The nearest railhead is Balasore (17 km), car rental: Rs. 200-300. Balasore is 207 km from Bhubaneswar and 236 km from Howrah.
Some of the trains which stop at Balasore are: 2073/2074 Howrah Bhubaneswar Janashatabdi (no train on Sunday), 2837/2838 Howrah Puri Express, 8409/8410 Howrah Puri Sri Jagannath Express, 2821/2822 Howrah Bhubaneswar Dhauli Express, 6003/6004 Howrah Chennai Mail, 2703/2704 Faluknama Express, 8645/8646 East Coast Express, 6358/6357 Gurudev Express, 2863/2864 Howrah Yeshvantpur Express, 5228/5227 Muzaffarpur Yeshvantpur Express (weekly), 6355/6356 Kanyakumari Express (weekly), Howrah Tiruchirapalli Express (biweekly), 2508/2507 Guwahati Ernakulam Express (weekly), 2530/2509 Guwahati Bangalore Express (triweekly), 5628/5627 Guwahati Trivandrum Express (weekly), 5630/5629 Guwahati Chennai Egmore Express (weekly).
For timings etc. check with Indian Railways. You can also go to http://www.erail.in; however for ticket booking the only railway site that will allow an idividual to book tickets is http://www.irctc.co.in. To check all connecting trains from chandigarh check [http://trainspy.com/station/(CDG)CHANDIGARH ]
If you want to drive down to Chandipur from Kolkata(Calcutta) - the directions are as follows • Take the Second Hooghly Bridge • Follow Kona Expressway ( 4-Lane road) • At the Bombay Road crossing - take a left. • Follow Bombay Road ( 4-Lane road) • You may break at the A1 Plaza inside the Reliance petrol station. It would be to your left - a 30-40 minute ride from the Kona Expressway - Bombay Road junction (Avoid the Azad Hind Dhaba - it is no longer upto the mark) • Keep straight till you cross the Rupnarayan river ( the bridge is one way and the river is wide) • After you cross the river you will see the Kolaghat Thermal Power Station to your left • Immediately after the Power Station is a junction (Haldia junction)– go straight. (left goes to Haldia) • Kharagpur Junction. Go straight towards NH 60 (4-lane concrete road - careful of the turn you take) • NH 60 after Kharagpur is peaceful compared to NH 5. Very few buses and trucks and road is bordered by paddy fields stretching to the horizon. This is an amazing road - we clocked an average of 120 KM/hr and a highest of 150 KM/hr - but careful they are constructing speedbreakers on the road now. • A toll is charged at Jaleswar border (40 INR for cars), but no entry tax (as on 4th March 2011) • Before reaching Jaleswar town, you’ll find that the new 4-lane NH-60 stretch is under construction. • Basleshwar (Balasore) town. Traffic congestion. Take a left turn under overhead bridge. • Go straight. You’ll reach the bus stand. Cross the flyover after it and take a right turn immediately after crossing the flyover. • Take a right turn in the next junction • Go straight till you reach a Police point. There is a Cinema hall just behind it. Take right turn and go straight till the road meets another road. • Take left turn and go straight. • Around 10 km off, you’ll see some signboards of various hotels in Chandipur-on-sea. Take left turn and go straight. This is easy to miss - try not to go into the Integrated Test Launch Zone. You’re there!
From the flyover mentioned above, we do not agree with the route : the flyover lands into a roundabout. Take a left from there and you will be guided to Chandipur. We travelled on 19th Sep 2009 and found the road nearing Balasore is still under construction. Also, roads within Balasore are narrow and has a lot of rush.
Banadurga Travels runs AC Volvo Sleeper buses from Balasore to Kolkata (Dharamtala) daily that start at 6 AM, and reach by 11 AM. A seat costs INR 230.
Hired cars are available. Charge: Rs. 900-1,200 for sight seeing. You can also get an OTDC tour bus from Chandipur, that goes to the nearby temples in the area
If you are tired of the sea, move around. Go to Balasore and nearby places.
There is always something to buy. Nothing special here. But you can buy delicious sweets here. Items of clothing are cheap compared to other cities near by.
Prawns, crab and fish are cheap and available at most hotels and restaurants in Chandipur, including at Pathanibas, Hotel Shubham and Hotel Andamanayee.
Green coconuts recommended. However, if one is fussy about hard drinks, it is safer to carry it. Ask the locals at Sanju Fast Food on the beach or Tapan Pan Shop in town for beer and rum.
While going from Chandipur towards Balasore, just where the road to ITR splits off, there is a small shack with some of the best sweets in that area.
Tel +91 6782 270 027. Rooms Rs. 200.