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Brahmapur

The Silk City

About

Brahmapur or Berhampur as it is called, is the largest city and gateaway to Southern Odisha. The dialect and culture of Southern Odisha has a distinct South Indian touch which can be attributed that it shares its borders with Andhra Pradesh and also the fact that after the British annexed Ganjam from the French in 1759 (in the battle of Deccan), the district was Governed by the Madras Presidency under the aegis of the British Empire in India.

History

Brahmapur is also known as the Silk City due to the famous Silk Patta Sarees. The weaver community of Brahmapur (locally known as the Dera community) migrated to the city from Rajahmundry (a city in Andhra Pradesh where they were called Debanga) sometime during the period 1662-1672 on the request of the then King Harihar Narayan Dev of Mahuri Dynasty.

The city is known for its love for the theatre and cinema. Infact the Ganjam Kala Parishad and Prakasam Hall are one of the oldest theatre halls in the country. The Sri Sitaram Vials Talkies is the oldest movie hall in Odisha which was established in 1927 but closed down in 1999 after the super cyclone which hit Odisha.    

See to Believe

Below is a visual treat of Brahmapur. Enjoy the immersive experience and experience the 360 degree views and virtual tours which are soon going to enhance your visual journey!

Top Attractions

Get enraptured by a myriad of tourist attractions in Brahmapur ranging from ancient port city to Asia’s largest brackish water lake. Scroll the list below to continue unravelling the secrets of Odisha

Top Experiences

Below is our low-down on the must try activities and experiences in and around Brahmapur. Plan your stay to coincide with some of these events to get completely entrenched in the culture and heritage of Odisha. We assure you that the below list will leave you Odisha Amazed!

Mahurikalua

Located along the highway connecting Berhampur with Western Odisha, the temple is dedicated to Goddess Mahuri Kalua. The forest range of Kerandi hills gives the temple a picturesque setting. Earlier the deity was located in a cave, however after the British established their control over the region, the King with the help of the local tribe Sabara built a temple at the foothills and it was thrown open to the public.

Narayani Temple

Dedicated to Shakti worshipped as Goddess Narayani, the temple along the mountain ranges of the Eastern Ghats, is one of the most revered in the region. The veneration coupled with its scenic beauty accentuated by the perennial spring makes the temple a popular attracts tourists from far and wide.

Budi Thakurani Temple

The Maa Budi Thakurani temple located at the big bazaar of the old town is arguably the most auspicious temple in the city- she is known as the Ista Devi (main deity) of Berhampur. The deity was originally worshipped buy the community of weavers who set up their base in the Silk City somewhere around the 17th Century.

Getting There

Essentials Cheat Sheet

Nearby Destinations

Wish to make the best of your trip to Brahmapur ? Make sure your itinerary covers these below must-see destinations close to Brahmapur.Most of these are highly coveted on every tourists bucket list and can be reached from Brahmapur in a matter of hours. We have found 2 such places close to Brahmapur that will maximize your Experience-Odisha!

Stay

There's a variety of options for you to stay at. From Star Rated Hotels, Eco Tour Nature Camps equipped with state of the art swiss tents and facilities to OTDC Government Hotels, Bed Breakfasts and Homestays to choose from. Browse the list below to choose your preferred accomodation.

Trails Covering Brahmapur

Like what you see? Looking to have a well-rounded experience in Odisha? Presenting a list of some curated, pre-packaged tours covering some of the most coveted destinations in Odisha. Browse and see details of the trail/package which interests you the most. Reach out to the Department of Tourism (DoT) recognized travel agents, who are here to provide you with some memorable experiences and moments.

Find a Travel Agent

Below is a list of travel agents/tour operators who are our trusted local specialists. Contact them today to plan a well-rounded trip to Odisha, and for getting the best deals. Their packages cover everything - from the most visited to the off-beat, from ancient to urbane, from mountains to beaches, from city life to stargazing nights. Click on the contact button and get a call back!

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