Bhubaneshwar Chilika Puri Konark. Itinerary suggestions needed

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Originally Posted by poonamver View Post Thanks a lot for suggestion. Actually I am going with my parents. so I guess balugaon/barkul will be a better choice. As both otds panthanivas for rambha and barkul is full, I will book in hotel Digantika in Balugaon. Is it fine?
Poonam - My suggestion would be if you feel that with parents going on rough roads is a concern, skip manglajodi. Also, in that case, why dont you stick with the Satpada end of the lake and do the ferry ride to and fro (without the car)? Wouldnt it save you time and hassle? Satpada end is famous for dolphins and for the water boundary of the Chilika lagoon and the sea (two different colors). You'd get to see that and occasional birds as well. The point is that birds dont live in open water, they live in shallow water where there's grass and they can feed and hide from predators. That's not present on either end but around villages like the one I visited. If birdwatching is not a must do for you, skip the trouble and have a more relaxed vacation . As an alternative, if you can carve out a day and night by skipping one point, you may look at Gopalpur for a night stay. Check Sidch's report on IM (he went to Chandipur in opposite direction but i deem that to be too far for your purposes). He's from Mumbai too and came with family last year sometime to Odisha. This is his report: Trip report : Orissa in Dec 2011 with family

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Originally Posted by rahul4640 View Post From a quick search in Google I came to know that on the last day of the year 2010 AD the fare stood at Rs 300/-. Please see this page here for confirmation. And I am been told by my friends that the road has since been repaired and presently is in good shape.
Thanks Rahul - maybe next time !!
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Originally Posted by rahul4640 View Post Here is the view from a car camera from a car parked atop the vessel and being taken to the other side, which I think shows the ferry to be reasonably large. I had also seen a video taken by another friend of mine which had glimpses of the actual ferry. Unfortunately I do not have it with me right now. In case you wish to see it, please let me know. At this moment I do not have his phone number but I promise I shall get it for you within a week.

I had already pointed out that this place is two and half hours away by car from Barkul. Here is also a view of the road.
thanks for the videos. if you have actually seen 6 cars loaded on the ferry, i'll take your work for it. when i had seen the ferry last time, after loading the mini-truck, there was hardly any space left for more than 2 cars - of course, i was a spectator, not a traveler... perhaps there are two ferries of different sizes - who knows!

based on your inputs, i assume the road to be taken is this: https://maps.google.com/maps?saddr=K...=h&mra=ls&z=11 - if the quality is as good as what you see in the video, i'm sure it would be a fun way to travel...

btw, if ferry+road is feasible, how about this route:
https://maps.google.com/maps?saddr=R...p=2&sz=11&z=11
it is a shorter ferry ride & rest of the road travel could be of a similar nature.
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Originally Posted by paramiyer View Post when i had seen the ferry last time, after loading the mini-truck, there was hardly any space left for more than 2 cars - of course, i was a spectator, not a traveler... perhaps there are two ferries of different sizes - who knows!
I am sorry mate, I have not taken the ride myself, so what I am writing is based on the inputs given by others. May be that in absence of a truck it is possible that four or maybe even five cars could be accommodated on board, but not anything more.
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Originally Posted by paramiyer View Post btw, if ferry+road is feasible, how about this route:
https://maps.google.com/maps?saddr=R...p=2&sz=11&z=11
it is a shorter ferry ride & rest of the road travel could be of a similar nature.
Thanks for pointing this out. I think that this is precisely the exact route one has to take.
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[QUOTE=vaibhav_arora;1517638]Poonam - My suggestion would be if you feel that with parents going on rough roads is a concern, skip manglajodi. Also, in that case, why dont you stick with the Satpada end of the lake and do the ferry ride to and fro (without the car)? Wouldnt it save you time and hassle? Satpada end is famous for dolphins and for the water boundary of the Chilika lagoon and the sea (two different colors). You'd get to see that and occasional birds as well. The point is that birds dont live in open water, they live in shallow water where there's grass and they can feed and hide from predators. That's not present on either end but around villages like the one I visited. If birdwatching is not a must do for you, skip the trouble and have a more relaxed vacation . As an alternative, if you can carve out a day and night by skipping one point, you may look at Gopalpur for a night stay. Check Sidch's report on IM (he went to Chandipur in opposite direction but i deem that to be too far for your purposes). He's from Mumbai too and came with family last year sometime to Odisha. This is his report: Trip report : Orissa in Dec 2011 with family

Thanks. I am skipping mangaljodi. On 29 dec I would take a bus or cab(what is better?) from bhubaneshwar airport(flight reaches at 1PM) and come to balugaon in 2 hrs. Rest and night stay in balugaon. Then on 30 morning we will take a boat and reach satapada. On the way to satapada we will go to Kalijai temple and nalabana bird century. Then reach satpada and night stay there. Next morning on 31 dec we will take boat ride for sea-mouth and dolphins (3 hrs) and back to satapada and then go to puri by bus or taxi. And then we will see puri. I guess this is ok. Going to Gopalpur will be hectic. What do you suggest?
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Looks good. I leave it to Param / Rahul to comment on feasibility of the boat ride as I didnt do the cross-lake boat ride.
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Originally Posted by vaibhav_arora View Post Looks good. I leave it to Param / Rahul to comment on feasibility of the boat ride as I didnt do the cross-lake boat ride.
i did not want to discourage, but frankly boat ride from barkul to satapada would get tiring & boring after the initial euphoria wears off. it would surely take about 5-6 hrs & you have to hire an exclusive boat (it is not a regular route). unless you are coming back, you have to pay for to & fro without 'enjoying' the return journey. keep in mind that decent otdc boats would cost upto 1000 rs per hour. so 'value for money' factor does not favor very well for this option, but that is my personal opinion...

finally, a lot depends on what someone wants to do at chilika... if the idea is to visit some of the island temples, that can be done as a usual round-trip boating tour in 2-3 hrs from barkul.
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Originally Posted by poonamver View Post Thanks. I am skipping mangaljodi. On 29 dec I would take a bus or cab(what is better?) from bhubaneshwar airport(flight reaches at 1PM) and come to balugaon in 2 hrs. Rest and night stay in balugaon. Then on 30 morning we will take a boat and reach satapada. On the way to satapada we will go to Kalijai temple and nalabana bird century. Then reach satpada and night stay there. Next morning on 31 dec we will take boat ride for sea-mouth and dolphins (3 hrs) and back to satapada and then go to puri by bus or taxi. And then we will see puri. I guess this is ok. Going to Gopalpur will be hectic. What do you suggest?
if you are visiting chilika for birds, don't skip mangalajodi. you will see nothing more than egrets, ducks & few kingfishers at barkul. satapada might show brahminy kites & a few more ducks. but the variety & number of birds is at its best in mangalajodi.

satapada should be considered primarily for seeing dolphins, and also making a trip to the sea mouth. you can also see the fresh catch of fish & crabs in the fishing boats. if 5kg fish & 2kg crab is what impresses you, this might the right place. birds are more of a bonus here.

nalabana bird sanctuary might disappoint you. you can no longer get off on the island (unless you have enough sources to get permission from unknown departments). in fact, your boat can't even go close enough to the island - they are banned beyond the cement poles sticking out about 100 m away. your boatman would most likely be from otdc & would not take any stupid risks to himself or the boat. finally, there are hardly any birds visible at nalabana in terms of variety or numbers. you might cover it as an en-route spot at best.

if you can cite your areas of interest, it would be much easier to suggest options...
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Originally Posted by vaibhav_arora View Post Poonam - My suggestion would be if you feel that with parents going on rough roads is a concern, skip manglajodi.
Vaibhav, not sure why you think this way. I drove last year from BSBR to mangalajodi. The road from airport to NH-5 was a bit rough, as some areas were under construction. on NH-5, it was a breeze all the way to tangi, from tangi to the outside the village, it was a like any road through a village, then the road to mangalajodi through the green fields was great, finally the road within mangalajodi village was a rough patch. but seriously, it would put it in a leisure-drive category, because i have seen worse patches on NH-5 that are not part of GQ...
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Originally Posted by paramiyer View Post from tangi to the outside the village, it was a like any road through a village, then the road to mangalajodi through the green fields was great, finally the road within mangalajodi village was a rough patch.
Looking at her itinerary - arriving Bhubaneswar airport at 1 pm, and not wanting to stay at Manglajodi for the night but instead staying at Barkul, a departure from Manglajodi would be needed by 5 pm latest and the Airport-Manglajodi is 1.5 hour drive (70 kms+) . The road condition post the turn you've already written above .

The boat ride is ~3 hours and it's preferable during early morning or late afternoon. Hence I thought it's a touch and go situation unless you compromise on the ride duration or timing and didnt appear worth the effort.
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A bit of off topic discussion here but I shall like to continue, as this discussion in this thread is also possibly related to places of interest in and around Chilka lake.
I recently came across this rather somewhat strange picture, when I surfed the net sometime back. What is this breakfast island on Chilka lake? Any information and history of this unique construction by any knowledgeable person?
Thanks in anticipation.
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Originally Posted by rahul4640 View Post A bit of off topic discussion here but I shall like to continue, as this discussion in this thread is also possibly related to places of interest in and around Chilka lake.
I recently came across this rather somewhat strange picture, when I surfed the net sometime back. What is this breakfast island on Chilka lake? Any information and history of this unique construction by any knowledgeable person?
Thanks in anticipation.
Though not knowledgeable, I can share what I know...
The correct term is 'Beacon Island'. Note the beacon like structure besides the small house. A british officer had got this constructed to work undisturbed in peace amidst lapping waters of the lake. Later on, tourists use this place for having breakfast at Chilika (you can get off the boat & stay at this place for a while if you want). That is how the name 'Breakfast Island' came into play. The current structure is 'refurbished' by tourism dept, though the bright yellow color looks a bit tacky to me The place is very close to Rambha & even visible from Panthanivas.
This is the location on G-Map: https://maps.google.com/maps?hl=en&l...,0.676346&z=19
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Originally Posted by vaibhav_arora View Post Looking at her itinerary - arriving Bhubaneswar airport at 1 pm, and not wanting to stay at Manglajodi for the night but instead staying at Barkul, a departure from Manglajodi would be needed by 5 pm latest and the Airport-Manglajodi is 1.5 hour drive (70 kms+) . The road condition post the turn you've already written above .

The boat ride is ~3 hours and it's preferable during early morning or late afternoon. Hence I thought it's a touch and go situation unless you compromise on the ride duration or timing and didnt appear worth the effort.
point taken...
for the first timer, i think 2hrs+ is needed for airport to the jetty. it is very easy to miss the small diversion to tangi from NH5 (have done it twice in daylight)
also agree that boat ride is best done very early in the morning. assuming you leave the airport by 1:30PM to 2PM & reach the spot by 3:30-4PM, it is unlikely they will take the boat out since it starts to get dark by 5PM now...
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Hey guys so what you all suggest? 30 dec night I have booking at satapada n wants to see sea-mouth and continue forward....but before that ie. from 29 dec (1PM flight lands) to 30 I could be flexible as I don't have any booking till now, As told by you that cross-lake ride from barkul to satapada will be boring, so if I take regular trip in barkul, then road drive from barkul to satapada would also be hectic. Are there any other options. Is there any other place where I can take a decent night stay on 29 and see some good places?
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Stay in Bhubaneswar - visit either Cuttack if you're interested in old temples / silk sarees OR Chandaka elephant reserve. I've never read a first person account from someone who's been there though. This is the closest: Deras dam & cottage
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Originally Posted by poonamver View Post Hey guys so what you all suggest? 30 dec night I have booking at satapada n wants to see sea-mouth and continue forward....but before that ie. from 29 dec (1PM flight lands) to 30 I could be flexible as I don't have any booking till now, As told by you that cross-lake ride from barkul to satapada will be boring, so if I take regular trip in barkul, then road drive from barkul to satapada would also be hectic. Are there any other options. Is there any other place where I can take a decent night stay on 29 and see some good places?
unless you specify areas of interest, it's hard to suggest alternatives...

you have mentioned that you are planning to reach satapada on 30 evening & take the boat ride on 31 morning at 7am. a boating tour to sea mouth & dolphins could take about 3 hrs. please note that yatrinivas has 9am checkout, so you can stretch it by 30 min to 1 hr, but this being a rush season, don't expect much leniency... instead, perhaps you can reach satapada such that you can do the boating tour in afternoon so as to be back in the evening.
for 29, you can plan the stay at mangalajodi (very basic acco, decent food) & do the birding tour on 30 morning. then you can cover mangalajodi to satapada by road (i assume you have a car at your disposal) - plan 3-4 hrs for that.
else, you can stay in bbsr on 29, and cover the zoo & other shopping areas in the evening & then proceed to satapada on 30 morning.

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