PURI /


* Present Puri proper is a box jam packed with shops, people, more shops and a sea beach.


* Strong lights of shops covering quite a large portion of beach area makes an awful lot of light pollution for you to appreciate the sea at night.
* The beach is dirty with waves bringing in at times, empty beer bottles, leftover food or chocolate wrappers etc.

* While sitting on beach, hawkers bother you every now and then with their wares.

* Camel riding, horse riding, shops on the beach have completely ruined the aesthetics of Puri beach.

* Food quality in Puri is poor. Rice is of cheap quality. In the many of most standard restaurants, there is an option called Fine Rice which costs more than normal rice. Well that Fine rice is also just passable. All snacks near beach area is over priced.

* Orissa / Odisha is not good for tourists, most being dishonest.

* The famous Jagannath Temple also has it’s own features which seemed unfair to commoners. Chart with rate for pujas are given, for Jagannath, Balaram and so on. You have to choose a package as per the chart. The minimum being 500 in the year 2009 ( if my memory serves me right ). For bhog you have to pay extra. Leather products are not allowed inside temple, so its better to carry things in fabric bags while visiting temple. And only HINDUS are allowed inside temple as per notification.

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GOPALPUR ON SEA /

* You have to take a car or auto from Berhampur station to reach Gopalpur On Sea. Don’t be fooled by touts at station area. Leave the area with luggage, walk a few yards to get your own auto.


* Beach is very dirty at places, locals relieve themselves at secluded spots.


* The landmark site , ruin of East India Company trading area beside beach, during British colonisation in India, has become a open for all latrine.


* Make sure the Light House is open for tourists. It may remain closed for security reasons.


* Hotels right on beach, offer you sea view but in-room facilities are not much.


*  Go for separate ordering of dishes for lunch or dinner in your hotel rather than going for Day Meal Packages. 


* From G.O.S , you can go for sightseeing by car, but packages are overpriced. Do some hard bargaining. 


* Insist on being served with total bill for all foods taken throughout the day in hotel, at the end of every day. This way, you can be clear of expenses incurred daily and one thing off your head.


* There are shops beside the road parallel to the beach, selling local crafts, but too pricey.


* Cooking standard is not at all up to the mark.


* Here electric supply is terrible.


* Hotels have a tendency not to switch on generator during power cut, if number of boarders are few. Demand refund if this is the case with you.


* My experience in Orissa belt is that most are dishonest and try to take advantage of tourist’s ignorance.

CHANDIPUR-ON-SEA /

* Rice is of very substandard quality here, served in hotels and eating joints.

* Foods are excessively priced at proper Chandipur.

* Tourists have to get off from train at Balasore and take an auto to Chandipur. They are advised to ask the same auto to pick them up for station when leaving Chandipur On Sea.

* Lodging is available in OTDC Panthasala but there are few other hotels near by offering rooms at cheaper prices. Do check.