The state of Odisha is a unique combination of splendid bearings, exotic and refined cultures and and warm and comradely people. The long coastline, towering mountains, serene lakes and magnificent flowing rivers form the major enthrallment. The scenic and sublime natural beauty of hill stations in Odisha attracts a lot of tourists throughout the year, especially between October to March. Some of the renowned hill stations in the stare are :-
It is fondly known as the Kashmir of Odisha, owing to its astounding beauty. This matchless summer resort is situated at an altitude of 3000 feet above sea level. It is located in Kandhamal district of Odisha. The snow-capped mountains in the winter season renders an awesome view to visitors. Snowfall is quite prominent in this place.
The place is exceptionally shaped with lush green coffee and tea gardens, pine forests and graceful, gorgeous valleys. Beauty of the entire place can be magnified precisely by reaching the foremost point of this hill station. The place has a pleasant feel because of its temperature, ranging between 18 to 34 degrees. The bountiful natural beauty forms the central attraction. Chief spots to visit here are the dazzling waterfalls of Doluri river, Putudi waterfalls, Rushikulya river, Hill View Point, black pepoer and turmeric gardens, Belghar Wildlife Sanctuary and the pilgrim place of Samaleswari Temple.
The Belghar Sanctuary is a sprawling area housing a wide variety of wild beasts and is a gleaming treat to the eye, habituated by tribal inhabitants. Christians form the bulk population here. There are about 200 churches present in this place. Travellers get a chance to taste the local food in the nearby snack shops and peopke remark its taste as appetizing. Tourists can opt for adventurous trekking to enjoy the flawless, wild environment.
One can accomodate oneself in PWD Inspection Bungalow, Revenue I.B. or in an Ashram close to Daringbadi bus stop. The place has a subtropical climate. Prime time to pay a visit to this beautiful destination is from September to May. It is 250 kilometres away from the capital city of Bhubaneswar. Easiest way to reach this area is by road from Berhampur through Bhanjanagar, Sorada or Mohana-Bhanjanagar highways.
It is located in the Gajapati district of Odisha. The situation is at an elevation of 4925 feet above sea level. It is surrounded on three sides by gorgeous hills and thick evergreen forests. The hill tops provide an enchanting view of the surrounding area. The forests habitate a large number of peacocks, flying squirrels, elephants, spotted deer, leopards and talking mynahs.
The exalted beauty of the mountain, blue sea and crystal clear waters of the sacred Mahendratanaya entices travellers from all over the world. Three temples are situated on the top of the mountain, named after the Pandava brothers and their mother Kunti. The Kunti Temple is nearly 30 feet high. The Yudhisthira and Bhima temples are positioned in other hills.
The famous Gokarneswar Linga also occupies this place. Whatever amount of water is poured on the sacred Linga disappears all of a sudden. Shivaratri is the principal festival celebrated here. Thousands of devotees flock to this place for worshipping Lord Shiva during this time. Mahendragiri is also famous as an excavation spot.
This notable hill station is also located in Ganjam district at an elevation of 1800 feet above sea level. It is eminent for its hot water springs. The water springs are more than 300 years old, according to local legends. The water present here has a high sulphur content and is believed to cure ailments such as skin diseases, due to its medicinal properties.
Nearing the perpetual springs, the Kandimata Mandir is situated. The temple is frequently visited by locals. A deer park is also stationed at this place, well-maintained by the state forest department and is a perfect sight-seeing spot. Travellers can option for a long nature-walk along the eye-catching landscape of the surrounding areas of the hill station.
People can assimilate a lot of information about the lifestyles of tribal folk communities such as Kutia Kondh, Bonda, Dingara Kondh and Mali tribe groups. Tampara is another fascinating spot to visit which is a huge brackish lake having a water sport complex granting various water sports such as paddle boats and water scoote.
This alltime illustrious tourist vacation spot has a uniform temperature throughout the year. Ideal time for visting this place is from October to March. It can be reached easily via Berhampur through road.
This heavenly abode is more commonly addressed as Jiranga and is considered a paradise for Tibetans. This place was once a home to Tibetan refugees and is nick-named as Mini Tibet owing to its strong Tibetan influence.
It is adorned with rich natural beauty and has ample amount of horticultural plantations. It has magnificent waterfalls, lush green tropical forests, rivers, mountain slopes and sweet fruit gardens of mango, orange, guava and pineapple.
Miniature shops outline this place and are lined up with woollen shawls, carpets and dogs of various breeds. The Padmasambhava Mahavihara Monastery situated here is considered to be one of the largest monasteries in South Asia, inaugurated by Dalai Lama in 2010.