Berhampur

Welcome to the Silk City. Berhampur, also known as Brahmapur, is one of ht eoldest cities in Orissa. Brahmapur means ‘Home of Lord Bramha’.

During ancient times, it was part of the territories ruled by Ashoka the Great. In more recent history, the British merged the city with the Madras Presidency. A Court was established here under the British Judicial System and consewuently, Berhampur rose to prominence.

Today, this city of 7 lakh inhabitants is famous for its silk, its temples and its culture. Its intricately designed silk sarees called Berhampuri patto and handloom cloth are in heavy demand all over the country. Berhampur also happens to be a trading hub. A majority of the locals are engaged in medium and small scale businesses. Many software companies have set up their centres here and it is set to become the IT and ITES hub of Eastern India. It is the also a big market place for fruits especially mango.

Owing to its proximity to Andhra Pradesh, the city has a mixed Oriya and Andhra culture. The people of Brahmapur celebrate all the major festivals of Orissa. Two festivals unique to the city, namely, Sharad Purnima And Thakurani Yatra are celebrated with great bigour and enthusiasm. On your visit, be sure to taste the delicious pappads and pickles here.

Sightseeing:
Gopalpur Beach - Located 16 kms from the city, this is a quaint seaside town. It was once a busy seaport, and the old crumbling walls and pillars of the jetty have surived to this day. Sun, sand and sea make this is a popular tourist destination.

Taratarini Hill Shrine – This is one of the oldest pilgrimage places in Orissa. The temple is one of the four major Adi Shakti centers in India. Hordes of devotees visit the shrine around the year.

Dhabaleswar – This is a quiet beach close to Gopalpur beach. It has facilities for surfing, sailing, and sun-bathing and is popular with water sport lovers. Dhabaleshwar Island and a sand-bleached Shiva temple are other attractions.

Taptapani – 56 ksm away from Berhampur, this spot is famous for its hot springs. Nestled at about 1,800 feet, it has a beautoful temple called Kandimata Mandir, where the locals bathe in the spring before offering their daily prayers. Nayure lovers can also visit the deer park that is maintained by the forest department.

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Princely's Recap of the Rickshaw Challenge Malabar Rampage

  Head organizer Princely took some time to sum up this year's Rickshaw Challenge Malabar Rampage for you. Enjoy!     Before we get inside of what happened during the Malabar Rampage, I would like to talk a little bit about what Rickshaw Challenge had brought the expectation of. People sign up for variou...
10 May, 2019 by admin 
Team Breaking Wind about the Malabar Rampage 2019

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7 May, 2019 by admin 
Recap of the Classic Run 2019

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There Rickshaw Challenge Classic Run 2019 has ended, but the good stories remain. It was a great event with an amazing group of people. Our teams had parties, the usual breakdowns (rickshaws can be fickle beasts...) and now they have countless stories to tell, once the reach back home. Now here are the inside stories about the ...
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Tamilnadu Run 2018: On the Road

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The second half of the Tamilnadu Run 2018.     After a successful weekend of practice and first day on the road, the Tamilnadu Run had more exploring to do. Here is Princely's final Rickshaw Challenge report until the Classic Run begins in more than two months!   Long Distance to Thanjavur &nb...
22 Oct, 2018 by David 
Tamilnadu Run 2018: The Story So Far

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Princely tells all from the first few days of the Tamilnadu Run 2018.     We can't believe it's time for another Tamilnadu Run. It doesn't seem a year since last time. This event is the shortest on the Rickshaw Challenge calendar, which gives teams a chance to really get to know Tamilnadu and its amazing...
17 Oct, 2018 by David 
Mumbai Xpress 2018: Update 5

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Princely's final update from the Mumbai Xpress 2018.     It had been a crazy event but the Mumbai Xpress Rickshaw Challenge 2018 eventually had to draw to a close. All teams had impressed by surviving despite the floods, the road closures, and the hangovers! Here is Princely's review of the final two day...
10 Oct, 2018 by David 
Mumbai Xpress 2018: Update 4

Mumbai Xpress 2018: Update 4

Princely gives us the lowdown on a crazy couple of days.     The Mumbai Xpress Rickshaw Challenge 2018 had been a real challenge so far, and days 11 and 12 were no different. Here is Princely's story:   Day 11 On Tuesday morning teams were in high spirits, excited about the destination Mysore...
3 Oct, 2018 by David 
Mumbai Xpress 2018: Update 3

Mumbai Xpress 2018: Update 3

Princely's third update from the Mumbai Xpress.     The Mumbai Xpress is always one of the most challenging (and rewarding!) Rickshaw Challenges of the year, and this year was particularly true. After a relatively relaxed first week, things really started getting adventurous! Here is Princely's report: ...
13 Sep, 2018 by David 
The Mumbai Xpress 2018: Update 2

The Mumbai Xpress 2018: Update 2

Princely's second update from the Mumbai Xpress 2018.     After a busy few days training and navigating out of hectic Mumbai, by Day 5 this Rickshaw Challenge was only just beginning! The next few days for the Mumbai Xpress included a school visit, hill driving and, the golden sands of Goa. Here's the...
16 Aug, 2018 by David 
The Mumbai Xpress 2018: The Story So Far

The Mumbai Xpress 2018: The Story So Far

Princely's first update from the Mumbai Xpress 2018.     For the Rickshaw Challenge, August brings one of the most challenging events of the year: the Mumbai Xpress. With heavy rains forecast this year's event was always set to provide a real adventure, with, as ever, lots of fun along the way. Here is org...
15 Aug, 2018 by David 

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