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Gopalpur on Sea
One of the most pristine beaches of Orissa, Gopalpur is a splendid retreat for sea combers and sea lovers. Located at about 16-km from Berhampur, this place was once a humming port and hub of commercial activity. Gopalpur offers its visitors a slice of serenity in environs that are conducive to introspection and conviviality.
Once in Gopalpur, tourists can visit the ruins of the port, the lighthouse and the European styled mansions and bungalows. One can still see the crumbling walls and pillars of the jetty, witness to its past glory of commercial activity. However the place still enchants nature lovers and her backwaters continue to lure the water babies. Gopalpur-on-Sea is a surfer's delight and excellent for sailing. Over the years efforts of the Orissa government has resulted in making Goplapur one of the most sought after destination of Orissa tourism.
Discovery of a Holiday Hideout
Originally, a small fishing village on the coast of Orissa, Gopalpur was so named when a temple dedicated to Lord Krishna was constructed here in the 18th century. The East India Company had built huge warehouses here and Gopalpur used to be an important trading point for rice with Rangoon. Gradually the Britishers fell in love with the place and preferred this venue as a winter resort. The reputation of Gopalpur spread as more and more Bengalis from Calcutta made it their holiday home. However Post World War II, the trade with Burma dwindled and the port was entirely abandoned. And slowly it reverted back to a fishing village. The place saw resurgence as a tourist destination in the late seventies once again with the inauguration of luxury hotels. Today Gopalpur-On-Sea is one of the foremost beach resorts in India.
Being untouched by too much human indulgence, the Gopalpur Beach still retains its natural charm. A golden beach fringed by sand dunes, the sautéed sand, the casuarinas and palm fringed coastline, the deep turquoise blue water make a stay at Gopalpur really unforgettable. It is a paradise for peace loving tourists; fairly isolated and undisturbed by the day-trippers.
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, one can also shop for curious and souvenirs at the local markets. The favorites of course are the items created of seashells that are a must purchase item for any tourist to Gopalpur. Mouth watering sea foods, especially fish from the deep sea, and Green-coconuts available aplenty are duly appreciated by the visitors. A tour to Gopalpur is a rewarding experience of sun and sea, fun and frolic.