Hardly 16 km from Berhampur, the hub of southern Orissa, is the tiny town of Gopalpur on the Bay of Bengal. Enjoying the reputation of being a popular Beach Resort of Orissa, the deep and clear blue waters instantly provoke those who are good swimmers. The temptation of bathing here is irresistible. Not-so-good swimmers take the hands of the Nolias (local fishermen who help bathers) and enjoy a pleasant bath. White surf splashing on the golden sand makes the Gopalpur-On-Sea as one of the finest beaches on the eastern coast. A fascinating haunt for avid beach combers and sea worshippers, it is a splendid retreat. Watching the life on the beach is also exciting. The fishermen pulling their catch or mending their nests add local colour. Beautiful objects made of seashell available in abundance are worth buying souvenirs for decorating a Drawing Room or giving some one a Present. Sands sculptures here and there made by some local artist are a feast to the eyes. Mouth-watering seafood, especially fish from the deep sea, satisfies the hungry stomach. Green coconuts quench the thirst. Intense heat of the summer is temperate by the sea breeze in the fantastic quietness. Of the beach amidst palm, coconut and casuarina trees. A trip to Gopalpur-On-Sea is a rewarding experience of sun and sea, fun and frolick.
Berhampur: Berhampur is situated 16 km from Gopalpur. Berhampur is an ideal market for shopping. The market displays Orissan handicrafts and handloom products. Prominent among them are silk sarees and horn toys.
Mahuri Kalua: Mahuri Kalua is situated 30 km from Gopalpur. Enroute to Taptapani, Mahuri Kalua is another scenic spot. There is a shrine of Goddess Kalua in the deep greenery of nature.
Patisonapur: Patisonapur is situated 30 km from Gopalpur, 20 km from Berhampur and 4 km off the National Highway No. 5 that connects Kolkata with Chennai the virgin beach of Patisonapur is one of the most exquisite on the east coast. Quiet and secluded, this is a wide and clean beach across the river Bahuda. On the confluence of river Bahuda and Bay of Bengal, the scenic beauty of the area is simply enchanting.
Taratarini: Taratarini is situated 30 km from Gopalpur. On the bank of the river Rushikulya near the village Purushottampur, the shrine of the twin Goddess Tara and Tarini adorns the hilltop amidst natural beauty. There is a flight of about one thousand steps as well as a pakka motorable road from the foothill to the hilltop.
Jaugada: Jaugada is situated 35 km from Gopalpur and 5 km from Taratarini, famous for the Ashokan rock inscription like the one found in Dhauli near Bhubaneshwar. Large number of old bricks, tiles, potteries, beads, terracotta objects and punch mark coins of Mauryan Age are found in the Suburbans. There is also a ruined fort.
Rambha: Rambha is situated 45 km from Gopalpur. On the scrawling Chilika Lake, Rambha is famous for its scenic beauty and bird sanctuary. Covering an area of about 1,000 sq. km, lakhs of residence and migratory birds of different hue make Chilika their home during winter. Boating in the lake is enjoyable in all seasons. There is also the Shakti shrine of Kalijai for a pilgrimage. Rambha is on the southern end of the Pear shaped lake amidst calm and serene environs.
Taptapani: Taptapani is situated 65 km from Gopalpur. A pleasant health resort with a hot sulphur spring having medicinal property. The water of the spring is channelised to bathtub of the Panthanivas for steam bath. Even during other season the scenic beauty of the place is amazing. During rainy season, clouds roam around the foliage.