Odisha

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Travel to Angul, Boudh, Balangir, Bargarh, Balasore (Baleswar), Bhadrak, Cuttack, Deogarh (Debagarh), Dhenkanal, Ganjam, Gajapati, Jharsuguda, Jajpur, Jagatsinghapur, Khordha, Keonjhar (Kendujhar), Kalahandi, Kandhamal, Koraput, Kendrapara, Malkangiri, Mayurbhanj, Nabarangpur,  Nuapada, Nayagarh,  Puri, Rayagada,  Sambalpur, Subarnapur (Sonepur), Sundargarh.

Odisha   formerly Orissa  is an Indian state located in Eastern India. It is the 8th largest state by area, and the 11th largest by population. The state has the third largest population of Scheduled Tribes in India. It neighbours the states of West Bengal and Jharkhand to the north, Chhattisgarh to the west, Andhra Pradesh to the south. Odisha has a coastline of 485 kilometres (301 mi) along the Bay of Bengal. The region is also known as Utkala and is mentioned in India’s national anthem, “Jana Gana Mana”.The language of Odisha is Odia, which is one of the Classical Languages of India. Kalinga is known to be a powerful kingdom as early as the time of the Kurukshetra battle. Srutayudha, the king of the Kalinga joined the camp of the Kourava in the battle and was killed in the battle by Bhimasena with his two heroic sons: Bhanumana and Ketumana. After the Mahabharata War a new Kshetriya dynasty ruled over Kalinga and it is known from the Buddhist work ‘Mahagovinda Suttanta’ that the glory and power of Kalinga was restored within a short period. According to the Puranas 32 Kshetriya kings ruled over Kalinga after the Mahabharata War up to the time of Mahapadmananda who ascended the throne of Magadha in 362 B. C.

Angul: The District of Angul situated at the heart of Odisha was a part of Undivided Dhenkanal District till early March 1993, but for the administrative convenience, Dhenkanal District was divided into two parts i.e. Dhenkanal and Angul vide State Government Notification No. DRC-44/93/14218/R. dated 27 March 1993. Angul District came into existence as a separate District on April 1, 1993. The District is surrounded by Cuttack & Dhenkanal on the east, Sambalpur & Deogarh on the west, Sundargarh & Keonjhar on the north and Phulbani on the south. Covering an area of 6232 sq.km, Angul District is located at Latitude 20.50 North to 85.00 East Longitude.The altitude of this place is 564 to 1187 mts.

Most Famous Places In Angul: Rengali, Kosala Ramachandi Temple, Deulajhari, Athamallik, Lovi Thakurani, Garh Santry, Goddess Hingula, Saila Srikhetra,

Rengali: A dam has been constructed across the river Brahmani at Rengali. One Hydro electrical power project of 120 MW capacity has been installed here. It is about 85 kms from Angul, located on N.H. Rengali amidst picturesque environs and it is a nice place for group picnic.

Kosala Ramachandi Temple: This village is situated at a distance of 28 Kms, on Angul- Bagedia road. The village is known for its shrine dedicated to Goddess Ramchandi. She is believed to be possessed of great powers. It is believed that by worshipping Goddess Ramchandi sterile women will obtain children. On the foundation of the old temple one magnificent temple was constructed. A Yatra is held here on the second day of Krushna Pakshya Bhadra. This Yatra is known as Ramchandi Yatra or Kaduali Yatra (July- August). This Yatra is celebrated with big ceremony every year. Thousands of people attend this Yatra.

Deulajhari, Athamallik: Deuajhari is the ancient citadel of Saivism, located at 6 Km away from Athamallik and 90 Km away from Angul. The Temple has been constructed amidst dense indigenous Jasmine forest (locally known as Kaibana) that stands as the high walls around the temple. The uniqueness of the place lies in its hot springs that surround the temple. As per the ancient records there were eighty four such springs, but many of these have been overshadowed in the jasmine forest. Now twenty four springs are alive. Among these, the springs bearing the names like Agnikunda, Taptakunda, Himakunda, Annantakunda and Labakusa Kunda are prominent ones. The temperature of water in these springs varies from 40 degree Celsius to 62 degree Celsius. The Temple complex covers an area of 24 acres of land.

Lovi Thakurani, Garh Santry: Lovi Thakurani yatra, the annual ceremonial function of Goddess Lovi, is observed every year on Kartik Purnima day. Garh Santry, seventeen kilometers away from the district headquarters town Angul, is the village abode of the presiding deity Lovi.The deity stands out from other idols of Hindu faith and belief because of Her peculiar name that is Lovi, which denotes greediness. However, the people of Garhsantry have to say that the meaning of the name is something deferent from what we generally mean in a negative way, rather it has a positive meaning that is greediness to devotion, offerings and all the more the sacrifice of egoism. 

Goddess Hingula: The holy place (peetha) of the Goddess Hingula is situated on the bank of the river Simhada in the West of erstwhile Talcher Estate (Now in the District of Angul). In Assam, there is a place of pilgrimage named Jwalamukhi where a similar goddess Hingula or Hingulei or Hingulaksi is being worshipped. It is for this reason that the presiding deity of Talcher in village Gopal Prasad who bears the form of fire is named Goddess Hingula. Such holy places (peethas) of Hingula are also situated even outside India in Karachi and Kabul. Both Hindus and Muslims worship at this holy place which is unique in nature.

Saila Srikhetra: The Jagannath Temple at Angul is known as “Saila Srikhetra” situated on the top of Sunasagad hill. The foundation of this grand temple was given on 21.2.1996 to build the temple like the model of world famous Lord Jagannath Temple of Puri . Then the construction work was progressed day by day with the help of administration and local people of Angul. Then the dream came true when the temple work was finished. At last, the District administration formed a trustee for the temple and the temple was opened for all public after completion of Pratistha Utsav on Dt.22.02.2002. It was a historic moment for the people of Angul. Now this place is called as Sailashreekhetra and people not only from Angul but also from whole State & other parts of India are coming to have a darshan of Lord Jagannath in this magnificent grand temple at Angul.

Boudh: An administrative District of Odisha in eastern India, Boudh District is also known as Baudha District. The District is bounded by River Mahanadi & Angul District to the north, Kandhamal District to the south, Nayagarh District to the east and River Tel & Subarnapur District to the west. Covering a geographical area of 3444.8 sq km, the District lies 20 degree 22’ to 20 degree 50’ North Latitude and 83 degree 34’ to 84 degree 49’ East Longitude. As per the demography is concerned, the District has got total population of 441162  people with sex ratio 991 Females per 1000 Males (2011 Census),including total 221625 male population and 219537 female population. It ranks Boudh is 22nd in size and 29th in population among the thirty districts of Odisha.

Most Famous Places In Boudh: Asurgarh & Jhikarpali Archaeological sites, Gadgada & Dhabaleswar Temple on Khadang, Lakh Parbat MIP,  Reghamunda Rock Hills, Bharat Mata Mandir,Banapali,

Asurgarh & Jhikarpali Archaeological sites: It is almost rectangular in shape, having four gates piercing the surrounding mammoth wall made of brick, rubble and earth. After the wall, a wide and deep moat girdles the fort on three sides respectively, the north, south and east. The fort area measures 24.29 hectares of land. On the west of the fort, the river Sandol flows close to the western rampart towards north to meet the river Utei, a tributary of the Tel, at a distance of about 3 km from the fort site. Close to the eastern ditch, the builders of the fort excavated a huge water reservoir measuring 200 acres of land. It is popularly known as Asursagar. It has been pointed out that the water of the reservoir could be trained into the ditch of the fort through two sluices gate. On the southwest corner of the fort, another small tank was dug, which is known today as Radhasagar.

Gadgada & Dhabaleswar Temple on Khadang: Dhabaleswar Temple is dedicated to the worship of Lord Shiva. It is situated at a distance of 27 km from the city of Cuttack, Odisha, India, on the exotic island of Lord Dhabaleshwar. The temple, located on an island on River Mahanadi, is embellished with stone carvings that date back to the early 10th and 11th century. The serene ambiance, in which the temple is situated, inspires spiritual feeling among one and all.

Lakh Parbat MIP: The village Lakhparbat falls in Boudh district situated in Odisha state, with a population 86. The male and female populations are 38 and 48 respectively. The size of the area is about 3.59 square kilometer.

Reghamunda Rock Hills: The village Reghamunda falls in Boudh district situated in Odisha state, with a population 683. The male and female populations are 334 and 349 respectively. The size of the area is about 2.36 square kilometer.

Bharat Mata Mandir,Banapali: Bharat Mata Mandir (meaning “Mother India Temple”) is located on the Mahatma Gandhi Kashi Vidyapith campus in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India. Instead of traditional statues of gods and goddesses, this temple has a huge map of undivided India carved in marble. This temple is dedicated to Bharat Mata and claims to be the only one of its kind in the world.

Balangir: Named after the headquarter town of Balangir, this district was formed on 1st November 1949. It is flanked in the northwest by the Gandhamardan hill. Many hill streams traverse it. The name Balangir is said to have been derived from Balaramgarh, a fort built here in the 16th Century by Balram Deo, the 19th Raja of Balangir and founder of Sambalpur kingdom.The Balangir District is surrounded by Subarnapur district in east, Nuapada District in the west, Kalahandi District in the south and Bargarh District in the north. The District lies between 20 degree 11’40 to 21 degree 05’08 degree north latitude and 82 degree 41’15 to 83 degree 40’22 East longitude. The District covers an area of 6575 sq.km.

Most Famous Places In Balangir: Bhima Dunguri, Kumuda Pahad, Turekela, Gaikhai M.I.P, Jogisarada, Saintala Chandi Temple, Ranipur Jharial,  Patneswari Temple, Harishankar

Bhima Dunguri: Bhima Dunguri has been attributed with a special place in the tourism map of the Balangir district due to its splendorous natural bounty & beauty which is encircled by evergreen forest. Bhima Dunguri, famous by its ancient natural caves which are lying scattered at different places of the hilly area. The panoramic view of this area is unparallel during the spring season, so any kind of tourists is definitely enchanted here due to its beautiful landscape.

Kumuda Pahad: Kumuda Pahad is a natural splendorous place of great tourism interest. As its name suggest, it is a hilly area where Lord Dhabaleswar is embodied in a very big natural spacious caves measuring an area of 80 feet by 40 feet. There are also 3 others caves nearby. The temple is just 40 feet above from the hill foot. It is a small temple in its kind but most famous temple in this area due to religious essence. A great number of visitors visit this temple as the Lord Dhabaleswar is very benevolent and merciful to the visitors. Thousands of visitors pay visit to the temple during the month of Shravana and Shivaratri.

Turekela: 98kms away from Balangir, a place suitable for group adventurism Tureikela is important for viewing colorful wild life like tigers, deers, bears, foxs, elephants, wild birds, monkeys, wolfs etc. The chirping birds perched on trees are a thrill to the searching eyes. School and College students, weekend tourist and leisure tourist throngs here to celebrate new years in the lap of nature.

Gaikhai M.I.P:30 kms away from balangir town, a place of great scenic beauty, Gaikhai is surrounded by green capped hills on three sides. The water mass here dazzles with natural scenery and offers cool breeze to the visitors. An ideal place for group camping, the place also is thronged with picnickers all the year round.

Jogisarada: Located 25km away from Balangir to the east Jogisarda is eminent for its Jogeswar Temple. It is believed that all wishes are fulfilled who worship the Jogeswar Mahadev. The Linga of Jogeswar Mahadev arouses spontaneously for which it is known as the living God. Devotee from far-flung came here on the occasion of Mahashivaratri to fulfill their wishes during Sital Shasthi Yatra the marriage of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parbati also celebrated with great pump and gaiety.

Saintala Chandi Temple: 38kms away from Balangir to the South, Saintala stands proudly for its shrine of Goddess Chandi in Mahisamardini form is presently installed in a small mound. The Dasavatar (ten incarnations) image of Vishnu and broken door jamb with figures of Ganga and Yamuna are among the remarkable things which are mentioned in sculpture. The temple Chandi is now stands in dilapidated condition.

Ranipur Jharial: 104kms. away from Balangir town to the south west, stands on a rocky hill, the shrine of presiding deity of 64 Yoginis. Ranipur Jarial is known as “Soma Tirth” in scriptures. It is a combination of religious faiths of Saivism, Budhism, Vaisnavism and Tantrism. Sixtyfour Yoginis are worshiped on a close circular openvault. The major attaraction of the place is one of the four such shrines in India. The temple dedicated to Lord Someswar Siva is the noted one among a plethora of about 50 temples here.

Patneswari Temple: Situated 40kms. away from Balangir to the west Patnagarh, the ancient capital of the Kingdom of Patna stands proudly with the shrines of ancient time. The modern Patnagarh is the combination with happy synthesis of mythic past and modern present. Abounding in natural beauty, this town is famous for many historical ancient temples. The shrines of Goddess Patneswari – the presiding deity – Shakti Peeth in the Chalukya style and that of Someswar Shiva witnessing the 12th century are the monuments of great architectural importance. The sculpture of the temples shows the reminiscence of the earliest group of temples built during the Chauhan rules in western part of Odisha.

Harishankar: Amidst picturesque landscape on the southern slope of Gandhamardan hills stands Harishankar, a place of pilgrimage with uncommon scenic charms. A perennial stream bursting into droplets rushes on its hard granite bed to form cascades at different stages. As a cool resort in the lap of nature, Harishankar is a ideal place for the heat of the summer season.

Bargarh: Bargarh is a district on the Western border of Orissa. Prior to 1992, it was a subdivision of Sambalpur district. Bargarh District formed on the 1st April 1993 being devided from Sambalpur District. It is one of the illustrious District of Odisha. Bargarh has been named after the headquarters town Bargarh situated on the left bank of the Jirariver. The town is on the National Highway No.6 and located at 59 km to the west of Sambalpur district. It is also served by the D.B.K railway running from Jharsuguda to Titlagarh. The railway station is about 3 kms off the town. A meter gauge railway line connects Bargarh with the lime stone quarry at Dunguri. The main Hirakud canal passes through the town and is known as the Bargarh canal. Bargarh District lies on the western most corner of Odisha between 20 degree 43’ to 21 degree 41’ north latitude and 82 degree 39’ to 83 degree 58’ east longitude. The District is surrounded by Chhatisgarh state on the north, Sambalpur District on the east, Balangir and Subarnapur on the south and Nuapada District on the west.
The original name of the place was Baghar Kota as known from the inscription of the 11th century AD. It was called Bargarh probably from the time of BalaramDev the first Chouhan Raja of Sambalpur who made it his head quarters for some time and constructed a big fort for it’s protection. Narayan Singh the last Chouhan Raja granted this place in Mauzi (free hold) to two Brahmin brothers Krushna Das and Narayan Das, sons of Baluki Das who was killed in action by the Gond rebels led by Bandhy Ray and Mahapatra Ray. The grant is popularly known as Sira-kata(head-cutting) grant.

Most Famous Places In Bargarh: Goddess Patharasini of Arjunda, Boudh Bihar of Ganiapali, Baseikela Gada, Papanga Mountain & Budharaja, Giri Gobardhan of Dekulba,  Bindhyabasini of Sankrida, Nrusinghanath Temple, Six of the Astasambhus, Debrigarh 

Goddess Patharasini of Arjunda: Arjunda is a village situated on the bank of river Mahanadi and at the northern end of the Barapahar forest range. It belongs to the block Ambabhona of the district. Surrounded by dense forest, it exists in between the Bandijharia fountain and the Kedarnath fountain. Goddess Patharasini is worshipped here in a temple. The Chandrasini of Chandrapur, Padmasini of Padampur and Patharasini of Arjunda are sisters according to a legend. It is a famous visiting spot. Boating facility is an added attraction to it.

Boudh Bihar of Ganiapali: The historically famous village Ganiapali belongs to the block Gaisilat of the district which is 75 kms away from the DHQ. Historians opine that it was a Buddhist spot in the past. A rare Budha statue sitting in Lotus Posture with a snake on his head with its hood expanded used to attract tourist. But this rare monument was stolen from the spot in 2007 and it is yet to be traced.

Baseikela Gada: Baseikela Gada is situated in Bheden Block (on Bheden-Barpali Road). Bheden Jamindar Raja Manohar Singh, the close associate of Veer Surendra Sai had made fortification at this place. Situating on the bank of river Jeera it attracts thousands of people every year. The natural beauty of this place mesmerises the visitors. The remnants of the fort remind the past glory and struggle of the Jamindars and make this place more significant. This place is famous for its Ghitghiti Pathar which was producing sound when British soldiers were approaching towards the native fighters.

Papanga Mountain & Budharaja: Budharaja mountain is situated near the village Papanga that belongs to the Bheden block of the district. There is a temple in the out skirt of the village Papanga and at the foot of the mountain in which Budharaja is worshipped. It covers an area of 50 to 60 acres. The mountain is 600 feet above the ground. There is a beautiful forest garden named Bankhol on it. There are also many other beautiful sites such as a temple Lord Shriram, a Yogashram, a Mango Grove, and a triangle-shaped pond. The mountain is intimately associated with the rebellion Vir Surendra Sai fought against the British. The origin of the deity Budharaja in the mountain is traced back to the 17th or 18th century by historians.The festival known as Banabihar is observed here on the day of Chaitya Purnima which attracts people from different parts of the district as well as outside.

Giri Gobardhan of Dekulba: The village Dekulba exists beside the road that leads to Bheden from the DHQ. It is near Talmenda, a village existing in the eastern side of Saharatikra Chowk. The spot is 23 kms far from the DHQ.The village is famous for Giri Gobardhan, a nice visiting spot. It is a witness to the very popular Krishna Cult of Odisha. Lord Krishna, who otherwise is known as Bishnu and Shri Jagannath is the revered deity here. The spot is named after Lord Krishna, who is believed to have lifted the mountain Gobardhan for the well being of His people. The festival of Giri Gobardhan is observed here every year on the occasion of Pratipada in the month of Kartika.

Bindhyabasini of Sankrida: Sankrida is a village in the Bheden block of the district. It is 35 kms. away from the district headquarters. It is only 4 kms towards the east from Thuapali, which is situated beside the state southern route from Rengali Camp. Rengali Camp is only 12 kms away from DHQ and exists beside the route leading to Sambalpur from it. The Bindhyabasini mountain exists near the village Sankrida. Bindhyabasini the Goddess is worshipped here and the mountain is named after her. The Goddess exerts tremendous religious influence on the people of this area. The mountain covers an area of 200 acres along with 50 acres of pastureland at the foot.

Nrusinghanath Temple: Nrusinghanath is a famous visiting place of the district which belongs to the Borasambar Kingdom of the past now known as the Padampur Sub-division. It is 150 kms far from the district headquarters.The temple of Sri Sri Nrusinghanath is situated at the bottom of the Gandhamardan Mountain which is approximately 3234 feet high. Baijaldev, the 8th Chouhan King of Patna had built the temple. An inscription on one of the stone walls of the temple speaks of the history related to its construction. In the temple which is surrounded on all sides by incredible natural beauty, Lord Vishnu is worshipped as Marjara Keshari. The Govt. of Odisha has accorded it the status of a tourist spot to this place.

Six of the Astasambhus: Baradabalunkeswara of Gaisima- The Baradabalunkeswara temple is situated in Gaisima village which is 13 kms away from the DHQ. It is supposed to have been built in between 1766 to 1778 by Abhaya Singh the King of Sambalpur. Swapneswar of Sorna- Sorna is a village in the block of Attabira. It is 30 kms far from the DHQ. There are 2 routes to go to the village. One is through Rengali Camp and the other is through Remunda. It was built during the Kingship of Ajit Singh in Sambalpur under the supervision of Dewan Dakshinray. There is a big pond in front of the temple covering an area of 6 acres. The temple itself spreads over 4 acres of land.

Debrigarh: A peak in the Barapahar hills in Bargarh sub-division having a height of 2267 feet. It was a noted rebel stronghold during the revolt of Balabhadra Deo, the Gond Zamindar of Lakhanpur, who was killed here. Mahapatra Ray and Baldia Ray also sought shelter here during 1840 AD after murdering Baluki Dash, the Maufidar of Bargarh. Veer Surendra Sai the freedom fighter was captured here in 1864 by British solders. There is a wild life sanctuary here. Except for elephants, wild buffaloes and blank Bucks most of the other important animals in the State of Orissa are more or less represented here.

Balasore (Baleswar): Balasore is one of the coastal Districts of Odisha. It lies on the northern most part of the state. It was a part of the ancient Kalinga which later became a territory of Toshal or Utkal, till the death of Mukunda Dev. Balasore as a separate District was created in October 1828. originally it was in Bengal presidency. Balasore District covers an area of 3634 sq kms having total population of 23,17,419 as per 2011 census. The District is surrounded by Medinipur District of West Bengal in its northern side, Bay of Bengal in its east, Bhadrak District in its south and Mayurbhanj and Kendujhar Districts lies on its western side. The District is located at 20.48 to 21.59 North Latitude and 86.16 to 87.29 east Longitude. Total male population of the District is 11,84,371 and female population is 11,33,048 as per 2001 census.

Most Famous Places In Balasore(Baleswar): Talasari–Udaypur Beach, Jaganath Temple Baleswar,   khirachora temple, Chandipur, Panchalingeswar Temple, Chandaneswar Temple

Talasari–Udaypur Beach: The long stretches sandy beaches with red crabs and whistling casuarinas at Talsari-Udaypur beach attract tourists .Tourists can enjoy the marine drive from Talsari to Udaypur sea beach (3 km) on a cool and calm atmosphere. The sunrise and sunset at Talsari and Udaypur beach is really pleasant scenery for nature lovers.

Jaganath Temple Baleswar:Immami Jagannath temple situated at a distance of 7 k.m. from the district headquater of Balasore.The newly constructed Jagannath Temple is a wonderful architechtural model which attracts agood number of visitors to this site.made in the year 2015 with red stone having many side deities in the temple campus. all the ritual are being observed as per the Jagannath Temple Puri.The stone curving and the manumental artifact draws the attaction of visitors.

khirachora temple: Khirachora Gopinatha Temple is situated in Remuna. It is a little town located 9 km east of Balasore, about halfway between Howrah and Bhubaneswar in Orissa . The name Remuna is resulting from the word Ramaniya which means very good looking. The nearest train junction to Remuna is at Balasore, which is the first major town in Odisha coming from Calcutta . One can get a night train from Calcutta that stops in Balasore in the early morning hours. From there one can get a taxi or bus to Remuna. If one has arrived Remuna in the morning, one can see the Deities and then catch a night train to Puri .

Chandipur: The Chandipur beach is one of the unique sea beaches in the country.The water of the sea recedes off shore and proceeds rhythmically after a regular interval twice a day. The open beach without water encourages the tourists to walk into the sea up to a distance of 5 km.

Panchalingeswar Temple: Panchalingeswar Saiva pitha is situated on a hillock with perennial streams falling on five natural Lingas. Its natural beauty attracts nature lovers and visitors. A number of tourists of Odisha, West Bengal and other states visit here throughout the year for Darshan of Lord and enjoy the scenic beauty.

Chandaneswar Temple: Chandaneswar is an acclaimed religious and cultural site of North Odisha which is famous for Lord Shiva temple. Chadak Mela is an important festival of this holy shrine. During Chadak Mela(month of April) and Shivarati lakhs of pilgrims, devotees of Odisha , West Bengal, Bihar and other places of India visit place to pay obeisance to Lord Chandaneswar.

Bhadrak: Bhadrak District is an administrative District of Odisha state in eastern India. The District is named after the town of Bhadrak, which is the District headquarters. It came into existence on 1st April 1993. This District has a rich heritage and history and according to legends, it also derives its name from the Goddess Bhadrakali, whose temple stands on the banks of the river Salandi.This District is bounded by Balasore District on the north, Jajpur District and river Baitarani on the south, Keonjhar District on the west and Bay of Bengal and Kendrapada District are on the east. It is located at 21.0667 Latitude and 86.5000 Longitude. The Bhadrak District covers an area of 2505 Sq. Km.with geographical area of 2,46,529 Hect. The total population of the District is 1,506,337 with total male population as 760260 and female population as 746077. Total SC Population of the District is 286723 whereas the total ST population is 25141. Total OBC Population is 15142. The Bhadrak District has got only one sub division namely Bhadrak. There are 07 tahasils and 07 blocks functioning in the District. Two Municipality, Two NAC, 17 Police stations, 218 Gram Panchayats are there in the Bhadrak District. The climate of this District is generally hot and humid with May being the hottest month. December is the coldest month with monsoon generally arriving during the month of June. The rainfall during June to October constitutes at least 75 Percent of the actual rainfall of this District.Agriculture is the main source of income of the District. Paddy is grown as the main crop in Kharif, covering approximately 94 Percent of the total cultivable area. But people in the sea coast area (Dhamara, Chudamani of Basudevpur and Chandabali area of Chandabali Block) also depend upon fishing for their livelihood.

Most Famous Places In Bhadrak: Baba Akhandalamani, Maa Bhadrakali, Maa Dhamarai, Sri Biranchinarayan, Eram (Raktatirtha), Entry Point to Bhitarakanika,

Baba Akhandalamani: On the bank of river Baitarani, the Akhandalamani Temple is the abode of Lord Shiva. The chief interest of the place is its Akhandalamanilegendary history for which it shares a significant position in the tourism of Bhadrak. As the history runs, king Niladri Samara Singha Mohapatra started worshipping the God Akhandalamani some 350 years ago, when the black glazed granite stone was found underground and the king dreamt of the god. However the religious and historical significance with which the place is invested, constitute it to be a center of special interest in the tourism of Bhadrak.

Maa Bhadrakali: One of the famous temple of Goddess Bhadrakali is located in the outskirts of the revenue village Aharapada which is at a distance of 5 kms away from Bhadrak town in the south- west direction. One has to go via Santhia and Utarabahini in the south-west direction of Kacheri Chhaka of Bhadrak town to reach the shrine. The popular belief is that the name of the Town has been derived from the name of the deity. The statue of Goddess is of black granite and is seated in lotus posture on a lion.

Maa Dhamarai: The temple of the Goddess Dhamrai is at Dhamara a small coastal town-ship,where the river Dhamra meets the Bay of Bengal. The place is about 60 Kms from the district headquarters in the eastern direction. It is surrounded by Chandbali in the West, Basudebpur in the North, Kalibhanjadia in the South and Bay of Bengal in the East. There are a number of folk tales and legends regarding the deity and the temple. According to one of the historical legends, one merchant namely Dhaneswar who often traded with the Singhalies (Srilanka) had brought a deity namely “Pashana Mangala” from Srilanka and had established the same at Dhamara on his way back home. The said deity later on came to be known as MAA DHAMARAI.

Sri Biranchinarayan: Sri Biranchinarayan Temple is in Palia village, which is located 15 km south of Bhadrak, on the way from Bhadrak to Chandabali. It occupies a significant place in the cultural map of Orissa state of India. Today, the standing Biranchi Narayan Temple stands as evidence of the heritage of Surya Upasana in Orissa. Biranchi Narayan is another name for Lord Surya, the BIRANCHISun God of light and lustre. The existing temple is dedicated to Biranchinarayan, who is enshrined as a roughly four faced image of the Sun.

Eram (Raktatirtha): This famous place of sacrifice located at 16 km away from Basudebpur of Bhadrak district. One side of this land is bounded by the Bay of Bengal and the other three sides are surrounded by two rivers the Gameye and Kansabansa. Secured by these natural boundaries this place is used as a citadel by the freedom fighters. Due to these natural boundaries it is not so easy for the police and the administrative persons to enter in to this place. More over there is an open field bounded by three sides with one gate in its north east direction, which was used by the freedom fighters as a place of public meeting. Starting from 1920 prominent nationalist leaders of ODISHA like Utkalmani Gopabandhu Das and Utkal Kesari Dr. H.K.

Entry Point to Bhitarakanika: Bhitara Kanika was under the jurisdiction of the erstwhile Kanika Estate. It is covered with deep mangrove forests and saline rivers and was declared a sanctuary on 21.04.1975. It is a world famous place for natural crocodile breeding. Located in the estuarial region of Brahmani-Baitarani , in the north eastern place of Kendrapara districts, the national park covers an area of 672 sq km of mangrove forests and wetland. Crossed by a thick network of brooks with the bay of Bengal on the east , Bhitar Kanika is home to over 215 species of birds , including winter migratory birds from Europe and Central-Asia as the park provides a congenial atmosphere and serene , pollution free environment , birds migrate thousands of miles to Bhitar Kanika to escape the harsh winter in Ladakh, ManoSarovar , Himalayan region, Siberia , Kazaksthan , Mongolia , Russia , Afghanistan , Iraq, Northen Asia and some central European countries.

Cuttack: Cuttack District is one of the oldest Districts of Odisha. It is an important city and District headquarters. Cuttack, which lends its name to the District, is known as the business capital of Odisha. The word Cuttack derives its name from the anglicized sanskrit word Kataka, which has two meanings-one being military camp and the other being the seat of government, protected by the army. Literally, it also means the fort, referring to the ancient Barabati Fort, around which the city developed. This city takes pride in the fact that it had been the capital of Odisha, before its shifting to Bhubaneswar, the new capital.

Most Famous Places In Cuttack: Bhitarkanika Mangrove Forest, Barabati Fort, Stone Revetment,  Dhabaleshwar, Paradeep Beach

Bhitarkanika Mangrove Forest: Located at a distance of 120 km from Cuttack in Odisha, Bhitarkanika Wildlife Sanctuary is one of a kind sanctuary that sprawls over 650 sq. kms and boasts of rich marine vegetation, salt tolerant varieties of trees and plants, rivers and creeks. Home to some of the rarest species in the world both flora and fauna, the sanctuary is mainly known for its species of reptiles especially crocodiles, however, it also attracts a plethora of migrant species like Olive Ridley Sea Turtles, Asian Open Bill, Black Ibis, Egrets, and Darters etc. In the winter (which is the ideal migrating season for avifauna species), you can find as many as 215 species of migratory birds.

Barabati Fort: The Barbati Fort in Cuttack in Oddisa is a well known fort with carved gateway. It is about 8km away from the city. It is a 14th century fort build during the Ganga dynasty. The fort is situated on the river Mahanadi. The fort is situated at such a calculated place that it provides a beautiful and spectacular view of the modern Cuttack city. It is the earthen mound of the 9 storeyed palace. The monument was built with fortification to protect from enemy attacks. In present days a nearby Barbati stadium is build for cultural and various sports events. There is also a temple dedicated to Katak Chandi. The fort brings charm to the city and depicts its glorious history.

Stone Revetment: Situated on the banks of Kathjuri River, Stone Revetment is an engineering marvel created in the 11th century. These stone walls are constructed so as to obstruct flood water from entering the city. The reason why this place is famous is that it was all done during the age of zero technological advancement. This is a brilliant example of the technical skills and logical thinking of ancient Oriyans.

Dhabaleshwar: Dedicated to Lord Shiva, this temple is located 37 km away from the main city. It lies on a river island in the River Mahanadi and serves as a popular weekend getaway for the people of Cuttack and other nearby towns. This temple, established back in 10th century AD is an important pilgrimage center and also provides a beautiful scenic and serene ambience. One can reach this place from Cuttack by using boats and ferries. There is also a foot-over bridge which people can use to reach this temple by paying a nominal fee.

Paradeep Beach: Located at a distance of 125 kms from Paradeep and 94 kms from Cuttack, Paradeep is one of the most serene and tranquil beaches of Odisha. Boasting of golden shimmering sands, indigo blue waters and lined with huge rock boulders, the beach is not a prominent tourist spot but also a major sea port of the country. The beach, laced with emerald green forests, and adorned with a quaint island; is actually and estuary of the river Mahanadi. Besides the commercial angle, the beach invites a lot of tourist to laze and sunbathe in the long stretch of golden sands or just for frolicking in the aqua blue waters of the sea. The dash of rocks at the side offers an amazing marine drive and make for an ideal day-out destination.

Deogarh (Debagarh): The district of Deogarh, as a distinct administrative entity, was carved out of the erstwhile larger Sambalpur district of Odisha on the 1st of January 1994. The literal English translation of Deogarh(Debagarh) is Abode of Divinity. A larger portion of the erstwhile Bamanda or Bamra State constitute Deogarh district. The District has a rich cultural tradition. This district has been gifted in the form of mountains, springs, falls, forests, clean atmosphere and rich collection of flora and fauna. There are several myths, legends, apocryphal tales, and folklores about the derivation of the name Bamanda. One legend being, a couple named “Bama” (or Baha) and “Manda” ruled over this tract. A conjunction of their names contributes to the name Bahamanda or Bamanda for the erstwhile princely state, which in colloquial usage is pronounced as Bamra. Another mythical version is that Lord Ramachandra upon his banishment from Ayodhya in fulfilment of his father‟s vow passed through this land and set his left foot on the soil of this territory first. “Bama” in Sanskrit is left and “Mada” is foot. These two words form the name Bamanda.

Most Famous Places In Deogarh (Debagarh): Katasar Ghat, Gohira Dam, Sri Jagannath Temple, Daragadi Stream, Jhadeswar Temple, Olata Bata, Deojharan Fall, Kailash Palace, Koradkot Fall, Pradhanpat

Katasar Ghat: Katasar Ghat is around 45 KM from Deogarh on the high way from Deogarh to Angul. It is under Kankarkhol reserved forest area. The place is surrounded by dense forest. At the top of the ghat, there is a temple of Goddess “Banadurga” and temple of Lord Shiva. A natural stream is flowing inside the temple premises. The area is quite peaceful and attracts visitors for its spiritual atmosphere.

Gohira Dam:Gohira Dam is located at a distance of 28 kms. From Deogarh Town in Reamal Block. It is an ideal place for picnic. It was constructed in the year 1981. The Dam is one of the biggest assets from the aspect of tourism and water resource project. The catchment area covers about 336 Sq. kms and irrigates over to 8000 hectors of agricultural land. Near the dam is a temple of Lord Shiva which was constructed by the villagers in 1980.

Sri Jagannath Temple:Located at Purunagarh, the old capital of Bamra State, this temple is one of the oldest among the series of temples in Deogarh town. It was built by Raja Pratap Rudra Deb in the year 1705. This is the first and foremost Jagannath temple in Bamanda State. It is a historical monument of artistic glory and heritage of the Ganga dynasty. The remarkable structures are replicated on the Kalinga style of temple architecture. The temple was divided into four major parts – Garbhagriha, Natyashala, Jagnyashala and Bhogamandap. There is a specious courtyard of cement flooring. Attractive shrines have been engraved which have a bearing to the Indian culture and tradition. The vicinity is surrounded by shrines of auxiliary deities.

Daragadi Stream: This tourist spot is situated in the Tainsira village, which is a meeting point of 3 districts namely Deogarh, Sundargarh and Angul. It is around 70 Kilometer from District headquarter and 22 kilometer from Thianal Bus Stop on National Highway connecting Pallahara and Deogarh. Deep Forests, sky touching blue mountains, murmuring sound of Dargadi Stream attracts thousands of visitors to this place. The water from the stream helps agricultural activities in the village and at low land this stream is known as JOUTUK NALA, which again comes down further to end in river Brahmani.

Jhadeswar Temple: The temple is easily accessible from Private Bus Stand of Deogarh. It is situated at a distance of 3 Kms to the left of N.H – 200 under the Chikini Ghati approachable by all season roads. The temple was constructed by Deba Durllav Deb, a scion of the royal family during the rule of Raja Brajasundar Deb in the year 1854 and is one of the oldest temples of Bamanda. The presiding deity is Lord Shiva. The Lingam or the phallic icon is “Swayambhu‟ (natural formation) and not implanted. The temple is constructed following the architectural pattern of Kalinga style of temples.

Olata Bata: The ‟Olata Bata‟, a giant ficus tree located in the Purunagada part of the town greets the visitor on entry to Deogarh Town from Sambalpur side. The inverted leaves of this tree bears religious sanctity and is considered a strange botanical phenomena.

Deojharan Fall: Located inside dense forest in Reamal Block at a distance of 16 Kms from Deogarh Town, Deojharan – springs is a popular picnic spot. The scenic surrounding and flowing jharan presents an inviting atmosphere during winter. According to local lore this place in dense forest was the camping ground of the forces of Bamanda when there was a conflict between Bamanda and Rairakhol due to some trade and commercial passage reasons.

Kailash Palace: This resort for retreat of the royals was built by Raja Dibya Shankar Deb between the year 1916 and 1919. Kailash is ideally located with its beautiful mountain clad valley on the side of N.H. 49 within a distance of 15 Kms from Deogarh town. The kings of Ex-Bamanda estate have left behind many heritage buildings as their honeymoon places inside hills and mountains. The State Government have identified this place as one of the echo-tourism sites in the year 2004. A visitor can spend hours and days in Kailash Palace in quietness enjoying the surrounding nature undisturbed from the din and bustle of city life.

Koradkot Fall: Kurudkote is the 2nd waterfall of Deogarh. It is located at an accessible reach at a distance of 2 Kms from the private Bus Stand. During the reign of Raja Satchidananda Tribhuban Deb, the waterfall was a source of hydroelectricity energy, the 1st of its kind in Odisha and 2nd in Asia. During winter the picnickers rush here and enjoy the scenic spot with chirping of birds, murmuring sound of waterfall and trekking. 

Pradhanpat: The serene environment of this waterfall within close proximity of the town at a mere distance of one kilometre remains the first attraction for the visitors to Deogarh. The waterfall itself is the biggest asset having natural panorama. Poets and nature loving celebrities from all over India come to visit this place. The Shakti Peetha of Maa Pradhani and temple of lord Champakaswar have a strong religious significance and rich cultural heritage. People enjoy religious spectacles and worship them since time immemorial. It is a real retreat to the worshippers that the waterfall is free from clamour and chaotic disturbances. The waterfall offers peaceful glimpse and serenity of water falling breeze, it is felt as a peace and pleasure zone for all categories of visitors who returned with remarkable experiences.

Dhenkanal: Centrally located on the Geo-Political map of Odisha, Dhenkanal District is surrounded by beautiful wild lives and forests. The District is situated on the Cuttack-Sambalpur road (NH 55) and on the Cuttack-Sambalpur or Baranga-Sambalpur railway line. The Dhenkanal District touches the boundary of Kendujhar district on its north, Cuttack district on south and bounded by Jajpur District on the east and Angul District on its west. It is commonly believed that the Dhenkanal District owes its name to a Savara chief named ‘DHENKA’ who formerly ruled over in this tract. Dhenkanal District covers an area of 4452 Sq Km. It has a vast area covered with dense forests and a long range of hills. This is the reason of calling the District as ‘Home of Elephants and tigers of the country’. The District lies between 85 degree 58’ E to 86 degree to 2’ E longitude and between 20 degree 29’ N to 21 degree 11’ N latitude. Dhenkanal District has a moderate climate. The District experiences hot with high humidity during April and May and cold during the winter months, i.e. December and January. The monsoon generally breaks during the month of June with the average annual rainfall being 1421.1 mm. As per the agriculture is concerned, the District produces a substantial agricultural yield and paddy, ground nut, cashew nut, potato, mango, jackfruit, sugarcane and some vegetables as its primary agricultural products.

Most Famous Places In Dhenkanal: Kapilash Science Park Kapilash,  Science Centre Dhenkanal, Dandadhar, Kualo, Saranga, Saptasajya, Joranda, Kapilash

Kapilash Science Park Kapilash: Kapilash Science Park, Kapilash (Deogan), Dhenkanal offers a large number of outdoor science exhibits based on science which visitors can play and learn. It is an ideal location for organizing school/family trip during the peak festive seasons. All the necessary infrastructural facilities with secluded Campus, picturesque landscape are available to make the visit really educable and memorable.

Science Centre Dhenkanal: Dhenkanal Science Centre is one of the nation-wide units of National Council of Science Museums (NCSM), an autonomous organization working under the aegis of Ministry of Culture, Govt. of India. It aims to inculcate scientific temper, foster spirit of enquiry, portray the recent developments of science and technology and help people delve mysteries of science. It is the first district level Science Centre established in Odisha. It was inaugurated and dedicated to the people of Odisha on 5th June, 1995 by Shri Madhavrao Scindia, the then Hon’ble Union Minister for Human Resource Development, Govt. of India in the presence of Brig. K.P. Singh Deo, AVSM, Hon’ble Union Minister for Information & Broadcasting, Govt. of India. The Centre has three Science Galleries and a Science Park full of interactive exhibits to learn science through fun.

Dandadhar: 67 km from Dhenkanal and 30 km from Kamakshyanagar, Dandadhar is the site of an irrigation project on the river Ramial- an ideal place for outings. Its blue expanse of sparkling waters caged in a sun-bathed valley is a thrill for the searching eyes.

Kualo: 72 km from Dhenkanal, 45 km from Angul and 25 km from Talcher town, Kualo is famous for housing a plethora of temples dedicated to Lord Kanakeswar, Baidyanath, Paschimeswar, Balunkeswar and Kapileswar. In its ruined form, the temple of Kanakeswar is about 24 meters high and preserves some of the earliest specimens of sculptures representing ancient temple building activities in Odisha.

Saranga: Sixty-seven kms from Dhenkanal, 23 kms from Angul and 3 kms from Talcher, is the Anantasyi image of Lord Vishnu, on the rocky bed of the river Brahmani at Saranga. The hoods of Ananta, the serpent king spreads over the head of Lord Vishnu as the crown and cover. The primal lotus, housing Brahma, the creator, originates from Vishnu-s navel, the Supreme Being enjoying deep delight of his cosmic sleep in the waters of the river Brahmani.

Saptasajya: A place of scenic beauty, Saptasajya is situated at a distance of about 11 km to the south of Dhenkanal town. According to legends, Pandavas spent some days of their incognito life (Agnuata vasa) in these hills. The temple of Raghunath, built in honor of Lord Rama, Laxman and Sita by Rani Ratnaprava Devi of Dhenkanal attracts large crowds every year on the day of Ramanavami, in the month of March-April. A small spring flowing close by enhances the beauty of the place. It is an ideal place for picnic and relaxation.

Joranda: Famous as the religious headquarters of Mahima Dharma, Joranda houses the samadhi of Mahima Gosain, the preacher and propounder of the Mahima Cult. The other sacred tamples are the Sunya Mandira, Dhuni Mandira and Gadi Mandira. Pilgrims in large numbers pour into the Joranda fair for celebrations. This fair is held on the full moon day of Magha, which falls in January, February every year.

Kapilash: The loftiest peak of Kapilas range enshrines the temple of Lord Shiva, i.e. Chandrasekhar, at a height of about 457 meters. The place is identified with Kailash, the legendary abode of Lord Shiva. A flight of 1,351 steps and a ghat road leads to the temple. Thousands of devout souls throng to Kapilas on Mahasivaratri, the night consecrated to Lord Shiva, in the month of February-March. The hill has several caves and as well as the ruins of a mediaeval fort which are regularly visited by pilgrims.

Ganjam: Ganjam District came into existence on 1st April 1936. The district is named after the old township and European fort of Ganjam situated on the northern bank of river Rushikulya which was the head quarter of the District. The Ganjam area was a part of ancient Kalinga which was occupied by Ashok in 261 B.C. The period of 1757 was ruled by the French Commander Bussy. In 1759, the French ruler was defeated by English and the District was annexed by them. The office of the District Collector was established in 1794. The District got separated from the Madras Presidency and formed the part of the newly created State of Odisha province with effect from 1.4.1936.

Most Famous Places In Ganjam: Nirmaljhar – The Pure Stream, Humuri Tampara- A Sweet Water Lake,  Mahurikalua – Shakti Peetha, Buddhakhol – Panchu Mahadeva Temple, TAPTAPANI – A Hot Water Spring, Narayani devi Temple, Olive Ridley turtles at Rushikulya, Bhairabi Temple, Panchama – Siddhi Vinayak Temple, Pota Gada Fort

Nirmaljhar – The Pure Stream: The place named after Nirmaljhar (Pure Water) i.e. Sanctified by a perennial stream, let channelised to different ponds, Hallooed Shrine of Lord Vishnu. The place is embellished with sculptures, arbors, idols and other carryings of highest workmanship.

Humuri Tampara- A Sweet Water Lake: Nearer to National Highway No.5 (from Chatrapur)is the beautiful Tampara Lake, With gentle waves breaking on the shore, Tampara offers great avenues for water sports, One can also take a leisurely stroll through the vast stretches of cashew plantations along the shore. An exciting is trek about 2 kms trough these plantation leads to avirgin beach on the Bay of Bengal. A trip to Tampara is sure to be adventurous as well as pleasurable.

Mahurikalua – Shakti Peetha: Visitors usually negotiate the site while traveling on the road that connects Berhampur with Western Orissa. As and when the urban people of Ganjam are browned of an inclement atmosphere, generally, opt to visit Goddess Mahurikalua, Having a shapely visage, smeared with red Leo and decorated peacock tails. This picnic spot of unrivalled ambience of seclusion allures good number of tourists.

Buddhakhol – Panchu Mahadeva Temple: At a distance of about 3 kms towards the north of Buguda is Buddhakhol, which is a scenic spot frequently visited by tourists and picnickers. Amidst natural surroundings there is a cluster of five temples on the top of a hill, dedicated to Lord Siva, popularly known as Panchu Mahadeva. At the upper most part of the hill a perennial stream forms a waterfal. A number of Buddhist remains have been found at the place which give the impression that it was a Buddhist settlement in ancient days.

TAPTAPANI – A Hot Water Spring: It is famous for a perennial hot spring of Medicinal Sulfuric Water which is located on the State Highways that connects Berhampur with Western Odisha. Being surrounded by a cluster of hills and thick forests, the serenity of nature at Taptapani is added by wonderful sights of sun rise, sun set moon lit night, tribal dance and music, chirps of birds and sight of wild animals.

Narayani devi Temple: The scenic splendor of Narayani on the lap of the celebrated Vallery Mountain is a famous place in the eastern ghats. Its romantic setting with a perennial spring and green mango groves attracts a good number of visitors every day. The holy shrine of Goddess Narayani (Durga) with six hands is a great attraction for the devotees and picnickers.

Olive Ridley turtles at Rushikulya: Lakhs of endangered Olive Ridley turtles flocked the Rushikulya river mouth for their annual mass nesting in Odisha’s Ganjam district. These endangered species flock the place every year from the third week of February to the first week of March for nesting. Odisha is the largest mass nesting site for Oliver Ridleys in the world. While last year more than 3.8 lakh turtles had flocked the river mouth, the number is expected to rise this year. The State Government and the Rushikulya Sea Turtle Protection Committee have taken a number of steps to ensure that the turtles are conserved during the period.

Bhairabi Temple: The place is named after the presiding deity Goddess Bhairabi at remote village Mantridi. Bhairabi now a days has become an important Shakti Pitha. Tourists from all most all parts of Odisha as well as northern Andhra Pradesh visit this holy shrine everyday.

Panchama – Siddhi Vinayak Temple: It is a small village of Ganjam District. Here Lord Ganesh is worshipped in the groove of a large Pipal tree for ages. The actual age of the temple is not available on record. According to legend, the Lord Ganesh idol with its left facing tusk (otherwise known as Sidha Vinayaka) is some way related with Sri Purushottam Dev, the then Gajapati of Puri. On the eve of Vinayaka Sukla Chaturthi, lakhs of devotees especially from neighboring State throng the temple and offer worship to the God.

Pota Gada Fort: Potagada Fort is an architectural wonder of 3 Foreign Rulers that is Muslim, French and British. It is situated on the confluence of river Rushikulya and Bay of Bengal. It is pentagon shaped and cluster of forts.

Gajapati: Gajapati District has been named after Maharaja Sri Krushna Chandra Gajapati Narayan Deo, the Ex–Raja Sahib of Paralakhemundi estate (the 1st Prime Minister of Odisha State), who is remembered for his contribution in formation of a separate Odisha province and inclusion of Paralakhemundi estate in Odisha. It got a District status on 2nd October 1992 after bifurcated from Ganjam District. It was Parlakhemundi sub-division in Ganjam and yet it is only sub-division in Gajapati. There are 7 Tahasils, 7 Blocks, 1,534 Villages, 149 Gram Panchayats and 11 Police stations. Covering an area of 3850 sq km, Gajapati District lies between 18°.6’ to 19°.39’ North Latitude and 83°.48’ to 84°.08’ East Longitude. Climatic condition in the Gajapati District varies between 16 degree to 40 degree Celsius and the normal rainfall received is 1403.30 mm.The District is surrounded by Andhra Pardesh in its South, Ganjam District in its East, Rayagada in its West and Kandhamal in its North. The soil and climate is suitable for plantation of crops and there is a great potential of horticulture development in the District. More than 60 percent of lands are situated in hilly terrain and high lands. Those are mainly suitable for horticulture. Other cultivable land are coming under medium lands (20 percent) and low lands (15 percent) category.

Most Famous Places In Gajapati: Maharaja Gajapati, Chandragiri, Waterfalls

Maharaja Gajapati: The king of Paralakhemundi Shri Krushna Chandra Gajapati Narayan Deo had the kingship of the majestic Gajapati rulers, who continued to be the supreme authority of Odisha for more than seven centuries. Also he was the first Prime Minister of Odisha.

Chandragiri: Chandragiriis located in Lobarsing Gram Panchayat of Mohona Block. It is famous for the Budhist temple, the highest in the South Asia. In 2010 it was inaugurated by his Highness Dalai Lama.

Waterfalls: Gandahati is one of the muthas of Paralakhemundi Zamindari. The name suggests that once it was inhabited by large elephant population, now no more. The place is important for a beautiful waterfall. Gajapati district has a few well-known waterfalls. Gandahati situated in Rayagada Block is the main and most popular one. The waterfall area is 1212.40 ha, Height 20m, Longitude 840o-16’-23”N, Latitude 180o-53’-42”E. Altitude 609.9 Ft or 180.5m. The flora include Sal, Piasal, Dharua, Mahula, Haldu, Sidha, Kendu, Harida, Amla, Karanja, Arjun etc. and fauna comprise of Elephant, Leopard, Sambar, Barking deer, spotted deer, wild boar, Porcupine, Peacock, Pheasants, Parrots, Eagles, Golden Orioles Cuckoos, etc. Its distance from District Headquarters is 27 kms. Its silence is awe-inspiring. It is a picnic spot for the pleasure seeking visitors from far and near. Flow of visitors to Gandahati continues throughout the year as the source of water is perennial.

Jharsuguda: Jharsuguda is a town and district headquarters of Jharsuguda districtof Odisha, India. It is an industrial hub, consisting mainly of metallurgical industries. It is well connected to major cities of India through the rail network, and a recently inaugurated Jharsuguda Airport, now renamed as Veer Surendra Sai Airport. It is popularly known as the “Powerhouse of Odisha” due to its plentiful industry, mostly nearby thermal power plants. Jharsuguda has often been referred as “Little India” as well because of its diverse demography, language and culture.

Most Famous Places In Jharuguda: Koilighugar Waterfall, Bikramkhol, Jhadeswar Temple, Chandi Mandir, Pahadi Mandir, Shiva Shrine of Mahadebpali, Historical Kolabira Fort, Padmasini Temple

Koilighugar Waterfall: The Koilighugar Waterfall is located in Kushmelbahal village. The waterfall is falling down from a height of 200 feet. After the fall the breathtaking waterfall is meeting with the Mahanadi River. The scenic beauty of this spot is a great attraction for every tourist. Inside the fall there is a Shivlinga known as Maheswarnath. The Shivlinga is invisible because it’s submerged in water. Forgiving the benefits of the devotees, another Shivlanga has been created beside the waterfall. This site hosts an annual fair on the occasion of Mahashivratri.

Bikramkhol: The ancient cave of Bikramkhol is located at a distance of 25 kilometres from Jharsuguda, on the Jharsuguda to Lakhanpur Road. This famous cave has numerous inscription of history, which inscribed here from the dating back to 1500 BC.

Jhadeswar Temple: In the year of 1916, a Gujrat contractor constructed Jhadeswar temple. The Jamindar of Jharsugda named Govind Singh has huge contribution to make this temple. According to the local history, it is said that Jamindar of Jharsuguda donated a huge area of his land for building the temple. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. Every Monday local villagers come here to complete their worship. Every year during the time of Mahashivratri, local villagers arranged a grand fair in this place.

Chandi Mandir: Goddess Kali is the unique idol of Chandi Mandir. It is believed that she is the symbol of Women power. It is located at a distance of 30 kilometres from Jharsuguda Railway Station. There is a rock-cut cave is situated on the banks of River IB. This site also popular as an ideal picnic spot of Jharsuguda district.

Pahadi Mandir:Pahadi Mandir is located at a distance of 3 kilometres from Jharsuguda railway station on a small hilltop. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. Visitors can be seen a scenic beauty of Jharsuguda town from the hilltop.

Shiva Shrine of Mahadebpali: The ancient temple of Lord Shiva is situated on the bank of Bhaden River. As per the history, it is believed that the temple was constructed by Haihay King.

Historical Kolabira Fort: The ancient Kolabira fort is situated at a distance of 17 kilometres from the city centre of Jharsuguda district. It is a great attraction for every history lovers. Lack of maintenance, nowadays the condition of this fort is very bad. Presently it is home to the descendants of Kolabira Jamindar.

Padmasini Temple: The Padmasini Temple is one of the oldest temples of Jharsuguda district. As per the history of this region, it is known as the temple was built in the 7th century but unfortunately, it destroyed. A few years later the temple was re-constructed by Chauhan King of Sambalpur. The unique stylized temple was dedicated to goddess Padmasini and made of stone. After a few years later the temple was shifted again from Sambalpur to Pujaripali.

Jajpur: Jajpur District was formed by ‘Jajati Keshari’, the Somavanshi King in early 10th Century. The District takes its name from its head quarter town, Jajpur. The history of the Jajpur District from time immemorial is synonymous with the Biraja and Biraja Khetra. The Jajpur District came into being on 1st April 1993. Prior to that it was part of Cuttack District which divided into four Districts. The District is bounded by Keonjhar and Bhadrak Districts on its North, Cuttack on its South, Dhenkanal District on its East and Kendrapada District on its West. The Jajpur District located in between 20 degree 30’ to 21 degree 10’ North Latitude and 85 degree 40’ to 86 degree 44’ East Longitude. The District covering an area of 2887.69 sq km is moderately populated having total population of 18,26,275 as per 2011 census. As per the administration is concerned the Jajpur District has got one sub division namely Jajpur. There are 10 Tahsils, 10 Blocks, 311 G.Ps, 1781 Villages and 18 Police stations functioning in the District.

Most Famous Places In Jaipur: Dasaswamedha Ghat, Jagannath Temple, Gokarneswar Temple, Chhatia, Ratnagiri

Dasaswamedha Ghat: Located on the banks of River Baitarani, the Dasaswamedha Ghat is a very holy spot which was built under the reign of Jajti Kesari. It attracts thousands of pilgrims every year. The water here is regarded as sacred and they say that taking a dip here during any auspicious date in the Hindu calendar brings about a lot of positivity in life. Baruni Snana is an important festival of the ghat when Hindus from all over the country come here to take a bath in the holy waters. This event is usually held during the beginning of the year in the months of February and March.

Jagannath Temple: Another important holy place located on the banks of River Baitarani, the Jagannath temple is nothing less than a wonder. Surprisingly, we do not know anything about the origin or construction of the temple apart from the fact that it is a very old one. The architectural style of the temple speaks about the era it might have been constructed in. However, no one has been able to find any solid proof of its inception. This is one of the most famous temples of Jajpur. It has many stories and myths revolving around it. It is believed that the last Avatara of Vishnu would come to this temple, take the sword and destroy the evil in the society.

Gokarneswar Temple: Gokarneswar Temple is located on the banks of River Brahmani, which is considered as one of the sacred rivers of India. It has a link with the great epic of Mahabharata. They believe that the famous five Pandava brothers had come to the banks of this river to pay homage to their ancestors. Being a sacred river, they declared that this is a great place to carry out ancestral rituals. That is how the temple came into existence.

Chhatia: Chhatia is where the Jagannath temple is situated. This temple attracts the highest number of people. People say that it is the second Shreekhetra of Odisha. Chhatia Bata is another famous temple of the region. This temple has a really old banyan tree rooted to its complex. A number of stories and predictions revolve around this temple and the local people have a firm believe in the predictions written in the Malika which says, “On a day when all Living animals and Human will die and fish will play at the steps of Puri temple”.

Ratnagiri: Ratnagiri is a famous Buddhist religious spot of Jajpur located near the Udaigiri and Khandigiri caves. The architectural style of the temple seems to hint towards the fact that it was built during the rule of Gupta Dynasty in India. The temple ages back to the 6th century AD and seems to have been built for the Mahayana sect of Buddhism. This temple stands as a mark of how Buddhism was spreading in India during those times because of the patron rulers. The temple has numerous amusing sculptures of Buddhism placed strategically throughout the complex.

Jagatsinghapur: Enriched with glorious cultural heritage Jagatsinghpur district formed on 01.04.1993 vide Government Notification No.14218/R dated 27.03.1993 and EOG No.459 dated 01.04.1993. Before that, it was a part of the erstwhile Cuttack district, subsequently which divided into four different districts for administrative convenience. Jagatsinghpur district is surrounded by Bay of Bengal in the East, Cuttack district in the West, Kendrapada district in the North and Puri district in the South. Having a geographical area of 1759 sq km, the Jagatsinghpur district is the smallest district in Odisha in terms of territorial location. This district has got a total population of 11,36,971 including 577,865 male and 559,106 female as per 2011 census. The total SC population of the District is 2,228,79 and ST population is 8640 as per 2001 census. The average literacy rate of the district is 79.08 percent comprising of 88.55 percent male literacy rate and 69.28 percent female literacy rate.

Most famous Places In Jagatsinghapur: Siali Sea Beach, Sandhakuda, Jagatsinghpur, ChandaPur, Gada Kujanga Temple, Paradeep Port, Maa Sarala

Siali Sea Beach: Siali Beach is one of the picturesque beaches in coastal Odisha. It is situated in the coastal waters of Jagatsinghpur district of Odisha. A beautiful and calm beach and yet unexplored. Connected through a drive through fields , earthen road, fisheries. We find many rare species birds on our way to the beach. The beaches bring a splendid daytrip in the district. It is well connected to Erasama block with roadsigns guiding you towards the beach. It is around 20Kms from Erasama bazaar. Where on can find their required itenaries. you can bask in the sun , swim in the sea and enjoy your meals in the shades of jhau (casuarina) trees.

Sandhakuda: It is an attractive tourist spot comprising vast green shades of casuarinas vegetation, shimmering golden beaches, natural creeks and island, A perfect place to soak oneself in the organic value of nature. The tourists can avail better accommodation facilities are at Paradeep.There are good numbers of hotels like Hotel Empires, Hotel Golden Anchor , Hotel Paradeep Inn, Hotel Paradeep International, Hotel Aristocrat, Hotel Seapearl, Hotel Shree Residency, Hotel Santosh Plaza. Panthnivas Paradeep is also located paradeep to cater the needs of tourist. Paradeep is well connected with proper banking facilities Banks like S.B.I, Bank of India, Andhra Bank, Indian Bank and Punjab National Bank etc are available at Paradeep with ATM facilities. The nearest medical facilities can be availed at different hospitals like,Municipality hospital, ESI hospital and Bilu memorial hospital, Atharbanki.

Jagatsinghpur: Jagatsinghpur, the smallest district of Odisha in size, is known for its rich cultural heritage and contribution to socio-economic development of the state. Traditionally known as Hariharpur, it was one of the buzzing centres of maritime trade for centuries. Socio economic importance of Jagatsinghpur touched its zenith during freedom struggle. Alaka Ashram, better known as the Shabarmati of Odisha, remained the citadel of freedom moment in the State. And again during Bhoodan Moment, activities at Alaka Ashram caught the attention of the whole neation. Temples, beaches and sculptures of historic importance are the major drivers behind tourist influx to Jagatsinghpur. Though few in numbers each tourist destination in this district has a unique appeal. And with in every destination, the pride and rich heritage of the district is engraved in golden letters.

ChandaPur: At end of the Village Mahilo in a tipical rural atmosphere, the famous temple complex of Lord Raghunath Jew and Lord Chandrasekhar stands around 30 years back. One can find a rare combination of Sri Ram known as Raghunath Jew and Lord Siva known as Chandrasekhar in a single compound. A old temple of Lord Chandrasekhar was destroyed by the effect of time and new temple complex as taken its place by adding various new temple be the effort of the villagers. Now it become a important spot of Jagatsinghpur District. Tourists can avail the nearest accommodation facilities by hiring a few hotels and lodges which are available at the district head quarters of Jagatsinghpur. The nationalized banks like SBI, UBI etc with ATM facilities are available at Jagatsinghpur. Some private banks like ICICI , AXIS, HDFC etc bank are available to help the citizens at the time of need. The tourist can take the medical help from the district head quarters hospital, Jagatsinghpur.

Gada Kujanga Temple: Famous for its presiding deity Kunja Behari, Garh Kujanga is also known as Subhadra Kshetra, The Raghunath Jew Matha located near the temple of Kunja Behari is an added attraction of this place. The tourists can avail accommodation facilities at Forest Rest House, Kujanga, RD Bunglow, Kujanga.The nearest banks are Alhabad Bank and SBI available at Kujanga.

Paradeep Port: It is a major sea port of India for trade activities. The enchanting beauty of the sea, a wonderful sea beach & marine drive, beautiful creeks, estuaries and evergreen forests of estuarian islands of the river Mahanadi, make the place a major tourist attraction. Observing the movement of small marine crafts and the giant ore carries add to the pleasure of the tourist. The tourists can avail better accommodation facilities are at Paradeep.There are good numbers of hotels like Hotel Empires, Hotel Golden Anchor , Hotel Paradeep Inn, Hotel Paradeep International, Hotel Aristocrat, Hotel Seapearl, Hotel Shree Residency, Hotel Santosh Plaza. Panthnivas Paradeep is also located paradeep to cater the needs of tourist. 

 Maa Sarala: Jhankad is the sanctum sanctorum of Goddess Sarala, regarded as one of the most spiritually elevated expressions of Shaktism from time immemorial. Believed as a synthesis of divine figure of Durga and Saraswati, the culture of Sarala is an amalgamation of three principal Hindu cults namely Vedic, Tantrik and Vaishnavite. It is one of the eight most famous Shakta shrines of Odisha. The main idol, carved out of stone is of eight-armed keeping her right feet on the lion in Mahinsha Mardini posture. Constructed by the legendary Bhauma Kings in the 8th Century.The place has a legendary association with sage Parshuram, the song of sageYamadagni .

Khordha: The District Khordha came in to existence on 1st April 1993, by dividing it off its earlier Puri district. Puri was divided into three districts Puri, Khordha and Nayagarh. The geographic location of khordha district stands at 19degree 55minutes to 20 degree 25minutes North Latitude and 84 degree 55minutes to 86 degree to 5minutes East Longitude. Its bioclimatology is much influenced for the short radial distance from the Bay of Bengal and presences of a huge water body like the Chilika Lake.The district enjoys normal 1408mm with maximum and temperature 42.2 degree Celsius and 11.1 degree Celsius respectively. Similarly, the mean relative Humidity ranges from 46% to 89% .It is situated in the East & Southeastern costal plain and the agro-climatic zone blessed with sandy-loam, Lome, clay-lome and clayey soil in varied agro-eco system.

Most Famous Places In Khordha: Atri, Bhubaneswar, Rameswar, Mangalajodi, Chilika (Barkul), Dhauli, Khandagir & Udayagiri, Nandan Kanan

Atri: Atri is famous for its perennial Hot Spring. The hot spring is reputed to have medical properties which is used both intensively and extensively for the cure of skin diseases. The water of the Hot Spring (57 degrees centigrade) contains small doses of sulphur flavour when heated to 100 degree centigrade. There is a Bathing Complex of Govt. of Orissa at Atri . Not far from the Hot spring there is the sacred shrine of Lord Hattakeswar Mahadev. The temple is the venue of a grand annual fair, Makar Jatra, on the day of Makar Sankranti (mid January) On this day the visitors congregate in large numbers to worship Lord Hatakeswar to fulfill their desires and they also bath in the ponds to get cure of their diseases.

Bhubaneswar: Bhubaneswar the temple city of India is the capital of Orissa. It is believed that there were about 7000 temples in Ekamra Vana of Bhubaneswar . Reminiscence of the days of yore dating back to the 6th century.Satrughaneswar and laxamaneswar temple to the gigantic Lingaraj temple of the 11th century are available in the old township .Centuries of temple building activity continued well in to the 12th and 13th century in the shape of Anant Basudev temple on the southeast of the Bindu Sarovar Tank . Besides the Khandagiri and udayagiri Caves are rock-cut architechtural beauties of the 1st century B.C. of Jain importance.

Rameswar: Rameswar is an ideal stop over or destination on the NH5 for motorists. There is a WAC at Rameswar.

Mangalajodi: Mangalajodi Ecotourism, located at a distance of 40 kms from the district headquarter,a destination to get a peep into Mother Nature. It is a Ecotourism destination on the northern banks of Chilika Lake in Odisha, “The Bird’s Paradise” hosts more than 3,00,000 birds in its marshy waters, especially in winters. It is one of its kind ecosystems, whose protection is epitomised by a sustainable lifestyle. Mangalajodi Ecotourism aims to inspire, inform and enable communities to turn ecosystems into a sustainable source of livelihood through well managed low impact tourism instead of exploiting them for short term profits. Conservation of wetland ecosystem and its avifauna is the key of the whole initiative.

Chilika (Barkul): Queen of natural beauty,Chilika, the largest brackish water lake in Asia covering an area of over 1,100 sq. km is a great attraction for the tourists for fishing, bird watching and boating. In winter Chilika aflutters with thousands of indigenous and migratory birds of many varieties from far and near even from the distant Siberia. The fabulous beauty of Chilika which has inspired poets to sing its glory and which can be best enjoyed from Balugaon, Barkul must be seen to be believed. One can also have a glimpse of the lake from the moving trains and vehicles on the road near these places. The atmosphere is just serene and undisturbed amidst the blue expanse of water on one side and an evergreen range of hills on the other. Dotted with a host of islands with romantic names, a cruise in Chilika will be a life long memory Queen of natural beauty, Chilika, the largest brackish water lake in Asia covering an area of over 1,100 sq. km is a great attraction for the tourists for fishing, bird watching and boating.

Dhauli: The Peace Pagoda built by the Kalinga Nippon Budha Sangha in 1973 and known as Shanti Stupa commemorates the change of heart of Emperor. Ashoka had a special weakness for Dhauli, where the battle was fought. The Daya river is said to have turned red with the blood of the many deceased after the battle, and enabled Ashoka to realize the magnitude of horror associated with war. He saw to it that Dhauli became an important centre of Buddhist activities. He built several chaityas, stupas and pillars there. He got abodes excavated for the recluse, instructions inscribed for officials, expounded the main principles of dandaniti for the public, provided special status to his new kingdom including the stupas at Dhauli.

Khandagir & Udayagiri: The Khandagiri and Udayagiri Caves relive the memories of Kalinga Empire under the Jain emperor Kharvela. There are about 40 rock cut cave adoring the two hills separated by a road. It is believed that the founder of Jain faith, Mahavir had visited Udayagiri and khandagiri in the 6th Century B.C. Modern scholars are found in Rani and Hati Gumpha in theUdayagiti with description of the culture of dance in Orissa as far before as the 2nd century B.C. Modern scholars are of the opinion that the Udayagiri cave complex was also a theatre complex. Emperor Kharvela was a staunch and a great patron of culture. It is possible that he had created the caves for use of Jain ascetics as well as for cultural shows.

Nandan Kanan: Nandan Kanan National Park is situated 20 Km from Bhubaneswar, capital city of Odisha, India. The name Nandan Kanan means Garden of Pleasure, which gets justified when one enters the park. Along the banks of Lake Kanjia and amidst natural forest, is located. The Zoo has earned International Reputation for breeding of white royal Bengal tiger in captivity and has two separate safaris for Lions and Tigers. There is a Botanical Garden on the northern side of the zoological park overlooking the Kanjia Lake which is a resort of delight for the boating lover. Elepahant Ride, toy train and ropeway amusements are also available in the Park.

Keonjhar (Kendujhar): The Keonjhar District emerged as one of the District on 1st January, 1948. The District is bounded by Mayurbhanj District and Bhadrak District to the east, Jajpur District to the south, Dhenkanal District and Sundargarh District to the west and West Singhbhum district of Jharkhand State to the north. Covering a geographical area of 8303 sq kms, the Keonjhar District lies between 21º 1’ N to 22º 10’ N latitude and 85º 11’ E to 86º 22’ E longitude. As per 2011 census, the total population of Keonjhar District is 1,801,733. The District comprises total 9,06,487 male population and total 8,95,246 female population. Total SC population of the District is 2,09,357 whereas the ST population is 8,18,878. As per the administrative set up is concerned, the Keonjhar District has got three sub divisions namely Anandpur, Champua and Keonjhar. There are 13 tahsils, 13 blocks, 297 GPs, 2132 villages,4 Municipalities and 1 NAC functioning in the District.

Most Famous Places  In Keonjhar (Kendujhar): Kushaleswar Temple, Kanjipani Ghati, Keshri Kunda, Murga Mahadev Temple, Gonasika Temple, Hadagarh Reservoir, Handibhanga Waterfall, Gundichaghagi Waterfall, Sitabinji Fresco Painting and Rock Inscription, Bhimkund

Kushaleswar Temple: Kushaleswar Temple, Deogaon is sanctified owing to the presence of a shrine dedicated to Lord Kusheleswar Mahadev built in 900 AD. The temple located on the bank of river Kusei is an excellent pilgrimage centre of the area. Jagar mela & Sravan purnima are celebrated with great enthusiasm. This temple has corroborated the saga of Koshal empire of western Odisha. The temple is a unique treasure trove of chiseled sculptures of precious religious faiths. The superb craftsmanship of artist throw light on religious activities of Jainism, Buddhism,Vaishnavism, Saivism & Saktism. Even if it is a Saiva temple, it has accommodated a Mukti Mandap adorned with pictures of Vaishnavite incarnations. This spot is just 15 km away from Anandapur.

Kanjipani Ghati: Kanjipani Ghati is a picturesque natural panoramic spot with magnificent up rolling mountain ranges. Trail of Kanjipani Ghati spread over 20 km long along NH-49 which offers unique experience to the natural lovers above 610 meter high ghat. The place is the treasure house of rich flora & fauna. The winter temperature goes to -‘0’ degree Celsius while clouds touches the valley during the rainy season to the delight of tourists. Nature’s this area is treasure trove of varied flora and fauna along with huge wildlife reserves. Driving smoothly on a circuitous route while overlooking the plateaus and tribal huts in the valley is uncommon beauty. It is just 30 km away from Keonjhar town.

Keshri Kunda: Keshari Kunda which has two holes on the bed of river Baitarni attract people to get holy dip and people offer their homage to lord Siva on its bank. The landscape provides an interesting scenario for picnicors and holidayers. During Makara Sankranti adventurous people dare to enter into one hole of river bed and come out in another hole in order to prove their righteousness. This spot is just 50 km away from Keonjhar town.

Murga Mahadev Temple: Murga Mahadev Temple stands majestically at the foot of Thakurani Hills is an important tourist spot in the district. A picturesque perennial spring of Thakurani Hills with lush green forest has gifted a gorgeous waterfall to the natural lovers which flows nearby the temple area facilitating holy bath to the devotees. Huge crowd gather here during Makara Sankranti and Shivaratri. This spot is just 70 km away from Keonjhar town.

Gonasika Temple: Gonasika Temple is surrounded by picturesque green valleys and up rolling hills of varying colour is famous for pilgrimage centre. The famous temple of Brahmeswar Mahadev is established by the side of river Baitarni by Creator Brahma himself . Perennial river Baitarni is originated here through two nostrils of a cow. As a strange to tourists, the river soon goes underground and re-emerges to be collected inside Brahma Kunda for which it is known as Guptaganga. The shrine of Lord Shiva was constructed by King Laxmi Narayan Bhanja during 1654-1688 AD. The beautiful spot is rich in exotic flora & fauna and rare place for study of tribal juang life.

Hadagarh Reservoir: Hadagada Reservoir has been raised on the river Salandi in Anandapur Sub-division of Keonjhar district. The dam encompasses huge water source for the area for irrigation purpose. An splendorous natural environment with high mountains range beautify the reservoir which is eye catching for natural lovers. It is an ideal place for picnickers and holidayers around the year. Scenic beauty of the reservoir and flowing stream offers a number of picnic spots attracting visitors throughout the year. This spot is just 35 km away from Anandapur.

Handibhanga Waterfall: Handibhanaga waterfall is situated in picturesque natural environment amidst lush green forest with up rolling mountain range. The nearby area is a huge reserve of rich biodiversity & ecology. Handibhanaga waterfall with a height of 200 feet high mesmerizes the visitors for this stunning landscape. Beauty of the spot attracts picnickers & weekend holidayers alike. This spot is just 45 km away from Keonjhar town.

Gundichaghagi Waterfall: Gundichaghagi waterfall is located amidst spectacular natural environment with lush green forest. A cascade of waterfalls on the river Musala falls at a distance of 50 feet below the river surface makes the area virtually smokey & attractive with roaring sound. The waterfall looks like a silver garland. This picnic spot is truly the paradise of natural lovers which gives unforgettable memory to the visitors.

Sitabinji Fresco Painting and Rock Inscription: Sitabinji Fresco Painting & Rock Inscription is located on the side of holy Sita river in a beautiful natural ambience encircled with sprawling mountain rangse. A magnificent stone looks like a temple stands in country yard with a height of approx. 150 feet high which is considered as a major attraction of the spot. Maa Sita Thakurani is the presiding goddess of the pitha along with her two sons Laba & Kusha worshipped under a mammoth stone like temple structures from time immemorial.

Bhimkund: Bhimakunda Waterfall, Keonjhar has a stunning spectacular natural environment encircled with lush green forest. The majestic Baitarani river provides two most beautiful and scary waterfalls called Sanakunda & Badakunda to the natural lovers. The waterfall has a terrific characteristic of imparting awesome experience to the visitors due to large vertical shaped gorge & speeding current and makes the environment smokey. Further huge roaring sound of waterfall makes the place most interesting among tourists. This waterfalls is considered as a most sacred place in religious point of view. Local people gather here during annual celebration of Makar Sankranti in large numbers.

Kalahandi: Present Kalahandi District covering a geographical area of 7920 sq km lies in between 19.175489ଂ to 20.454517ଂ North Latitude and 82.617767ଂ to 83.794874ଂ East Longitude. The District occupies the South Western portion of Odisha, bordered to the North by the Balangir District and Nuapada District, to the South by the Nabarangpur District, Koraput District and Rayagada District, and to the East by the Rayagada, Kandhamal District and Boudh District.

Most Famous Places In Kalahandi: Dokarichanchara, Phurlijharan, GUDAHANDI,  Amathguda, Asurgarh, AMPANI, BELKHANDI, JUNAGARH, KARLAPAT, MohanGiri, RABANDARH

Dokarichanchara: Kalahandi is one of the famous historical and ancient places of India or Odisha; where Dokarichanchara is a picnic or tourist place located in the village Kokasara, on the border of Kalahandi and Nabarangpur district. It is completely different and unique place than that of other attractive tourist centers in Kalahandi. Dokarichanchara is famous due to its two famous waterfalls, Dokaridara and Bhanyaraghumara (or Bhairav dhar). In addition, the historical Gudahandi cave nearby it makes this place more prominent. The Gudahandi cave was named due to its appearance as a jaggery (guda) pot (handi). There you can see several pre-historical literatures, pictographic inscriptions and drawings crafted on the stone walls. There is famous Ram temple, which is famous due to very old and ancient. Every year on Sri Ram Navami a nine-day long festive occurs. Dokarichanchara Falls The Dokaridhara falls from a height of 200ft, which is surrounded by beautiful stoned hills. Maa Dokari Devi is also been worshiping at this place since a long time.

Phurlijharan: Fifteen Kilometers from Bhawanipatna, Phurlijharan is a perennial water fall about 30 Ft in height and has a special charm of its own. Themulti coloured rainbow created by the sunrays falling on the scattered water particles of the fall is an amusing sight to be seen. The evergreen forests around the fall provide ample opportunities to group picnickers.Nearest Railway Station :Bhawanipatna

GUDAHANDI: The Gudahandi hills are situated in the vicinity of Khaligarh, a tiny villoage close to the Koraput District boarder, about 17.6 K.Ms North-East of Ampani. Ampani is 77 K.Ms from Bhawanipatna on the road towards Nawarangpur. In the Gudahandi hills are some ancient caves bearing pictographic paintings of remote antiquity, Khaligarh is a very out of the way place, the 17.6 K.Ms of Ampani being cart tracxt parts of which pass through dense forest.

Amathguda: Amathguda is a fort, situated on the right bank of the river Tel to the place where the road leading towards Balangir crosses the river. It is now incomplete ruins.Nothing is definitely known about this fort as its remains have not yet been investigated. The fort, presumably, was of considerable strategic importance in view of the fact that it stood close to the point where the river was fordedd since ancient time.Theroad which spanned the river by a low bridge ran almost on the old route.Another bridge was constructed abo9ut a few metres away from the old ruined bridge. Portions of this new bridge have been washed away by the highfloods in river Tel that occured in 1977.

Asurgarh:Asurgarh is a small village situated in Narla Police Station area and is knownfor the remains of old fort. It is 5 KM from Narla and 3 Kms from Rupra Road Railway station. Not far from the village is an oval shaped tank nearly 200 acres (80.9374 Hects.) in area. Between the tank and the river Sandul lie the ruins of a fort called Asurgarh. The fort in its original shape was rectangular covering a wide extent of land encircled by a boat. It has four entrances one each on the East, West, South and North where the deities Ganga Devi, Kala Pahad, Vaishnavi and Budharaja are respectively being worshipped. Inside the fort, there is a small halmets where Goddess Dokari (Literally means “Old Lady”), the presiding deity of the fort is worshipped. The central part of the fort has a higher elevation with a round on it, which is supposed to be the ruins of a palace. Local people believe that the fort was the seal of a demon kind called GOSINHA DAITYA.

AMPANI: 77 K.Ms from Bhawanipatna the picturesque Ampani hills present a panoramic view of nature. A frolicking vally called “Haladigundi” in thishill range exhibits some peculiar features due to the reflected rays on the sun. In the morning and evening the objects of vision appear yellow. The whole area abounds in spotted deer, Sambar and Black Panthers who can be seen at the Behera reservoir. 5 K.Ms away are the pre-historic cave paintings at Gudahandi.

BELKHANDI: Situated on the confluence of the river Tel and Uttei, two tributaries of the river Mahanadi, Belkhandi has gained prominence as a centre of religious activities and archaeological importance with a picture-sque site. Besides the temples now standing therein, ruuins of 12th Century monuments have been excavated from there in the recent past.Among the sculptures unearthed images of Sapta Matruka (Seven Mother Goddesses) and Uma Maheswar arenote-worthy. The ruins of Belkhandi are preserved in a small museum adjacent to the temple premises. It is also an ideal site for an outing. This place is 67 K.Ms from Bhawanipatna.

JUNAGARH: The old Capital of the Ex-State of Kalahandi. Junagarh was a well built fort, the fortified area has a number of temples with Oriya inscriptions. This is a place which has sculptural evidence of the “Sati-Rite” which was prevalent in medieval India and was stopped during the British Rule by Lord William Bentick. The sculptures are identified as Sati Pillars which can make interesting study. Junagarh is 26 K.Ms from Bhawanipatna. Maa Lankeswari is the Aaradhy Devi.

KARLAPAT: Karlapat is a small village in Th.Rampur Police Station area. Nearby, there is a Water fall called “Khandual” fall at the foot of a hill the top of which is the abode of a female deity called “Khandua”. The fall was formerly utilised in some indigenous manner of operating a crushing mill. At Karlapat there is a temple dedicated to “MANIKESWARI”.

MohanGiri: MOHANGIRI Mohangiri is a village in Madanpur-Rampur Police Station close to Boudh-Kandhamals District border in the North-East corner of the district. It is 35 K.Ms from Madanpur Rampur. The village is near a hill stream called Kali Ganga. A dilapidated Siva Temple stands on the Bank of the stream. There are a few short epigraphic records on its walls and pillars.

RABANDARH: Rabandarh is a place of great scenic beauty lying about 12.8 K.Ms from Bhawanipatna and approachable by a dusty road. It is named after a small water fall inside a mountain gorge. The panorama around provides some delightful consrasts of scenery, in mountains and over looking dales, in bore rocks and thick forests and in the eternal calmness of the surroundings broken by the music of the fall. Despite bad communications picnic parties some times visit the place from Bhawanipatna as there is no market nearby. The stream which creats the fall almost dries up during the hot season. Down stream, a Minor Irrigation Project utilizes its water for agriculture purposes.

Kandhamal: Kandhamal revenue district came into existence on 1st January, 1994, after Phulbani District was divided into Kandhamal and Boudh Districts of Odisha. The District lies between 19 degree 34’ to 20 degree 36’ north latitude and 83 degree 34’ to 84 degree 34’ east longitude. Kandhamal experiences sub tropical hot and dry climate in summer. Dry and cold climate in winter. The maximum temperature recorded in the District is 45.5 degree C and minimum temperature is 2.0 degree C. The average annual rainfall recorded is 1522.95 mm. The Kandhamal district covering a geographical area of 7654 sq kms is bounded by Boudh district in the North, by Rayagada & Gajapati districts in the South, by Ganjam and Nayagarh districts in the East and Kalahandi District in the west.

Most Famous Places In Kandhamal: Ludu Waterfalls, Putudi Waterfalls, Kalinga, Phulbani, Pakadadarah Waterfall, Balaskumpa, Chakapad, Daringbadi, Belghar, Katramal

Ludu Waterfalls: Ludu Waterfall is situated at a distance of 165 km from Phulbani. It is located inside the Kotagarh Sanctuary along with various other minor falls. The majestic waterfall is surrounded by thick and lush green forest and rocky hills all around. The drive to Ludu Waterfalls may become very exhausting due to bad road conditions but after reaching the place one will surely get swayed away by the exquisite beauty of the place. The fall is flanked by sal trees all around.

Putudi Waterfalls: Putudi Waterfall is located 15 km away from Phulbani, the administrative headquater of Kandhamal. Pearched amidst thick forest and the barren rocks of the mountain the water falls from a height of 100 m on the river Bada Salunki. Secluded from the hustle and bustle of the city and located among whispering forests, the place offers a serene and tranquil environment where the silence is only broken by the roaring sound of the waterfall.

Kalinga: Kalinga is located 48 km from Phulbani and is famous for its zig-zag roads. The roads spiral around the high hills like a serpentine and offer an enchanting experience to whoever drives over them like nowhere on earth. Adventure enthusiasts come to this place to go on a thrilling drive on the roads of Kalinga. Surrounded by rocky hills which are draped with dense greenery, Kalinga has a vast silviculture garden. Several medicinal plants are grown in this garden as well. The silviculture garden is populated with thick bamboo trees and plenty of rubber plants.

Phulbani: Phulbani is the administrative headquater of Kandhmal. The place offers a diverse range of flora and fauna across its virgin forests and towering mountains. Phulbani is flanked by several small and big waterfalls. The perennial river Salunki flows across the lush green jungles and traces its path through the mountains giving rise to some of these roaring waterfalls. The mystic river Salunki houses a dam named ‘Pilasaluki’ and is surrounded by scenic green wood and hence is one of the favourite picnic spots.

Pakadadarah Waterfall: Pakadadarh Waterfall is located at a distance of 18 km from Phulbani. The water plunges from a height of 30 m. It is situated near the Sudurukumpa village on the Panisal and Baghipada road. This place is nestled amidst lush green forest and lofty hills. The panoramic view of the waterfall on the backdrop of dense greenery is breathtaking. This place acts as one of the preferred picnic spots. People interested in photography must make it a point to visit this place.

Balaskumpa: Balaskumpa is located at a distance of 15 km from Phulbani. The place earns its fame from the temple of Baraladevi. Goddess Baraladevi is the presiding deity of Kandhamal and is believed to be the saviour of mankind. Dusshera is celebrated with a huge congregation of devotees who come from very distant places as well. Balaskumpa is basically located on the confluence of two hillstreams where the River Pillasalki originates. Balaskumpa is also the homeland of the Pillasalki Dam which adds to the influx of tourism in Kandhamal.

Chakapad: Chakapad is located 55 km from Phulbani and is one of the religious places of Kandhamal. Saivism is the presiding religion of this place. Lord Shiva is worshipped as Lord Birupakshya. The temple built on the banks of an ancient and sacred river Bhutaganga is visited by thousand of devotees all year round. One striking feature of the temple is that each and every tree as well as the Shiva Linga inside the temple leans towards the south. Two other temples of Anandeswara and Jageswara are also revered with huge devotion.

Daringbadi: Daringbadi tops the list of must-visit places in Kandhamal. Located at a distance of 100 km from Phulbani, Daringbadi sits on an altitude of 915 m. Daringbadi is also known as ‘Kashmir of Orissa’ owing to its vast pine jungles, coffee plantation and verdant valleys. It is an ultimate summer resort due to its low temperature during summers. During winters the temperature drops below 0° Celsius and the area gets covered under snow. Daringbadi is densely populated with forests and wildlife.

Belghar: Belghar is situated 155 km from Phulbani and is located at a height of 2555 ft from sea level. Gifted with towering mountains, thick forests and exquisite wildlife, Belghar is home to its primitive inhabitants ‘Kutia Khandas’. The Belghar sanctuary has a good collection of wild and endangered species of flora and fauna, specially the white tusk elephants. The wooden inspection bungalow of the Forest Department is also an attraction of the place which is lighted by using solar power. A huge crowd of peacock can be seen in the Ushabali valley which is situated nearby.

Katramal: Katramal is located 35 km away from Phulbani. Katramal is a place of exquisite natural bounties. It boasts of a waterfall which perches among the lush green wood and falls into a pool of water. Roads to Katramal are generally bumpy and rough with lots of uncovered stones and pebbles all around. The drive can be enthralling and exhausting as well. But on reaching the spot one can easily get spellbound by the magnificent natural beauty. The striking feature of this place is the fishes that dwell inside the pool jump out of the water into the air to catch the food in the close vicinity.

Koraput: Koraput District located in the backdrop of green valleys contemplating immaculate freshness, was established on 1st April, 1936. Decorated by forests, waterfalls, terraced valleys and darting springs, the District draws the nature loving people. The Koraput District lies at 17.4 degree to 20.7 degree North latitude and 81.24 degree to 84.2 degree east longitude. The District is bounded by Rayagada in the east, Bastar District of Chhatisgarh in the west and Malkangiri District in the south. As far as the history of the District is concerned, the region of Koraput existed far back in the 3rd century BC when it belonged to the valiant and dreaded Atavika people. The region was ruled by several dynasties, like Satavahans, Ikshvakus, Nalas, Ganga kings and kings of Suryavanshi, who nominated the Koraput region before the arrival of British. Finally the Koraput became a District in the year 1936.

Most Famous Places In Koraput: MALIGUDA, RAISIL, Sabar Sreekhetra, GUPTESWAR, DEOMALI, MACHHKUND (Duduma), KECHELA, GULMI, SUNABEDA, JOLAPUT

MALIGUDA: 21 Kms eastwards of Jeypore and 43 Kms away from Koraput is a small village where on a hill top stands one of the India’s highest Railway viaduct.

RAISIL: 03 Kms from Laxmipur and 60 Kms away from Koraput stands on one stone hill with a perennial stream that attracts a large number of weekend tourists. This place is ideal for trekking surrounded by natural scenery. “Anla Navami” is celebrated every year with huge colorful gatherings.

Sabar Sreekhetra: Koraput is situated at 2900 ft. above sea level amidst green hills.The panoramic view of the town and its salubrious climate makes it an attractive health resort. Nature speaks a variety of languages which the lover of nature translates into joy. The breath taking scenery brings heaven to earth. Sabar Srikhetra the Jagannath Temple Perched atop a hillock adds the importance of this place. The tribal museum adjoining to it, projects the rare cultural heritage of the tribals of this region.

GUPTESWAR: The cave Shrine of Gupteswar nestles on a lush green hill, 58 K.m from Jeypore, and 80 Kms away from Koraput, amidst deep forest. The Cavernous interior of the Temple enshrines a huge ‘lingam’. The cave is a multi Chambered wonder, Gupteswar is also Popularly known as Gupta Kedra Shabari a Rocky Stream of great Scenic Beauty Flows by Gupteswar. It is believed that Lord Rama when the passed through this region on his way to Panchabati in Dandaka-ranya. The heavily wooded valley all around is a heaven for the adventure loners.

 DEOMALI: The highest mountain Peak of Odisha Deomali 1762 mt. high nestling in the lap of the Eastern Ghats is an idealic for Aero Gliding and trekking expeditions. It is 60 Kms away from Koraput.

MACHHKUND (Duduma): The Majestic waterfall, Popularly known as matsya Tirtha of epic fame falls from a height of 175 mtrs. Set in the heart of a picturesque hill, Duduma 70 Kms to the South of Jeypore, and 88 Kms away from Koraput is a rocky outlet for the river Machhkund, which flows through this rough Terrain. Rock-climbing enthusiasts can try reaching the base of the fall from the opposite side of the hill, a route tribals claim can be Terribly Strenuous.

KECHELA: A village situated in the sourthen bank of Kolab at a distance of 10 Kms away from Koraput. There is a copper plate starting the fact that the village had been granted to one Narasingha Mishra. On the occasion of the Solar eclipse 24 September 1620 by Maharaja Krishna Dev. There is a Jain temple about 30 ft. high contains 05 images of thirthankars namely Resavanath, Mahavir Jain, Ambika Devi, Jakhya & Jakhyani. The images are chiseled with great care and achieve high standard of art which indicates the Kechela was a seat of Jainaism in the medieval period.

GULMI: Kolab river forming a whirl pool at Gulmi and attracting large crowed from the district as well as from Chatisgarh state. It is 100 Kms away from Koraput and 25 Kms from Chandeli (Odisha border).

SUNABEDA: It is situated 18 Kms away from Koraput. It is a modern township & famous for MIG fighter planes, Sukhoi factory & Museum containing aircraft engines displayed worthy to be seen.

JOLAPUT: It is a dam reservoir over Kolab river. It is 68.2 sq. k.m in area and an idealic place of picnic and pleasure trip. It is 77 Kms away from Koraput.

Kendrapara: Carved out of the erstwhile District of Cuttack, Kendrapara District is situated in Central Coastal plain zone of Odisha. The District is bounded by Bhadrak District at its North, Jajpur at its North West ,Jagatsinghpur District at its South, Cuttack District at its West and Bay of Bengal at its East. Kendrapad District lies in 20 degree 20’ N to 20 degree37’ N Latitude and 86 degree 14’ E to 87 degree 01’ E Longitude. The Coastline of Kendrapara District covers 48 Km stretching from Dhamra Muhan to Batighar. Headquarters of Kendrapara District is well known as the Tulasi Khetra. Epics unveil the fact that Lord Balram killed Kandrasura here. Then he married his daughter Tulasi and settled here. Since then the place is known as Kendrapara.

Most Famous Places In Kendrapara: Hukitola, Gahirmatha, Batighar, Shri Baldev Jew, Bhitar Kanika

Hukitola: Hukitola is situated on Jambu island in the Bay of Bengal  of Mahakalapara Block in Kendrapara District. The building having plinth area more than 7000 sq ft , on the island was constructed by the Britishers in 1866/67 during the ” Naanka” drought . This was used to store rice imported from Burma and other places through sea route. It bears testimony to advancement made in construction technology in the 19th century.  The monument , a majestic building with under ground rainwater harvesting system is symbol of the state’s glorious past in maritime.

Gahirmatha: Located within the close vicinity of the Bhitarkanika National Park is Odisha’s only Turtle Sanctuary. A part of the Gahirmatha Beach, the Turtle Sanctuary is the place  where one can spot Olive Ridley Turtles.  Taking a  boat ride across the  river and gradually venturing into the wide sea is an experience ridden with sheer thrill and excitement.  These turtles travel all the way from South Pacific Ocean to breed on the coast of Gahirmatha.  About half a million of these species visit the beach every year for mating.

Batighar: This is the first lighthouse installed in eastern coast of India. It is around 45 KM from District HQ. It is situated in a village named Batighar, on the other bank of river Kharinasi. It is surrounded with pleasant natural beauty. Once upon a time, this was known as Kaudia Dwip and used as hunting ground of Kujanga Kings. Construction of this lighthouse was started on 6th December, 1836 and it was lighted on 16th October 1837. The stones used were transported from Barabati Fort, Cuttack. The height is 125 feet, foundation wall is 15 feet thick. The diameter at land level is 10 feet. To reach the top, 138 steps made of cement concrete and a 16-step ladder are there. The speciality of this lighthouse is that it is operational from the date of its lighting and presently it is managed by Calcutta Light House.

Shri Baldev Jew: Shri Baldev Jew temple  situated in Ichhapur, 5kms from Kendrapara Town. Here one can see the beautiful temple with other small temples in its side exhibiting the architectural marvel of the ancient Odisha. Lord Baladev is the main deity worshipped in the temple along with his brother and sister. An idol representing Tulasi as Goddess in a seated position is also present after the sacred seven steps. The deities wear different costumes and are decorated in different ways during various important festivals. The chariot on which the three deities mount during the Car Festival is known as “Brahma Taladhwaja Rath”. This is said to be the biggest chariot in the world.

Bhitar Kanika: Bhitara Kanika was under the jurisdiction of the erstwhile Kanika Estate. It is covered with deep mangrove forests and saline rivers and was declared a sanctuary on 21.04.1975. It is a world famous place for natural crocodile breeding. Located in the estuarial region of Brahmani-Baitarani , in the north eastern place of Kendrapara districts, the national park covers an area of 672 sq km of mangrove forests and wetland. Crossed by a thick network of brooks with the bay of Bengal on the east , Bhitar Kanika is home to over 215 species of birds , including winter migratory birds from Europe and Central-Asia as the park provides a congenial atmosphere and serene , pollution free environment , birds migrate thousands of miles to Bhitar Kanika to escape the harsh winter in Ladakh, ManoSarovar , Himalayan region, Siberia , Kazaksthan , Mongolia , Russia , Afghanistan , Iraq, Northen Asia and some central European countries.

Malkangiri: Malkangiri District is named after its headquarters town, Malkangiri. During formation of Odisha Province in 1936, Malkangiri was a ‘Taluk’ of Nabrangpur sub–division of Koraput District of Odisha. In 1962 it was upgraded to a subdivision of Koraput District. The present Malkangiri got its identity as an independent district due to reorganization of districts of Odisha as per a notification on 1st October, 1992 and with effect from 2nd October 1992. Covering an area of 5,791 sq. kms, it lays between 17 degree 45’N to 18 degree 40’N latitudes and 81 degree 10’ E to 82 degree E longitude. This District is sparsely populated with not much of a difference between the numbers of males and females. Almost the whole of the district is a vast dense jungle, with a very small percentage of the population residing in the urban areas. The district is divided into two distinct physical divisions. The eastern part is covered with steep ghats, platues and valleys, sparsely inhabited by primitive tribes, notable among who are Bondas, Koyas, Porajas and Didayis. The District is moderately literate, with the number of literate males far out numbering the number of literate females. The climate in the district is generally cold during winter and hot in summer with temperature ranging from 13 degree C to 47 degree C. The average annual rainfall is about 1700 mm. Relative humidity is generally high, especially in the monsoon and post–monsoon months. During the rainy season, most areas of the District become impassably swampy and heavy floods isolate it from the outer world. This district lies within the malaria prone belt.

Most Famous Places In  Malkangiri: Balimela, Ammakunda, Satiguda Dam, Bhairabi Temple

Balimela: Balimela Dam is in Malkangiri District, which is 35 kms, from the east of Malkangiri. A Hydro-electric Project has been established near about the Town jointly by the Government of Odisha and Andhra Pradesh. A dam is being constructed at Chitrakonda, 25 kms. from Balimela across the river Sileru. The total inflow into the reservoir is shared equally by the two Governments. The share of the Andhara Pradesh Government is flow downstream the river while that of Onssa Government is diverted to a high head power some 15 kms. south of Balimela. It is estimated that the power-house is generating 240,000 KW at 60% load factor. The tail water is subsequently utilised for irrigation about 2.4 lakh acres of land in Malkangiri and Motu plains.

Ammakunda: Ammakunda is one of the tourist places in Malkangiri District. It is situated at Khoirput Block near about 70 Kms, from the District Headquarter. This cool place embraces a natural water fall and subsequent flow of water forming a narrow gorge. The fishes found in that gorge are quite friendly to the human being and are believed to be the form of Lord Vishnu in ” Matsya Avatar”. Fishing in that place is not practiced according to the belief of the local people as well as the visitors. Visitors can enjoy their stay at this place by feeding the fishes. This area is surrounded by dense forest and small hillocks.

Satiguda Dam: Satiguda Dam is situated at a distance of 8 Kms. from Malkangiri Town. The Reservoir provides irrigation facility to the near by cultivable land throughout the year. The natural beauty of the Dam can be enjoyed in the early morning and evening hours. Boating facility is also available inside the Reservoir, which attracts visitors as well as the local people. Lord Shiva is being worshiped inside a cave near the Dam. Being surrounded by a large number of small hills this place is considered to be the most favourite picnic spot of the people. A guest house of Irrigation Department of Government of Onssa is built which provides accommodation to the official VIPs.

Bhairabi Temple: Bhairavi Temple is situated at a distance of 3 Kms. from the Malkangiri Town.The hill deity of Malkangiri is worshiped by the people coming from Jeypore and People leaving Malkangiri for their safe journey. A number of religious visitors are attracted to this temple to worship throughout the day. The deity is believed to be worshiped by the King of Malkangiri whose castle s remnants are still found on the Raja Rani Hill just infront of Bhairavi temple. A famous Shiva Linga is found in the near by “Goi Hill” of Malkangiri Town. During the “Maha Shivaratri Festival” a large religious crowd is being gathered at this hill temple of Lord Shiva. Local people have put efforts in making a safe passage to the hill for the pilgrims.

Mayurbhanj: Mayurbhanj is a land locked district with a total geographical area of 10418 Sq.km. and is situated in the Northern boundary of the state with district headquarters at Baripada. The district is bounded in the North-East by Medinipur district of West Bengal, Singhbhum district of Jharkhand in the North-west, Baleshwar district in the South-East and by Kendujhar in the South-West. More than 39 % of total geographical area (4049 Sq.Km.) is covered with forest and hills. The district comprises of 4 numbers of Sub-divisions with 26 nos of blocks with 404 Gram Panchayats and 3966 villages.

Most Famous Places In Mayurbhanj: Maa Ambika Temple, Jagannath Temple, Similipal, Devkund, Bhimkund, Ramtirtha, Khiching, Manatri, Lulung

Maa Ambika Temple:This temple is an ancient temple in Baripada and the Bijesthali of the presiding deity. People of Baripada strongly believe her as The Living Goddess, who as a mother showers her blessings to all mankind.

Jagannath Temple: This is the third popular Jagannatha temple in Odisha after Puri and the Shabara Shreekshetra in Koraput. The annual unique Ratha Yatra is a major attraction in the town of Baripada. The annual Ratha Yatra in Baripada is observed during the Dwitiya of Shuklapakshya Ashadha or during the second week of July. The Yatra is celebrated a day after it is celebrated in Puri.

Similipal: Simlipal is located at a distance of 17 km from the district headquarter Baripada. The Simlipal wildlife sanctuary and the National Park is spread over a very big area. There is a tiger reserve at Simlipal. The deep forests of Simlipal and a lot of animals of different species are the biggest attraction of this place. The grassy lands and hundreds of birds sitting on trees are worth watching. Tourists can enjoy the amazing view of this place while walking inside the park. The Barehipani Waterfall and Joranda waterfall at Simlipal are other major attractions for tourists.

DevkundDevkund is a beautiful place. There are forests, waterfall and hills which give a scenic and panoramic view of this place. There is a temple of Maa Ambika on the top of the hill.

Bhimkund: The pool Bhimkund in the Baitarani river is located near the Booking village of Mayurbhanj. Stone walls surround the pool from each side. Bhimkund has mythological importance as it is believed that the second Pandav Bhim took bath in Bhimkund during their exile. People visit this place to enjoy a picnic.

Ramtirtha: Ramatirtha of Mayurbhanj is very famous in Odisha due to its natural beauties and temple of Sri Rama. As per the Indian mythological history, during the days of Tretaya Yuga, Lord Sri Rama along with Devi Sita and Brother Laxman passed through the forest of Similipal; where due to tiredness Sita sat on the plateau for a while and she washes her face and feet in the river that flows beneath. Then onwards, Ramatirtha of Mayurbhanj became a legendary place in the name of Sri Rama and Devi Sita. Every year on Makar Sankranti(Mid of January), Mahanta peoples celebrate the Tusumelana festival or Tusu Parab. Tusu is a type of tribal and local song, on which the people used to dance in a group.

Khiching: Khiching in Mayurbhanj is famous for the temple of Maa Kichakeswari. It is situated in the village of Khiching. There is also a museum near the temple where some old statuses, sculptures, arts etc are kept preserved.

Manatri: The Baidyanath(Lord Shiva) temple is situated at a distance of 40 km from Baripada at Manatri. The temple has beautiful architecture and on the walls of the temple, a description of the Mayurbhanj Royal Family is written in the Odia script. The river Gangahar and water channels surround the temple from three sides. Thousands of people gather at this temple during Shiv Ratri Festival.

Lulung: Lulung is located 30 km away from Baripada. This place attracts many visitors for its scenic view. This is an ideal place for peoples who love adventure and also for those who love nature. This place is also known for the stone utensils.

Nabarangpur: Situated in the greeneries of south-western Orissa, Nabarangpur District is a very spectacular District, functioning since 02.10.1992 (State Government Notification No.DRC- (44/93/14218/R). Prior to that, it was a vast sub-division of the erstwhile Koraput District. Its boundary stretches in the north to Raipur and west to Bastar Districts of Chhatisgarh. The east side of Nabarangpur touches Kalahandi and Rayagada Districts and south to the Koraput Districts of Orissa. The river Indravati forms the border between Nabarangpur and Koraput Districts. Nabarangpur District covers an area of 5294 sq km. The District has a vast area of 1583.4 sq km covered by forests. It is situated at 20.3 to 17.5 Degree North latitude and 81.27 to 84.1 East longitudes.

Most Famous Places In Nabarangpur: Maa Pendrani, Sahid Minar,  Khatiguda Dam, Maa Bhandar Gharani, Lord Jagannath Temple, Gosein Dorah, Kelia Temple, Podagada Fort, Chandan Dhara, Bhaskel Reservoir, Gorvarai Temple, Mandadangri, The Deer Park, Hirli Dangar

Maa Pendrani: The Umerkote is a small village situated at a distance of 70 kilometers from Nabarangpur town. Maa Pendrani temple is the main attraction of this site. Devotees gather here to worship a pure soul of , Mata Pendrani. According to the history, local people said that once Mata Pendrani and her husband lived here. But one day Mata Pendrani’s four brothers killed her innocent husband. After her husband died, Pendrani was socked and jumped into her husband’s funeral pyre and expired. Later it was believed that her spirit roams around the villages. After that local villager constructed a temple and dedicated to Mata Pendrani to give relief her spirit.

Sahid Minar: Sahid Minar is situated in Papadhandi village. This Sahid Minar was established here after independence. Every year on 24 August peoples gather here to give respect to the freedom fighters. Shiva shrine is another famous attraction of Papadhandi village. It is located at a distance of 12 kilometers from Nabarangpur city center. This ancient temple was built by the stone. Devotees gather here on the day of Mahashivratri festival.

Khatiguda Dam: Khatiguda Dam was constructed for managing purpose of blocking the flow of River water. Four dams were situated in this district but Khatiguda is largest of them. Khatiguda has a huge catchment area. Other three dams are Muran, Kapur and Indravati dam. Indravati dam was built over the river Indravati. Indravati dam is famous for the hydro-electric project. The water reservoir or dam also famous as an ideal picnic spot. The scenic beauty of this place always attracts huge numbers of travelers.

Maa Bhandar Gharani: Maa Bhandar Gharani is located in the heart of Nabarangpur district. It is considered as one of the most ancient and holy temples of Odisha. The temple is dedicated to goddess Bhandar Gharani. Every Tuesday and Saturday local people gather here to complete their worship. When anybody wants to start something new then at first they come near goddess and complete their special worship. Villagers believed that the goddess is very lucky for them and Mata Bhandar Gharani always helps them. Every year in the month of April the Ghata Yatra (one of the main festival) festival arranged here and collects huge numbers of devotees. Others occasion of this place are Basanti Puja and Sharadiya and Dashahara.

Lord Jagannath Temple: The Lord Jagannath Temple was situated in Nabarangpur city center. The temple is dedicated to the Lord Jagannath, Lord Balaram and Goddess Subhadra.  According to the history, local people said that ancient time Lord Jagannath has situated here alone. The idol was made of wood. After few years other two idols was constructed by the temple authority. The temple was newly constructed with concrete and beautifully decorated. Rath Yatra is the main festival of this place. During the time of festival with a great enthusiasm among people of the whole district gather here to celebrate this occasion.

Gosein Dorah: Gosein Dorah is a breathtaking waterfall in Nabarangpur. It is located at a distance of 82 kilometers from Nabarangpur city center. The waterfall is falling down from a good height. The waterfall is covered by forest and hills. Scenic beauty, pleasant weather and trekking facility of this place always attract huge numbers of visitors.

Kelia Temple: The Kelia Temple is located in Dabugam block, near Parvati cave. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. Mahashivratri is the main occasion of this place.

Podagada Fort: The Podagada Fort is a ruined fort, situated at a distance of 24 kilometers from Umerkote. This fort is the main attraction for every history lovers. This ancient fort is located here from the dating back to 5th century A.D. It is covered by the dense forest. Numerous Brahmin inscriptions are found here. It was the seat of Nala dynasty a place of Natural scenic beauty. This site also famous as a research center. Other attractions of this site are included Alekh Temple, Sati stones, Bhairabi Temple, the footprint of goddess Laxmi etc. This place is also known for the mysterious legend, Gumphas, Sun God and Moon God.

Chandan Dhara: Chandan Dhara is a natural waterfall in Jhorigam block. A shiv temple is situated on the lower part of this fall. Nowadays this place is famous as an ideal picnic spot.

Bhaskel Reservoir: Bhaskel Reservoir is built over the river Bhaskel in Umerkote Block. This artificial lake was built to serve the water for irrigation and Pisciculture purpose.

Gorvarai Temple: Gorvarai Temple is located beside a picturesque waterfall. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva.

Mandadangri: Mandadangri is famous for a Shiv temple, which is located inside a rock-cut cave.

The Deer Park: The Deer park of Nabarangpur district also an important attraction near every tourist. It is considered as one of the crowded places in this district. Numerous features and Deer always collect a huge number of visitors.

Hirli Dangar: Hirli Dangar is a beautiful place covered by hill rock. The scenic beauty of this place always attracts huge numbers of travelers. It is located at a distance of 2 kilometers from Nabarangpur, near Gandhinagar. Once an ancient statue of Lord Tirupati found here. After focusing the statue a temple was constructed by the villagers.

Nuapada:Nuapada District belongs to state of Odisha, India. The District is located in the western part of Odisha. It lies between 20 degree N and 21 degree 5’ latitude and 82 degree 40’ E longitude. The boundaries of Nuapada extends in the north, west and south to Raipur District of Chattishgarh and in the east to Bargarh, Balangir and Kalahandi Districts of Odisha. This district is spread over in an area of 3,852 sqare K.m. The administrative headquarters of the District is located at Nuapada itself. The District of Nuapada was a part of Undivided Kalahandi District till early March 1993, but for the administrative convenience, Kalahandi District was divided into two parts i.e. Kalahandi and Nuapada vide State Government Notification No. DRC-44/93/14218/R. dated 27 March 1993. Present Nuapada District comprises one sub-division (Nuapada), five Tahsils (Nuapada ,Khariar, Komna, Boden and Sinapali) and five Blocks (Khariar, Sinapalli, Boden, Nuapada and Komna).

Most Famous Places In Nuapada: Sunabeda,  Saliha, Upkaganga, Patalganga, Patora, Pataleswar Temple, Budhikomna

Sunabeda: Close to Patora is Sunabeda Wildlife sanctuary. A waterfall called Godhosh about 63 meters amidst dense forest enhances the scenic view of the place. It is only 40 km. from Komna Block headquarter. Sunabeda, a Gram Panchayat is situated at distance of 40 KM. from Komna Block Headquarters. The goddess SUNADEI presiding deity of the plateau is sacredly worshipped by the people of the area on the day of Dusserra. Sunabeda is a plateau inhabited mainly by Gond, Bhunjia and Paharia. The Plateau is the source of river Jonk and Sundar. The Eastern side of the plateau is very precipitous and inaccessible and sloping to the west which is easy to access. The highest points on the plateau are 3056ft, called Birbusi and Kotpadar (3235ft) to the South. The entire plateau is an extensive and valuable grazing ground for the cattle.

Saliha: This place popularly known as Salihagargh where the people of Khariar estate united on 30th September 1930 and protested against the taxation on the tenants of the Estate.  To commemorate the same a freedom fighters pillar constructed.

Upkaganga: The place Upkaganga is situated amidst Sunabeda River forest beside two hillocks named Guru Dongor and Pati Dongor Water in 3 separate flows from the earth at a place seems alike stream in local language.  Water coming from earth like stream is called upka accordingly the place is name as Upkaganga.  The deity lord Shiva and Jagannath worshipped by the local people.

Patalganga: It is a nice spot in the bosom of nature with a perennial spring, the water of which is considered as sacred as that of the holy Ganges. Local people perform their obsequies in the downstream. Legend would have it that Rama, Laxman and Sita visited the spot during their exile where Sita felt thirsty. Laxman pierced the ground with his arrow occasioning the birth of the spring. On the day of solar eclipse and lunar eclipse. People here gather in large number to take their bath in the holy water.

Patora: On the bank of river Jonk is place of uncommon scenic charms. Engirdled on all sides by green clad hills. It holds in its bosom and irrigation project and culture dating back to pre-Christian era at Manikgarh. This is the Dam site of the Upper Jonk Irrigation Project situated at a distance of 20Km from the Dist Hqr. This place is also famous for YOGESWAR TEMPLE. This place has the potential of a tourist centre in future.

Pataleswar Temple, Budhikomna: Budhikomna houses the famous temple of Pataleswar made of bricks in pancharatha style unique in the state. A connoisseur of art and architecture finds immense pleasure in observing the different facets of this place. It is also a popular pilgrim centre in the locality, but due to lack of minimum infrastructure facility tourist as well as pilgrims suffer a lot.

Nayagarh: An administrative District of Odisha, Nayagarh District was created in 1st April 1993 when the erstwhile Puri District was split into three distinct Districts. The District is bounded by Cuttack District on the North, Kandhamal District on the West, Ganjam District on the South and Khordha District on its East.Birth history of Nayagarh District in around the thirteenth century and is considered as an important part in the political history of Odisha. King Suryamani of Baghela dynasty came to Puri on a pilgrimage from Madhya Pradesh and established his kingdom at Nayagarh. Nayagarh District consists of the four Garjat states of ex-states Ranpur, Nayagarh, Khandapara and Daspalla. The aboriginal Savaras and Kandhas are the indigenous people of Nayagarh District.Nayagarh District lies between 19 degree 54’ to 20 degree 32’ North Latitude and 84 degree 29’ to 85 degree 27’ East Longitude. The District is situated on the hilly ranges in the West and its North Eastern parts have formed small well cultivated fertile valleys intersected by small streams.

Most Famous Places In Nayagarh: Udayapur Library, Ranapur, Panchupaili Pragana, Odagaon,  Nayagarh, Kuanria, Jamupatna, Gokulananda Temple, Kuturi, Baramul

Udayapur Library: The Banchhanidhi Pathagara, Sri Aurobinda Sangrahalaya and the Jadumani Sahitya Sansada, established by the late Dasarathi Pattnaik (known as Dasia Aja) in a non descript village Udayapur, in culturally rich district of Nayagarh, is a center for pilgrimage for the lovers of literature and culture. Scholars of repute across the world visited this institution.There are 50, 0000 books in different languages and dictionaries in 30 languages. The magazine collection has a rich collection of 65,000 magazines.The museum has 42 sections and has a collection of rare sculptures, minerals, arts, crafts, amours, coins and postal stamps etc.Tourists can avail medical facility at CHC, Mahipur which is nearest to the place. SBI Nuagaon is the nearest Bank to the spot.

Ranapur: When it comes to natural beauty juxtaposed with historical heritage, Ranapur situated at a distance of 28 kms from Nayagarh, holds special relevance. The place offers numerous pleasant gateways to tourists. The splendid Temple of goddess Maninag atop the Mainak hill is famous as a living Shakti-peeth. Besides, Ranapur also has many other popular shrines like Asurakumari Temple near a scenic waterfall and the Jagannath Temple which is flocked by many devotees during Rathyatra.Tourists can avail medical facility at CHC, Ranpur which is nearest to the place. SBI Ranpur is the nearest Bank to the spot.

Panchupaili Pragana: Located about 55kms from Nayagarh, Panchupaili Pragana is an enchanting destination with serenity nestled amidst natures tranquility. The meeting place of River Mahanadi and River Brutang, this piace enfolds the picturesque shrines of Sri Gupteswar Mahadev, Sri Sri Navagunjara Jiu and Goddess Kalapat Thakurani. Different cultural events organized here throughout the year keep the festive charm of this piace intact. Panchupalli is well connected to good tourist accommodations and provides excellent scope for rural tourism. Tourists can avail medical facility at CHC, Gania which is nearest to the place. SBI Khandapada is the nearest Bank to the spot.

Odagaon: Odagaon is known for the Temple of Lord Raghunathjew. It is one of the famous temples in Odisha dedicated to Lord Ramachandra. This temple has beautiful wooden idols of Sri Raghunath, Sita and laxman enshrined in it. The Kalash of the temple is made of pure gold. A popular legend associated with temple states that famous poet of 17th century, Kavisamrat Upendra Bhanja, had composed his magnum opus- Baidehisha Vilas, here at the feet of Sri Raghunath. Ramanavami is the most important festival celebrated here. Odagaon is 26 kms away from Nayagrah (town). It is said that the renowned poet of Odisha, Upendra Bhanja mediated here and attained perfection in the Rama Taraka Mantra. This temple was built around 1903.Tourists can avail medical facility at CHC, Odagaon which is nearest to the place. SBI Odagaon is the nearest Bank to the spot.

Nayagarh: Situated 90 kms away from Bhubaneswar, between two steep hill ranges, Nayagarh houses the district headquarters. Abounding in natural beauty, this town is also famous for many historic places and ancient temples prominent among which are the shrines of Dakshinakali, the living Shakti-peeth and Sri Jagannath Tempie. Built between 1788 and 1808 A.D, the Jagannath Temple here, reflects Kalingan style of architecture. The presiding deity is worshiped in the form of Dadhibamana.Nayagarh is the base from where one can conveniently travel to numerous scenic, religious and legendary places which the district is endowed with.

Kuanria: Kuanria, a picturesque getaway, about 50 kms from Nayagarh, comprises of a huge reservoir flanked by blue hillocks and a 1.5 kms long dam over River Kuanria. Among the top attractions is a large deer park spread over 6 acres by the river basin. The park is home to about 160 numbers of spotted deer, barking deer and sambar. A large number of migratory birds also flock to this reservoir during winters. The tranquil beauty of the hills, river, forests and the deer park make the place a much sought after retreat by the tourists. Tourists can avail medical facility at CHC, Madyakhanda and CHC Dasapalla which are nearest to the place. SBI Dasapalla is the nearest Bank to the spot.

Jamupatna: At the foot of Sulia hills, 32 kms from Nayagarh stands the shrine of Sri Dutikeswar Mahadev. A centuries-old Banyan Tree popularly known as kalpabata stands magnanimously in front of the temple adjoining a pond. Temples dedicated to Goddess Bana Durga, the Sun God and Astabhuja (eight armed Goddess Durga) are found within the temple complex. Odagaon, at a distance of 5 kms is the nearest bus stop to reach Jamupatana. Tourists can avail medical facility at CHC, Odagaon which is nearest to the place. SBI Odagaon is the nearest Bank to the spot.

Gokulananda Temple: It is situated near Sidhamula village, Sidhamula Grampanchayat in Khandapara Block. The temple of Gokulananda is situated on top of a hill on the bank of river Mahanadi. It is founded by late Sri Baba Swami Ram Laxman Dash Maharaja. It is nice to watch the panaromic view of the hill and flowing water of Mahanadi from the hill as well as from Sidhamula bridge. The hill is full of tall trees and medicinal plants. There is nearly 1 KM of plane surface with full of greenery on bottom of the Hill on the bank of river Mahanadi suitable for cooking as well as playing games which attracts most of the local and nearby district tourists to this place. Tourists can avail medical facility at CHC, Gania which is nearest to the place. SBI Khandapada is the nearest Bank to the spot.

Kuturi: Just 8 kms from Baramul, inside the Mahanadi Wildlife Division Sanctuary, is a place called Kuturi which houses the Habitat Development Centre for facilitating natural breeding of wild animals. This area contains a pond, salt lake, fodder variety Napier grass and an orchard with varieties of indigenous decorative and medicinal plants. There are cottages, watch towers from where one can watch the free movement and activities of animals during nights. These two places of Nayagarh district are famous for their natural beauty and artistic excellence. These are lovely picnic spots under cool mango groves and other shady trees by the side of a hillock. Picturesquely carved out of the big mountains, these two places create an impression of a zoological park where animals move in their natural habitat. These relaxing spots surrounded by nature preserves a variety of indigenous plants, both decorative and medicinal. Tourists can avail medical facility at CHC, Gania which is nearest to the place. SBI Khandapada is the nearest Bank to the spot.

Baramul: This small village is prominent due to the mangnificent Mahandi gorge on the banks of which it is situated. From Sunakania hills up to Barmul, the course of the river is known as the Satakosia Ganda (Gorge), having a water spread of about 22 km. Barmul, 110 km from Bhubaneswar, is an ideal place for an outing. Satakosia Gorge is a biological refuge and is considered as an important biographical stepping stone in the link between forest species of Central and South India. Satkosia has significant gangetic  and ecological importance as is the wet portion of the Decan Zone. It is famous for its unique gorge eco system and for being a beautiful picnic spot. Tourists can avail medical facilities at Gania CHC which is nearest to the place. SBI Khandapada is the nearest nationalized bank which tourists can avail for banking facilities.

Puri:Puri District is a coastal District on the eastern part of Odisha, India. This District needs no introduction, being the abode of Lord Vishnu, most popularly known as Lord Jagannath. This District derives its name from the heritage city of Puri, one of the four pilgrimage centres of India. Covering an area of 3051 sq/kms, the District may be divided into two dissimilar natural divisions-the Littoral tract and the Level alluvial tract. It is also located at 19’ 28 N Latitude 26’ 35 N, 84’ 29 E. Longitude 86’ 25 E. Its altitude is at sea level. The population of the District is 16, 98, 730 (as per 2011 Census) and the density of population is 488 people per sq. km. The rural population is 14,33,800 and the urban, 2,64,930. SC population is 3, 25, 133 and ST is 4, 482. The District is quite literate in the sense that its literates number 1, 291,939 as against the illiterates numbering 4, 06, 791. Paddy, wheat, mung, biri, kulthi and groundnut are some of the major crops grown in the District.

Most Famous Places In Puri: Sri JagannathPuri Temple, Puri Beach, Markandeswara Temple, Narendra Tank,   Sudarshan Crafts Museum, Konark, Pipili, Sakhigopal Temple, Chilika Lake, Bhubaneswar, Raghurajpur Artist Village, Astaranga Beach

Sri JagannathPuri Temple: Constructed almost a millennium ago, PuriJagannath Temple holds a great religious value amongst the Hindus as a part of the sacred Char Dham pilgrimage sites. Built on a high pedestal, the richly carved temple structure stands protected with four majestic gates. The architectural wonder is also home to many scientifically unexplained miracles. Respecting the ancient Indian belief of never sending a visitor back with an empty stomach, Prasadam is prepared with centuries old, preserved recipes and the food here is never wasted. The annualRathaYatra draws in millions of devotees who travel miles to see the deities roam around the temple surroundings in Chariots.

Puri Beach: The golden sand beach on the east coast of Bay of Bengal is a silent paradise for nature seekers. Situated very close to Jagannath Temple and other well-known temples of Puri, the beach receives a good number of visitors throughout the year. A great number of accommodation options and the availability of a large variety of food items make this beach an apt destination to enjoy a perfect vacation with your family and friends. This sun kissed beach is also a popular choice among the honeymooners who stroll along the breezy shore and enjoy watching the beautiful sunrises and sunsets together.

Markandeswara Temple: Markandeswara Temple is believed to be the holy place where sage Markandeya meditated on Lord Shiva as a child. The 13th century old temple welcomes the devotees with a sculpture of Lord Nataraja with ten hands and as one explores further, they will come face to face with various figures of Lord Shiva in all his forms and also many idols of Goddess Parvathi and Lord Ganesha. The stunning architectural and artistic beauty of the temple attracts tourists from all over the globe. Being located very close to PuriJagannath Temple, the devotees almost never leave town without visiting both these ancient temples.

Narendra Tank: Enclosed with numerous shrines, this 15th century AD tank is one of the largest tanks of Odisha. At just 2 Km from Jagannath Temple, the tank provides various Ghats where devotees can take holy baths. The renowned tank is also the place where deities are floated upon pristine water and plenty of rituals are performed during the Chandana Yatra festival. At the center of the large tank is a beautiful, small temple called Chandana Mandapa.

Sudarshan Crafts Museum: A true delight for the history and art buffs, the Sudarshan Crafts Museum in Puri was established by Sri Sudarshan Sahoo with an intention to convey to the curious ones the evolution of craftsmanship. The growth in style of sculpting has been explained here with traditional sculptures. The museum offers utmost support to the artists by providing to them a workspace and a gallery to display their art. The museum is open between 8 am to 8 pm and the entry fee starts from Rs. 5. For every art lover, this museum is among the top places to see when in Puri or near Bhubaneswara.

Konark: A popular pilgrimage destination near the capital city of Odisha – Bhubaneswar, Konark is well-known for its 7th century old Sun Temple. Following Odisha’s medieval architectural style, the architectural marvel consists of sculptures of the sun god, represented in three different images and positioned in three different directions to precisely capture the rays of the sun during mornings, afternoons and evenings. The massive temple is structured in the form of a chariot, dedicated to the Sun god. Located on the shores of Bay of Bengal at just 35 Km from Puri, Konark is an excellent option to enjoy a silent holiday on the secluded beaches and awe at the exquisiteness of the historical temples.

Pipili: At around 36 Km from Puri, Pipili is an artistic town of Odisha and is unquestionably a top attraction of the state. The town was built to shelter the practitioners and preserve Odisha’s heritage art form – Applique handicrafts. Artisans here gather colorful fabrics and stich upon them to make various designer garments and hangings. The livelihood of most families in the town depends on this art form. The artists create excellent handicrafts, appliqued handbags and purses, pillow covers, bed sheets and many other things and export the products to different countries around the world.

Sakhigopal Temple:A miniature version of Jagannath Temple, Sakhigopal Temple is situated at about 18 Km from Puri. A pilgrimage to this temple is often combined with a visit to Jagannath Temple as the trip is believed to be incomplete without it. The famous religious site is eminent for its life size figure of Lord Krishna playing a flute alongside his favorite lover – Radha. The Lord Krishna’s idol here is made up of a rare kind of imperishable stone called Braja. An annual festival called AmlaNavami is celebrated here with all its grandiosity in the month of Karthika.

Chilika Lake: If you’re anywhere near Puri, Bhubaneswar, or just anywhere in Odisha, you cannot leave without visiting Chilika Lake. Among the best tourist destinations in the state, Chilika Lake is a salty water lagoon at the tip of Daya River that flows into Bay of Bengal. Situated at just 70 Km from Puri and 61 Km from Bhubaneswar, Chilika Lake provides sustenance to fishermen familiesfrom around 132 villages on the shores or islands surrounding the lake. During the migratory seasons, as far as 160 species of birds flock around the lake. The rich eco-biodiversity of the lake has also made it home to Irrawaddy dolphins which can be spotted on the Satpada islands. If your ideal vacation involves breathing fresh air whilst listening to the sweet chirping of birds and watching the graceful dance of dolphins, Chilika Lake is where you should be.

Bhubaneswar:The capital city of the culturally rich state of Odisha is an ancient city which strives towards development amidst the remains of a bygone primeval era. Located at just 62 Km from Puri, the prominent business center is among the fastest growing cities of the country, and was designed by a German architect called Otto Königsberger. As you tour along the city, the glorious flair of Kalinga architecture unveils before one’s eyes. Historically praised as the ‘City of Temples’, Bhubaneswar has plenty of tourist destinations in and around the city. Some of these include Lingaraj Temple, Rajarani Temple, Udayagiri and Khandagiri Caves, Dhauli Shanti Stupa and others.

Raghurajpur Artist Village: Odisha’s first heritage craft Village – Raghurajpur Village is hardly around 10 Km from Puri and it is the one place in the state that you shouldn’t afford to miss. Even though the village displays crafts such as palm leaf engravings, stone and wood carvings, Tussar paintings and wooden masks, it is widely known for Pattachitra – a 5th century art form based on narrative painting. The artisans hold out scrolls that they’ve painted on with natural colors and narrate the significance of the stories in the paintings in a sing song manner. About 120 such artisan families reside in the village. The best time to visit Raghurajpur Artist Village is during its annual spring festival, BasantUtsav – ParamparaRaghurajpur.

Astaranga Beach: As the name so poetically suggests, Astaranga (colorful sunset) is indeed a beautiful spot to capture the different shades of the calm sun setting into a restless sea. Many photographers crowd along the shore during sunsets and many artists sit staring into the sea, looking for inspiration. The family-friendly beach is also a great place to indulge in bird watching and admire the beauty in turtles nestling. A specialty near the beach is the shrine of PirJahania. It is one of the very few holy places in India that is visited by both Hindus and Muslims.

Rayagada: Rayagada district is known as the most famous region of the state because of its longest human history. Although the district came into existence on the 2nd October 1992. It has long and glorious historical records evident by copper plates, rock inscriptions as well as different coins, which clearly indicate the region was the centre of attraction in all ages. In the third century B.C., during the reign of Ashoka the Great, it was covered under Kalinga empire. The hilly track between river Languli and Prachi language as Bansadhara and Nagabali, as evident by Andhra Historical Journal XXVII edition at page 46, was famous for spices.

Most Famous Places In Rayagada: Maa Majhighariani Temple, Hanging Bridge in Chekaguda, Chatikona Falls, Hatipathar, Minajhola, Laxminarayan Temple, Kenduguda Dam

Maa Majhighariani Temple: An avatar of Goddess Durga, Majhighariani is accepted as the prime, most important deity in this region. The name originates from the placement of Shakti’s temple in the middle of the fourteenth-century Silavansi king Viswanath Dev’s palace and translates to the one seated in the central room. This temple attracts worshippers from all over the state and the country, especially Madhya Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh and Chhattisgarh.

Hanging Bridge in Chekaguda: Hanging bridge, Chekaguda The hanging bridge in the Chekaguda village of Rayagada is the second of its kind in Orissa. Built in 2012, the 151 meters long suspended bridge has brought about 20,000-odd tribal villagers residing in nine panchayats located at the outskirt of the town, closer to the central city, by bridging the two shores of the Nagavali river. Also called the Jhula Bridge, given its construction, it is accessible only by pedestrians, as no vehicles are allowed to go through it. 

Chatikona Falls: Chatikona is a small tribal village located around 40 kms north of Rayagada and falls under Rayagada district administration. It is surrounded by the Niyamgiri hills and offers tourists impeccable natural beauty complete with lush green foliage and a fantastic waterfall. Chatikona is a Dongria Kondh tribal village, and one can get to see marketplaces full of tribal arts and handicrafts. The Chatikona Falls attracts numbers of tourists and picnickers, and the Shiva temple near it draws pilgrims from all over Odisha, especially during the period of Shivratri, when it can be very crowded.

Hatipathar: Located 3 kms from Rayagada, this picnic spot is much visited by tourist. It is named so because the Nagavali river flows here through a deep-cut valley, and the two boulders atop these waterfalls look like elephants perched on a hill. October to February are the best time to visit these falls, as temperatures are cooler and rainy season has passed. Surrounded by dense forests, as is the foliage anywhere in Odisha, these falls make for the perfect tea-time picnic spots for family and friends. Reaching here is extraordinarily easy, as it is in the Rayagada city and taxis and private vehicles are allowed, during day time. The is no fee to visit these falls.

Minajhola: While this pilgrim and tourist spot is a little further away from rayagada town, it falls under the same district administration. Minajhola is a beautiful confluence of nature and religion. It houses a Shiva temple; at the meeting of 3 state rivers: Vamsadhara, Chauladhua, and Phalaphalia, where the idol is in the form of a fish called Minaketan, hence the name. It is a major pilgrim spot, given that Shivratri here is celebrated with much gusto. Due to its natural beauty, Manijhola attracts a lot of tourists also, to see the confluence of rivers, bathe in them, and picnic along the shore. Manijhola is 134 kms north-east of Rayagada, situated in the gudari town of Rayagada district.

Laxminarayan Temple: Located 25 kms from Rayagada district headquarters, Laxminarayan Temple was built by the IMFA, the Indian Metals and Ferro Alloys Ltd., near their factory in Therubali. It was built around 2004 as a place of worship of Vishnu and Laxmi, but also houses Jagannath, Hanuman, Balabhadra, and Shiva idols. Visitors abound from all over the state and from nearby states as well, especially more so for Shivratri festivities. A few kilometres further toward Paikapada, one can witness over one lakh Shivling at the Paikapada shrine. These two temples are also crowded