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With its diverse topography and plenty of scenic beauty, Odisha for ages has been a dreamland for any tourist, who loves to explore the nature’s bounty. But it’s a fact that majority of domestic and foreign tourists, who visit the eastern state are enticed by the ancient temples, rich coastline and the Buddhist sites, which are mostly located in coastal Odisha. Unfortunately, they miss out the beautiful locales in interior Odisha, which are linked with tribal tourism.

 

True, several locations in Odisha related to tribal culture, tribal art and tribal beauty often are missed out by tourists. Located in tribal dominated Kandhamal district, ‘Daringbadi’ is one of those places in eastern part of the country, which for its natural green, valleys and most importantly the snow fall, is popularly called ‘Kashmir of Odisha’.

 

Not a summer resort only:

 

Surrounded by thick rain forests, wild animals, Daringbadi at 915-metre altitude above the sea level has wonderful valleys and pine jungles. But unlike Kashmir, which is mostly visited by people in the summer, Daringbadi is not only thronged by visitors in the hot summer but has thousands of visitors in the winter as well. Needless to say those who brave the winter chill and tough weather conditions, mostly visit the place, to have a view of the beautiful hills painted with glowing silver like snow at the top.

 

The other major attractions in Daringbadi include Doluri River, Putudi Water falls, coffee plantations, black pepper and turmeric gardens and Belghar Sanctuary.

 

How to reach:

 

Daringbadi is nearly 250 kilometres from Odisha’s capital city Bhubaneswar by road and the nearest railway station is Berhampur, which is 120 kilometres away. Actually there are three road routes from Berhampur to Daringbadi.

 

One of the prime attractions for the tourists is the Putudi waterfall, which is nearly 15 km from Phulbani town. The water from the fall flows into River Bada Saluki and the area around the waterfall is covered with dense forests. The spot is hit among picnic parties.

 

Belghar Sanctuary, located about 50 kilometres from Daringbadi is famous for its rich forests, and long tusked wild elephants. There is also a wooden bungalow in Belghar which entices nature lovers.

 

In and Around:

 

Daringibadi is the only spot in Odisha where freezing of dew occurs during winters. As the temperature goes down below zero degree early morning, the dew collected on the grass, leaves and ground turns to ice.

 

One of the prime attractions for the tourists is the Putudi waterfall, which is nearly 15 km from Phulbani town. The water from the fall flows into River Bada Saluki and the area around the waterfall is covered with dense forests. The spot is hit among picnic parties.

   

Belghar Sanctuary, located about 50 kilometres from Daringibadi is famous for its rich forests, and long tusked wild elephants. There is also a wooden bungalow in Belghar which entices nature lovers.

 

Native land of Tribals:

 

For those keen on tribal tourism, the Belghar region can provide them a glimpse of the life style of ‘Kutia Kondhs’. These tribals are believed to be one of the most primitive tribes of the Indian subcontinent. These tribal people apart from relying on forest products also eke out their living by cultivating through shifting agriculture. ’Salap’, a drink prepared by them by mixing the juice extracted from ‘Salap’ and dead palm is a hit among the alcohol enthusiasts.

 

In brief, Daringbadi in Odisha is a nature lovers’ paradise and is blessed with diverse scenic beauty. It is definitely a place worth watching. (EOM)

  

What To See:

Daringbadi Hill Station  , Putudi waterfall , River Bada Saluki , Belghar Sanctuary , 
 

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