Gopalpur is a town on the coast of Bay of Bengal in the district of Ganjam, Odisha. It’s a very famous sea beach and tourist spot. It is about 16 kms from Berhampur. Earlier the Gopalpur beach was known as Paloura. In the 18th century, Lord Gopala (Krishna) temple was built near the sea shore due to which the region got the name Gopalpur.
With the maritime activities, this town dates back to the historic period of Kalinga Dynasty. According to the records, Gopalpur was a booming port town under the Kingdom of Kalinga. It executed trade in silk and pearls.
Gopalpur was a dominant port during the British rule. The British built many mansions further warehouses at this town. Due to which even today the remains of colonial era can be witnessed.
The beach festival is celebrated annually to promote their culture and tourism.
Gopalpur is 148 kms away from Odisha’s capital, Bhubaneswar.
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