False Point Port was commissioned in the year 1855 and was in working condition till 22nd October 1924. A devastating storm on 22nd September 1885 completely destroyed this port. There was a submerged ship in the nearby sea, which is reminiscent of the past glory.
False Point is an old harbour with a lighthouse, about 45 km from Kendrapada in Odisha, on the north of the Mahanadi estuary.
The lighthouse is situated on a large island created by the Mahanadi river delta. It takes its name from the fact that it was often mistaken by ships for Point Palmyras (Palmyras is a sort of palm), which lies one degree farther north. Point Palmyras was the spot from where the ships moved towards the Ganga. In fact, many incoming ships used to take sailors from the town of Balasore as guides because they were considered well versed in navigating the tricky mouth of the river.
This is the first lighthouse installed in the eastern coast of India. The stones used were transported from Barabati Fort, Cuttack It is around 45 KM from District HQ. It is situated in a village named Batighar, on the other bank of river Kharinasi. It is surrounded by pleasant natural beauty. Once upon a time, this was known as Kaudia Dwip and used as the hunting ground of Kujanga Kings.
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