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Saturday, September 24, 2011

Similipal Tiger Reserve Forest and National Park near Baripada in Mayurbhanj District of Orissa India

Similipal the name of Hill Range is derived from the magnificent and charming Simil (Silky Cotton Tree). The hill ranges have been appropriately described as "Salmali Saila (the hills of Simil Trees)" in the poem 'Usha' written by the famous Oriya poet Laureate Radhanath Ray.
Lush green forests, grasslands, sparkling cataracts and rivers, tigers, elephants, deer, flying squirrels… there is so much to attract you to visit and stay there at the Similipal Tiger Reserve and national park in Orissa India.

Simplipal is situated at the biotic province Chhotanagpur Plateau in the heart of the former Mayurbhanj State and now in the centre of Mayurbhanj district of Orissa. The Similipal National Park, one of the earliest project to come under Project Tiger, as one of the nine tiger project reserves in the country in 1973. The Government of Orissa declared Similipal Sanctuary with an area of about 2200 sq. km. in 1979 and 303 sq. km. area of the Similipal Sanctuary as National Park in 1980. Again the area of the proposed National Park was increased to 845 sq. km. in 1986. On a result it has spread over an area of 2,742 sq kms

The hills with several peaks and valleys in between, rise steeply from the plains of Udala in the south and Baripada in the south-east and extend up to Jashipur in the north-west, Bisnoi in the north and Thakurmunda to the west. There are several streams flowing in all directions and ultimately draining into the Bay of Bengal via Major permanent rivers are the Budhabalanga, Palpala, East Deo, Nekedanacha (Salandi), West Deo, Khairi, Bhandan and Khadkei.
The riparian zones, perennial streams and meadows form key areas. The Bhadragoda valley, Tarinvilla area, Patbil and numerous small swamps and marshes form the riparian zone. Prominent meadows are Devasthali, Bachhurichara, Sapaghar, Matughar, Tarinivilla, Tiktali, Chahala and upper Barakamuda.

Flora and Fauna: This expansive ecosystem, thanks to the mega conservation efforts, has close to a 100 tigers, Leopard 115, Elephant 449, Spotted Dear 3500, Barking dear 4500, Mouse dear1800, Sambar 9000, Gaur 950, Wild boar10500, Langur 250 troupes, wild bear 2900, Rhesus macaque 75 troupes etc are living freely in side the Project area. And you can also see other mammalian species like antelopes, chitals, chevrotains, wild dog, sloth bears, monkeys, hyenas and porcupines are also found here. There are around 230 species of birds in these forests. The ones officially recorded include the red jungle fowl, hill myna, peafowl, alexandrine parakeet, crested serpent eagle, gray hornbill, Indian pied hornbill, Malabar pied hornbill and Indian trogon. Most of these bird species may be spotted in the park. s Newana area. There is a sizable population of reptiles as well, which include snakes and turtles. The population of crocodiles has increased considerably since the inception of the Mugger Management Program. Simlipal National Park is a floral treasure as well. There are 1076 species of plants belonging to 102 families. of which 92 are orchids having similarities to the Northern and Southern Indian orchids. Seven percent of the Indian species of flowering plants and eight percent of orchids of India are found in Similipal. Northern Tropical Semi evergreen Forests extend over an area of about 80 km. Northern Tropical Moist Deciduous Forests extend over an area of about 1540 sq. km. It is found all over Similipal except the moist valleys on the Southern and Eastern aspects of the hills.
There are 42 species of major mammals, 230 species of Birds and 30 species of reptiles recorded so far in Out of the Indian checklist have 7% reptiles, 20% birds and 11% mammals.
Similipal is rich in orchidaceous flora 92 species of orchids along with the omnipresent sal trees. Innumerable medicinal and aromatic plants are found as well that are a source of earnings for the local tribal population.

Human Population in the Reserve area are largely tribal. Due to low level of skills in modern society, lower educational levels, socio-culture traits, they are mainly dependent on local resources like they collect and sale of minor forest products. Remoteness of the areas and insufficient infrastructure makes it difficult to enforce the existing law for providing total Constraints free zone to Similipal. There are 61 villages in the buffer area and there was nearly forty per cent rises in human population in average.There are four villages inside the core area and the human population in core has increasing slowly.

The beauty of the park brings the person into the state of hypnotic sleep. It is a god gift to this sanctuary. It would take several days to go around the park. The waterfalls, tribal settlements and mountain peaks, increase the glory of the park.

How to Reach: Similipal is open for public to visit from 1st November to 15th June. You can enter Similipal through Pithabata (22 km from Baripada). Entry permits can be obtained from the Range Officer, Pithabata check gate. Day visitors can enter between 6 am to 12 noon and visitors with reservation between 6 am and 2 pm. Similipal is 170 km from Bhubaneshwar, 240 from Kolkata,and 60 km from Balasore. The other entry point Jashipur is 94 km from Baripada on N. H 6, which is connecting Raipur of Chhatisgarh and Kolkata of West Bengal. Both places are well connected by bus. Taxis and jeeps are available.

By Rail: The nearest prominent railhead is Balasore (60 km), served by major trains running under East Coast zone of Indian Railways. By Air: Nearest airports are Bhubaneshwar and Kolkata. Accommodation: Aranyanivas at Lulung has 8 double rooms and 2 dormitories, while Panthasala at Bangiriposi (35 km from Baripada) has 4 double rooms.

For reservation, contact Tourist Office, Baripada. 
Call 06792 – 252710, 252593 or 0674 – 2432177.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Chipilima Hydro Power Station and Ghanteswari Temple on the Bank of the River Mahanadi Near Sambalapur, Odisha, India

If you are interested to visit Sambalpur District, the main destinations are Samalai Temple at Sambalpur, Hirakud Dam at Burla, Bakra Mandir or Tilted Temple of Huma See Video , Ghanteswari Temple at Chiplima, Chipilima Water Fall, See Video Ushakothi and Gudguda etc may be visited.

Ghanteswari Temple:

Ghanteswari Temple is situated at the foot of Lamei Dunguri means Lamei a name of a hill, near Chipilima Hydro Electric Power Station, about 33 KM away from Sambalapur in south west direction on the bank of the River Mahanadi. It is famous and attracts lakhs of devotees, picnic parties, excursion groups and visitors to enjoy the beauty.
Name signifies that Ghanteswari means Goddess of “Ghants” means bells and you can also find bells all around the temple where ever you can see.
It is said there were some big bells on the spot and were creating sounds when wind blew strongly to alert navigators about the danger in River Mahanadi, as the river is confluence of three streams of water and forming a whirlpool and creating a danger of drowning of boats there, but after construction of Hirakud Dam the situation of current became safer now.The Calm and serene atmosphere of the place along with cackle sound of the river water is enhancing the attraction of the spot to the lakhs Visitors.

A Popular Folklore:

You can listen about a popular folklore there from the local people that a peasant named Hara Behera of neighboring village Tihikipali has established the temple perhaps during 1650-1670. And the folklore behind it is that the said Hara Behera used to go in to the river to collect black sand from the water with his wife Laxmi. One day he got a rounded stone there and brought it to home. At night he see a dream of a Goddess who came and disclosed that she was the royal hereditary deity of Biru’s estate of Chhota Nagpur, and interested to be established in same place near Mahanadi. And as per instruction of Goddess the Hara Behera established her at Badhiyal Grave under Simuli Lata a creaper near Bakbira Vllage and worshipped as Gramadevi means Village Deity of Jharua Keuta and Dumal communities.

Mode Of Visit: The place is only 12 away from the National Highway from Sambalapur to Bargarh route in left to the NH. You can find Rented Cars from Sambalapur or Bargarh to visit the place easily and economically. And both the Sambalapur and Bargarh is well connected with National High Ways and Railways.

Debrigarh : Fort of Goddess , a Wild Life Sanctuary of Bargarh District , Odisha

Debrigarh a place in a peak of Barapahar (a sum of 12 mountains) hill of Bargarh District, and the name “Debrigarh” means “The Fort of Goddess” The position and density of forest attracts Govt. to establish an Wildlife Sanctuary and notified in 1985. The Debrigarh peak is about 2267 ft in height. Once upon a time it was a noted safe hiding place of many eminent personalities, during their revolutions. Especially Veer Surendra Sai the freedom fighter who was also living here during his fight against English rule and captured here in 1864 by British soldiers. 

Monday, February 22, 2010

Devkund Water Fall a Beautiful Picnic Spot , in Udala division of Similipal Forest Range of Mayurbhanja District of Orissa can be visited via Nilagiri / Udala from Panchlingeswar.

Devkund :

Devkund Water Fall a Beautiful Picnic Spot , which  is a part of the Udala division of Similipal Forest Range can be visited  via Nilagiri / Udala from Panchlingeswar. It is 90 km from Lulung, 69 km from Kuldiha and 87 km from Balasore. From Balasore there are regular bus services to Udala (59 km). From Udala there are jeeps for going to Devkund at a distance of 28 km. The last 5 km trail is through a dense forest surrounded with hills. The lake formed by a waterfall jumping from a height of 50 ft to the Devkund.

There are four other falls too and each of them makes a Kund or lake so there are five Kunds in total; and that explains the name—Pancha Kunda (Place of five lakes).

Climbing up more than 100 steps from Devkund, at the source of the river, there is the temple of Devi Ambika Mata (Durga temple), which is worth seeing. Pujas are still performed in the temple built by the kings of Mayurbhanj in 1940.

The chirping sound of known and unknown birds, the multi-coloured butterflies add to the charm of Devkund.

Devkund, because of the difficult conveyance suffers from ignominy and the tourist map does not mention it at all. Sadly enough, there is no accommodation at Devkund.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Famous Picnic Spots blessed with a waterfall in Odisha Tourist Places.

Orissa  / Odisha is a blessed with many  rivers basically provided by the monsoon rains. Which create gorges, river valleys, fertile basins and spectacular waterfalls as they pass  through the state to fall in  the Bay of Bengal.

Some welknown waterfalls are  Barenhipani, Joranda, Badaghagra, Sanaghagra and Khandadhar waterfalls are the prominent ones in Orissa. Duduma, Harishankar, Handibhanga, Hatipathar, Khanduala, Miriglotah, Mruga Mahadev, Nrusimhanath, Phurli Jharan, Pradhanpat and Putudi are other minor waterfalls in a state that provides sufficient attraction to be choosed as a PinNic Spot in Winter.

Peculiarity of all these  tourist attractions is each one has a story to tell - of history or mythology - besides being apt for picnics, sightseeing, treks and outings.

You can find many hotels and lodges in the nearby areas of these spots where you can stay comfortably during your tour of Orissa.

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Padhanpata Water Fall near Deogarh Town ,Deogarh District of Odisha State , a great Picnic Spot.

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Padhanpata Water Fall near Deogarh Town ,Deogarh District of Odisha State , a great Picnic Spot

A beautiful picnic spot in Keonjhar District of Odisha , Gundichaghai Water Fall visit it and Enjoy

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A beautiful picnic spot in Keonjhar District of Odisha , Gundichaghai Water Fall visit it and Enjoy

Thursday, September 25, 2008

The Outlet of Chipilima Hydro Power Station is creating a Water Fall a beautiful Picnic Spot of Sambalpur district Orissa.

The Outlet of Hydro Power Station at Chipilima is creating a Water fall there to fall in to River Mahanadi, Near by the Goddess of Bell Gaghor the Goddess Ghanteswari also attracting thousands of visitor every year to the spot.

Padhanpat Water Fall near Deogarh Town of Orissa, See and Enjoy the beauty of Nature

Padhanpat Water Fall , (Padhan Pata means the area named after Padhan's Family)

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Visit Beniadhus Water Fall in Sunabeda Wild Life Sanctuary of Nuapada District of Orissa,

Goddess Sunadei

Powerful and Beautiful Beniadhus water fall of 24 mtrs. height is located in the Sunabeda Wildlife sanctuary. The Jonk River which starts from sunabeda plateau is creating the fall here. The Goddess Sunadei, presiding deity of the plateau, is sacredly worshiped by the people of the area on the day of Dusserra.

How to Reach : It is 102 KM from Nupada District Headquarter

222KM from Raipur
642 KM from Bhubaneswar via Sambalpur
105 KM from Nuapada Railway Station
115 KM from Khariar Road Railway station
162 KM from Bhawanipatna.

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