of the most pristine beaches of Orissa, this small beach is a splendid
retreat for sea worshippers, located about 16-km from Berhampur. Once a
humming seaport, Gopalpur offers its visitors a slice of serenity in
environs that are conducive to introspection and conviviality.
can still see the crumbling walls and pillars of the jetty, witness to its
past glory of commercial activity. The pleasures of the Blue Beach and the
Blue Bay of her backwaters continue to lure the water babies.
Gopalpur-on-Sea is a surfer's delight and excellent for sailing.Discovery
of a Holiday Hideout
Originally, a small fishing village on the
coast of Orissa, it was so named when a temple dedicated to Lord Krishna was
constructed some time in the 18th century. Apart from its temple, Gopalpur
was distinguished for its magnificent beach and was discovered as a perfect
The East India Company built huge warehouses and
godowns because the trade with Burma had picked up and Gopalpur had become a
trading point for rice from Rangoon. In those days, there were dances and
parties that continued until the early hours and wealthy Bengalis from
Calcutta made it their holiday home.
dwindled when trade with Burma abruptly ceased during the war and never
revived again. When the British left India, even members of rich Bengali
homes preferred to holiday in other places of the country, Gopalpur reverted
to what it was originally, a fishing village.
With an increase in
tourist trade in the late seventies, and the opening of luxury hotels, a
slow revival began and today Gopalpur-On-Sea is one of the foremost beach
resorts in India.
This is the one beach that is as yet, not exposed
much to tourism and hence still unspoiled. If you are looking for a quiet
holiday in the lap of nature, the beach at Gopalpur awaits you. A golden
beach fringed by sand dunes and ruins of an old jetty from where, in
medieval times, sailors set out to Indonesia, make this an ideal place for a
relaxing holiday. A perfect beach, fairly isolated and undisturbed by the
day-trippers.Excursions from Gopalpur BeachChilika
Situated at a distance of 45-km from Gopalpur and spreading over
an area of 1,100-sq-km, this is the largest brackish water lake in the
country and attracts large number of migratory birds.Taptapani:
As the name suggests, is a hot water sulphur spring situated around
67-km from Gopalpur.