About Gopalpur :

Gopalpur is famous for healthy environment.

Gopalpur-on-Sea as it is popularly known within the tourist circuit, boasts of one of the finest and most popular beaches in Orissa, India. Gopalpur is a small fishing village on the coast of Orrisa. The place derived its name from an 18th century temple dedicated to lord Krishna. Gopalpur was once served as a prominent seaport during the British Raj.
Tours to Gopalpur Beach with Tourism of Orissa tour packages promises to be an unforgettable affair with nature at its best. Gopalpur is distinguished for its lovely beach fringed by golden sand dunes and the ruins of the old port from where, in medieval times, sailors set out to Indonesia. Gopalpur on sea is a true haven for surfers, sailors and sunbathers. The tranquil and relaxed environs of this magnificent beach offer a soothing escape to the weary travellers, far away from the maddening humdrum of the cities.

History

Gopalpur also has an ancient, commercial port, now lying in ruins. From an obscure little fishing village, Gopalpur became a prominent trading port during the days of British East India Company. The East India Company built large warehouses and godowns because the trade with Burma had picked up and it had become a trading point for rice from Rangoon. The British and the wealthy Bengalis, who once made Gopalpur a vibrant, happening place, have left. Gopalpur has reverted to being a quiet, relaxed place but with one major difference it is one of India's most sought after beaches, with a distinct charm of its own.

Development

Renovated in 1970s at the initiative of the Orissa Government, the jetties were supposed to revive the trading activities of Gopalpur port. It's a wonderful drive-in for the people and from the beach, vast expanse of deep blue sea and the horizon can be seen. Another thrilling sight is the long stretch of cashew nut trees. Cashew nuts are processed here and exported. A major landmark of Gopalpur-on-Sea is its lighthouse. The view from the top is splendid and one can see at a glance the entire town of Gopalpur. Gopalour-on-sea is also famous for its 'beach festival' organized annually. A nearby beach is Dhabaleshwar, which also houses temple of the same name. Gopalpur on sea has got a lovely beach that is absolutely deserted. The only sign of life that one gets to see is in the afternoon when the fishermen come back to shores with their fishes caught during the morning hour and the women loading them in large "tokris" and carry them away for selling off in local markets. Apart from that you can see a lot many red crabs walking on the beach.