(Content Source - Courtesy Orissa Tourism Development Corporation)

Situated at a distance of 16 kms from Berhampur, Gopalpur-on-sea is one of the most pristine beaches in Orissa. The crumbling walls and the pillars of an ancient jetty are witness to Gopalpur’s maritime past. Clusters of coconut and palm trees, sand dunes over grown with casuarinas plantation separate the beach from the blue waters which act as the perfect setting for quiet introspection and conviviality. Whether it is the glistering sun at the day break spreading its silvery screen over the azure waters or the perpetual breeze blowing from the sea or the rhythmic lapping of the waves that shimmer in the moonlight night or over the stunning stillness around, it is a pleasure that adds to the gaiety of holiday at Gopalpur.

The golden sand of the blue sea here make the beach on of the most sought after beaches of the country. The old light house blinking still today to show directions to the ships in the dep sea, the fishermen with their catch, nice accommodation units in a calm and serene atmosphere, make Gopalpur-on-sea a favoured destination. Surfing and bathing in the sea with the help from ever friendly Nolias (local fisherman with conical hats) can be an enduring experience.

Despite being very close to the busy township at Berhampur, Gopalpur-on-sea presents a serene atmosphere amidst the palm coconut and casuarinas trees.

Local Watchables
Berhampur (16 km)
An important commercial town of South Orissa, Berhampur is an ideal market for shopping. The market displays a dazzling array of Orissan Handicraft and Handloom products. Prominent among them are Silk Sarees and Horn Toys.

Taptapani (65 km)
Taptapani is an ideal destination because of its scenic location in the midst of nature, on the easter ghats. The lush green forest with a hot spring has remained favourite among the visitors. The OTDC run Panthanivas is the ideal place to stay for a couple of daysx to experience being in the lap of nature.

Mahuri Kalua (30 km)
Enroute to Taptapani, Mahuri Kalua is another scenic spot. The shrine of Goddess Kalua adorns the place.

Patisonapur (30 km)
Far from the hustle and bustle of the city crowd, a virgin beach awaits here for the visitors. The beach down south of Gopalpur across the river Bahuda offers peace and tranquility to all the visitors going there to relax and spend the leisure.

Taratarini (30 km)
On the bank of the river Rushikulya near the village Purushottampur, the shrine of the twin Goddess Tara and Tarini adorns the hilltop amidst natural beauty. There is a flight of about one thousand steps as well as a pucca motorable road from the foothill to the hilltop. The shrine is considered to be a Shakti Pitha of Tantra Cult.

Jaugarh (35 km)
The Ashokan rock edict found here prove beyond any doubt that it wan an important center of activities during the Ashokan period. Siva temple and Buddhist images found here suggest that it was a religious center with Buddhism an Saivism existing side by side.

Rambha (45 km)
On the sprawling Chilika Lake, Rambha is famous for its scenic beauty. Boating from here to the beautiful islands of Honeymoon and Breakfast is a thrilling experience. OTDC runs a Panthanivas adjacent to the lake.

Aryapalli (16 km)
The beach at Ayapalli is quiet and charming and provides a unique atmosphere to the nature loving tourists.

Ghodahad (60 km)
The Ghodahada dam with the reservoir attracts a good number of picnickers round the year. 4 km away, the shrine of Ujialeswar is an added attraction for the visitors.

How to reach
Nearest airport is Bhubaneswar – 190 km and Visakhapatnam – 260 km

Nearest railhead is Berhampur (16 km) on the East Coast Rly served by a number of fast and superfast trains on Kolkata-Chennai route.

Gopalpur is well connected by excellent al-weather rod which branches off from the NH-5 on the outskirts of Berhampur – 16 km. Regular Bus Services are available. Taxis and Autorickshaws are also available.

OTDC Pantha Niwas, Tel: 2242088
Hotel Holiday Home, Tel: 2242049
Hotel Rohini – Tel: 2242309

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