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 is famous for 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.
Local people celebrate Girigobardhan Puja during the month of Kartika purnima every year with a great pomp & gaiety. Side by side, a Mela and Sankirtan are also organized on this auspicious occasion.
Bhima Dunguri is just 28 k.m. away from Balangir town, situated under the Deogaon Block. There is also a good all weather motorable road connecting this place from Balangir town. It is an excellent place for week-end visitors. Reasonable Hotels, Circuit House, IBs are available at Balangir town.
Turekela 98 kms away from Balangir, is a place suitable for group adventurism.
Tureikela is important for viewing colorful wildlife like tigers, deers, bears, foxes, elephants, wild birds, monkeys, wolves 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.
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 other caves nearby. The temple is just 40 feet above from the foothill. It is a small temple, but most famous temple in this area due to religious essence. Thousands of visitors pay visit to the temple during the month of Shravana and Shivaratri.
The essence of the place is significant due to the existence of Lord Shree Ram Temple in its vicinity. The landscape of the hill is beautified due to the small reservoir on the top of the hill. There is also a reservoir covering a large area where water sports activities can be done. Kumuda Pahada is just 0.5 k.m. away from the Titilagarh town. .
Gaikhai M.I.P is 30 kms away from Balangir town.
It is 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.
Ranipur Jharial is104 kms away from Balangir town to the south west. It stands on a rocky hill.
Ranipur Jarial is known as “Soma Tirth” in scriptures. It is a combination of religious faiths of Saivism, Budhism, Vaisnavism and Tantrism. Sixty four 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. Indralath, the majestic brick temple is said to be the highest brick temple of Odisha. Mundpadar at a distance of 4 kms is the nearest bus stop to reach Ranipur Jharial.
Patneswari Temple is situated 40 kms. 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 rulers in western part of Odisha.
Last Modified : 8/10/2021