Gopalpur Tourism

Gopalpur Tourism

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  • State: Orissa
  • Famous for/as: Beach
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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N benimadhab Choudhury

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"A place to enjoy sunrise & sunset"

  • 7/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
The beach of Gopalpur is very nice, it is also situated nearby the brahmapur city which attracts many visitors to come here. The sunrise and the sunset views are awesome, it is a nice place to enjoy with beach & nature. It's atmospheric condition is as good as the place. There are many seaside shops that you can get seafoods, decorative items & many more. You can also visit the lighthouse and the Gopalpur port which is nearby to the hotel & sea beach.
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Debayan Bhowmik

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  • Lives in Kolkata
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"An amazing stay at Gopalpur on sea."

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
If you want to visit a beach without much of a crowd, Gopalpur on sea is an ideal place for you. Though known for the last 10-15 years, it's still comparatively less crowded compared to Puri or Digha. The nandan kanan, several temples nearby can be visited from here. The local food joints serves some hot and delicious sea foods. Also the food served by the resort were very tasty and mouth watering. Stroll along the beach or sit in the balcony looking at the sea. This is possibly the best activity in Gopalpur. Try to come here to avoid the hustle and bustle of daily life and take a peek at the unrest sea at dawn or at sunset.
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Basab Ray chaudh

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"Place to visit also during monsoon"

  • 6/7
  • Posted Jun 9, 2015
Gopalpur -on -sea is one of the best sea beach in east coast of Bay of Bengal. Quite beach, blue sky, strong waves makes Gopalpur more attractive to nature lovers.

Stayed at Mayfair Palm Beach Resort, which made our stay memorable. Hotel has a private beach, safe and provide assistance during bathing.

Rambha on Chilika Lake can also be visited at a distance of 40 KM from Gopalpur. One night can be spent in the OTDC Panthanivas. For a short trip of 3-4 days this is ideal.
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Dinesh Nayak

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"A good destination to visit"

  • 5/7
  • Posted Apr 30, 2015
A very nice beach with wonderful sighting, lots of tourist visit there. The lighthouse here provides the best view here. Lots of restaurant and hotels are here to stay and enjoy. One can enjoy seafood and local food here. You can take walk here in sandy beach. It is just 20 km away from the silk city of Orissa (berhampur). And it is well-connected by buses to berhampur. Once you reach berhampur by train or bus then you can take city buses to reach Gopalpur. The best time for visiting is summer, winter. In winter season every year Gopalpur beach festival is organized which one must visit. Lots of cultural events and mina bazar is organized there with foods and other items from all over the odisha is sold here. It is a very nice place.
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Aman Pani

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"A perfect place for summer vacation"

  • 6/7
  • Posted Mar 16, 2015
The most enjoyable place is at the sea shore and the must visit place at the Gopalpur is the nearby light house and Gopalpur Port. You can find all kind of sea food at nearby restaurants. I would like to say the whole fish fry is very good in taste.
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Swathi Vivek

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"City by the sea"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted Jan 16, 2015
Nice place with lovely beaches. Most of the hotels have their own private beaches. Many new constructions are coming up. Mayfair was excellent. Food was awesome. Beaches and beach related activities are all that one can enjoy in Gopalpur. There are horse and pony rides on the beach that children can enjoy. Not many food options by the beach.
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Dipankar Das

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"Amazing beauty of the sunrise"

  • 6/7
  • Posted Sep 25, 2014
Gopalpur is one of the beautiful sea side destination in Orissa. Small but neat and clean town. After a hectic city life of day to day work one can come to Gopalpur for a relaxing weekend away from the hustle and bustle of the city.

The place is very small but the beauty of this place is beyond explanation. The blue sky and the sea soothes the eye and one can relax a whole day by sitting beside the beach. There is not much activity one would find in Gopalpur.

The best part of the place is the Sunrise.. Its awesome.. The sailing boats of the fishermen in the sea in the early morning adds a new flavour to your sunrise....

Visitors can go to Taptapani, Rambha for a day outing from here...
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"Great Location!"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted Nov 9, 2013
Gopalpur on sea is an another destination for monsoon, when it is really possible to see the rough sea, sitting calmly on a beach side hotel balcony of the typical laid down sea side hamlet. Gopalpur on sea is a great location. Specially if you want a vacation out from the commotion and crowd. Its a sea side destination which is not very crowded and you can relax for a few days.
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"Very clean"

  • 5/7
  • Posted Oct 30, 2013
The place is very nice and the each is very clean. The hotel's service was good. There is no restaurant outside of the hotel. Only tea, snacks, biscuits are available in the markets. In the Early morning varieties of sea fish available there.
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"Best affordable destination to enjoy your leisure"

  • Posted Aug 22, 2013
Gopalpur-on-sea is a old sea port situated on the eastern sea belt of India in Orissa. It is a small town devoid of all the cacophony of the other beaches like Puri, The beach is golden and the water is blue but with high arrival rate of waves. This is not a place for those who want events, but for those who want to enjoy their leisure. A well earned laid-back leisure is all you need here. Kiss the sun and the clear blue skies, golden sands. Just count the waves. if you are lucky, you can also watch dolphins in the sea. Being on the eastern belt, sunrise is spectacular.

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: You won't find any restaurants here at Gopalpur. To dine in a restaurant, you will have to go to Berhampur. There are very few hotels at Gopalpur on sea, top off the line being Mayfair group and Swasti Palm resort. Among the budget hotels there are Hotel Sea Side Breeze, Hotel sea Pearl, Song of the sea and hotel mermaid.

My personal preference is Hotel Sea side breeze. Location of the hotel is superb. It sits right on the beach. Almost all the rooms are sea facing. On the backside, a stairs land on the beach. During the monsoon, waves kiss the back wall of the hotel. Service is satisfactory and moderately quick. They have a very good variety of fish dishes and the cooking is also good.

During the evening, you can sit on the beach (chairs are there to sit on without worrying about to pay anything in return) and enjoy the evening sea breeze with Jhal-muri, bhel puri or chaat, panipuri. In the local park beside the sea beach, you can also have snacks in the evening and fried fishes.

Local site seeing: There are some spots near by all within 90-120 mins drive, eg. Taptapani, Taratarini Temple, Dhawaleswar beach, Lighthouse, Chilika lake and Old Jetty. But to enjoy taptapani completely, you have to stay overnight there. Taratarini Temple is situated over a hill top and there is cable ride to take you there. From the temple site, view is breath taking. Everything below is green with a small river in the distant. Lighthouse is accessible to public from 3 PM to 5 PM. On a clear day, you can view very far from the top of the lighthouse and the sea looks amazing during the sunset.

Shopping: Nothing to mention at Gopalpur, but you can purchase good quality of silk sarees and dress material in Berhampur.

Activities & things to do: Just enjoy the sea and the sun. Eat sea fishes and again take rest, fishes, rest. Sleep..

Take rest and sleep as much as you can.

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: Berhampur or Brahmapur (BAM) is well connected in the South Eastern Railway. From Howrah, take any train that goes to South India (eg YPR Exp, Coromondel Exp, Ghty Exp, Amrabathi Exp, Falaknama SF etc) and get down at Brahmapur / Berhampur.

If you take YPR exp from Howrah at 20.30 hrs, you will be at Brahmapur at around 05.30 hrs. Taka a auto or taxi to Gopalpur from the station (In a taxi its only a 20-25 mins drive and in an auto its around 35-40 mins max). Road is good at most of the places. Last time I went, the road was widening. They will charge you around Rs.300 one way.

You can also take any cab from Bhuwaneshwar. Its easy to identify the station from the train, after leaving Khurda Rd station, as soon as you notice Chilika Lake, be assured that the next stop is Berhampur / Brahmapur.

Travel warnings: Gopalpur is a small town, so try not to disturb its tranquility and dress up soberly and properly. Daytime is little bit of hot and humid even in the month of October. During the months of May-August, its pretty hot and humid there. But you get to enjoy another thing then. Sea in its full glory with rain in the open.Its really a combination.
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