The Berhampur University came into existence on 2nd January 1967 being inaugurated by Dr. A.N. Khosla, the then Governor of Orissa and the first Chancellor of the University. Berhampur University achieved a special distinction by securing “A” GRADE BY NAAC. It has become the first and only state funded University in Odisha to have this special identity. The University is named after the celebrated poet of Orissa Kabisamrat Upendra Bhanja. The University has achieved great distinction in the academic world due to the qualitative and quantitative production of M. Phil., Ph.D., D. Litt and D. Sc degrees. Spreading over an area of about two hundred fifty acres the University is twelve kilometres and 5 kilometers away from the Berhampur City and Sea-beach of Gopalpur respectively. Gopalpur-on-sea is one of the most pristine and popular beaches in Odisha, India. Clusters of palm and coconut trees, sand dunes covered with casuarinas plantation divide the beach from the sea water which work as a complete setting for quiet conviviality and introspection. The Month of November marks the start of winter season in Gopalpur. Temperature ranges between 4°C to 22°C. Winters last till February in Gopalpur. This is one of the best seasons to visit Gopalpur. The temperature remains ideal to enjoy nature. Tourist attractions to name a few are as follows:
Taptapani: Taptapani (Hot-Water), as the name suggests, is famous for its hot springs. Nestled at about 1,800 feet (550 m) above sea level, this spot is 56 kilometres away from the city’s railway station.
Chilika Lake: India’s biggest inland lake, spread over 1,100 square kilometers stretching across the length of the three districts of Puri, Khurdha and Ganjam and finally joins the Bay of Bengal through a narrow mouth, forming an enormous lagoon of brackish water. Chilika is home to a rich variety of aquatic fauna. It is also a sanctuary and winter resort for migratory birds, some coming from as far as Siberia.
Taratarini Temple – This is one of the oldest pilgrimage place of mother goddess and among the four major ancient Adi Shakti centers in India. The mythological texts recognize four major Shakti Pithas (centers): Bimala, Taratarini, Kamakshya and Dakhina Kalika, which originated from the limbs of the Corpse of Mata Sati in the Satya Yuga.
Siddha Bhairavi Temple is one of the famous Shaktipitha of Ganjam Dist. is situated at remote village Mantridi near Berhampur. The temple is named after Goddess Bhairavi, the incarnation of Goddess Parvati. The icon of the deity is having one leg and four hands craved in unfinished fashion. The temple was built in the year 1937 AD.
Chandragiri: Chandragiri, the well known destination for the nature lovers, is located at a distance of 35 km towards the west of the hot spring. The mesmerizing wonder of the place is spreading over the sprawling woodlands of soaring shaal and mahua trees. The sight of the sunrise and sunset from Chandragiri will amuse anyone. Zirang Kulen monastery, about 7 km from Chandragiri, inaugurated by Dalai Lama is a major attaction