29 December 2019
Bhubaneswar: With just days left for 2019 to end, picnickers all over are busy planning trips to cash in the new year; planning a stress-free day filled with fun, frolicking and good food.
While Odisha boasts of several scenic locations, in this article we will be discussing the top five picnic destinations.
Barehipani and Joranda Falls, Mayurbhanj
The second highest waterfall in India and the highest in Odisha, Barehipani Falls is a two-tiered waterfall located in Simlipal National Park. It is sourced from the Budhabalanga river and something worth experiencing. The Joranda falls lie close to Barehipani Falls and is located in the core area of Simlipal National Park. It is the 19th highest waterfall in India.
Harishankar & Nrusinghanath, Balangir
Now any travelling aficionado will tell you that these two sites are the twin tourist destinations, Harishankar is located on the southern side of the Gandhamardan hills with its perennial stream being the major attraction. The bustling temple of Lord Harishankar is a testament to the lord’s prowess.
Meanwhile, the Nrusinghanath temple is also located on the foothills of Gandhamardan hills. The place also has a statue of dancing Ganesha which is said to date back to 12th century AD. There’s also a deer park nearby. All in all this picnic destination is a perfect mixture of religion, nature and history at its best.
Khandadhar Falls, Sundergarh
Khandadhar Falls is the 12th highest waterfall in India and the second highest in Odisha and originates from Korapani Nala. The scenic waterfall with lush green surroundings is not only captivating but also seems to bring in a sense of calm. Its smoke-like appearance created by fast cascading waters gives a mystic charm to it.
Hukitola Bay and Hukitola Island are located north of Mahanadi delta. While the island was formed from silt deposits, the building was constructed by British colonists in 1867. An eco-tourist spot it has remained untouched by nature’s fury all these years. The only way to reach this scenic location is by boat and locals follow the tidal waves to make the journey.
Upper Kolab Reservoir, Koraput
This magnificent gravity dam which impounds Kolab river is located along the Eastern Ghats. It also has a multi-tiered park with seemingly endless waters at its rear which also offers boating. The view is simply breathtaking and a must-visit.
Do let us know in comments your favourite picnic destinations.