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Places of Interest in Gopalpur
People on orissa tourism can make a visit to Gopalpur along with a few aThere are quite a few places of interest around Gopalpur to which excursions can be made
Berhampur (16 km) - An important commercial town of Orissa, Berhampur is an ideal market for shopping. The markets are full of handicraft and handloom items that display Oriya ingenuity and include items such as silk saris, appliqué work, horn toys, metal crafts etc.
Taptapani Hot Spring (65 km) - Set against the evergreen thick forests, Taptapani is known for its hot sulpher spring. The spring water is believed to retain certain medicinal properties and can cure some diseases. Set amidst thick foliage, this place retains its natural charm despite the crowd of people that throng this place. During rainy season, racks of care free clouds can be seen roaming around the foliage.
Mahuri Kalua (30 km) - En route to Taptapani, Mahuri Kalua is another scenic spot. A shrine that ensconces Goddess Kalua is situated within the deep greenery. The place is popular both among the pilgrims as well as nature lovers.
Patisonapur Beach (30 km) - 20 km away from Berhampur and 35 km from Gopalpur-on-sea, lying to the south of Gopalpur, on the border of Andhra Pradesh, Patisonapur is another beach that is known for its natural beauty. Quiet and secluded, this is a wide and clean beach across the river Bahuda. Away from hustle and bustle of city this beach is an ideal destination for tourist who wishes to relax and spend time in tranquility.
Taratarini (30 km) - On the bank of the Rushikulya near the village Purushottampur, the shrine of the twin goddesses Tara and Tarini adorns the hilltop amidst natural beauty. There is a flight of about one thousand steps as well as a pucca motorable road from the foothill to the hilltop. The shrine is considered to be a Shakti Pitha of Tantra Cult. There is a Panthasala of Department of Tourism,Orissa for overnight stay.
Jaugada (35 km) - Jauguda is a heritage destination and is known for The Rock Edict of Emperor Ashoka which bears semblance to the famous for the Ashokan Rock Inscription of Dhauli near Bhubaneswar. Situated just 5 km from taratarini, this place was once center of activity of a bustling civilization in and around river Rishikulya.A large ruined fort along with number of old bricks, tiles, potteries, beads, terracotta objects and punch marked coins of Mauryan Age are found in this place.
Chilika (Ramhha) (45 km) - Chilika Lake is famous for its scenic beauty and bird sanctuary. Covering an area of about, one thousand one hundred square kilometers, lakhs of resident and migratory birds of different hue make Chilika their home during winter. Boating in the lake is enjoyable in all seasons. There is also the Shakti Shrine of Kalijai for a pilgrimage. Rambha is on the southern end of the pear shaped lake amidst calm and serene environs. There is an OTDC Panthanivas for overnight stay.
Rambha (45 kms) - On the sprawling Chilika Lake, Rambha is famous for its scenic beauty. It is a pear shaped small lake amidst the larger Chilka lake and is known fir its calm and serene environs. Boating from here to the beautiful islands of honeymoon is a thrilling experience.
Aryapalli(16 km) - 30 kms from Berhampur and 6 kms from Chatrapur, the beach at Aryapalli is quiet and charming where the waves speak volumes. Its bracing and invigorating climate adds freshness to the soul. A nature loving tourist can enjoy the Sun, Surf and Sand amongst the green Casuarina plantations, far from the madding crowds. Aryapalli lays before the tourists a port, a wide and soothing beach, a scene of fisherman village, a Rare Sand Mineral project in its vicinity and an unique atmosphere to the nature lovers.
Ghodahada(60 km) - The Ghodahada dam with its reservoir attracts a good number of picnickers round the year. 4 km away, the Shrine of Ujjaleswar is an added attraction for the tourists.