Berhampur - A major commercial town of the Ganjam district Berhampur lies south of Chilika Lake, in southern Odisha (Orissa), Berhampur is a trading centre for the beautiful hand-woven Ikat silk. The agriculturally fertile area surrounded by dense forest, dates from prehistoric times and once constituted a part of territory under the Emperor Ashoka's rule.
It is a rewarding experience to see weavers sitting at their looms in the busy bazaar and shop for silks; also available brass and bell metal ware, horn toys, wood carvings and carpets. The shrines of Thukurani, Jagannath and Nilakantheswar Shiva Temples within the town are worth visiting. The museum here has a collection of some sculptures, and specimens of anthropological and natural history.
Located under the province of Ganjam district, Berhampur is a centrally placed place in Odisha (Orissa). You can plan your further trip fro this convenient base point having a number of places of tourist interest in the vicinity. Quite famous for its silks, Berhampur, also offers plenty of other shopping options to the travelers visiting the city. You can pick up antique brass work of Ganjam, coirmats of Gopalpur and the superb horn work of Paralakhemundi along with carpets from Chandragiri, woven by Tibetian refugees.
Gopalpur-on-sea is the closest tourist attraction for the people coming to Berhampur. This deep sea resort, an ancient sea port of a bygone era, this place replete with all the needs of modern day discerning traveler, is just 16 km from Berhampur. A hot sulphur spring Taptapani is also at a distance of 50 km from Berhampur. It is an ideal Health Resort and picnic spot.
Jaugarh, another popular place near Berhampur, is known for Ashokan Rock Edicts and other archaeological remains. It is located about 35 kms from Berhampur.
Reaching Berhampur in Odisha (Orissa)
Most express and super fast trains between Kolkata and Chennai and between Secunderabad (Andhra Pradesh) and Kolkata serve Berhampur and stop here.