Gopalpur is located in Ganjam district and on the coast of Bay of Bengal, is a famous tourist place in Odisha. It offers the tourists a calm and beautiful time with the beach and its natural beauty. Gopalpur is also known as the commercial hub of southern Odisha. The beach festival is a major attraction of this place which is celebrated every year and sponsored by the government of Odisha.
It is a beautiful town famous for silk sarees, horn toys and different handicraft products. This beach is famous for Olive Ridley turtle. Olive Redley turtles come this place in large numbers and use this beach as nesting place. Apart from Olive Redley turtle red crabs are also present on the beach. Once it was a busy sea port, now it is a quiet place.
With an increase in the inflow of tourists from different places today it is one of the foremost beach resorts in India. Auto-rickshaws and cycle-rickshaws are available in the area to move around. One can hire taxi from Berhampur to this place. During British time Gopalpur became the commercial port. The golden sands of the blue water sea attract many tourists to Gopalpu. It is also a heaven for the lovers of shell works.
The famous festival of Gopalpur is beach festival which is celebrated annually. It is conducted by the government of Odisha every year. People from different parts of Odisha come here to visit this festival.
Apart from beach festival aqua sports is also another attraction for tourists. Every year this sport is conducted in the month of December. Wind Surfing, Rowing, Scuba Diving, Swimming, Paddle Boat, Water Scooter are some of the major sports and fun rides being provided for tourists as well as for professionals.
There are some places near Gopalpur which are the tourist attraction places. Some of the places are
It is one of the famous monuments of Odisha. Ancient time Sailors start their voyage from this place.
The meaning of Taptapani is Hot-water. This place is well known for the natural hot-water spring.
By Air: The nearby airport is Biju Patnaik Airport, Bhubaneswar.
By Train: The nearest railway station from Gopalpur is Berhampur Railway station. The railway station is 16k.m away from Gopalpur.
By Road: The road connecting Bhubaneswar to Gopalpur is well maintained and passes through a scenic view by bus or car.
The best time to visit Goplapur is winter. The temperature remains comfortable to visit the beach and nearby places.