Ganjam Tourism

Ganjam is unarguably one of the finest tourist places of Odisha state. It is bestowed with everything that rightfully makes it one of the popular tourist centers of the state – temples, beaches, lakes, religious fairs and rich culture & history. You will certainly enjoy your trip to this part of Odisha which has everything to amuse its visitors. Winter is generally considered to be the best season to visit any place or region in India. This is true about Ganjam too. November to March, which is winter season here, is indeed pleasant season to enjoy tourism.

Helplines and Important Contact Numbers

Tour and Travel to GanjamBhubaneswar Office
C-40, Market Building, Sahid Nagar,
Bhubaneswar - 751007, Odisha(Orissa), India.
Mob : +91 - 9937289675
Email : booking@orissatourism.org

Delhi Office
Orissa Tourist Office,
3rd floor, B/4, Orissa Emporium,
Baba Kharag Sing Marg, C.P. ,
New Delhi – 110001, India.
Email : booking@orissatourism.org

Mumbai Office
Odisha Bhawan,
Show Room No - 4, Sec-30,
Vasi, Navi Mumbai, India.

Places of Interest in Ganjam

Siddha Bhairavi Temple

One of the most sacred temples of Odisha is Siddha Bhairavi Temple which is located in Mantridi village – some 18 kms away from Brahmapur town. Over last few decades this temple has emerged as one of the important Shakti pith shrines for devotees residing in Odisha and also Andhra Pradesh. It is dedicated to Goddesses Bhairavi, one of the local deities of Odisha and from whom this temple obviously derives its name.

Ganjam Tourism

And besides main idol of Bhairabi, idols of 108 Hindu gods also reside in this temple. With so many idols residing in here, this temple is obviously very big and grand. Besides, lot of natural scenic beauty surrounds this temple. the temple wear festive look during Makar Sankranti and Durga Puja festival with devotees thronging from nearby regions. All in all, this temple has all the virtues to make it one of the must visit religious destinations of Odisha state.
  • Nearest Railway Station: Brahmapur Railway Station – 18 kms away from temple

Taptapani

Taptapani is famous healing pilgrimage center of Odisha state. Take a dip inside hot pond of sulphur water which is said to be blessed with miraculous power, as water inside it always stays hot. But there is more to this place than this miraculous hot water pond. The flora and fauna of the surrounding areas too add charm to this place. In fact large numbers of visiting devotees are indeed attracted by soothing and blissful ambiance of this place.
  • Nearest Railway Station: Brahmapur railway station – located just 50 kms way
  • Best Time: October- February
  • Nearby attractions: Buddhist Monastery and Shiva Temple

Tara Tarini Temple

Tourist destinations in GanjamTara Tarini Temple is unlike any other temple of Odisha state. The main reason being that it is located on the top of a very beautiful hillock and this beautiful hill itself resides in the lap of mother nature. But more than anything else, it is an immensely sacred temple. It is one of the most important shakti peeth temples of India. However unlike most other Shakti petha this temple is not dedicated to one but two goddesses – Tara and Tarini, from whom this temple and hillock derives its name.
Besides religious sacredness and importance, this temple also boosts immensely rich history. This temple has been in existence since the days of Mauryan Empire, which officially makes this temple one of the oldest temples of Odisha state. The temple is visited daily by countless devotees and tourists from across the country. It would not be an exaggeration to sum up that Tara Tarini Temple is one of the most special religious destinations of Odisha. But more importantly it is pride of Ganjam district.
  • Nearest Railway Station: Brahmapur & Chatrapur railway stations.
  • Best time to visit: Month of Chaitra in Hindu calendar (famous Tara Tarini mela is held during this time).

Tampara Lake

Tampara Lake is another fine picnic spot of Ganjam. Here you can enjoy boating in the midst of scenic nature. Lake’s scenic surrounding also encompasses vast stretches of cashew plantations, where locals and tourists usually enjoy stroll. This place is indeed like nature’s escapade where you and your loved ones are sure to enjoy some stress free time.
  • Nearest railway station: Chatrapur – nearly 4 kms away from Chatrapur railway station
  • Best Time: October to May

Gopalpur

Gopalpur Sea beach is only beach of Ganjam and is one of the hottest tourist hotspots of Odisha state. Once a bustling sea port during British era, today it bustles with tourists from all across the country. This beach has everything that a typical beach should have - beautiful palm trees, serene & soothing ambience, speculator sun set view, lot of eateries and shopping stalls. All in all, this beach is a perfect picnic spot for family and young people alike.

Famous tourist spots in Ganjam

  • Nearest station: Brahmapur railway station
  • Nearby attraction: A very old lighthouse is standing on this beach even today. From atop you’ll get 360 degree view of the entire beach
  • Best time to visit: November to February

Chilika Lake

Located in the very heart of coastal Ganjam region, Chilika Lake is not just another lake by any means. It is biggest inland lake in entire Asia. But this isn’t the true specialty of this lake. What actually make this lake truly special are the beautiful migratory birds visiting it round the year. And to tell you more, this lake is largest sanctuary fo0r migratory birds in entire Indian sub continent. So you can very well imagine the kind of extraordinarily beautiful birds taking shelter here. To give you a rough figure, as many as 160 different species of birds from as far as Serbia take shelter here during peak months from November to February. Besides, this lake is equally home to rare plants and mangroves. If you’re a genuine lover of nature or simply love to be around nature, then Chilika Lake has to be in your travel itinerary.
  • Nearest station: Rambha Railway Station – nearly 5 kms away from Rambha station
  • Best time to visit: November to February

How to reach Ganjam ?

Travelling in Ganjam

Ganjam is directly connected only via train with rest of India. Brahmapur Railway Station and Chatrapur Railway Station - two important junctions of Odisha state - directly connect Ganjam to almost all the important cities of India. These cities include: New Delhi, Ahmadabad, Bangalore, Chennai, Cuttack, Mumbai, Nagpur, Pune, Puri, Vishakhapatnam, Kolkata and Raipur.
Besides, one can also reach Ganjam via flight. Biju Patnaik Airport located in Bhubaneswar is connected to all the important cities of India. Bhubaneswar is connected to both Brahmapur and Chatrapur by hordes of daily buses and trains. Both train and rail journey takes roughly 3 to 4 hours.

Where to stay in Ganjam ?

Accommodations in GanjamPrincipal towns of Brahmapur and Chatrapur have no dearth of hotels, lodges and guest houses. But if you want to stay in a hotel that offers international luxury and world class service, then you can straight away head to Gopalpur-on-Sea. Here there are many 2 Star and 3 Star hotels that directly faces the beautiful Gopalpur-on-Sea. Names and contact information’s of few of these hotels have been provided below.

Kalinga Hotel
Address: Near Sea Pearl Hotel, Gopalpur-on-Sea, Gopalpur, Ganjam Dist., Gopalpur
Phone:0680 234 3067

Swosti Palm Resort
Address: Gopalpur-on-Sea, Ganjam, Orissa 761002
Website : www.swosti.com
Phone : 0680-2343718, 2343455, 2343721, 09338766467
Fax : 0680-2343853

Hotel Sea Pearl
Address: Beach Road,Gopalpur-On-Sea., Gopalpur, OD 761002
Phone:0680 234 3556

Where to shop in Ganjam ?

All the shopping activities of Ganjam are mainly concentrated in Chatrapur and Brahmapur towns – two most developed urban towns of Ganjam District. Although as of today there are no shopping malls here, but there are definitely hordes of retail shops that sell everything and anything under the sun. But when you’re travelling in Ganjam then these two items should be in your shopping list: silk sarees and handicraft items. These two are specialties of Ganjam. Brahmapur is in fact called as ‘silk center of India’. Qualities of Brahmapur’s silk sarees are simply unmatched and unparallel.

Entertainment and Nightlife in Ganjam

Ganjam is not your typical urban cosmopolitan region, and hence here there are no nightclubs and pubs. Nonetheless, nightlife in Ganjam is not all that dull. After all, evening spent in Gopalpur-on-Sea and Tampara Lake will be anything but dull. Every evening thousands of locals and tourists alike throng here to spend their evening in the midst of serene and scenic nature. Besides, there are also quite a few cinema halls in Brahmapur where you can check out latest Bollywood and Oriya flicks.



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