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Tamralipta, Tamolika, Tamralipti, Tamoluk
Tamluk is located in West Bengal
Coordinates: 22°18′N 87°55′E / 22.3°N 87.92°E / 22.3; 87.92Coordinates: 22°18′N 87°55′E / 22.3°N 87.92°E / 22.3; 87.92
Country  India
State West Bengal
District Purba Medinipur
Elevation 7 m (23 ft)
Population (2011)[1]
 • Total 65,306
 • Official Bengali, English
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
PIN 721636
Telephone code 91-3228
Vehicle registration WB 29-xxxx, WB 30-xxxx
Lok Sabha constituency Tamluk
Vidhan Sabha constituency Tamluk, Moyna, Nandakumar
Website purbamedinipur.gov.in
Map of Purba Medinipur showing Tamluk

Tamluk (/ˈtæmlʊk/) is a town in India. It is the district headquarters of Purba Medinipur district of West Bengal, India. Though there is some controversy, scholars have generally agreed that present day Tamluk is the site of the ancient city variously known as Tamralipta or Tamralipti. The present town is located on the banks of the Rupnarayan River close to the Bay of Bengal.


The Tamluk Municipality has population of 65,306 of which 33,260 are males while 32,046 are females as per report released by Census India 2011.

Population of Children with age of 0-6 is 6180 which is 9.46% of total population of Tamluk (M). In Tamluk Municipality, Female Sex Ratio is of 963 against state average of 950. Moreover, Child Sex Ratio in Tamluk is around 946 compared to West Bengal state average of 956. Literacy rate of Tamluk city is 90.18% higher than state average of 76.26%. In Tamluk, Male literacy is around 94.01% while female literacy rate is 86.21%.


This ancient kingdom and port city was bounded by the Bay of Bengal in the south, Rupnarayan River in the east and Subarnarekha River in the west. The Rupnarayana is the joint flow of the rivers Dwarakeswar and Silai. The Bay of Bengal and these great rivers with their numerous branches created a prosperous and easy water navigational system fostering commerce, culture and early contacts with the people outside the region. At the same time, these rivers helped to develop the agriculture in this region.

Archaeological remains show continuous settlement from about the 3rd century BC. It was known as Tramralipta (in the Puranas and the Mahabharata), Tamralipta (in the Mahabharata), Tamalika (in historical documents), Tamalitti (in foreigners' descriptions), or Tamoluk (in the British Raj). It was a seaport, now buried under river silt. For this reason, Tamluk has many ponds and lakes remaining today.

In the Mahabharata (Bhishma Parba/Nabam Adhyay), while describing the names of the holiest rivers and kingdoms of India, Sanjay took the name of "Tramralipta" to Dhritarashtra.

Tamluk was also known as Bhivas, in religious texts, and Madhya Desh, as the Middle State of Utkal/Kalinga and Banga.

According to Jain sources, Tamralipti was the capital of the kingdom of Venga and was long known as a port.

Police station[edit]

Tamluk police station has jurisdiction over Tamluk (municipality) and Tamluk CD Block. Tamluk police station covers an area of 214.14 km2 with a population of 352,748.[2][3]


The people of Tamluk are primarily Bengali speaking. There are some lingering effects of successive migrations and invasions from both the west, east, and especially from northern India . Its history shows the complex combination of indigenous, Muslim, Buddhist, Jain and Hindu cultures, through trade, travel, and migration.

Unlike other parts of Bengal, Tamluk was always well connected with the Gangetic plains. In fact, there is evidence to suggest that the culture of Aryavarta influenced life in early Tamluk. The worship of Bheema is a sign of the socio-religious acceptance of Aryan culture in this area. Even in the recent past, Tamluk was divided into many areas based on caste and occupation, such as Malakar Para (flower traders), Adhikary Para (Brahmins), Metia Para in Nimtala (transport business and timber merchants), Dey Para (gold traders), and Mathore Para (sweeper's colony).


As a seaport, Tamluk was once famous as a centre for trade.

The main trade presently is of paan (betel leaf). The building of bus bodies is another important business, as is transport.


Tamluk is mainly an agricultural area. About 60% of the land is under cultivation. Tamluk is one of the largest producers and exporters of paan (betel leaf). Fishing was an important occupation of the local residents.


Tamluk is well linked by road and rail. Tamluk is a major roadway junction with six bus-routes originating from it:


Tamluk also has a railway junction. Tamluk central bus stand to Kolkata Dharmatala bus service.


There are many schools and colleges in Tamluk.

  • Tamluk Hamilton High School : It is Bengali medium school under WBSE & WBCHSE. It was established by an English salt agent Charles Hammilton on 7 May 1852. Alumni of this school are Sri Ajoy Mukherjee (ex-Chief Minister of West Bengal), Dr. Amalesh Tripathy (a great historian), Dr Sushil Kumar Dhara (great freedom fighter), Sri Kshudiram Bose (great freedom fighter & the first martyr of Bengal) and so many eminent persons.
  • Tamluk Town High School: It is Bengali medium school under WBSE & WBCHSE.
  • Sudhir Memorial Institute Tamluk :- It is an CBSE English - Medium School in Tamluk. Website :-
  • Tamralipta Mahavidyalaya(Tamluk College) is one of the oldest colleges of this south-west region of West Bengal providing graduation courses.
  • Tamralipta Institute Of Management & Technology : The TIMT is situated at Tamluk, the district headquarters of Purba Medinipur. It is affiliated to Maulana Abdul Kalam Azad University of Technology West Bengal(MAKAUT, WB).

There is no university but Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) has a presence in the form of a Study Centre with Tarun Sangha Information & Documentation Centre (TASIDOC) as the host institution.


There is a district hospital in the town, named Tamluk District Hospital.

Landmarks and tourist places[edit]

  • Rupnarayan river bank : The bank of river Rupnarayan is famous for picnic.
  • Devi Barghobhima : Nearly 1150-year-old Temple of Kali named as Devi Bargobhima. This temple is a part of 51 Shakti Peethas. Puranas say that the small finger of left feet of Sati/Parvati fell here when Lord Vishnu cut the sacred Body of Goddess Sati into several pieces to make Lord Shiva quite.
  • Tamluk Rajbari :Located on the outskirts of town, the royal abode of the Mayura-dhwaja (Peackok) Dynasty mentioned in Mahabharata, etc. is a popular tourist destination.
  • Rakhit Bati : It is another place to visit in Tamluk. In the beginning of 19th century it was famous as a secret centre of the then revolutionary party ‘Anusilan Samiti’ & ‘Gupta samiti. Famous historian late Shri Tailakyanath Rakhit rebuilt this building.
  • Geonkhali : At geonkhali river Rupnarayan joins Hooghly river with a beautiful backdrop.

Notable people[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ http://www.censusindia.gov.in/pca/SearchDetails.aspx?Id=365849
  2. ^ "District Statistical Handbook 2014 Purba Medinipur". Tables 2.1, 2.2. Department of Statistics and Programme Implementation, Government of West Bengal. Archived from the original on 29 July 2017. Retrieved 10 November 2016. 
  3. ^ "Tamluk PS". Purba Medinipur District Police. Retrieved 10 November 2016. 

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