GOPALPUR-ON-SEA
ABOUT THE PLACE

One of Odisha's picturesque beaches, Gopalpur-on-Sea is mercifully less crowded than neighbouring Puri. A great place to relax by the seaside. Be cautious if you want to go bathing in the sea; the current is very strong here. If you have to sightsee, visit the Gopala temple, the ruins of an old dockyard, and the lighthouse (165 steps to the top).

HOW TO REACH

Brahmapur, the nearest railway station, is on the Howrah-Chennai rail route. From the railway station, you can take an auto-rickshaw or a private taxi to travel to Gopalpur, 16 km away. The nearest airport is Bhubaneswar.

BEST TIME TO VISIT

Avoid summer; December-February

ACCOMMODATION

Odisha Tourism Development Corporation runs a tourist lodge here. Details: http://www.otdc.in/

GETTING AROUND

You can hire a private taxi or a local auto-rickshaw to see the nearby places. But do settle on the rate beforehand.

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