Gopalpur-on-sea is one of the most pristine and popular beaches in Odisha, India. It is located at a distance of around 16 kilometers from the town of Berhampur. Clusters of palm and coconut trees, sand dunes covered with casuarinas plantation divide the beach from the sea water which work as a complete setting for quiet conviviality and introspection.
The sea and the golden sand makes it one of the highly sought after beaches in India. Good accommodation options in serene and clam atmosphere turns it into a favored holiday destination. Bathing and surfing in the sea waters with the assistance from nolias can be a great experience.
With an increase in the number of tourists from the late 70s, this beach has experienced a slow revival. The crumblings walls and old jetty pillers are clear witness to the maritime past of Gopalpur. The disturbance of the temple towns is fully absent in this place.
Gopalpur acted as a salient trading port for the British East India Company. The Britishers constructed large godowns and warehouses as their business with Burma began to thrive. Once the wealthy Bengalis and British who earlier made this place happening and vibrant, left, it reverted back to being a relaxed and quite place with a unique charm of its own.
This quiet and pristine beach stretches around half mile on the Bay of Bengal shores. The sand is quite clean and almost free from shells. The water is comforting and warm enough throughout the year. The quiet ambiance of the beach makes it a perfect place for people to relax under the blue skies and easy breeze. As the beach faces east, watching sunrise is absolutely spectacular.Getting up quite early to experience the sarrounding places can be a good option. Seeing the endless empty shoreline of Gopalpur getting pullulated with fishermen and their hand nets full of catch is interesting.
Best time to visit Gopalpur-on-sea is from October till April, especially during winter. In summer, temperature revolves around 35 degrees centigrade and in winter, it stays around 16 degrees centigrade.
The lighthouse provides a 360 degree view of the place as well as a part of the Chilika Lake. It opens at 3.30 (IST) and closes at 5.30 (IST). Bags are permitted atop the lighthouse.
Picture 2 – Gopalpur-on-sea Picture
Gopalpur-on Sea is a perfect place for fish lovers. Mustard fish (Bengali style) and other continental fish dishes are some of the popular delicacies cooked in nearby hotels and restaurants. During evening’s gayety, one can also enjoy jhal muri, chana chat or grilled fish near beachside.
As far as accoodation is concerned, visitors get a wide range of options starting from luxury tourist resorts, holiday homes to cheap and budget hotels. In a budget hotel, tariff may start from Rs. 200 per day to Rs. 500 per day and in luxury deluxe hotels and resorts, charges may start from around Rs. 800 and may go up to Rs. 3000 or more. Charges go up during peak seasons. Economy options include youth hostel. Tourists may also take refurbished old houses or bungalows on rent.
Picture 3 – Gopalpur-on-sea Hotel
Here is a list of some popular hotels and resorts :
Panthanivas: There is a government operated Panthanivas, which is located around one and a half kilometers away from the beach front. Telephone – +91 680 2243931, +91 680 2242088. Email – email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org
Swosti Palm Resort: Swosti Palm Resort, near Gopalpur-on-sea, is a very popular luxury resort. It has a multi cuisine restaurant along with all the amenities that a deluxe resort offers. Telephone No. – 0674 23 000 008, Fax No. – 0674 23 018 80.
Hotel Sea Pearl: Hotel Sea Pearl, near Gopalpur-on-sea, is absolutely the right hotels for a comfortable stay. The bright and golden sunrise as well as the magnificent Bay of Bengal is a treat to watch from here.
Hotel Kalinga: Hotel Kalinga is one of the most sought after places to stay in Gopalpur-on-sea. The home like atmosphere is certain to make you feel like home. Phone No: 0680-282067.
Oberoi Palm Beach: Oberoi Palm Beach is another famous place to stay. This hotel is just 17 kilometers away from the railway station. Most of the rooms in this hotel are sea facing.
Motel Mermaid: Motel Mermaid, which stands for comfort and care, is situated on the Beach Road.
Hotel Green Park, Hotel Rohini and Hotel Sea Side Breeze are some of the other popular hotels for staying in.
There are many nearby places which may add extra fun to your holiday.
Apart from these places, Mahuri Kalua (30 km), Taratarini (30 km), Patisonapur (30 km) and Jaugarh (35 km) are some other nearby places one can easily go from Gopalpur-on-sea. Small tourist cars can be hired to go to these places. Auto rickshaws can be hired for moving around near Gopalpur.
Picture 4 – Gopalpur-on-sea Image
For more information on Gopalpur-on-sea, please contact to government of Odisha’s tourist office or visit their official website.
Gopalpur-on-sea is not as trendy or commercial as Goa, but it has got its very own charm. This fairly undisturbed and isolated beach is counted among India’s best beaches. The sand dunes of the beach are attracting tourists from all over the world.
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