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               The Shrine of Lord Ladukeswar, known popularly as Ladu Baba is situated here, 100 kms from Bhubaneswar on the Nayagrah- Aska Road and 13 kms from Nayagarh town. The city is regarded as Hari (Vishnu) and Hara (Shiva). This is another major Shaivite ShrineThere is always a crowd of people here waiting to see the Lord. People from all over Odisha come here to celebrate the major festival Mahasivaratri.  So the place aglows on the occasion of  Mahashivaratri.

 ODAGAON

 Odagaon is known for the Temple of Lord Raghunathjeu. It is one of the famous Temples in Odisha dedicated to Lord Ramachandra. Ramanavami is the most important festival celebrated here. Odagaon is 26 kms away from Nayagrah (town). It is said that the renowned poet of Odisha Upendra Bhanja mediated here and attained perfection in the Rama Taraka Mantra. This temple was built around 1903. The ‘Kalas” of the Temple was can can see the Dutikeswar Temple and the Budha Budhiani Temple

dutikeswar  

35 kms from Nayagarh on the Nayagarh--Bahadajhola via odagaon road.There is a beautiful Siva Temple is there.This is also a very good scenic spot. 

Kantilo :  


Standing elegantly on the banks of the Mahanadi, Kantilo is famous  for the temple of Lord Nilamadhaba on top of the twin hills with a surrounding of green forests. Lord Nilamadhaba occupies a prominent position in the cult of Lord Jagannath. A permanent flow of holy water from the feet of Lord Nilamadhaba. Lord Siddheswar are the highlights of the place. Kantilo has the most popular picnic spots in Odisha and is 100 kms away from the capital and 33 kms from Nayagarh town.Maghasaptami celebrated here in grand scale.Brass snd bellmetal utensils are famous here.

Daspalla :  

Daspalla is situated 40 kms from  Nayagrah, here we can find forests with incredibly lush flora and fauna. Daspalla is famous for its jungles, animals and trees. Here the Government has constructed a water project named Kuanria Dam. It is one of the most interesting Picnic Spots. A Deer Park close by kuanria is another attraction. Daspalla is famous for Mahabir Temple . The Lankapodi festival is observed here .  

 

sambar & spooted dear at kuanria 

spooted dear at kuanria 

Ranapur :

 Situated at a distance of 28 kms from Nayagarh, Ranapur is a picnic spot. The temple of Goddess Maninageswari on the picturesque Maninag hill top attracts the tourists.  

Asurkumari

18 kms from Nayagarh towards Nayagarh-Ranpur via Darpanarayanpur- road.   Beautiful water-fall with scenic beauty attracts tousrist.There is also a goddess temple there.It is beutiful picnic spot. 

Barmul -

 This small village is  prominent due to the mangnificent Mahandi gorge on the bank on which it is situated. From Sunakania hills up to Barmul, the course of the river is known as the “Satakosia Ganda (Gorge)’ having a water spread of about 22 km. Barmul, 110 km form Bhubaneswar is an ideal place for an outing. Satakosia Gorge  is a biological refuge and is  considered as an important biographical stepping stone in the link between forest species of Central Indian and South India. Satkosia has significant gentic and ecological important as is the wet portion of the Decan Zone. It is famous for its unique gorge eco-system and beautiful picnic spot.

Gania and Kuturi 

These two places  of Nayagarh district is famous for its natural beauty and the artistic excellence of Odishan art. These are lovely picnic spots under cool mango groves and other shady trees by the side of a hillock. Picturesquely carved out of the big mountains, these two places create an impression of a zoological park where animals move in their natural habitat. These relaxing spots surrounded by nature preserve varieties of indigenous plants, both decorative and medicinal.

Satokasia Gorge Sanctuary  

Satokosia gorge, where the nature in its primitive wild disposition houses all the phenomena including flora and fauna is a rare place. For, it remains untouched by the lust of civilization.

If the wild animals including Sambar, barking deer and wild boar have made the sanctuary their home, leopards and Royal Bengal Tigers stalk the area in their inimitable style.

Up tin the forest near Barmul lies a cave where a 16-feet King Cobra leads a majestic life with his family. The site of the snake king slithering from a tree trunk and drinking from the gorge below where crystal clear water gushes through would send a chill down the spine of any adventurer.

The tranquility of the nature is broken at times by the sweet chirping of rare birds like Horn bills, Fishing Eagles, Crested Serpent Eagles, Racket-tailed Drango, Hill Hyenas (Sunakani an Rupakani) while one can see the rare flying squirrels, Malabar giant squirrels and reptiles like Star Tortoise, King Cobra, Rocket Python, Monitor Lizard, Gharial and Mugar Crocodile. Sitalpani is a spot atop a hill where ice cold water is available throughout the year. It also has sthe costliest timber species—Rosewood.

Satkosia can be approached from Chhamundia, a 30-Km drove form Gania in Nayagarh district and 120 Km form Bhubaneswar . At Badmul near Chhamundia, the Mahanadi Wildlife Division has constructed an observatory where one gets a panoramic view of the spectacular gorge and the Amazonian expense of the Mahanadi . Eight Km form Badmul lies Kuturi, where the Habitat development for natural breeding centre for animals is located.

Established by the division, the sanctuary has a water tank, salt lick and fodder style grass, Napier grass and orchard. full protection is provided to wild animals who visit the centre?

There are also tree-top manchans and a cottage for the tourists to view to movement wild animals at night. The part of the Sanctuary situated on the northern part of the Mahanadi , includes Mahanadi Reserve Forests (RF) of Nayagarh district and Nandagadu PRF of Boudh District.

Sitalpani is a spot on the top of the hill where ice cold water is available in all seasons.

The Baisipalli sanctuary

Water fall at baisipalli baisipalli santcuary Watch Tower, Lagalkhola,baisipalli

  Rich in flora and fauna borders the Mahanadi river along the Satkosia gorge which also includes the Gharial Chrocodile Sanctuary. of Tikerpara. A stay in Tikerpara and cruise along the 25 km long gorge with beautiful forests on either side is a a memorable experience.

Species of  fauna  to be seen  :


Rare birds like Hornbills, Fishing eagles, Crested serpent eagles, Racket-tailed Drongo, rare flying squirrels, malabar gaint squirrels, reptiles like Star tortoise, King cobra, Rock python, Monitor lizard, Gharial and Mugar crocodile, tiger, leopard, striped hyena, wild dog or dhole, Indian wolf, sloth bear, sambar, chital, barking deer,  mouse deer, chousingha, nilgai, wild pig, gaur, elephant, gharial, mugger,  chameleon, terrapins ,poisonous and non-poisonous snakes .
One can almost touch the Boda fish and Car fish weighing upto 30 kg, during boat ride

Best time to visit September and March

Tarabalo  

Situated at a distance of 75 km from Bhubaneswar .  The hot sulphur springs of Tarabalo are spread over eight acres. The springs being situated  amidst scenic beauty, attracts large number of visitors. Tarabalo is a wonderful place for picnics and outings. 

UDAYAPUR LIBRARY

The Banchhanidhi Pathagara,Sri Aurobinda Sangrahalaya and the Jadumani Sahitya Sansada established by the late Dasarathi Pattnaik know as Dasia Aja in a non descript village Udayapur in culturally rich district of Nayagarh is a center for the pilgrimage for the lovers of literature and cultur.Scholars of repute across the world visited this institution

There are 50,0000 books in different languages and dictionaries in 30 languages. The magazine collection has a rich collection of 65000.

The museum has 42 sections, The Collection of rear sculptures minerals ,art, and craft, amours , coins, Postal stamps etc. 

GOKULANADA TEMPLE

It is situated near Sidhamula village, Sidhamula Grampanchayat in Khandapara Block. 
 
The temple of Gokulananda is situated on top of a hill on the bank of river Mahanadi.It is founded by late Sri Baba Swami Ram Laxman Dash Maharaja. It is nice to watch the panaromic view of the hill and flowing water of Mahanadi from the hill as well as from Sidhamula bridge. The hill is full of tall trees and medicinal plants. There is nearly 1KM of plane surface with full of greenery on bottom of the Hill on the bank of river Mahanadi suitable for cooking as well as playing games which attracts most of the local and nearby district tourists to this place.

 

 
Entrance of Gokul temple steps to gokul temple Gokulananda temple Shrine of Lord Krishna
 
 Lord Hanuman at Gokul hill Lord Shiva at Gokul hill Founder of Gokul temple Mahanadi view form gokul hill  
 
Mahanadi view Earthen road on bank of Mahanadi View Sidhamula bridge near Gokul hill Flora & fauna- gokula hill
       
Gokula hill        
 

Temple of Maa Kalapata

Temple of Maa Kalapata is situated in between the foothills of  mountain Manibhadra and southern bank of river Mahanadi. The place is nearly 7km towards west of  Gania Town on the way to Chhamundia near Dankarisahi village. Both sides of road is full of trees and it is nice to watch the water of river Mahanadi during driving along the road. Every year during the month of November a festival/yatra is celebrated in a grand way with homo & yajna with distribution of unlimited food on the occasion of birthday of Sri Ramababa in this place. About 1KM ahead of this place one can find the conflunce of River Mahanadi with its tributary river Brutang. It is nice to watch the sangam place during rainy season. 


Manibhadra hill is  densely populated by sal, teek trees with valuable medicinal plants.The hill range is a part of baisipalli sanctuary. Previously the hill was full with poisonous snakes and other wild animals. Now their population is decreased drastically.  A number of unreached caves are there in this hill. Over all it is a nice place to visit in all season to have different tests in viwers choice.  
direction for temple. Place of Maa Kalapata Maa Kalapata Temple plane area in front of temple Yajna mandap.
Smruti of Ramababa. View of river Mahanadi Bed of river Mahanadi Manibhadra Hill. Hill of Manibhadra
       
 Road along mahanadi