Berhampur, the oldest city in the Ganjam district of Odisha, is a popular trade centre of the state. Name of the city is anglicized from ‘Brahmapur’, meaning 'abode of Brahma'. Berhampur lies close to the border of Andhra Pradesh, Bay of Bengal Coast, Port of Gopalpur and Visakhapatnam. Its central location has transformed it into a hub of multi-ethnic population and a vital centre for commercial activities. There are numerous places to visit in Berhampur which attract tourists to the city.
The Ramlinga Tank is the prime attraction among all Berhampur tourist places. It is a pond situated on the west of the old bus stand which is at the centre of the city. Several shops and local temples are also located in vicinity of the pond. In addition, tourists can also get to see the fervour with which festivals are celebrated in the city. People celebrate and participate in festivals like Durga Puja Maha Shivaratri, Janmastami, Ratha Yatra, Makar Sankranti and Kartika Purnima with great pomp and show. However, the Thakurani Yatra, or the Festival of the Goddess, steals the show with its unmatched grandeur.
Berhampur also houses several national level stadiums which have produced many sportsmen of national and international repute. Primary among these sports arenas are the Berhampur Stadium, the Khallikote College Stadium and the Veer Hanuman Circus and Physical Institute (VHCPI) which is an Indoor Stadium.
Inter-state trading of spices, tamarind, clothes, etc. takes place in the Berhampur. Other things to do in Berhampur include buying famous intricately designed Patto Sarees and the crafty bamboo-straw hand-made items.