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Gopalpur on sea

A small fishing hamlet, in the eastern Indian state of Orissa, is home to the beautiful and pristine beach called Gopalpur. It is a seaside retreat where one can enjoy the roar of the waves crashing on the breakers and the invigorating sea breeze in idyllic surroundings. The attraction of the place lies in its blissful calmness.

Popularly known as Gopalpur-on-Sea, the place was re-discovered 30 years after independence; it was and is today a lovely, laid-back village on the sea-shore. Gopalpur beach spreads out for miles and is lined with coconut groves, casuarina trees and sand dunes.
In the 18th century a temple dedicated to Lord Krishna (Gopala) was built here and gave the town its name Gopalpur. The sleepy town reached its heyday during the British Raj, when it was a strategic naval point and trading port for trade with Burma It lost its glory when the trade with Burma ceased. The withering abandoned columns of the jetty remain, like a stranded giant sea creature slowly decaying in its mould. The old light-house, only a short walk from the beach, still quietly sends out signals to ships in deep sea and is open daily for visitors.

All day long the beach buzzes with activities of fishermen taking their colourful fishing boats out to sea in the morning and returning in the afternoon with their catch.
The beach is clean and quiet with crystal clear blue water rolling upon the beach. In the evening one can watch the sun set in the vast sea from a beautifully decorated area with lights. Gopalpur-on-sea offers travelers a surprisingly beautiful, off-the-beaten track holiday destination in Orissa. 

Dhavaleshwar
Dhavaleshwar is a small place, which can be found on a lovely island in the middle of the Mahanandi River. Located at a distance of 37 km by road from Cuttack and 5 km via the river, the place attracts a large number of devotees. The name originated from an ancient Shiva Temple located on the hillock which is approachable by steps.
Taptapani
“Hot Water” that’s the definition of Taptapani, a beautiful village in the outskirts of Gopalpur. A hot, sulphurous water spring bubbling at about 530°C is the attraction here.
Old Jetty Ruin
The ruins of the old jetty in the beach area tell their own story of a glorious era when Gopalpur was a hub of trade and commerce activities.
Lighthouse
Presently the lighthouse lies as a ruined monument still attracting visitors to climb the stairs and enjoy the breathtaking beauty surrounding the place. It opens for a short duration from 15h30 – 17h30 daily.
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BHUBANESWAR 175 Km 02H 29m
Berhampur
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The endless expanse of emerald water of the Chilika lagoon is a combination of rare natural beauty and unique marine ecosystem. The largest inland salt water lagoon in Asia is home to the rare Irrawaddy dolphins and several thousands of indigenous and migratory birds that draw visitors from across the globe.
178 Km 02H 27m
Bhubaneswar, the capital of Orissa, is the seat of Tribhubaneswar or 'Lord Lingaraj'. Bhubaneswar is an important Hindu pilgrimage centre. While hundreds of temples dot the landscape of the Old Town, which once boasted of more than 2000 temples, the new Bhubaneswar with its modern buildings complements its modern aspirations. This city is most renowned for changing the conqueror Asoka to the conquered. The great Kalinga War took place here between Emperor Asoka and Kalinga (the old empire of Odi
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The climate is humid due to the proximity of the Bay of Bengal. Winters are mild with temperatures ranging between 14-27 C. Post monsoon October - April is the best time to visit.
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