Posted by : Sandeep April 17, 2013

Gopalpur is a town in the district of  Ganjam of the state of Orissa, India. Popularly known as Gopalpur-On-Sea, it is a beach town and a famous tourist destination in Orissa. The town is situated in the Bay of Bengal and has pleasant weather most of the time of the year. Its temperature ranges from 23 to 35c in summer and 16 to 27c in winter. Oriya is the main language of the town. Gopalpur was a major hub trading for the British in colonial time. Now it has become very popular tourist destination in the state. It is mainly known for its beautiful beach.
What to see: Apart from its famous beach Gopalpur offers its tourists many places of interest in and around it.
Gopalpur beach :-
Gopalpur beach houses a light house which is the main attraction of the tourists. Gopalpur was prominent port and many ships and traders used to come there. This light house was there to show the directions to many trading ships. Now this ancient monument is in ruins but it is still one of most visited sites. The light house offers its visitors beautiful views of surrounding greeney from its top. Ruins of Old Jetty are found in the beach area. This old jetty is the same jetty from where many travelers started their journey by sea to reach other countries.
Dhavaleshwar :-
Dhavaleshwar is another place worth visiting around Gopalpur.  It is a beautiful island located in Mahanadi River. It is small paradise for those who want calm and secluded place. This island has everything from cool breeze to lush greenery around. It is an ideal place to spend holyday. Taptpani, the hot water as it literally means, is yet another place of interest around Gopalpur. It is a major tourist attraction and it is about 67 km away from Gopalpur.
How to get there:  
Gopalpur is well connected by road to other parts of the state and the country. State run buses, private luxury buses and other private vehicles connect the town to other cities and town of the state. Nearest railway station to Gopalpur is Berhamur Railway Station which is just 16 km away from the Gopalpur. Biju Patnike Airport is nearest airport to Gopalpur. The airport is located at Bhubaneshwar, the capital city of the state. It is about 180km away from the Gopalpur. The airport is well connected by many flights to many major cities of India.
Other details:  
Beach festival of Gopalpur is very fascinating festival and attracts many tourists from far and wide. This festival was started way back in 1996 to promote culture and tourism of the region.

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