On Sea, Orissa
On Sea of Orissa is a small beach and 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. One can still see the
crumbling walls and pillars of the jetty, witness to
its past glory of commercial activity.
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 winter resort.
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.
importance 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.
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.
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.
from Gopalpur Beach
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.
the name suggests, is a hot water sulphur spring situated
around 67-km from Gopalpur.
To Get to Gopalpur Beach
180-km away, Bhubaneswar is the nearest airport from
where one can take flights for major cities such as
Delhi and Calcutta.
nearest railway station is Berhampur on the Howrah-Chennai
line of Southeastern Railway. One can take trains
to Calcutta and Chennai from this place.
is connected by motorable road to Barkul (75-km),
Berhampur (16-km), Bhubaneshwar (180-km), and Puri
(242-km). Auto-rickshaws and cycle-rickshaws are available
to move around.
to stay at Gopalpur
accommodation options such as seaside resorts, luxurious
hotels, and old bungalows are available at Gopalpur,
with good servicing facilities and excellent view of
& Resorts on Gopalpur Beach
Oberoi Palm Beach, Ganjam
Song of the Sea Resort
more Travel Information
a beach resort, Gopalpur has a uniform temperature
throughout the year. Temperature in the summer months
touches a high of 35°C and a low of 23°C,
respectively. Winter months are relatively cold with
a maximum and minimum temperature of 27°C and
16°C, respectively. Gopalpur recieves an average
annual rainfall of 118.7 cm.
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