Berhampur is in Ganjam district of Odisha, has presently been renamed Brahmapur.The city is at 19° 20’ N Latitude 84° 50’ E Longitude. Its average elevation above mean sea level is 24m.Berhampur Railway Station is a major Railway Station of Odisha and India. The Railway Station is located on the heart of the city. The language spoken in Berhampur is Odia Language. Going by the mass admiration the city draws in every year, it has honourably been nicknamed “The Silk City”.
The city is precisely located in the eastern coastline of Ganjam district and is one of the oldest and largest cities of Odisha. Berhampur demands nationwide acceptance and is much celebrated for its silk, its majestic temple structures, and cultural domain. Being the domicile to varieties of silk sarees along with a sweet mixture of Eastern & South Indian cultures that make Berhampur a foodie’s paradise, the city has got even much more to offer than just these highlights like Badi, Papad, Pickle, Puri, Upma combination along with many other south Indian delicacies. Bomokei patta, named after the village Bomokei where excellent work out of brass and metal is an attraction to the tourists here.
The interesting destinations to visit once you are in berhampur are as follows:-
In the southern coastline of Odisha, just 15 km from the city of Behrampur is located a quaint, tiny town of Gopalpur which was a seaport, bustling with trade and commerce, in the Colonial Era. Besides a sun-kissed beach, Gopalpur-on-Sea offers glimpses of its past glory as a commercial port.Gopalpur was once a bustling maritime zone in Odisha and a seaport through which early settlers of Southeast Asia sailed off.
A red-and-white striped lighthouse also stands on the popular beach. Commissioned in 1871, it is one of the oldest lighthouses in the state. Every year during Kartika Purnima, people sail tiny boats made of banana stems and paper, with lamps, betel leaves, crackers, fruits and coins in them, to mark the rich maritime history of Gopalpur-on-Sea.
Every year during Kartika Purnima, people sail tiny boats made of banana stems and paper, with lamps, betel leaves, crackers, fruits and coins in them, to mark the rich maritime history of Gopalpur-on-Sea. The best time to visit the beach in October to March when the weather remains cool and pleasant. It is the perfect time to enjoy different tourist activities at the beach.
2. Aryapalli Beach
It is located at a distance of 105 km’s from Berhampur and 6 km from Chhatrapur in the Ganjam district of Odisha, Aryapalli Beach is a pristine beach lined with palm trees and sprinkled with silver sands. It is home to green casuarina plantations where tourists can also enjoy sun-sand-surf. The calm and serene atmosphere and the invigorating climate of Aryapalli beach attract tourists from all over for that much-needed break from the hustle-bustle of the city life. After a day of sunbathing, splashing in the waves and swimming in the clear blue waters, the tourists also tend to visit the adjoining village of fisher folks and get explore their amazing food and culture.
Besides, the sand mineral project is another attraction that you can visit. Aryapalli Beach is a hidden gem nestled in the state of Orissa. This beach is truly a natural beauty with crystal blue water, sandy terrain and lush green casuarina plantations. The sky takes mesmerizing colours making the whole place look magical. The place is always bubbling with people and hence is always cheerful and lively. This beach is a great getaway from the hustle-bustle of the city where you will be able to spend some quality and peaceful time with your loved ones.
Just 13 Km away from the city there is Panchama, a village famous for the Siddhi Binayak or Panchama Ganesh temple. Having a mythological connection with Gajapati king Purushottam dev and Ganapati Bappa, people have blind faith in the power of this temple.
There are tasty fruits available around the city especially mangoes, also pickles, papad and Badis are also loved by the tourists. The local artisans who spend nights to create artefacts with detailed perfection are worth buying to take home their ethnicity. There is a city market area, which is a host of other markets like Hanuman bazaar, Sana bazaar, and Bada bazaar. People in Annapurna market get awed with the glittering and bustling shops even until late evening. Down the market and Ramalinga tank, there is one of the most loved street food joints and though it is not very hygienic, it serves finger-licking tasty food. The two most valued food items in Berhampur are Papad and Pickles
Balaji sweets in Bada bazar is famous for Malpua and Rasbali. Malpua is offered to Lord Jagannath in Puri. Back home, malpua is made during the Holi festival. The dough made up of white flour is deep-fried and dunked in sugar syrup. Rasbali is flattened deep fried chhena soaked in condensed milk (rabri). Pidha Hotel at City High School Road, which was started 50 years back, opens up briefly for lunch from 12 noon to 3:00 p.m. The word Pidha means “a wooden low-rise chair”. The best mutton curry in Odisha is at this hotel.
The most popular Berhampuria breakfast dish is Puri and Upma. A perfect example of south meets east. You can spot puri upma stalls everywhere in Berhampur in the morning. This is the soul food of Berhampur. Two pooris are put in a Dona, topped with normal upma, masala upma, ghugni, sambar, chutney, and sooji halwa.
5. Silk Saree
If you love to shop then this city has a lot to offer, be it in clothing, handicrafts or things to eat. Berhampur is famous for its lustrous silk sarees available in large variety and jewellery which glitters, which causes twinkle in the eyes of the beholder.
Brahmapuri Reshama Pata Sadhi is registered (application no. 220) under the Geographical Indications (GI) of Goods (Registration and Protection) Act by Government of India. The “Sari” meant for women and the “Joda” meant for men. For this famous silk work, Brahmapur is also known as Silk City of India.
The Berhampur silk saree is unique due to its typical Odissi style of weaving and Kumbha, particularly phoda, temple type design. “The zari work border design is different from others. The weaving technique is said to have originated over 200 years ago. The finely woven sarees were known to be exported to Southeast Asian and other countries through the Gopalpur port in the days of yore. The sarees also adorn the deities of Jagannath, Balabhadra and Subhadra at the Jagannath temple in Puri.