Gopalpur Tourism

Gopalpur Tourism

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Gopalpur Info

  • State: Orissa
  • Famous for/as: Beach
  • District: Ganjam
Gopalpur, also known as Gopalpur-on-sea, is situated in the Ganjam district of Orissa. Gopalpur is a beautiful and quiet beach destination situated in the Bay of Bengal in the State of Orissa, at a distance of about 16 km from Berhampur (Brahmapur), on the Howrah-Chennai main line. 

The tiny beach town of Gopalpur was earlier known by the name Paloura. As per folklore, the region got the name Gopalpur in the 18th century from the temple of Lord Gopala (Krishna) built near the sea shore. Oriya, Hindi and English are the languages spoken in the region.

Gopalpur town has a historic past buzzing with maritime activities which can be dated to the period of Kalinga Dynasty. As per records, Gopalpur was a wealthy port town and a prominent territory under the Kingdom of Kalinga. Gopalpur had thriving trade relations with Sumatra, Java and Bali and conducted trade in silk and pearls.

Gopalpur was a major port town during the British rule as it conducted trade in rice from Rangoon, Burma (Myanmar). The British built several mansions as well as warehouses at Gopalpur, which can be seen even today as a remnant of the colonial era. The port town of Gopalpur ceased to operate by 1942, due to the Second World War and separation from Burma.

Gopalpur town was renovated in the 1970s by the Orissa Government in order to revive its past glory. There were also initiatives to promote tourism in the area. The famous Beach festival is one such instance, started in the year 1996, which is conducted annually to promote the culture and tourism of Gopalpur.

Gopalpur, situated at a distance of 170 km from Bhubaneswar, is mostly famous for its beach which is fringed by palms, casuarinas and plantations of coconut and cashew nut. Gopalpur has become a popular beach destination in Orissa famous for its sunrise views.

Gopalpur also offers activities such as angling, swimming, canoeing, boating, swimming, etc. Gopalpur tourism offers excursions to tourist destinations like Taptapani, Mahuri Kalua, Patisonapur Beach, Taratarini, Jaugada, Chilika Lake, Ansupa Lake, Hirakud Reservoir, Chandragiri, etc. 

Gopalpur can be easily accessed as it is well connected by State Highways and National Highways to destinations within Orissa as well as neighbouring states. The vicinity to Visakhapatnam, Kolkata, Barkul, Berhampur, Puri and Bhubaneswar makes Gopalpur a favourite week-end destination among holiday makers.

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Gopalpur Traveller Reviews

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Subhankar Das

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  • Subhankar Das
  • Lives in Bardhaman
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  • 5 Reviews
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"Virgin Beach Gopalpur"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
It's an amazing sea-beach at Gopalpur free from hustle and bustle of cities. One can enjoy the virgin beach here. Unlike Puri, Gopalpur isn't crowded. One can book a cottage at Panthanivas of Gopalpur @Rs. 2990/- including taxes and complementary breakfast. Panthanivas has doubled AC rooms @Rs. 1100/- exclusive of taxes. Non-Ac room is available @Rs. 700 exclusive of taxes. Orissa Tourism's Panthanivas is a very good option for accommodation.
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Rajendra Makharia

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  • Rajendra Makharia
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"Lazing at Gopalpur"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
It was my brother-in-law's 40th wedding anniversary this January. Being a resident of Kolkata he decided to celebrate it in style at Gopalpur-On-Sea in the neighboring state of Odisha (Orissa). He decided to take his close family members including me there. We boarded train from Howrah station for overnight journey to Berhampur. From there we were herded into the waiting SUVs to takes us for the three day sojourn at MAYFAIR Palm Beach Resort which is the best luxury hotel in Gopalpur-on-Sea.

Once a commercial port, Gopalpur is now a famous sea beach and tourist destination around 15 km from Berhampur. The languorous beach with coconut groves, casuarinas and gentle sand dunes deserted for miles make it an idyllic destination for honeymooners and savvy tourists who love to romance with seas. Since it was January the weather so hot as opposed to summer months. It was the finest time of year for visit, the temperature being well below in twenties (C). Gopalpur experiences heavy bouts of rains and has witnessed notable and strong tropical storms in history, including the Super cyclone of 1999 and Cyclone Phailin of 2013, the latter hitting the town squarely.

During our stay I mostly indulged in my pet hobby _ photography whenever I was not gorging and stuffing myself over the hotel's multifarious delicacies. My day would start early as I would awaken to catch the sun rising right from the ocean of Bay Of Bengal. Then a walk on the left side of the hotel takes me to nearby lone imposing lighthouse, complementing the scenery at the beach. Out here I spent hours clicking away at the ruins and the crumbling walls and pillars which make an ideal location for photo shoot. The Light House itself offers a spectacular 360 degree view of Gopalpur, the sea and a portion of the Chilka Lake.

The next day I took to the right side of the hotel gates opening out on the beach. Cluster of coconut and palm trees along with white sand dunes overlooking the vast blue waters provide an ideal location for tourists who love beaches. As I walked further up I came up to the fishing fraternity who were engaged in their daily routine task of fishing. The long rope lines were used to hauling the catch from the boats out in the sea by group of fishermen. The fresh catch was piled up on the sand and one could even find an occasional buyer bargaining for the day's fresh haul.

The Mayfair Palm Beach Resort itself made my stay in Gopalpur even more memorable due the amenities at its complex. The comfort of the room, the gastronome cuisine and the in-house activities like the pool table, beach volley, swimming pool, fitness centers, library and lounge made me forget time and the three days were soon over in a jiffy. I vowed once again to return to this wonderful haven someday in the sundown of my life.
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Jagamohan Mohapatra

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  • Lives in Pune
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"Very peaceful and clean beach"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
Goaplpur is the most visited sea beach in Odisha after Puri. Its about 16 kms from Berhampur town Ganjam District.

Beach is clean, white sand and tides are quite low so, enjoy your bath. There are few boats which will take you into the sea for say around 1 km for Rs 100, which is a very good experience. Make sure not to carry any valuable things with you but don't get scared of yourself, the locals are very helpful and they will make sure safety first. Happy boat surfing in Gopalpur.

Bus stop is on the sea shore itself and there are few hotels near by which offers great view with reasonable price. Also there are 5 star hotels near by location with great sea view.

No direct train or flight to Gopalpur so, better to plan accordingly. But there are good communication from Berhamput o Gopalpur.

Attached few photos as they speak more than words, happy holiday, happy traveling.

Stay blessed.
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Santosh Patra

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  • Santosh Patra
  • Lives in Berhampur
  • 1 Review
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"Nice place to visit in all season"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Mar 22, 2016
Good place to visit in Orissa, you can choose any season for visiting this place. At evening the beach turns a romantic place where you can spend happy moment with your loved ones. Orissa rocks, good tourist places, good hotels are there on nearby area so that you can spend all night at best price.
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Swati Chakraborty

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"Gopalpur on Sea, a mini town"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Feb 5, 2016
Gopalpur is a small town located on the coast of the Bay of Bengal in Ganjam District of Odissa. It is very calm and quiet town. It is an ideal place for spending short holidays peacefully. If you are very tired and making a plan to spend some days peacefully and privately then Gopalpur is an ideal place for rejoice. Its pollution free pleasant weather helps you to extract all your tiredness as well as you feel very energetic and fit. Gopalpur is only 16km away from Railway station Berhampur. You can hire Auto or Car from Berhampur Railway Station and it will take hardly 20 minutes to reach Gopalpur. Nearest airport is Bhubaneswar. Gopalpur is also famous for its sea food like fresh fishes, prawns and crabs.
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Sanjay Das

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"Gopalpur on sea!"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Feb 4, 2016
Gopalpur is about 16 km from Berhampur. Not very hotel options are available here. Hotel sea pearl is literally on the beach, sand. South indian dishes are available. Samber, dosa, idli. One can find different fishes and crabs. The kababs are must. The beach is about 1 to 2 km long.
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Raja Mishra

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  • Raja Mishra
  • Lives in Bhubaneswar
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"Had a great fun with friends at Gopalpur!"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Jan 30, 2016
I with some of my friends went to Gopalpur on the eve of new year. The place was so nice. The beach view was awesome. As that was eve of the new year many visitors were there. With a nice view of sunset and the migratory birds that was real nice for us. We loved the foods we ordered. There are many number of roadside shops which provide nice food. The sea foods were simply awesome. I suggest to visit in weekends.
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"Excellent sea beach"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted Dec 28, 2015
It's a unbelievable experience to visit Gopalpur sea beach. There is a five star hotel near about two kms far from Gopalpur beach which is very good place for night halting. You can enjoy sunrise and sunset points at Gopalpur. Berhampur city is also there from 15 kms away which is very good city to move on.
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Sawan kumar

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"A nice place to visit"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Nov 19, 2015
Clean beach, visited so many times you can take beach front hotels in cheap price, you can get good dhabas in NH 7 which is about 5km, you can enjoy beach. Suitable for couple as well as family. You can visit Berhampur city known as silk city.
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Shouvik choudhury

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"Short weekend refreshment, ideal for relaxation & fresh air"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted Sep 29, 2015
Beautiful sea beach, very clean, calm & quiet with strong waves, adventurous to bath, must see the sun-rise with a gulf of fresh air at dawn. Sea beach is not so crowded, so still very serene & lonely except the afternoon time. Ideal for relaxation & mind refreshment, visit the lighthouse (going upstairs is prohibited now), nothing much activity to do just take a long walk on the large sand filled beach or simply sit on the beach to enjoy & feel the freshness. Food & fish lovers can taste various sea fishes in hotel or buying fresh from local market. May visit nearby Taratarini Temple, Rambha (Chilika lake), Taptapani etc, Daringbadi, another hill station is accessible.
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