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Kandhamal - On The Lap Of Bewildering & Bewitching Nature


Kandhamal is among the most attractive tourist destinations of Odisha. Adorned with natural beauty and bounties and inhabited by indigenous tribes, this place is the home to some typical tribal population. Kandhamal tourism showcases to its visitors the vast coffee plantation which has crept on the body of towering mountain named Daringbadi.

Kandhamal attracts many visitors to marvel the handmade articles of cane, Dokra, terracotta and bamboo.

Tourist Places In And Around Kandhamal

Kandhamal is flanked by many tourist hotspots which attract many nature enthusiasts all year round. The cascading waterfalls like Patudi Waterfall, Ludu Waterfall, Katramal and Pakadadarah Waterfall invite many people from nearby and far off places to marvel at the beauty. The village of Chakapada is ready to surprise the visitors with its unique Shiva Temple and the trees inside the temple premises which lean towards south.

Born out of the confluence of two hills, the Balaskumpa village is a scenic site to marvel. Inhabited by local tribes that dwell into the dense and impenetrable forests which also shelter some wild animals, Belghar is among the exotic locations of Kandhamal.

Kalinga Valley known for its silviculture and medicinal plant cultivation soothes and rejuvenates its exhausted visitors with its beautiful aroma. Adventure lovers flock to Phulbani for trekking and boating amidst its towering mountain and the Salunki river. Last but not the least, tourism in Kandhamal is boosted by Daringbadi which is the only summer resort in Odisha and experiences snowfall during winter.

Best Time To Visit Kandhamal

The best time to visit Kandhamal is from September to May.

How To Reach Kandhamal

Kandhamal is connected by roadways from Bhubaneswar, Sambalpur and Behrampur. Nearest railhead is Rairakhol which is 3 km from here whereas nearest airport is Bhubaneswar

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How to Reach Kandhamal

  • By Road
    Kandhamal can be approached from Bhubaneswar, Sambalpur and Behrampur by road. Sometimes the road may turn out to be bumpy and rough but the panoramic view of nature while passing through these roads are breathtaking and enchanting. Several state run buses from Bhubaneswar, Sambalpur and Behrampur connect one to Phulbani.
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  • By Train
    The nearest railhead is Rairakhol of Sambalpur district. However, the closest major railway station to Kandhamal is Behrampur which is 165 km from Phulbani. Reaching these stations, one can arrive at Phulbani either by boarding a bus or hiring a taxi.
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  • By Air
    The nearest airport to Kandhamal is the Bhubaneswar airport which is 211km from Kandhamal. A small airstrip is present at Gudari which is 5 km from Phulbani which serves as a landing ground for small planes and helicopters. However, ones reaching Bhubaneswar airport, one can travel to Kandhamal by bus.
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