The languid beach with coconut and casuarinas groves on the coast of Bay of Bengal was once a major port under the British East India Company. Located 45KM from Rambha this quaint and pristine stretch of Odisha’s golden coastline offers a calming effect to your senses.
In the morning and evening the beach comes alive with camel and horse riding options for tourists along the beach. An early morning stroll to the main beach area one can see fisherman hauling their fresh catch to the fishing godown, to be transported to rest of the country. If you are a fish lover, you can lay your hands on the lobsters and other varieties of sea fish at price which is far off the shelf price at your city fish market.
Did you know that the first ever Hotel in Odisha was constructed right here in Gopalpur. The Palm Beach resort now known as Mayfair Palm Beach Resort was designed and built by an Italian Mr.Signor Maglioni in 1914 .Making Gopalpur a much sought after address in the state for who’s who of the society then.
During the time of the British occupation of India, Gopalpur was an important port in Eastern India. During the world I (1914-1918) and World War II (1938-1945) Gopalpur witnessed movements of troops and supplies to Rangoon.
Where to Stay
Gopalpur Panthanivas – similar in construction to Rambha Panthanivas, though lacks a bit in maintenance, offers a spacious and comfortable stay.
Check out time – 8 AM
Ph – 0680-234 3931
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Website – www.otdc.in
The best option is to log onto the OTDC website and book online
The second option is the Mayfair Palm Beach Resort which comes with a heritage tag, as mentioned in the Trivia section earlier.
The Mayfair group took over the reins of this beach resort in 2003 from the Oberoi group who were in possession of the Palm Beach Resort from 1947-2002 ( The Oberoi Group had purchased the hotel from Mr. Signor Maglioni in 1947). The resort offers the touch of opulence and luxury in this otherwise small hamlet.