabhaga with its cool blue waters has its own charm and serenity! Long stretch of fine sand beach, neat and clean, camels and horses waiting for their passengers, a functioning lighthouse are the main attractions here. Chandrabhaga is mainly a sun-set point. Though I didn’t experience this, I heard my dad sharing his experience about the stunning views of this beach during the sun-set! A seven day festival fair called the Chandrabhaga Mela takes place here every year in the honor of the Sun God. It is also in this beach, the International Sand Art Festival is organized alongside the internationally famous Konark Dance Festival. Owing to the Rath Yatra in Puri, the beach is comparatively less crowded. After enjoying the cool sea breeze, we returned back to our car to continue our journey to Konark.

Konark is just 10 minutes away from Chandrabhaga and finding our way to the temple wasnโ€™t that difficult as all the roads here leads to the architectural masterpiece! Konark is a small town situated on the east coast of Odisha and as soon as we entered on to the road that leads to the famous Sun Temple, we could see a small Rath Yatra (Chariot Parade) taking place here too! ๐Ÿ™‚ย  Though the chariots are so huge, they are like the exact replicas of those which we saw in Puri. Praying the lord Jagannath for his blessings, we moved towards the Sun Temple!

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Calungate – The mini world of Parasailing..

24.12.2015:

@ 14.00 hrs – Guneet and I walked towards a stretch of the Calungate beach which is like a few feet away from our resort. The beach is full of sand and shacks where few foreigners were chilling out with few drinks and some good sea-food, while a few others were sun-bathing and young children playing on the shore. What I found here were boards.. Yeah, boards asking us “Want to go parasailing”, “Jet Ski, 15 mins, Rs. 200” etc..etc..

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The beach is serene, not much crowded and not like most happening sort. We returned back to our resort and got settled in the open restaurant for our food. While I opted Noodles, Mythri opted a plain meal and Guneet settled for a Goan meal, as she is the only Non-veganย among us ๐Ÿ™‚ . The food was served quite quick and tasted good. After a good meal, we rested for sometime. It was during this time I came to know that my friend (a senior in my college) was also there in Goa with her husband.

@17.00 hrs – We went to the beach again. But this time it was different. It was too crowded, full of people and activity. People playing in the waters, adventurers trying the most famous Goan water sport ‘Para Sailing’, hawkers selling flowery crowns, some LEDs, shorts etc. are all on the sands of the Calungate beach. The beach which we stood on right now is the mid-point of the Calungate and Baga stretch. Baga is yet another famous beach in Goa.

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The best part of Goa is the mode of transport. It’s a simple process, what all you need to own a vehicle for any number of days in Goa is an identity card and few bucks in your pockets. Usually in the off-season, one can hire a two wheeler for 150 or 200 rupees per day and a four wheeler for 500 or 600 rupees a day. And it will be too difficult to take a bike on rent during the season time like Christmas and New Year. We tried very hard to rent two Honda DIOs for a rent a 300 rupees per each, that too just till the night ๐Ÿ˜ฆ . But we decided that we should make the most of it ๐Ÿ˜€

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Calungate is a town in North Goa, which is quite famous for its beach and shopping options. One more important thing is that it is quite simple to move from one place to another in Goa, even if one doesn’t have a clue about the place. Calungate beach has got some coconut groves and brightly lit restaurants and tattoo shops in middle of them. There isn’t any provision of paying a parking fee here, it’s totally free, but few champs try to outsmart us and be careful with them ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Once there, Mythri and Guneet wanted to have some temporary tattoos on their hands. While Guneet chose some starts on her wrist, Mythri thought for quite sometime and I helped her by saying to have “Joie De Vivre”ย inked onto her hand ๐Ÿ™‚ . Isn’t it just apt for the moment? ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ Once done, we moved towards the beach, by this time it was dark. While the shacks are filled with people boozing, eating and dancing on the floors, the sands were filled with chairs and tables dimly lit by the candles placed on them.

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The candle-lit tables resembled a patch of land filled with lots of fire-flies at a time ๐Ÿ˜€ . We chose a table at one of the shacks and ordered some food. The waves soothing our feet, a loud music turned out to be soft after travelling quite some distance towards us from the shacks, chirps among the people around us, the cool breeze comforting us.. It’s a moment which everyone should live through.. ๐Ÿ™‚

Exploring Port Blair..

Day 9:

There is no plan of going out of Port Blair today. All of us were tired of our continuous travel and activities. All were like it’s time to sit back home and relax for sometime. It’s a lazy day; I woke up around 8 in the morning whereas few of my other friends only by 9. As there was nothing much to do, we (the ones who woke up early) thought of visiting the Radha Govinda temple which is just behind our uncleโ€™s place. The temple is a simple contemporary one without much architecture, but itโ€™s serene. We prayed for a while and walked back home.

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While some of my friends went for a body message, few of us stayed back home and watched TV. It was around 3 PM we left home and reached the water sports complex to go out for a jet ski. The Jet ski experience here is different from that of Goa. While in Goa, they give you the ski to drive on yourself, in Port Blair a person will ride the Jet Ski while we sit back. The drive is from Port Blair to Ross Island and back. Nevertheless, it was a thrilling ride ๐Ÿ™‚

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Once we were done with it, we loitered around the beach and tried our hand at fishing. While Sahil and I were trying our hands at fishing and didnโ€™t catch a single one, I was startled to see a Nicobarese who came later than us and walked away before us with good number of fishes in his basket. It was then I learnt that the Nicobarese are very good at fishing ๐Ÿ™‚

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It was around 4.30 PM when we reached Gandhi Park which is located at the centre of Port Blair. Built around the Diltaman tank, the park provides amusement rides, the nature trail around the lake and boating. We went on boating for a while, and then ended up playing see-saw and swinging cradles and fighting over them. Funny, isnโ€™t it? ๐Ÿ˜‰

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There were various food stalls outside the park and how can we miss the pani-puris? Again there was a competition about the highest number of pani-puris one can eat. Not only this, in Port Blair, we can experience a wide variety of seafood dishes from all over the world and also dishes from North and South of India to Thai and Burmese specialties.

Later we went on for shopping. There are a plenty of shacks on the beaches and the beach markets to buy some souvenirs and get them back home along with you. From there, we went on to the Aberdeen market to buy some pearl jewelery as well as accessories made of corals, donno whether they are the originals. It was around this time when we came to know that our final year results were out and we became engineers ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

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By the time we reached home, aunt asked us to refresh ourselves quick and come down to the dining hall. When once we were there, she gave us a surprise with a cake and celebrated our graduation day ๐Ÿ™‚ Later uncle joined and congratulated us. ย We had our dinner and went to bed early as we need to make out early tomorrow ๐Ÿ™‚