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Famous for its silks, Berhampur, the major commercial town of the district of Ganjam, is a convenient base point from where a tourist can plan his visit to various places of interest in the area.

Approach : By road and rail.
Best time to visit : October to June
Stay : Accommodation arrangements can be done with any of the many local hotels.

Name

Telephone

Hotel Mayuree

2207881

Hotel Moti

2225386

Hotel Radha

2211283

Hotel Satyasagar

2200157

Hotel Nandan

2220232

Handicrafts of the region : Renowned silk fabrics of Berhampur dominate the market. Besides, brass work of Ganjam, coirmats of Gopalpur and the exquisite horn work of Paralakhemundi can be procured here. Carpets from Chandragiri, woven by refugees from Tibet, are another attractions.

Fairs and Festivals of the region :

Fairs / Festivals

Place

Period

Makar Mela

Taratarini, Kalijai

January

Shiva Ratri

Mahendragiri

March

Buda (sacred bath)

Padageswar (Aska)

March

Khambeswari Yatra

Khambeswari Patna (Aska)

April

Thakurani Yatra (bi-annually)

Berhampur

April - May

Taratarini Mela

Taratarini

April - May
(Every Tuesday during the month of Chaitra)

Car Festival

Gosain Nuagaon (Berhampur)

June - July

Ganesh Puja

Panchama

September

Dussehra

The whole district

September - October

Budha Kandu Yatra

Kshetribarpur

October - November

 

Places around Berhampur :

Gopalpur

Aryapalli

Taptapani

Mahendragiri

Taratarini

 

 

Gopalpur-on-sea 
(16 km)*

The sea shore town of Gopalpur with her blue beach attracts visitors round the globe and offers 'Sun - Sand - Surf' to them. The back waters of the Blue Bay enhances the beauty of the quiet beach. Far from the maddening crowd, the sea side resort makes every moment a cherished experience. Gopalpur is frequented by regular bus service from Berhampur.

Aryapalli 
(30 km)*

30 km from Berhampur and 6 km from Chhatrapur, the district headquarters of Ganjam, the beach at Aryapalli is quiet and charming where the waves talk. Its bracing and invigorating climate adds freshness to the soul. A nature loving tourist can enjoy the sun-sand-surf among the green casuarina plantations.

Taptapani
(50 km)*

50 km from Berhampur, amidst lush green forests is Taptapani where there is a hot water spring. The hot water is channelised to a pond nearby to facilitate fascinating baths. Regular bus service operates to this place from Berhampur.
A Panthanivas of the OTDC provides accommodation to the tourists. A pipeline drawn from the hot spring provides the natural hot water inside the bath rooms of this Panthanivas.

Mahendragiri
(185 km)*

Amidst rich scenic beauty of the evergreen forests, Mahendragiri, 5,000 feet high, stands in its unrivalled glory in the Parlakhemundi subdivision of the district of Gajapati.
The hill is associated with mythological stories from the Ramayana and the Mahabharata. It finds mention in the works of poets Kalidas and Radhanath Ray. The rivulet Mahendra Tanaya flows down the hill with her usual trickling note. Archaeological remains at Mahendragiri make an interesting study for the scholars. Sivaratri is the main festival here which draws a large crowd.
Mahendragiri can be approached from Parlakhemundi which is frequented with bus service from Berhampur (125 km) via N.H. No. 5 or via Taptapani and R.Udayagiri (176 km). One can go from Parlakhemundi to Kainpur (46 km) by bus and then to Burkhat pass (5 km) by jeep and finally proceed to the Mahendragiri hill (10 km) on foot.

Taratarini
(32 km)*

The temple of Taratarini, the twin Goddesses, is situated on the top of a blue capped hill. The beauty of the place is enhanced by the encircling river Rushikulya. The shrine draws huge crowd throughout the year especially on every Tuesday in the month of Chaitra.
The place is well connected by regular bus service from Berhampur.There is a Revenue Inspection Bungalow here for accommodation whose reservation authority is Tahasildar, Chhatrapur.

 


* Distance from Berhampur
Tourist Information :
(1) Tourist Office : New Bus Stand, 1st Floor ,Berhampur,District-Ganjam,Pin-760004,Ph:(0680) 250226

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