Kolab is one of the most popular attractions of Jeypore for its reservoir. It is situated 3000 ft above the sea level over the free flowing Kolab river. It is merely 5 km away from Jeypore. The reservoir generates hydroelectric power. The Orissa Hydro Electric Corporation Limited is located here that supplies drinking water to Koraput, Sunabeda, Damonjodi, along with Jeypore town.
The Botanical Garden which is situated in the vicinity of the Kolab Reservoir sees many families coming for picnics in the weekends. The garden is home to around 200 varieties of flowering plants that makes this place truly enchanting. People can also enjoy boating apart from picnic.
There is a small island named ‘Kechela’ which is surrounded by water. Only way to reach there is through boating which takes around half an hour. The night view of the reservoir is also worth experiencing. People throng in to this place to marvel at the beauty of the reservoir and the well maintained Botanical Garden.
The Jeypore Park is situated near a beautiful lake in the heart of Jeypore. This lake is called Jagganath Sagar. This park is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Jeypore. The park charges an entry fee of Rs 5. People can feel the charm of the serene water of the lake by riding a boat.
Visitors can enjoy the beauty of nature inside the park by taking a toy train ride. Boating and the toy train are the reasons behind the huge influx of visitors to the Jeypore Park. Small children can have a good time playing in the play areas present inside the park.
One can also witness many people coming to the park for morning and evening walks. This park is a good place to spend time with friends and families. Umpteen eateries that flank the park have made this park a good place for hangout.
Shakti Waterfalls is also known as ‘S’ waterfalls owing to its resemblance to the letter ‘S’. Here one can see water falling from a height of 20 ft from the hills. Surrounded by dense green forests and hills, this place is often used as a camping ground. Sports lovers and youth from nearby areas come here for trekking.
Other than roaring waterfall, whispering forests and murmuring birds, this place offers good ambience for meditation as well. Many lodges and hotels have been built here to render the travellers a home-like experience. Once visited, the memories of this place will remain indelible in one’s mind.
Gupteswar Cave, at a distance of about 60 km from Jeypore, is situated amidst thick dense forest and is flanked by the Kolab river. Inside the cave resides a holy Lingam named as Gupteswar. Gupteswar means ‘Hidden God’ and is also known as ‘Gupta Kedar’ in Chattisgarh district.
This place is very famous all over the country for the Sravana festival which is celebrated with huge fervour and gaiety. Many devotees gather here from all over the country to celebrate Shivratri. According to a legend, this Lingam was first discovered by Lord Rama when he once went through this place with his wife Sita and brother Laxman. Tourists can also pay a visit to the Saberi river which is located very near to this place.
Spending some time by the quiet bank of the river amidst a whiff of fresh air can rejuvenate one’s body, soul and mind. The gurgling mountains, dense forest, serene river and the holy Shiva Linga make this place worth visiting.
Duduma Falls, otherwise known as ‘Matsya Tirtha’, is one of the most sought out destinations in Jeypore. Located at a distance of 70 km, Duduma Falls originates from the river Machhakund and is one of the highest waterfalls in south India with a height of 157 m. This fall houses the famous Machhakund Hydroelectric project.
This place remained undiscovered until 1941 when it was projected for the development of the Machhakund Hydroelectric project. Machhakund is a place for pilgrimage as it is believed to be visited by Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. It is dramatically divided into two sub parts: one flowing in Odisha and another in Andhra Pradesh, thus making a border between the two states.
The waterfall looks marvellous with its full enormity during the monsoon season. The spectacular and majestic view of the Duduma Falls is undoubtedly a nature lover's delight.
Koraput is one of the most important towns in Odisha located at a distance of 22 km from Jeypore. The place earns its fame from the panoramic natural beauty, exotic wildlife and the tribal folks that dwell in the dense green forest of Koraput. The tribal people are known as ‘Adivasi’ or ‘original inhabitant’.
These tribal people have now somehow started adapting new lifestyle due to the advent of industrialisation in this place. One ancient and famous temple dedicated to Lord Jagganath is situated here. Unique feature of this temple lies in the fact that all devotees are allowed inside the temple irrespective of any caste or creed.
Thousands of devotees throng to this temple every year to seek the Lord’s blessings. Some major rivers like Machhakund, Kolab and Bansidhar make their way to the Indian Ocean through Koraput. The varied flora and fauna, lush valleys, mighty mountains and the cascading waterfalls make Koraput a tourist hotspot.
Bagara is much renowned for its waterfalls. One can reach Bagara crossing Kutcha roads for 3 miles from Khondaguda which is 6 miles away from Jeypore. It has got three waterfalls which descend from a height of about 30 ft on the river Kolab.
A rest house has been put up by the site of the fall to aid the visitors. People often come to this place for picnic owing to its panoramic natural beauty which embellishes this place. Tourists travel to this place to witness the constant gush of the waterfall.
The view of the water plunging down from 30 ft height to form white milky streams is heavenly. This place too gets a strong hold among the list of must-visit places of Jeypore. It can be easily reached by bus, taxi or auto-rickshaw which are readily available here.
Maligura or ‘Village of Malis’ is home to the local tribe called ‘Mali’. It is around 23 km away from Jeypore. They have very unique culture and lifestyle from those of the other tribes in Odisha. This ‘Mali’ tribe is also known for its tribal handicrafts. One weekly tribal market is organized in a nearby village ‘Kunduli’, which is India’s one of the biggest tribal markets.
Anyone can purchase unique handicraft material from this place. Maligura is much popular for its highest broad-gauge railway tunnel in India which has been built by piercing the body of a hill.
A bamboo matting industry has been developed in this place in order to bring up the cottage industry in this area. Around two miles away from here, a village named ‘Kendupoda’ houses the shrine of the forest deity ‘Birukhomb’. It is believed that when the deity is invoked, it can kill or save any human being.
Deomali stands at a height of 1,672 m above the sea level which earns it the prestigious position of being the highest peak in Orissa as well as the entire Eastern Ghats. It is around 84 km from Jeypore. Embellished with murmuring brooks, deep valleys, dense forests and intervening meadows, this place is rich in flora and fauna.
Deomali is also home to tribes like Bhunia, Bhotra, Paraja along with Mali. Many adventure lovers come to this place for hang gliding, trekking and mountaineering. Railway tracks pass through tunnels in Deomali, the view from which is very scenic.
High hills and valleys add to the beauty of the surrounding. The ride becomes quiet enthralling and worth experiencing. Even the road routes are quite thrilling and adventurous as they contain many blind curves and they seem to descend spirally from the top of the mountains. This spot is a must-visit place for all travellers to Jeypore.
Nandapur was once the capital of Jeypore. Situated around 14 miles from Semiliguda and 293 km from Patangi, this place is of great historical importance. Some antique materials excavated from this place indicate the ancient existence of Jainism and Shaktism cult.
Nandapur has earned its popularity from the throne of 32 steps which is also known as ‘Batrisa Simhasana’ which is believed to be built by the great Vikramaditya. The village is also flanked by some small streams. Towards the northern end of this village, one can find two massive boulders. One of them contains beautiful sculptures and the other has an elephant engraved in it.
A little further in the same direction lies the shrine of Lord Sarveswar which too has some inscriptions engraved in it. Seeing these sculptures and inscriptions one can visualize the glorious past of this village.
Sunabeda is home to the engine division of HAL (Hindustan Aeronautics Limited). It is around 40 km away from Jeypore and it is blessed with some verdant and lush valleys. Among these, the most famous is the exotic wildlife sanctuary which inhibits tiger, leopards, barking deer, hyena, sloth bear, gaur, sambar, chital, pea fowl, hill myna and partridge along with several species of reptiles.
The Sunabeda Tiger Conservation Program focuses on the healthy growth of tiger population in India. The forests in Sunabeda have been characterised by a series of hillocks with steep slopes. Three rivers and eleven streams flow through this place.
A very ancient Jagganath Temple also lies in Sunabeda which is famous for its annual Rath Yatra. Inside the premises of this temple other temples of Lord Shiva, Lord Ganesha and Goddess Laxmi are also present. Another Lord Shiva temple is present on the top of the hill along with a Goddess Parvati temple at the bottom of the hill which is considered to be one of the oldest temples in the town.
Minna Jhola lies in the confluence of three rivers and offers the right ambience to relax and rejuvenate. Minna Jhola has a famous Shiva Temple which makes the town busy during the holy Shiv Ratri. The festival is celebrated with huge pomp and fervour. Local women thrive to this temple to pay their offerings.
Thick and dense forest has made its dwelling on the bank of the river. The town itself is believed to be holy because according to Hindu mythology any confluence in India is considered to be very sacred. Minna Jhola can easily be reached by hiring a taxi or an auto. Bus is the cheapest mode of transportation which is also readily available in this place.