I stayed at : Swosti Palm Resort.
Month/year - Feb'13
Duration : 1N/2D
Not ideal for swimming, the main attraction of the beach is the mesmerizing view during sunrise.
The rustic charm of the beach makes the visit to Gopalpur worthwhile.
Tara Tarini - The Hill Temple
Situated right on top of a hill near the Rusikuliya river, Tara Tarini is one of the most important religious sites of Odisha.
|Tara Tarini Temple on top|
|Tara Tarini Temple|
This place offers spectacular views of the adjoining landscape.
Jaugada - The Ashokan Rock Edicts
Just 5 kms from the famous Tara Tarini temple lies the ruined fortess of Jaugada. Dating back to the Mahabharata era, legend has it that this place was built by Duryodhana to trap the five Pandavas (relate to the famous incident where Duryodhana tried to burn the palace where Pandavas were sleeping).Since there are no past paintings / pictures of this fort it is difficult to fathom and comprehend the size and area of the erstwhile structure.
This place is also famous for Ashokan Rock Edicts (the other two are in Dhauligiri, Bhubaneswar). Currently it is a neglected place with no proper roads and electricity.
|Road to the Rock Edicts.|
|Ashokan Rock Edicts|
|Centuries old inscriptions|
30 kms from Gopalpur and just 1 km off the national highway is the little known Tampara lake.The path to the lake, flanked by Kewra trees is quite narrow. This little know lake is sure to amaze you with its kaleidoscopic surroundings and quiescent water.
Barkhul and Rambha - Chilika lake
On your way back to Bhubaneswar, one can opt to visit or stay at either of the places. Both of these offer decent accommodation options with magnificent views of the Chilika lake. The hotels or the government guest houses (panthanivas) can also arrange for trips to the several famous islands of Chilika.