Feb 28, 2010

Return Trip Gopalpur on Sea Orissa

Saumendra Swain
After enjoying the Gopalpur on Sea, with the Panthanivas and Youth hostel Accommodation, the night fall sea breeze we set out our return trip , now through the visit to the Berhampur Town. Idly
Idly Puri breakfast at Gopalpur on Sea

Had a double breakfast trhis time. AS I am avid foodie on travel, I love to taste the different varieties of snacks , specially the local favorite ones. So in Gopalpur we took Idly and Puri mixed with the Aloo-mutter Curry and South Chuttney. From Gopalpur ,we travell to the Berhampur City and enjoyed the Wada, Puri, Sambar Chattni before getting back to our return journey.
Dola jatra at Berhampur Village
Ramayana story in Dola Jatra

Luckily on the way we experienced the DOLA Jatra Utsav in a Village , which is really enjoying and met some of the local actors who were giving there best performances in the Village Streets.

Dola Jatra- Ramayana Actors
Dola yatra
This is the Village in Berhampur, the same place were the Famous Prince Dance Group emerged with there Award winning Performance. From the Local Festivals and there dedication We realized the fact that there is something special in these people , which makes them a real Actor from scratch. Just See some of the snaps .
Ravana in a Dress

We decide to have our Lunch at the Bira Dhabba (Which is a famous one for the Truck Drivers on the South East Roadways - the National Highway no 5 connecting Kolkatta and Vishakapatnam.).
Bira Dhabba at NH5 Road Drive

Bira Dhabba is famous for its owner , the group of 4 brothers who manage the Dhabba(Resting and Fooding Place in Indian Highways), they have atleast 10-15 sindhi Cows for there Milk and Paneer Recipies.

On Our Way We set out Interior for the Elephant Trail in the Jungle which causes many Deaths and Crop Loss in recent times. We even get a rare stay of 30 minutes at one of the Elephant Watch House set up by the Neearby tribes.
Elephant Watch Tower at Nirmal Jhara Forest NH5 Road Drive

Deep Forest and the Elephant Mountain in the Jungles
On the Way We took a long 2 hours Clear air, Under the Banyan tree Sleep at the Rambha Chilika View . The Tree is one of my Favorite to take rest as this was my Second trip to the places, Earlier it was in November 2008 with the techyog Team.

Rambha Chilika beach Sleep

Trully the sleep after a heavy Meals , under the tree is worth experiencing , in case of you are well known to the place, as there was the risk of anonymous local people banging on you, This time we asked one of the Fishermen of the Chillika, and he sat just beside us under the tree, and we took the 2 hour long sleep without the tension of our backpacks.

Bike drive to Chilika Lake NH5 Road Drive

At 4pm we set put for the next leg of our journey and Crossed the Mountain Streak Cruves just above the Chillika Lake.

Curvy Mountain Drive at Chilika Lake
From this poiint Chilika is breathtaking , just you have to careful of the heavey Trucks plying through it.
Saumendra Driving through Mountains Pass at Chilika

Feb 27, 2010

Gopalpur on Sea Orissa Tour on Bike

Saumendra Swain
Driving the NH5 with the cool breeze in the early morning, amid sleek layer of Fog on the Bike is one of the best way to explore , your destination place in India. As per the statistics the Indian Roadways are 85% complete with the standard roads, the villages in the interior India is also well connected with the Prime Minister Sadak Yojna Roads.

NH5 Road Drive

NH5 Road Drive

On the way from Cuttack to Gopalpur on Sea we passed many of the tourist attraction places like Barkul and Rambha on the Shores of Chillika Lake. Crossing Chillika Lake rim with the picturesque scenic beauty of lush green mountains is memorable one.

NH5 Road Drive

We had our stop overs in regular intervals to make us comfortable. Stopovers were ment to have water and food that we carry. Someone who is an avid bike traveller , must have known the relaxing moments when having the water splash on the face after a long drive and a cool breeze from the mountains, touches the just washed face in the glaring sun. We do had the same experience on the whole trip, enjoying every single turn of the snaky new National Highway, passing by the Trucks and Lorries that carry Food and essential commodities through out India.

NH5 Road Drive
NH5 Road Drive
The first Impression on the arrival at Gopalpur on Sea beach area is splendid for the very reason of our trip. A small gateway at the Sea " Swarga Dwar" the Gate to the Heavens is one of the architecture you first see on reach.
NH5 Road Drive
NH5 Road Drive

As it was noon and we are looking for the foods before the place to stay. Though we looked out for some of the hotels facing the beach but found out the most of theme were occupied and those we were heard of from the websites and Google searches were not to the mark. As per the example the Hotel kalinga is charging about Rs 550 to 1100 rs for double occupancy , but the rooms were too stinging with the smell of the human waste , coming from the outside , just in front of the sea beach. So we decided to have the accommodation at the Panthanivas.

Panthanivas at Gopalpur on Sea is beautifully located, huge open space to roam , Flowers and bushes to enjoy the evenings. But we didnt find any room vaccant for us. So we took our much awaited, Stomach crunching Lunch at Panthanivas resturant (Rice, Curd, Chilli Paneer, Dal Fry, green Salad ) .

Just beside the Panthanivas is the Youth Hostel with a great building architecture and We had our stay confirmed with a nominal fees of Rs 100 ((Rs 50 /bed) . The Hostel is governed by the very Disciplined Mr Panigrahi, who is very Cooperative and helpful.
NH5 Road Drive
NH5 Road Drive

The Dormoratory , we took for our stay is well furnished with Bathroom, Wash Basin, Miror and Latrine. The Sound of See and the cool breeze from it can be enjoyed by opening the Sea Facing balcony Door. From the whole Gopalpur area that we experinced, I would recoment the stay at Panthanivas and Youth hostel as the best , for its Location and service.

NH5 Road Drive
NH5 Road Drive

Snacks in the Evening : Vegetable Roll and Paneer Pakoda with Sauce.

Dinner : Sweet Corn Soup at Swosti Palm Resort
: Roti, Paneer Butter Masala at Panthanivas Resturant.



DONT'S at Gopalpur at Sea.

Do not Walk on the beach : Human waste and its stinging smell make you feel bad.
Do not stay at hotels with beach facing : Reson same as above

Feb 21, 2010

My Village in Fog : Nature at its Best

Saumendra Swain


Splendid is the word that make sense to the Mystic Fog, covering the trees, roads in my Village. At this time of the season when the spring is on its way, the Mango Trees were full of mango siblings, ready to pop out, the dense fog makes a beauty in itself.

Some of the snaps I had takenin the early morning, on my way from home to TECHYOG , in my village Kadampada is worth to imagine the beauty. I am in love with the whole atmosphere and the aroma there in. The hindi song in the voice of Kishore Kumar " Pal Pal Dil ke Paas tum Reheti hoo....Main Saans leta hoon... teri Khooosboo aati hai ...Ek meheka meheka saa .." is just the best way to describe it.Quietly oveserving the calm waters of Kathajodi river flowing playfully, teasingly without a single mingle sound, Small dry leaves drifting slowly with the stream, a complete fog over it and you suddenly realize you are so lite , you are so relaxed that you are so wonderful to be with life.