Gopalpur-on-sea is a beach resort in Ganjam district of Odisha (formerly Orissa). Once a busy sea port, it is now a quiet place. The din and bustle of the temple towns is totally absent and one can really enjoy the roar of the waves and the breeze bustling through the palm tress. With an increase in the inflow of tourists from the late seventies, Gopalpur-on-sea saw a slow revival and is today one of the foremost beach resorts in India.
Some of the trains which stop at Berhampur are: 12839 Howrah Chennai Mail, 12703/12704 Faluknama Express, 18645/18646 East Coast Express, 2660/2659 Gurudev Express, 2863/2864 Howrah Yeshvantpur Express, 5228/5227 Muzaffarpur Yeshvantpur Express (weekly), 6355/6356 Kanyakumari Express (weekly), Howrah Tiruchirapalli Express (biweekly), 2508/2507 Guwahati Ernakulam Express (weekly), 2530/2509 Guwahati Bangalore Express (triweekly), 5628/5627 Guwahati Trivandrum Express (weekly), 5630/5629 Guwahati Chennai Egmore Express (weekly).
For timings etc. check with Indian Railways.
Auto-rickshaws and cycle-rickshaws are available in the area to move around. Buses, minibuses and tourist taxis can be hired from Berhampur.
Since the beach faces east ward, sunrises are spectacular.
Nearby there stands a lone imposing lighthouse complementing the scenery at the beach. There also are the crumbling walls and pillars of the jetty.
There is also a Light House on the beach (1965), which offers a spectacular 360 degree view of Gopalpur, the sea and a portion of the Chilika Lake. The Visiting time is 1530 - 1730 Daily. Be on time, they close sharp at 1730!! Nominal fees apply which are displayed there. Avoid carrying bags umbrellas etc. as these are not allowed atop the Light House.
There is always something to buy, if one is so keen. Odisha is famous for hand-woven saris and handicrafts.
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