It is located 16 kilometers from Behrampur. It forms part of southern Odisha. It is along the Bay of Bengal which is famous for its deep and clear blue waters. Hence, it is popular is the beach resort of Odisha. Swimmers cannot resist the urge to jump into the waters. The local fishermen help other people who are not good at swimming. Gopalpur is one of the finest beaches on the eastern coast. It is a splendid retreat for avid beach combers and sea worshippers.
The beach is entirely a different world of its own. The fishermen add local color. Beautiful objects are made out of seashells. People buy them as souvenirs. The local artists also participate in making sand sculptures. The food is also amazing. Sea food is in abundance owing to the nearby sea. The entire environment is calm and serene owing to the sea breeze and palm, coconut and casuarinas trees.
Gopalpur was an important seaport during the British Rule till about 1942. It was rendered useless after the World War second. The crumbling walls, pillars and the light house represent the past. The area has a colonial twist in its appearance owing to the remnants of several bungalows and mansions which belonged to the European merchants. A modern port is under construction to revive the past glory.
Places to visit:
Berhampur: Berhampur is an important commercial town of South Odisha. Shopping in an important activity here. The markets display Odishan handicrafts and handloom products. Silks sarees and horn toys are very popular among other things.
Taptapani: This place is famous for its hot sulphur spring. The scenic beauty of the place is amazing. The spring offers refreshing bath during the winter season. Clouds roam around the foliage during the rainy season. There are bath tubs directly connected to the hot spring.
Mahuri Kalua: It is 30 kilometers from Gopalpur. It is another scenic spot. A shrine of Goddess Kalua is present in the deep greenery of nature.
Patissonaur: It is again 30 kilometers towards the southern side of Gopalpur. It is present on the border of Andhra Pradesh. It is quiet and secluded. It is present across River Bahuda and is wide and clean.
Taratarini: It is situated on the bank of Rushikulya near the village Purushottampur. This comprises of the shrines of twin Goddesses Tara and Tarini. They are present on a hilltop amidst natural beauty. One has to climb a thousand steps to reach the hilltop. The well built road is also present which leads from the foothill to the hilltop.
Jaugada: This place is famous for old bricks, tiles, potteries, beads, terracotta objects and punched marked coins of the Mauryan Age. A ruined fort is also present. It represents the ancient glory of the Rushikulya Valley Civilization that once prevailed in this area.
Rambha (Chilika Lake): Rambha is famous for its scenic beauty and bird sanctuary. It covers an area of about one thousand kilometers. Numerous birds migrate to the Chilika Lake during winters. One can take part in boating which is available in all seasons. There is also a pilgrimage place known as the Shakti Shrine of Kalijai
Chilika (Ramhha): (45 km) On the sprawling Chilika Lake, Rambha is famous For its scenic beauty and bird sanctuary. Covering an area of about, one, , thousand square kilometres, lakhs of resident and migratory birds of different hue make Chilika their home during winter. Boating in the lake is enjoyable in all seasons. There is also the Shakti Shrine of Kalijai for a pilgrimage. Rambha is on the southern end of the pear shaped lake amidst calm and serene environs. There is an OTDC Panthanivas for night stay.
How to Reach
By air: Bhubaneswar (180 km) is the nearest airport from where one can take flights for major cities like Delhi and Calcutta.
By rail: The nearest railway station is Berhampur on the Howrah-Chennai line of Southeastern Railway. One can take trains to Calcutta and Chennai from this place.
By road: Gopalpur is connected by motorable road to Barkul (75 km), Berhampur (16 km), Bhubaneshwar (180 km), and Puri (242 km). We would provide you all India tourist permit vehicles for the local transportations and also for the intercity drives too.