Friday, 3 June 2016, 11:45:17 am

Gopalpur Beach

Gopalpur is famous for its beach at Southern Odisha. This beach has all facility and there are good hotels & resort to stay near the sea beach. You can get different variety of sea fish,prawn and crab here. There is a nice park and fast food center at sea 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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