Gopalpur Beach

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Language Oriya, Hindi,& English
Best time to visit October to March

Gopalpur is amongst the popular beaches in Orissa. Gopalpur-on-Sea is a beautiful and small beach resort located along the Bay of Bengal in the eastern Indian state of Orissa. Gopalpur extends from latitude 19°16' in the North to longitude 84°57' in the East. The place is 16 km away form Berhampur, on the Howrah-Chennai main line.

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Being a beach resort, the place 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. Average annual rainfall is 118.7 cm. Thus, you may plan your trip to Gopalpur, beaches in Orissa accordingly.

History Of Gopalpur

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. Soon hotels and guesthouses lined its seafront. 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. Till Today Gopalpur is amongst the popular beaches in Orissa.

Gopalpur's 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 and Gopalpur reverted to what it originally was, 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. Though now there are many popukar beaches in Orissa.

Tourists Attractions

Gopalpur is a bewitching seaside resort and there can be no better option than to enjoy the sun, sea, and sand. Walk around the beach, collect shells and first-sized peal-white conch, and remember all the beautiful moments of your life. One may not be able to do it again.

Places Around Gopalpur

Chilka Lake is situated at a distance of 45 km from Gopalpur. Spreading over an area of 1100 sq km, this is the largest brackish water lake in the country and attracts large number of migratory birds.

Taptapani (hot water), as the name suggests, is a hot water sulfur spring situated around 67 km from Gopalpur.

How To Reach

By Air - Bhubaneswar (180 km) is the nearest airport from where one can take flights for major cities like Delhi and Calcutta.

By Rail - The nearest railway station is Berhampur on the Howrah-Chennai line of Southeastern Railway. One can take trains to Calcutta and Chennai from this place.

By Road - Gopalpur is connected by motorable road to Barkul (75 km), Berhampur (16 km), Bhubaneshwar (180 km), and Puri (242 km). We would provide you all India tourist permit vehicles for the local transportations and also for the intercity drives too.

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