|Fairs / Festivals||Place||Period|
|Makar Mela||Taratarini, Kalijai||January|
|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|
|Dussehra||The whole district||September - October|
|Budha Kandu Yatra||Kshetribarpur||October - November|
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.
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.
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.
|Jirang Monastery (110 Km)||
JIRANG (GAJAPATI DIST): ‘Padma Sambhav Mahavihar’ the largest Tibetan monastery in eastern India was inaugurated by the Dalai Lama at Jirang in Gajapati district . This monastery can be considered one of the largest in south Asia. This new monastery is part of the Rigon Thubten Mindolling monastery that was part of the Tibetan settlement near Chandragiri. The foundation stone for this Mahavihar was laid in 2003. It has been built as per the traditional Buddhist architecture of ‘Atanpuri style of Nalanda’. It has been constructed at a cost of around Rs. 8 crore. In the large assembly hall of the new monastery there is a 23-foot-high idol of Lord Buddha. On its right side there is an idol of the thousand armed, thousand-eyed Avalokiteswar, while on the left side of the Buddha idol there is a large idol of Guru Nangsi Zilnon. The Dalai Lama performed special rituals in this hall to inaugurate the monastery. This monastery is five storied with a height of around 70 feet. Its interiors are richly decorated with traditional religious paintings of Tibetan culture and deities. According to Lama Rimpoche, over 50 artists had decorated the walls of the monastery. This monastery has the capacity to house over 200 lamas. A crowd of around 5,000 comprising Tibetan settlers of the Chandragiri area, locals and delegations from all over the world attended this inauguration ceremony. A natural waterfall near Khasada village was an added attraction.