Drive Tour to Chandipur
Wheelers are passionate about motoring and almost every month we are bitten by the bug of wanderlust which takes us to long drives. This time our destination was Chandipur, a calm and serene sea side spot, still quite unexplored by tourists. The beach is known for a unique phenomenon, it recedes up to 4 km during low tide in the afternoon before surging back during high tide. The beach is clean and indeed a good place to relax alone or with friends.
It is also called the missile town of India since the country’s indigenously built missiles are tested in the test range at Chandipur. On a windy morning, we started our journey from Rabindra Sarovar following a detailed briefing on the long road ahead. We took NH-6 and the convoy drove fast and soon halted at Kolaghat for a brief stopover. A detour on the left just before Kharagpur and we found ourselves driving on the buttery smooth concrete surface of NH-60.
A quick sip of masala cola at a stopover in a fuel pump near Jaleshwar and soon we entered the narrow bylanes of Balasore to reach the OTDC Panthanivas on time.
After an elaborate lunch, the Wheelers and their families checked into the rooms. Soon after the fun started and most made way to the beach in no time. The sea breeze was very strong. There were plenty of beachside shacks to whet one’s appetite.
After a mesmerizing view of the sunset at dusk we met at the hall for some bonding time among fellow Wheelers. Rounds of Tambola accompanied by savoury snacks made the night enjoyable and soon after a sumptuous Chinese platter followed.
Early next morning Wheelers took a stroll on the vast beach and the children enjoyed the most, splashing about in the shallow waters. On a tour to see the local fishing village we walked into a jetty where we found fishermen and other locals repairing and building fishing trawlers, fishing nets and ice factories adjoining the estuary of the Budhabalanga River and caught a glimpse of their lives.
After lunch, we started our journey back with the customary group photograph. A light drizzle started which made it far more pleasurable. The return journey was hassle-free and even before the Wheelers entered the city their hearts were looking forward to the next drive tour.