Gopalpur provides an ideal gateway to some magnificent offbeat destinations in this state. The second largest coastal lagoon in the world,Lake Chilika is situated at an hour and half drive from this village. The famous Tara Tarini temple on the top of a mountain in Eastern Ghats is also situated within an hour drive. The only Buddhist settlement, Jiranga and the hot sulphur water spring Taptapani is also situated within 100 kms drive from this sea beach.
There are very few hotels in Gopalpur and for me the best economic hotel along with the best location is the OTDC PanthanivasThere is another option for accommodation in a hotel named Sea Pearl which is situated on the sea beach ,providing incomparable views of the sea. The morning sunrise is a delight to watch from the balcony of the hotel for which this hotel is a real gem in terms of location . Plan your routes to visit the nearby getaways while having a relax beach vacation in this lighthouse beach in the Eastern coast of India. we decided to explore one such beach in Odisha where we can get the opportunity to capture a picture perfect sunrise. Aryapalli beach near Gopalpur in Odisha is one of a beach which is devoid of crowd ,offering a perfect sunrise to start a travelspirit day.
At the start of the road trip to Jiranga we will first encounter a Deer Park at first and then we will visit Taptapani,a natural hot spring, now worshipped as a temple by the religious Hindu people. In the last arrives the scenic Buddhist village of Jirang that provides sparkling images of the monasteries with the mountains in the background. One can also take a off road drive to a waterfall nearby the village. The road trip has some mesmerising tourist spots to count for ,so I strongly believe this part of Odisha as one of the richest geography to explore. People travelling to Taptapani take bath in a nearby pond which is being fed by the natural hot sulphur water owing to it’s great medicinal property. Travelling further towards Jiranga there is a diversion of 3kms which takes us to a waterfall known as Khasada waterfall. The place is famous among the locals as a picnic spot where several people gather in winters. Odisha is a land of wonders and only the person who has explored the state knows that better. The landscape along the road to Jiranga will fetch us some beautiful Instagram photos as the multiple colours of natural Odisha provide some magnificent moments in the road trip.
As we enter the beautiful village Jiranga,we will encounter the white pagodas and the colourful prayer flags which have been delicately set up in an elevated land on the mountains for which the tall pagodas and the fluttering flags can be seen from a distance as one approaches the town surrounded by hills. Just as we enter the village, the vast open valley welcomes us with these beautiful white structures that fit in for a perfect photogenic spot. Jiranga and Chandragiri together constitute a major and the only Buddhist settlement in Odisha. While Chandragiri consists of the main monastery where several monks reside peacefully in their Buddhist culture; Jiranga has a huge park where one can see several pagodas and prayer flags decorating the landscape amidst the Eastern Ghats. Only a 100 km from the main town of Brahmapur in southern Odisha ,it is well connected by smooth roads with the rest of the state of Odisha.
Next day while returning back to Bhubaneshwar we will vist a freshwater lake lying on the national highway near Chatrapur, known as Tampara Lake. There are motor jets and paddle boats available for the tourists as water sports activities. The place has been well maintained by the government that offers a serene and peaceful experience away from the outskirts of the city.