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Orissa : Keonjhar or Kendujhar
Keonjhar: Petite and picture perfect city, secluded in the serene forests, is the homeland of the tribes like Santali, Oraon, and Munda. Located at an altitude of 1575 feet, Keonjhar, is a heavenly destination for the native and itinerant birds. Take a walk to Jagannath temple, about 3 km from the city and enjoy the natural vista around. Spiritual individuals will be able to witness the theology of the many more deities in the proximity. Hire a jeep to Sanghaghra or small waterfall which is coming down from a soaring mountain of 100 feet. You should not also miss out the wonderful sight of Baraghghra or the big waterfall which is coming down from 200 feet tall hill, situated adjacent to the sanghaghra, about 5 km from the main city. These waterfalls are the chief natural resources where from the city is getting its drinking water. Picnic lovers will enjoy the gratifying environment around the waterfalls.
The Baitarani River has started its journey from Guptaganga of Gonashika hills, about 30 km from Keonjhar. The river is coming down from the towering hill and hitting the ground of Keonjhar. The stream of the River vanishes away under the ground and again comes up in the vicinity of Brahmeshwar temple.
Gandhamadan, located at a distance of 10 mile away from Keonjhar, the name of which has been found in the Hindu mythology, can also be accessed from Kaonjhar.
Khiching: Even though the old glory of Khiching has diminished but to enjoy the spirituality of Kichkeshwari temple, pilgrims still congregate on the temple premise. After the destruction of the old temple, the new temple was built in 1925 by the king Purnachandra Bhanjadeo. The architectural grandeur of the temple is eye catching. The 22 meters high temple is built with the chlorite stones. The chief temple is encircled with a number of divine temples. Besides the main temple, Durga, Chamunda, Nataraj, Shiva, Surya Dev, Vasudeb, Lakulisa, Dhyanibuddha, Abalokiteshwar and many more temples are there. The museum on the temple premise is built for attracting tourists to Khiching. The precious collections of the ancient and atypical items are well maintained in the museum.
Buy some items built of stones as mementos. You can take the pleasure in Chou dance and the ethnic tribal music.
Enthusiastic temple admirers can take a walk to Nilkanta temple in Kutuitundi, built with the granite stones.
How to reach: Khiching is connected to Joshipur and Keonjhar by road. The nearest railway station of Khiching is Badampahar, about 67 km from Khiching. The best option is to hire a car to complete the tour properly.
Where to stay: PED IB, Dharamsala and Revenue Rest House.
Sitabinji, about 30 km from Jajpur, resembling the structure of a semi open umbrella, is famous for its fresco fine arts. The names of the dotted hills around are given according to the names of the famous mythological characters. Ashram of the saint Balmiki and the home of Lab and Kush are the sought after sites for the Hindu tourists. Sprinkled rocks and the hilly River Sita downside embellish the valley. Tourists will definitely enjoy the scenic beauty around Keonjhar.
Temple lovers should visit Tarini Devi temple, located in Ghatgaon, about 45 km away from Keonjhar. It is believed that the deity is residing beneath the tree.
Tourists who want to stay for a night can stay at Maa Tarini Yatrinivas. Paradise Lodge is another option available for tourists in Anandapur.
Trek to the banks of Baitarani River, about 44 km away from Keonjhar. Huge scattered boulders are blocking the flow of the streams. The natural beauty of the place will free you from the uncertainties and qualms of the dull daily routine. The River is acting as a wonderful natural barricade between Keonjhar and Mayurbhanj districts.
Bhimakunda, located at a distance of half km away from the Baitarani River bank, is a spring which is surrounded by the cliffs. The 260 feet deep Kunda has light green water. The water stream of the River also exists under the Bhimakunda. Baitarani River play hide and seek on the gorge.
Ambling elephants and beer are also visible at times, especially at night. There is a small Shiva temple, located atop the small hill.
Tourists can stay at the bungalow of the Irrigation department by the lines of Shaal, Mahua, Piyasal, Kendu and Arjun. Prasanti Guest House and PWD are two places where tourists can stay in karanjia.
How to reach: Karanjia, about 358 km away from Kolkata, is connected to Kolkata by road. Bheemakunda and Khiching are located at two different sides of Karanjia.
Where to stay: Forest Bungalow, Keonjhar Lodge, Hotel Boral, Labnya Bhawan Lodge, Hotel Ajanta, Chowda Lodge and Parijat Lodge. Check our hotel booking links below for photos, rates, options and online bookings