Gopalpur, an old seaport town on the Bay of Bengal, attracts beach lovers who come here to relax and rejuvenate in the scenic and serene surroundings of the palm fringed of the beach, Gopalour-on-sea, which is quiet and clean. A famous port during the British rule, Gopalpur, located in the Ganjam district of Odisha, handles a part of India’s cashew exports. Here you will find traces of an old jetty. The golden sands of the blue water sea make Gopalpur a compelling destination. Besides a lighthouse has also been a part of tourist attractions in Gopalpur which is also a haven for the lovers of shell works.
6 km from Gopalpur, Ariyapalli beach is blessed with stunning natural beauty and offers beach lovers tourists swaying palm trees, crystal clear waters of the Bay of Bengal and an ambience of quietness.
30 km from Gopalpur, the temple of the twin goddesses Tara and Tarini on the bank of the Rushikulya river is located on the top of a hill. Believed to be a Shakti Pitha of Tantricism, the shrine can be reached by a taking some one thousand steps or by a good moorable road. During the Hindu month of Chaitra (march-April) the shrine plays host to one of Odisha’s biggest fairs, the “Taratarini Mela”, visitd by thousands of people. Taratarani is 32km from Berhampur.
Nestled in the slopes of the Eastern Ghats, Taptapani, 67 km from Gopalpur and 50 kms to the north of Berhampur, is famous for its hot sulphur spring known for its medicinal values. Located in the in the Ganjam district of Odisha, the place is also a sacred place as it is home to the shrine of Goddess Kandhuni. a small Deer park is an added attraction here.
30km from Gopalpur, the beautiful spot of Mahuri Kalua is visited for its temple dedicated to Goddess Kalua. 15 km away from Berhampur, the place is situated on the way to Taptapani.
Also called Jaugarh, Jaugada, 35km from Gopalpur, is famous in Indian history for being home to an Ashokan edict. Located in the Ganjam duistrict of Odisha, it is also famous for a Shiva shrine.
35 km north of Behrampur, Jaugada in the Malati hills is famous for a 3rd century BC rock edict erected by Ashoka, following the battle of Kalinga and his embracing Buddhism. The edict is similar to one at Dhauli in which the great emperor speaks out his ethical code, though most parts of the inscriptions have disappeared. Ruins of a 6th century fort at Jaugada belonging to Keshari dynasty contain stone images enshrined in the Guptesvar temple.
Jaugada is approachable from Purusottampur which has the bus services from Behrampur. At short distance away at Buguda, is the Biranchinarayan temple. The 17th century has beautifully carved wooden Jagamohana (porch) depicting scenes from the Ramayana. 2km from Jaugada, Buddhakhol has Buddhist sculptures and temples dedicated to Lord Shiva.
Patisonapur is another charming beach, 30km from Gopalpur and 20 km from Berhampur on the border of the neighbouring state of Andhra Pradesh. This virgin is for those who love the quiet ambience. An oasis of tranquility, the beach is situated on the confluence of Bay of Bengal and Bahuda river.
45 km from Gopalpur and 78 km from Taptapani, Rambha is on the Chilka lake which serve as the base and is blessed with breathtaking beauty. Boating to the exotic Honeymoon and Breakfast islands will be an experience of a lifetime.
60 km from Gopalpur, Ghodahada is known for its beautiful reservoir attracting people. 4 km away from the reservoir is located the temple dedicated to Ujialeswar.
Air: Bhubaneswar, the nearest airport (190 km) to Gopalpur- on- Sea, is connected to Kolkata, Delhi, Hyderabad, Chennai, Mumbai, Bengaluru by Air India, Jetlite(S) Kingfisher and Indigo airlines.
Rail: The nearest railhead Berhampur (16 km), on the Howrah-Chennai line of the East Coast Railway, is connected by most of the main places in India.
Road: Gopalpur is connected by motorable roads to different places and cites of India. Some of the places and cities connected with Gopalpur are Barkul( 75 km), Berhampur (16 km), Bhubaneswar (190 km), Puri (via Bhubaneswar) 242 km ,Kolkata (670 km )/ Frequent bus services connect Berhampur with Gopalpur.
Local Transport : Auto-rickshaws and rickshaws are available.
Yoy can find seaside accommodation at Gopalpur. Swosti Palm Resort, Panthanivas (OTDC), Hotel Sea Pearl, Sea Side Breeze, Hotel Holiday Home, Hotel Kalinga: Hotel Rohini, Holiday Inn, Hotel Green park, Hotel Rosalin, Sai Tourist Lodge, Natraj Tourist Lodge, Hotel Heaven Spot, On Beach Home, Hotel Royal Park, are some of the famous hotels in Gopalpur.