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Gopalpur, also known as Gopalpur-on-sea, is situated in the Ganjam district of Orissa. Gopalpur is a beautiful and quiet beach destination situated in the Bay of Bengal in the State of Orissa, at a distance of about 16 km from Berhampur (Brahmapur), on the Howrah-Chennai main line. The tiny beach town of Gopalpur was earlier known by the name Paloura. As per folklore, the region got the name Gopalpur in the 18th century from the temple of Lord Gopala (Krishna) built near the sea shore. Oriya, Hindi and English are the languages spoken in the region. Gopalpur town has a historic past buzzing with maritime activities which can be dated to the period of Kalinga Dynasty. As per records, Gopalpur was a wealthy port town and a prominent territory under the Kingdom of Kalinga. Gopalpur had thriving trade relations with Sumatra, Java and Bali and conducted trade in silk and pearls.