The Talsari Chandamani Jambhirai Kasafal Beaches:
Why to Talsari Again
Hot and humid summer, desire for a must short holidaying and mountains demanding more time drove us to the Odisha’s Virgin Beaches. Subsequently we headed for 3 such beaches not frequented by tourists and lacking well known proper roads. Particularly we were to Chandamani, Jambhirai and Kasafal with stay at Talsari. Though solitude and serenity are attractions that may at time demand resources.
We took the Howrah Digha AC super fast express to be shocked at the deplorable conditions of the chair car coaches. Rather the lunch was not good but we had no option on train. Ultimately we reached Digha about an hour late and tried to get a quick transport to Talsari across the Bengal Odisha border. We took a Toto to reach Talsari Panthasala seeing lots of marriage parties at a Jagannath temple and the Chandaneswar temple enroute.
Dusk the prime time
Though our Lunch was inadequate but it was past afternoon by the time we reached Panthasala. So we ordered for cofee and chicken pakoras and refreshed ourselves with the room a.c. However our suite had a apparently nice sea view with the sea in front and a pine forest on one side. But we were annoyed by the door lock . Thus we had to call the room service several times.
Approaching dusk we took a stroll along the left side of the Talsari beach towards the sluiz gate. At low tide I started taking snaps using my tripod for my hyperlapse photography plan. As the sky was cloudy I got good results.
At sunset we went to the beach market to have some Tiffin and visited a local corrie shop. The comparatively thin but yet usual crowd was totally missing. May be because of the upcoming panchayet elections in Bengal.
Returning to our room we watched television for a while. Chiefly as room service was unavailable we had our dinner at the dinning lounge along with other Odisha guests. Thought of having some night photography but the huge light at the beach caused massacre. Coupled with frustation I pledged to visit a real dark place next time.
Travel to the Virgin Beaches
Talsari to Baliapal
The prebooked Hyundai car was late by half an hour and we started for Chandamani. Subsequently travelling along the Talsari Sea Beach Road we reached Chandaneswar Temple. I have been to this temple several times the “hatya” there amazed me at my adolescence.
Being in hurry we rushed along the Chandaneswar Jaleswar Road to arraive at Kamardah. Then from Kamardah we took left to eventually cross the Subarnarekha river near Kanthapal. Furthermore along the Nadi Bandha Road we arraived at Baliapal. And Baliapal Jagannath temple was another site we missed due to time constraints.
From Baliapal to Chandamani Beach
From Baliapal we took the Kalipada Baliapal road to reach Kalipada as our earlier trip to Dagara Beach. Thereafter we travelled right on the Kalipada Road and ignored the first left Chaumukh Road going to Dagara Beach. After much enquiry to few local shops we took 2nd left along the Dangapita Kalipada Road. Later on reaching Dangapita we took Bikhagadia Chandmani Road to its Chandmani end.
Had to use Google navigation and enquired locals to reach a place amidst a jhau bon (pine forest) with no sea in view but the feeling of the sea breezes. The place got a heavenly ambience from the chirping of numerous birds. I was utterly perplexed at the end of metal road. Then a local fisherman ultimately rescued me from the dilemma. He took us to a clearing amongst the forest through a green lane. The place was awesome with a makeshift walking bridge probably used at monsoons and during hightide.
We walked the rest of our own following a pedestrian trail. The beach was strewn with sea birds. This gave me a good opportunity for hyperlapse photography. The horizon got blurred by heat waves, 2 local women collecting sea shells for selling to the tourists made an excellent landscape. We walked back to our car amidst the songs of several birds.
Chandamani to Jambhirai Beach
As we took out from Chandamani we were delayed by a marriage procession comprising of the Bridegrooms car, a mobile DJ unit , a minitruck carrying performing artists and few bikes. As we were trying to overtake them we met with another marriage party coming from the opposite side.
We arraived at a palce where the asphalst road ended to a newly constructed culvert leading to a mudroad amidst prawn fisheries . Parking our car at Makar Mela ground of Jambhirai Panchayet we walked to the seashore. What astonished me is Keya Plants of height 3 times of a man.
Thousands of red crabs dotted the shoreline at Jambhirai. Fisherman were drawing nets in the sea shore. The heat waves had blurred the horizon here too.
Jambhirai to Kasafal Tourist Point and Beach
We travelled along the Sea Beach Road and Mandal Chawk Road to reach the Jambhirei Road. Upon crossing a cannal by a newly constructed bridge we got into real trouble. Following the google maps we ended to a place loaded with prawn fisheries. The Jambherei road was yet to be properly constructed, a mud road wit netted prawn fisheries on both side. Almost no place to turn our car.
We drove carefully to reach a narrower laterite road. Strangely a motorized van overloaded with hay obstructed our path. Being good the people cooperated by backing off. Also 3 tractors moved through the adjacent low fields to allow us pass off. Soon we reached an asphalt road the Langaleswar Kasafal Road.
We were rushing for lunch at Kasafal. Reached there to find no restaurants and the lone sweet shop closed at 4pm. Our hired driver was angry and we moved to Kasafal Tourist Point. It’s an end of the road meeting a tributary of Panchupada river and no bridges to cross over to move towards Chandipur . Its also a place devasted by floods few years back. Being forced to we chose a local shop under a Maha Neem tree as our restaurant. We had puffed rice ( moori) and 2 egg omlet with onion and little chanachur as our late lunch.
We rushed to a place on the Kasafal Beach to experience gushing winds. Tried some hyperlapse photography there. The beach had many live water fauna. Ones I have never seen before may be because of the desolation and the approaching new moon. Soon the sun was to set and we decided to start for Talsari.
Kasafal to Talsari
We tried to travel quicker to Ganja and then to Baliapal. It was raining heavily. Thus we were in midst of cyclonic weather when we reached Chandaneswar. Finally we reached Talsari by 8 pm.
To Udaipur and back Home
Had a brief stroll on the beach and had our lunch from a local tea stall. After a fine bath we had a lunch in our hotel room and started with a rented car for Digha.
We saw the Udaipur Beach in new shape. Odisha government had much developed the roads. They have started building a new Talsari Police Station. On the Bengal side also the beach walk road was near but not connecting to the road.
What disheartened me was too much alcohol on the beach. It was being sold and consumed freely at the beach. A man appeared from no where to collect a parking fee, though he couldn’t tell which of the state governments he represented.
By 2:30 pm we entered the Digha Station.
The train was as usual late. Our driver was waiting in Howrah station between platform 8 and 9. We strode from platform 17 to our car using the escalator and hurried back home. No repentances for the rush and stress in returning. Better to have a prolonged tour next time. As of now taking leave
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