Gopalpur-on-Sea as it is popularly known within the tourist circuit, boasts of one of the finest and most popular beaches in Orissa, India. Tours to Gopalpur Beach with Tourism of Orissa tour packages promises to be an unforgettable affair with nature at its best.
Once a hub of maritime activities, the seaport at Gopalpur was discontinued from service after the WWII under the British rule and with the separation of Myanmar as an independent nation. You can visit the ruins of the port, the lighthouse and the European styled mansions and bungalows on your tour to Gopalpur Beach.
The sautéed sand, the casuarinas and palm fringed coastline, the deep turquoise blue water make a stay at Gopalpur, the beach resort of Orissa. The beach attracts swimmers, drifters and vacationers with its splendid beauty and serene aura even amidst the mayhem of excited tourists.
Besides walking on the beach, chasing the waves and swimming till dawn, you can also visit Gopalpur's local fishing villages, artisans and remnants of its medieval past.
The local fishermen add to the ambience of the coffee table book styled beach. The arriving or departing fishermen boats against the backdrop of a setting or rising sun is a sight that could have easily inspired Monet's impressionist style.
The intricate sand sculptures shaped from the beach sand are a major draw for tourists too. Besides the sightseeing and enjoying on the beach, you can also shop for curios and souvenirs at the local markets. The favorites of course are the items created of seashells that you must purchase on your tour to Gopalpur beach.
When stuffed with the seafood delicacies of the region, do consider short excursions to a number of the tourist attractions nearby Gopalpur. It may seem to you by now that Gopalpur is a tourist's paradise on earth but brief peeps into the nearby areas will only reinforce that belief.
You can go shopping for Orissa's handloom products and handicrafts at Berhampur (16 km), Goddess Kalua Shrine in Mahuri Kalua (30 km), an expansive sea beach at Pati-Sonapur (30 km), the temple of twin goddess Tara and Tarini in Taratarini (30 km), the ruined fort and rock inscriptions at Jaugada (35 km), the bird sanctuary at Rambha, Chilika (45 km) and hot water springs in Taptapani (65 km).
Easily accessible by road and rail from Berhampur and by air from Bhubaneswar, there are many beach facing hotels, resorts and lodges in Gopalpur where you can stay comfortably during your tour to Gopalpur Beach.