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gopalpur on sea: an unforgettable memory

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gopalpur on sea: an unforgettable memory

The morning was pleasant after a short drizzle at late night. Santosh and Bidyut started at around 4 am from Panskura for Howrah by local train. Soumya and I joined them at Bagnan and Ramrajatala respectively. It was too early to catch Falaknuma Express from Howrah railway station. None of the eateries at the station was prepared to serve us. The day started with vegetable sandwitch and hot coffee from Comesum Plaza. Falaknuma Express started at 7:15 am. Partha and Sudip joined the team at Kharagpur with bagful of breakfast. Plateful of momo, bowls of hot soup, boiled egg, bananas and sweets heightened the enthusiasm. Rain and sun made the journey beautiful. The lunch was sweet curd and lassi at Bhubaneswar railway station. Train speeded through Chilka to Brahmapur. It was around 5:30 pm. We hurried towards Gopalpur from Brahmapur railway station with an old ambassador taxi. Unfortunately that old cab could not move much. The next lap was an auto rickshaw journey. The rickshaw was so small that Santosh - our team manager, could not get a seat and took the hassle of remaining standing for the next 14 kms inside the small rickshaw. Nothing stopped us, we moved as the time was much more precious to reach Gopalpur before it was dark. Ultimately we reached Hotel Song of the Sea - our home for next two nights, a little before the dark.

It was not a large hotel. The sea was just a few feet away from our hotel rooms. The waves and roars almost touched us throughout the remaining moments. The time passed away unnoticed with the gusting from the waves. The hotel was located at one end of the beach, at the foot of light house. The isolation from the chaos and crowd of tourists gave the hotel another feather.

The main beach front was beautiful but not free from filth. The beach road or the marine drive was even better with old world charm. Few hotels and some very old houses with ruins of an ancient settlement through the wide beach road up to the back water added substance to this tourist place. Evening walk with the marine drive was really momentous. The silence from the crowd and absence of chaos was the beauty of the ambience.

Dawn appeared with a collage of moving colours on the sea. The mesmerizing rise of sun from the lap of the sea was unforgettable. The reflection of colours from a ball of liquid gold was presenting a stroke of lively virtues. The meaning of life was converging to a new height with heavenly ethos.

With a light breakfast Sudip, Soumya and Bidyut moved for a short day tour for Gopalpur port, back water and a local temple. They returned by the noon. Gopal da (A local tour operator, M: 9437127548, Ph: 0680 2242963) did everything for there hassle free roaming. I and Santosh took a beach walk and captured spectacular moments. Partha was slightly indisposed and preferred to enjoy the ambience from the room and balcony. The light house door opened at 3:30 pm and remained so till 5:30 pm. All except Santosh ventured the top of the light house. From the top it was another awesome experience. A 360® view of Gopalpur with the sea was amazing. Evening came with the blow of light beams from the tower. We took dinner at Swosti Palm Resort. Though the hotel was far away from the beach its restaurant was impressive. The dinner that was served at Swosti was unforgettable. We tried our best to stay with the beauties of Bay of Bengal as late as possible. Returned to the beds with heavy hearts for the daily monotony.

Next morning was not as gorgeous as the last one. Sky was not jolly; mostly covered with cloud - may be due to unhappiness of our departure. By 6 am we started for Brahmapur, again with a auto rickshaw arranged by Gopal da. Quickly Gopalpur moved away from our vision. Swiftly roars and gusts exceed away from our sight. Brahmapur was rapidly approaching; but our mind and soul stayed behind at the beaches of Gopalpur, at the top of the light house and at the loneliness of the marine drive.

Again the Falaknuma Express started for Howrah at 7:55 am. With the memoirs of Gopalpur suddenly came Kharagpur at around 3:30 pm. Everybody except me got down there. Partha went to Medinipur, Santosh to Kalaikunda, Sudip to Debra, Bidyut to Panskura and Soumya to Bagnan. I returned to Ramrajatala through Santragachi, It was evening 20th August 2012.

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1. Re: gopalpur on sea: an unforgettable memory

Hi Sugata,

Nice report, enjoyed. Thanks for that.

Keep roaming and keep writing about it. Looking forward to it.

Sanjiv

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2. Re: gopalpur on sea: an unforgettable memory

thanks for your encouragement. sugata

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3. Re: gopalpur on sea: an unforgettable memory

That was a lovely read sugata. I will be going there in November so will be able to see it all for myself. Thank you for posting.

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4. Re: gopalpur on sea: an unforgettable memory

thank you very much for your comments.

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