Famous Tourist Places of Koraput District of Odisha to see Old Palace, Water Falls and Water Resorvoirs, Famous Shrine
Famous Tourist Places of Koraput District of Odisha to see Old Palace, Water Falls and Water Resorvoirs, Famous Shrine of Gupteswar and High Hills.
Koraput with her rolling mountains, undulating meadows, roaring rapids, enchanting waterfalls and terraced valleys leading up to verdant hills, feasts the eyes as few other districts can. Koraput with her golden autumn and misty mornings of the monsoon months, her painted spring, and slumbering summer and her winter ranging from fierce to mild provides varieties of living in different seasons which is rare elsewhere. Here in spring nature and man vie with each other to make living joyous. Koraput with her people who have been living as they lived many thousand years ago and yet accepting newcomers of the latest development of homo-sapiens, with her tribes who enjoy the joys of life today as they ever did before, living in their hamlets hidden in arbors in picturesque valleys, provide education and entertainment for the Anthropologist which few other regions provide elsewhere. Indeed Koraput is a museum of old and new in nature and human endeavour. Human endeavour surpasses itself by producing power from falling water, by manufacturing intricate machines and consumer goods and welcoming into the district and providing homes and occupation for many thousands of persons displaced from their homes, who till then had no hope of calling any place a home of their own. Koraput has both plant life and wild life which would give years of study to the Biologist and limitless adventure for the hunter. “Had I been merely a lover of fine sceneries (of wild life and of mankind) I would have felt little desire to seek elsewhere its gratification”.
Jeypore: 21 kms from Koraput. Ruins of old palaces are the importance of this place. Darbar hall in the palace has good collection of Antique in ivory, silver, sandalwood, rosewood, gold and paintings.
Duduma: 65 kms from Jeypore and 77 kms from Koraput. The magnificent waterfall is regarded as the famous Machhyatirtha.Duduama waterfalls also known as the the “Matsya Tirtha” is based in the majestic hills of Machkund.It falls from a height of 175 meters creating a beautiful sight in the process.A hydro – electric project with its winch is developed amidst deep greenery.Three KMs away from Duduma waterfall, a small village of Ankadeli draws the attention of foreign tourists to its weekly markets on Thursdays where the most primitive tribe “the Bondas”, come from the remote, inaccessible dense forest.
Bagra: 9 km from Jeypore. Three waterfalls of Kolab river at Bagra starting from Kilkura or the 300 feet plato jump over one another with great speed from a height of 30 feet.
Gupteswar: 65km from Jeypore, cave is famous for the shrine of Lord Gupteswar (Shiva). The natural scenery of this place attracts the pilgrims.
Nandapur: 5kms from Koraput, the great image of Ganapati and throne with 32 steps are the main attractions of this place.The ancient capital of Jeypore estate, attracts a number of visitors to witness the Batrisa Sinhasan, an object of interest. The 1.8 meters image of Ganapati is a testimony to the ancient heritage of the place. The shrines of Sarbeswar and its inscriptions point to the antiquities of the place.
Jain Statue: A roadside village between Semiliguda and Nandapur with remains of an old Jain monastery. The place invites the attention of the antiquarian for exploration.
Museum: A Govt. Museum with antiquities and craft works, mostly famous for Jain iconography is located in the town hall complex, close to the Govt. bus stand. Jain images are found at several places of the district.
Deomali Peak: Deomali Peak is situated at adistance of 35 km from Koraput with an elevation o 1,672 meter. It is the highest peak in Orissa and the tallest in the whole of the Eastern Ghats. Deomali is dotted with streams and deep valleys, and dence forest.
Koraput Town: Also known as “Sabar Shrikshetra”, the modern Jagannath Temple has come up on a hilltop. The Tribal Museum behind the temple caters to the tourists about the culture and heritage of the tribals.
Maliguda: 35 Kms eastwards of Jeypore, is a small village where on a hill top stands India’s highest broad gauge Railway tunnel. The place is ideal for weekend picnic.
Jeypore: The city of victory and the palace of erstwhile Jeypore estate. The old fort is incircled by high masonary wall with an imposing gateway. A mile and a half wide great water tank, west of the town, known as Jagannath Sagar, is ideal for water sports. Jeypore, developed as the center of trade in Koraput district, is also famous for paper mask crafts.21 kms from Koraput. Ruins of old palaces are the importance of this place. Darbar hall in the palace has good collection of Antique in ivory, silver, sandalwood, rosewood, gold and paintings.
Tribal Museum: Tribal Museum:The Tribal Museum behind the temple caters to and educates the tourists about the culture and heritage of the tribal.
Gupteswar Temple: Cave shrine of Lord Shiva is situated on a lime stone hill on the bank of river Kolab, surrounded by natural Scenery. Visit Gupteswar
Dumuriput: A village stands between Koraput and Sunabeda road. Sri Ram Temple situated in the locality is widely known for the highest kneeling Hanuman Statue in Orissa.
Kolab Dam: Kolab is at an altitude of about 3000 feet above sea level on river Kolab, stands the Kolab Reservoir generating Power. The place is attracting people for weekend scenery and boating.Only 15 km from Koraput, the river Kolab makes a stunning jump at Bagra to form a reservoir called “Upper Kolab Irrigation Project”. An perfect place for outing, it is a panacea for city dwellers.
(Article by Manojkumar Sahoo – Chhatrapur)