Smell the sea, and feel the sky, let your soul and spirits fly. – Van Morrison
I chose to visit a beach on quite an off-season but my love for the sea got me to this beautiful beach in the town of Gopalpur, located at about 16kms from Berhampur in the southern part of Odisha. This beach is also known as sailor’s paradise beach. Gopalpur was once a thriving commercial seaport and is famous for its pristine beach. Gopalpur-on-sea is small, safe and less exposed compared to other beaches in Odisha yet it is a wonderful retreat for beach lovers.
Travelling has been about finding a little of myself, discovering my soul a little, healing a little and the first place after home that comes to my mind when I think of just relaxing is staying by the beach. My family is equally fond of beaches and that is how we settled on driving down to Gopalpur over the weekend. Monsoons were quite calmer than usual in Odisha last year which made my trip a pleasant one. We had booked cottages in OTDC Panthanivas which is Government of Odisha undertaking operating this chain of hotels throughout Odisha for the convenience of tourists. The cottages are spacious and neatly kept with decent food and service. There are ample parking space and lovely walking lanes with well-maintained garden. The hotel is located at quite a distance from the main beach, shops, and eateries. There is also a direct pathway that leads to the beach from the hotel and is only accessible during the day.
The accommodation in Gopalpur is quite affordable saving the travelers from burning a hole in the pocket. There are lots of lodges and hotels close to the main beach to suit everyone’s budget. There are luxury resorts like Mayfair and Swosti for an extravagance stay. Beach tourism is slowly picking up in Odisha and that is how places like Gopalpur have fewer options for now but again that makes this beach peaceful and unusually charismatic. I am extremely fond of seafood and the food served here did live up to my expectations. The prices were nominal. Along with heavenly prawns and crabs, chicken and mutton served were equally delectable.
Odisha has tons of such hidden treasures to discover. This beautiful yet relatively unexplored beach is a sanctuary of pure tranquillity gaining popularity by spreading its aquatic magic. There are quite a few attractions nearby that interests people visiting Gopalpur such as Gopalpur lighthouse, Rambha (Chilika lake) and Taptapani.
I spent a lot of time walking and relaxing on the beach, spending some quality time with my family. While I sat there on the beach, there were unending thoughts but my mind was still at peace. The sea is everything to me. It is powerful, commanding, wild, mysterious and endless.
I loved to watch the sand sweep. It made me feel like it is taking away all sorrows of life. The roar of the waves was music to my ears. I have never felt alone or the need to have someone when I’m out there. This feeling keeps me going. It is truly magical out there. Come see it for yourself!
Eat. Beach. Sleep. Repeat!