Published: April 18th 2010April 18th 2010
Light House View
View from the top of Light House
Gopalpur on Sea Gopalpur
(Time of Visit: April 1st 2010), a beach destination in the eastern part of India, little known to everyone probably because of lack of promotion as a tourist spot, is one of the finest beaches that I have ever visited. This is located in the state of Orissa in the Ganjam district.
I am not new to this place and this is my third visit to this beautiful beach. If you are looking for a place to relax from your daily busy schedule any sea beach could be the best place and if it is Gopalpur then nothing like it. How does it differ from any other beach destination? The three attractions which brings me here is the deep blue colour of the sea, high waves, and cool un-interrupted sea breeze all through the day. What else do you want? A perfect place to enjoy the bath playing around with the high waves, mercury is highly comfortable at any point during the day and it is not overcrowded by tourists. A long walk on the beach is really refreshing and you will find yourself in almost what you call a virgin beach.
Beach Gallery from Hotel
not alone here, obviously with my better half, put up in a hotel which is right on the beach. Perhaps this is the only beach where I managed to have a hotel right on the beach. There is almost nothing to do here other than “sea watching”. Your day starts here with a beautiful sunrise and you can find yourself a place sitting all alone in the beach, nobody else around you. Back hotel you can try out the local body massage but I would rather name it as a tribal body massage. Their techniques hugely differ from the one which you can get at any urban parlour. During dusk you can enjoy the view from top, yes a lighthouse located nearby. The Lighthouse opens at 3:30 pm and you can stay there till 5:30 pm. It is just a walking distance away from the beach. During the evening you can watch the vastness of the sea from a particular area on the beach which is nicely decorated with lights and sitting arrangements by the local government authorities. You can get average food out here but the multi cuisines are not available so one will have to compromise on that.
Fishermen going to sea during sunrise
If you are really interested you can visit to the nearby port which was operational years back but now it is there just for name sake. Earlier there used to be a bridge which goes to the middle of the sea and you can walk up to sea end but now the condition of the bridge is so poor that it is closed. For local sightseeing one can hire an auto or even a car too. The local sightseeing includes visit to the port, some view points, a nearby temple, Chilka lake etc.
To conclude I would like to mention that this place will be remembered by me as a perfect beach destination to relax and chill for few days enjoying the strong waves and tremendous refreshing breeze un-interrupted all through the day. How to reach there?
Nearest Airport is Bhubaneswar and one can hire a car to reach Gopalpur
Nearest railway station is Brahmapur earlier known as Berhampur. The Indian railways station code is “BAM”. From Kolkata one can catch Chennai Mail, Corromodal exp, Amravati exp, falaknama exp. Etc. to reach Brahmapur. It is an overnight or a day journey and takes about
Colours of sea
The curvature is visible from Light House
12 hrs from Howrah. From
Brahmapur you can hire an auto or car to Gopalpur. Auto takes Rs. 150/- and car takes about Rs. 250 to drop you there. The distance between Brahmapur and Gopalpur is just 16kms. Local bus services are also avalaible. Hotels in Gopalpur:
Hotel Swosti Palm Resort, Panthanivas, Hotel Sea Pearl,Hotel Song of the sea, Hotel Green Park,Hotel Kalinga, Hotel Nataraj, Hotel Sea Side Breeze, Hotel Holiday Home,Hotel Rohini
The hotel information is easily available in the internet. Just Google it to find out. Hotel Sea Pearl is right on the beach
Best Time to visit:
Any time during the year whenever you want to Some Facts:
• There are frequent power cuts especially during the day. Generator facility is available in almost all the hotels.
• Carry a torch light
• Moisture level is very high, so take normal preventive measures for your electronic equipments and camera.
• Cellular connectivity and data card connections are poor but internet cafes are available.
• Hotels other than Swosti Palm Resort do not accept credit cards
• An Axis Bank ATM is available on the
Pulling the nets
Fishermen Pulling back the fishing nets
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