About BerhampurBerhampur is the oldest city and a major commercial town of Ganjam District in the State of Orissa. The increase in trading volume and the abundance of human resources make Berhampur City vary famous in the state.
Surroundend by the Chilika Lake in the south, it is a trading centre for the beautiful hand-woven Ikat silk. It has a vast fertile area surrounded by dense forest and agriculture plays a predominant role in its development apart from industries and education. The city has glorious past from prehistoric times and once constituted a part of territory as Kalinga empire under the Emperor Ashoka's rule.
By virtue of its close proximity to Andhra Pradesh, Coastline of Bay of Bengal, Gopalpur Port and Visakhapatnam, it has become a centre of attraction for multiethnic people in persuit of better residential zones, education and to some extent for employment in unorganized sectors delivering various services and goods.
Economy and educationBerhampur is one of the fast growing cities in the state of Odisha. It has become an industrial hub in this region contributing much for its economic growth. So many small scale industries have been set up here and the Government's decision to make it as an industrial corridor has given a new dimension to its growth. Indian Rare Earths Ltd. at the outskirts of the city and the proposed pipe line for establishing a Titanium Dioxide Plant near Gopalpur would make Berhampur to stand along the fast growing cities in India.
The trade of spices, tamarind, bamboo-straw handicrafts which form part of the cottage and small scale industries has given boost to the economic growth of the city.
The trade of Patto Sarees and Bamboo-Straw handicrafts make this city to be popularly known as “Silk City". These cottage and small scale industries have boosted the economy of the city and contribuite for the industrial growth of the state. Also the handicrafts of Berhampur region such as brass work of Ganjam, coir mats of Gopalpur and the exquisite horn work of Paralakhemundi make the city markets packed with customers. Carpets from Chandragiri, woven by refugees from Tibet are another much wanted commodity with good maket.
Berhampur University, Thallikote college and other educational institutions like Medical College, Law College, Engineering college and Colleges make this city as an educational hub for the aspirants from various parts of Odisha and the coastal Districts of neighboring Andhra Pradesh.
Nearest tourist attractions The city has beautiful heritage centres which attract regular visitors. Mahuri Kalua Thakurani, Vairabi, Dhabaleswar temples etc., are the famous temple and people on different occasions like Durga Puja Maha Sivaratri, Janmastami, Ratha Yatra, Makar Sankranti, Kartika Purnima, Id-ul-Fitre and Christmas, etc., assemble in the city and engage themselves in trading and religious activities which reflects communal harmony in the city.
Gopalpur-on-sea, at a distance 25 K.M is the major tourist attraction for the people who visit Berhampur. It is an ancient sea port of yester years. A hot sulphur spring Taptapani at a distance of 50 km from Berhampur is an ideal Health Resort and picnic spot.
Transport faciltiesThe city is well connected by roads and rail network. This city lies on Howrah-Chennai Railway line and every train halts here making Berhampur as the busiest station in this region. The State Capital, Bhubaneswar, is situated at a distance of 180 kms from the city and the nearest sea port at Gopalpur is at a distance of 15 kms from the city and the Port of Visakhapatnam is located at a distance of 250 kms only. ORTC and APRTC buses would take are of the transport needs of the people to various parts of Odisha, Chatisgarh, West Bengal, Jarkhand and Andhra Pradesh. A helipad has been constructed in the outskirt of the city at Rangeilunda where small aircraft and helicopters can land & take off safely. It is situated at a distance of 10 K.Ms from the city.
Assembly and Lok Sabha constituencies Berhampu is one of the assembly constituencies of Odisha and also a Lok Sabha constituency.
STD code: 0680
PIN Code: 760002
- Jagdish Patro