Wednesday, 10 August 2022

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Food habits , various flavour and taste of Odisha


Food habits  , various   flavour and taste  of Odisha

Foods of Odisha

The food habits , various flavour and taste of Odisha has unique feature in India . Diverse culture , rich heritage and amazing flavours defines the colourful cuisine of Odisha . The state is home to some of under rated culinary power house which is simple to cook yet delicious and healthy . While the vegetarian dishes finds it origin in many temples of Odisha , mainly the Lord Jagannath Temple in Puri and Shree Ananta Vasudev Temple in Bhubaneswar , the non vegetarian dishes are dominated by saltwater and  fresh water fishes  

Dalma –

dishes of Odisha

Dalma is highly nutritious dishes that constitute part of the Maha Prasad served inside the lord Jagannath Temple in Puri . This is a lentil based is cooked with various vegetable and tubers which are added at different time while cooking .

Ghanta –

Ghanta Curry of Odisha

Ghanta  is a vegetarian dish which is cooked by combining variety of vegetable , soaked brown lentil and diced coconut is served as a side dish with rice

Kanika –

Khechedi of Odisha

Kanika is a sweet rice dish that is part of the Chhappan Bhog of lord Jagannath temple in Puri . Kanika is often prepared during Odia festival and Puja and usually served with Dalma .


The Best summer food pakhala of Odisha

The Pakahala is the world famous dish or meal of Odisha and Odisha has created an unique identity for its special dish Pakhala . Odisha welcomes summer season by celebrating ‘’ Pakhala Divas “’ every year in March . Pakhal is summer staple is made with left over rice by adding water to it and leaving it ferment over night . It is accompanied with various side dishes Like Badi chura , Onion , Alu Bharta Saga Bhaja , Machha Bhaja , Alu Bhaja , Jhudanga Bhaja , Cocumber , dried and fried fish , chili , lemon salad etc .

Besara –

Besara tarakari of Odisha

Mustard or Sorisha seed are mainly used in Odia dishes or cuisine . Any vageterian and non vegetarian dish – that cooked with mustard paste known as Besara .

Khata –

Khata of Odisha

Khata  is a special type of dish which is made by mixture of sweet or sugar and sour fruit and vegetable , it one of the integral part of the Odia thali . The sweet and sour dishes complete a typical odia thali which can be prepared from Jaggery and various type of fruits and vegetable like Ambula , Tentuli , tomato , Khajuri , Oou , Khada etc . Dahi Baigana is also a best side item for Odia thali – which is made up of mixture of Curd and Brinjal .  

Mansha Jhola –

Chicken curry of Odisha

The Mansha Jhola Slow-cooked over wood fire in an earthern port , this spicy lip smacking curry is prepared with goat or lamb meat with aromatic spices and potatoes

 Machha Ghanta , Machha jhola and Machha Besara –

Fish curry of Odisha

Being a coastal state , fish is integral to Odia cuisine and prepared in various style where every part of the fish is used to prepare a unique dish . Machha jhola is a curry based dish where pieces of fish are fried and cooked . Machha Ghanta – has the fish head cooked with lentil , potato and onion and spiced with ginger garlic  paste and other dry spices . Fish curry prepaired with mustard paste and dried mango known as Machha Besara .

Chingudi Jhola nad Kankada Jhola –

Prawn curry of Odisha

Chingudi Jhola or Prawn curry and Kankada Jhola or Crab curry are a part of the Popular non veg curry based sea food dishes of Odisha , spices and coconut milk are the main ingredient of the curry , which gives dishes a rich creamy taste .

Patrapoda –


This dish is originated from the tribal area of Odisha . Patrapoda is made by combining an assortment of vegetable with fisher or meat , chicken or mutton marinated in spices , warping it with banana leaves and roasting it over wood fire .

Peetha and Mithas

Sweets of Odisha

 Odisha has huge variety of sweets dishes . Apart from sugar milky type delights like Chhenapoda , Rasabali , Rosogola and some traditional cakes or Pika form integral part of Odia celebrations . 13 festivals has been celebrated in 12 month in odisha .

Rosogola –


The Rosogola got the GI tag of Odisha . it has huge connection with Lord Jagannath – more than 6000 year ago . It is made by sugar and boiled cheese . Odisha heas been celebrating Rosogola divas every year

Saturday, 23 July 2022

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Top five famous waterfalls of Odisha - you must visit

 Top five famous Waterfalls of Odisha

waterfalls of Odisha

Odisha is an impeccable blend of traditions and terrain . Mainly famous for its vibrant culture and splendid historical monuments that lure in travels . the state surprises its visitors with its natural wonders . from pristine lakes to majestic mountains . Odisha is homes to nature bounty and the most picturesque amongst them are the beautiful water falls scattered across the states diverse landscape .


Barehipani waterfall of Odisha –

The Barehiopani water fall is the second highest water fall of India and it is flowing toward the Budhabalanaga river . This water fall located in Mayurbhaj district of Odisha and it si located in Similipal Biosphere reserve and originated from Maghasani mountain inn Similipal biosphere reserve . The height of this water fall around 400 metre and its tallest single drop is around 259 metre .

Joronda Waterfall  of Odisha –

The Joronda waterfall is 19th tallest water fall in India and its rank in Odisha is 3rd largest water fall . this waterfall present in the core area of Similipal tiger reserve of Mayurbhaj district of Odisha . The tranquility  that surrounds the picturesque waterfall is what memorised a visitors here .

Dumduma waterfall of Odisha –

The Dumduma waterfall present in the Koraput district of Odisha , it is one of the outlet of river Machkund and falls from a height of 180 m and run through hilly and rocky area .it is one of the tallest plunge type waterfall in India and hold 3rd rank in Odisha it term height of water column .

Bhimkund Waterfall of Odisha-

Bhimkund waterfall is a  large vertical shaped George with speeding current that impart a smoky environment . The waterfall located at the boarder area of Kendujhar and Mayurbhaj district . the roaring sound of Bhimkund has unmatched spectacular appeal .

Khandadhar waterfall of Odisha –

Located in Sundargarh bordering Kendujhar is a single drop horse tail waterfall khandhar . It falls from a height of 244 m . The name of waterfall is derived from two word – One is Khanda – means – sword and dhar – means stream of water . It look like a sward .

Koiliguhar waterfall of Odisha –

A rivulet name Ahiraj flow through the rocky belt of the Chhuikanch Forest and fall from a height of 61 m creating the waterfall ofKoiliguhar . It is the 6th highest waterfall in Odisha , which flow into Mahanadi river . There is a submerged Shiva lingam in water known as Maheswaranath

Other waterfalls of Odisha

Set in the seren , senic and natural environments of Odisha , there are many other small waterfalls and stream in different district – like Bada Ghagra , Sana Ghagra in Kendujhar , Phurlijharan of Karlapat wildlife sanctuary and Dokari Chanchara of kokasara in Kalahandi , Gandahati in Gajapati , Harishankar in Bolangir , Devkund in Mayurbhanj , Putudi in Kandhamal and Pradhanpat in Deogarh district of Odisha .     

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The Smart City Bhubaneswar - tourist places in smart temple Bhubaneswar of Odisha

 The Smart City Bhubaneswar - tourist places in  smart temple city Bhubaneswar of Odisha 

temple town Bhubaneswar


The Bhubaneswar is the state capital of Odisha , it has evolved as a modern education , health, information technology and sports , the Bhubaneswar is famous as temple city of India . Here you can find more than 500 temples .

Beyond Hinduism Bhubaneswar has famous for it Jain and Buddhist architectural sites . Here you can find number recreational tourist places like – Planetarium , Nandankanan Zoological Park , Botanical garden , state tribal museum . Along with Puri Shree Kshyetra and Konark it form the golden triangle of Odisha . These three places are among the most visited place of eastern India .

The Bhubaneswar city designed by the famous Jerman architect Otto Konigsberger . It is of the 1st planned city of modern India . Here you can find various temples , stupas and various wildlife sanctuaries .

Bhubaneswar your to be explore –

Dhauli Shanti Stupa –

Tourist places in Smart city Bhubaneswar

Dhauli is located on the river bank of Daya river – where the most destructive battle – the kalinga war was fought in 261 B.C Where after the war – Ashoka accepted Buddhism – Dhauli is famous for its Pristine white Buddhist Stupa and it is famous in the name of peace pagoda . In order to promote ecotourism a special step was taken by tourist department of Odisha – That is multi-lingual Light and sound show organised by Odisha tourism department – which describe the exceptional historical events with 3D projection , that make it must – visit attraction in every tourist itinerary .

Lingaraj Temple of Bhubaneswar –

Tourist places in Smart city Bhubaneswar

The Lingaraj Temple is  one of the eldest temple of India , it is among 12 non-jyotirlinga temple of Lord Shiva and it is made up of red sand stone , this temple is one of the best example of Kalinga style of architecture

Mukteswar Temple of Smart city Bhubaneswar 

Tourist places in Bhubaneswar

The Mukateswar temple with figures in many poses of meditation , the main attraction of the temple is the most beautiful Torona – the decorative gateway . It is also called as the diamond of Kalinga style of architecture and offer pride of place to tale from Panchatantra . Here you can find excellent feature of Hindu , Buddhist and Jain architecture .

Raja Rani temple of Smart city  Bhubaneswar –

Tourist Places in Bhubaneswar

The Raja Rani temple made up of marvellous red sand stone , the local name of this temple is known as Raja Rani temple . The main feature of the temple is the absence of deity . Raja Rani music festival has been organised by the tourism department of Odisha – in order to showcase the glorious tradition and culture of Odisha .  

Bindu Sarovara- of Smart city  Bhubaneswar

Tourist places in Bhubaneswar

The Bindu Sarovora closely located to lingaraj Temple , Bindu Soravara is belive to be contain drops from all holy river of India . During the Ashokasthami festival , it turn into hub of religious activities as the deities of Lingaraj temple , visit it . 

Odisha State Museum of Smart city Bhubaneswar –

Smart city Bhubaneswar - Tourist places in Smart temple town Bhubaneswar

The State museum of Odisha show the finest of Odisha’s archaeological discoveries and treasure and exhibit a collection Jain , Buddhist and Sanatana Hindu Sculptures , copper plates , coin and donative inscription from ancient and medival kalinga along with folk musical instrument and traditions ,heavy jewelleries oldest tools and weapons . The collection of antique paintings and rare palm leaf manuscripts are main attraction of the state tribal museum .

Nandankanan Zoological Parak and Botanical garden of Smart city Bhubaneswar 

Smart City Bhubaneswar - tourist places in Smart temple town of Bhubaneswar

The Zoological park is spread over an area of 3500 square kilometre . The Nandankanan especially famous for its rare white tigers and it is a home to several exotic species of animal , birds , reptiles , amphibians . The butterfly park is one of the best attraction Nandankanan zoological park and here you can around 60 species of butterfly . There is huge artificial lake present inside the zoological park – that is the Kanjia lake .  


Pathani Samant Planetarium – of Smart city Bhubaneswar

Odisha Tourism

The Planetarium is named after the famous astronomous Pathani Samant . Its feature program related astronomy in dome shape air conditioned auditorium . The activity include night sky viewing , poster show and audio visual program .

Regional Museum of natural history – of Smart city Bhubaneswar

Temple town Bhubaneswar

Bhubaneswar’s regional museum of natural history exhibits plants , animals and vibrant geology of Odisha . North east region and Andaman and nicobar islands , besides relics of animals restored objects and fossils . The main attraction of the museum is the huge skeleton of Baleen whale . Here you can find the eggs of extinct elephant and birds .

Ekamra Haat of Smart city Bhubaneswar –

Smart city Bhubaneswar

The Ekamra Haat provides a grand showcase of Art , craft , culture and cuisine of Odisha . Here you can find various types of handloom and handicraft shop . The market also have a open open air theatre , lily pond with water fountain food stall and artisan rest room .   


Museum of Tribal Art and Artifacts

Bhubaneswar tourism

It Museum of Tribal art and Artifacts the open window into tribal life and culture of Odisha . It is must visited place which showcases art , handicrafts , Jeweleries and weapons of 65 tribes of Odisha .

Regional science center of smart city Bhubaneswar

Bhubaneswar Ecotourism

The regional science  center  has 84 interactive that help people to understand and appreciate science . Tourist can get information on the underlaying principle of motion , from the molecular level to motion of plants and galaxies .

Ekamra Kanan botanical garden – of Smart city Bhubaneswar

Bhubaneswar Ecotourism

The Ekamra Park  is an important Nature park in Smart city Bhubaneswar , where one can observe exotic variety of plants . Part of regional plant resource centre . This park has a vast expanse of green lawn , many variety of rose plants and several rare species trees and a lake providing much succor during the sultry summer evenings . It has the largest cactus collection in Asia .

State Handicraft Museum of Bhubaneswar

Bhubaneswar Tourism

The state Handicraft Museum  is its  kind in entire eastern region of the country , the museum is divided into two blocks based on handloom and handicraft . Here visitor could see theme based galleries of items . The Museum has workshop area and a beautiful open air amphitheatre .

Sisipalgarh of Bhubaneswar –

Bhubaneswar tourism

This is one of the best preserved best fortification in India , the ancient city of Sisupalgarh also happen to be the largest one . Historian claim that the place served as the capital city of Kalinga at the time of Kharavela , latter flourished for guarding the kingdom by its fort .

 Things to do In Bhubaneswar 

Heritage Walk of Smart city Bhubaneswar –

It is an initiative by Odisha tourism , Bhubaneswar municipal corporation and Bhubaneswar development authority to encourage people to explore heritage neighbourhood of old town and twin hills of Khandagiri and Udayagiri . It is a free event guided by English speaking guide .

Ekamra Heritage walk – Old town temples ( Every Sunday 6.30 Am

Experiancing the Alleyways , interspread with Shrine and cluster of Magnificientr temples comprising virtually a complete record of Kalinga architecture that transfer you back to yesteryear .

Monk Cave Khandagiri and Udaya Giri

The Khandagiri and Udayagiri is  the dwelling retreats of jain monk , these cave are testimony to the architectural genius of ancient India .Guided walk through and other selected experiences will reinvent the way we connect to rich past .

How to reach to Bhubaneswar –

By Air –

Air India connect Biju Patnaik international airport to Hyderabad , Kolkata , Delhi , Mumbai Chennai , and Bengaluru etc . Other Airline like Air Asia , Indiago , Go Air and Vistara have flight from different metropolis of the country to Bhubaneswar . Air India connect Bhubaneswar to Bangkok and Air Asia connect Bhubaneswar to Kuala Lumpur .

By Railway –

 The headquarter of east coast railway being stationed in the city , Bhubaneswar has excellent network of railway connections . Many fast and super fast train run between Bhubaneswar and other Major city of India .

By Road –

Being the state capital on HN no – 16 is connected by all weather connectable road within the state and neighbouring states .


Accommodations in In Bhubaneswar –

For Low Budget traveller –

The following accommodations are best suited for low budget travellers

Telephone Numbers are given in Brackets – STD Code – 0674

 – such as – OTDC Panthanivas (2432515 /2432314) , Hotel Janpath (2531147) , Hotel Gauri (2433371), Hotel Urmee (2582391), Hotel Grand Central (2313411), Hotel Presidency (2559565-70), Hotel Royal Mid town (2536138), Bhubaneswar Hotel (2313246), Sun City Hotel (2470355)

Accommodations for high spending groups –

 Hotel trident Hillton (2300333), Hotel Swosti premium (3017000) , Hotel Mayfair Lagoon (2360101) , Hotel crown (2550001) , Hotel New Marrion (2380850), Hotel Turimph residency (2545718) , Hotel Ginger (2303933) , Hotel La Franklin ( 7177777) , Hotel Sandy Tower ( 6665555)

Besides , huge number of other hotels , lodges and Oyo rooms and Dharmashala are available for low spending gropu also .

Thursday, 31 March 2022

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What kind of development should Indian tourism authorities need to do to generate more jobs and opportunities for youngsters Indians and foreigners as well?

 Current Situation of Indian tourism sector and its problems in India 

India tourism

As compare to  other developed nation - Indian tourism sector is a backward tourism industry in the world . It need more modification and developments . India is the most diverse country in the world - in religion , culture and geography , language . Here  you can find at least 100 spoken language , around 5 to 6 religion , wide spread geographic diversity , different culture , different tradition , different life style ..etc . The huge socio-cultural diversity can provide a huge tourism opportunity . But we Indians are failed to use our Socio-Cultural diversity . We should take the advantage of this god gifted diversity of India . Our famous tourist destination has been neglected - due to lack of public awareness , lack of advertisement , lack inactiveness of tourism authorities , Lack of maintenance , lack of tourism infrastructure , Lack of tourism hospitality . The Tourism authority of India should be conscious about identification of tourism destination , development tourist destinations , advertisement of tourist place , maintenance of tourist place , development of tourism infrastructure  . 

Use of Cultural diversities of India for tourism promotion by tourism authorities 

India Ecotourism

India is famous for its cultural diversities in the world . Mainly Hindu religion is a dominant religion in India . Here you can find at least 13 festival in 12 month . Hindu festival and Hindu cultures are world famous and scientific in nature . The prominent Hindu festival like Holi , Diwali , Dusshera , Rath Yaatra  of Odisha , Maha Bishuva sankranti , Makara Sankranti are world famous festivals . Our tourism deprtment can use these festival as catalyst of Indian tourism sector

Use of Hindu temple as tourism destinations by Tourism Authorities of India . 

Tourism developments by Indian tourism Authority

The Hindu religion is one of the emerging religion in western countries and the followers of Hinduism are in increasing day by day. India has around 2 million of Hindu temple and these temple can be use as tourism destinations for domestic tourism and international tourism . The two million temple is not a small number - Just imagine ``if two million temple will be used as tourist destination of India - then what will happen . These two million temple can provide direct and indirect income opportunities to local people . The temple tourism of India can boost easily the India tourism sector . The Tourism authorities of India has to identify these temple and advertise them . It is the duty of tourism department to develop road network and tourism infrastructure to promote temple tourism ion India . When the temple tourism program will be successful - then the local people near these temple will serve as temple tourism guide for domestic and international tourists , the price of land property will increase in nearby area of temple , the hotel industry will developed near temple area , transport sector can play a vital role near temple area - the local people can give their house in rent for tourist , income of local people will increase by promotion of temple tourism . 

Use of Mosque as tourist destination by tourism authorities of India 

Indian Tourist destinations

Indian sub-continent was ruled by many Muslim rulers and they have ruled for a longer period of time . Mainly two dynasty of Muslim people was important ruling dynasty of India - they are Delhi Sultanate and Mughal dynasty . Muslims rulers have constructed many Mosques and monument . These Mosque and monuments can best tourist attractions in India . Indian tourist department and ministry of tourism should focus on these tourist destinations of India and Ministry of tourism should focus on development  tourism infrastructure  near these Mosque and historical monuments . After the proper development of tourism infrastructure near these will lead to massive employment generation for Indian youngster . 

Use of Buddhist monuments and Buddhist cave for tourism promotion in India by Tourism authorities 

Indian Buddhist tourist destinations

The Buddhism is originated from India sub continent . Most of the famous ancient rulers of India were followers of  Buddhism . They patronized the Buddhism in massive scale . The famous king Ashoka was a great followers of Buddhism in India . He has constructed many Buddhist Stupa , Cave and Buddhist temple during his time period . Now a days most of the Buddhist monuments are in ruined condition . Due to lack of maintenance and lack of connectivity these are far away form the eye of tourism . Indian tourism authority should identify those tourist destination and should take proper action for promotion of tourism infrastructure in India . 

Use of Jainism and Jain Monuments for Tourism promotion in India by Tourism authorities 

India tourism

Jain community is one of the minor community of India . The Mahaveer Jain one of the Famous Tirthanka . During the ancient time Jain religion was one of the famous religion of India . The Jainism was patronized by many Indian rulers . They have built many Jain temple and jain monument during their time period . These cave and monument are one of the best tourist attraction for domestic and international touristy . There should be proper connectivity and tourism infrastructure near these Jain cave and monument to promote tourism near these places . After development of proper infrastructure - it will provide income opportunities for local people . 

Use of Palaces and forts for tourism promotion in India by tourism authority 

Use of Palaces and forts for tourism promotion in India by tourism authority

India was ruled by numbers dynasty and huge numbers of local ruler . Every ruler has own palaces fort in mane of their art ant architecture . Every state had hundreds of local rulers . At lest you can find 2000 fort and palaces in in India . These fort and palaces are can be  the best tourist attraction for domestic and International tourist in India . Famous fort like Red fort , Agra fort , Fort of Jodhpur , fort Jaisalmeer , Hawa Mahal are famous forts in India . In India - there ware huge numbers of Gadajat state and each  gadajat state had own places . The tourism authority should identify these fort and palace and should develop proper connectivity to these fort and palaces . 

Use of Geographical Diversity for tourism promotion - by Tourism authority of India 

Use Of Bio-Diversity in tourism promotion by tourism authority in India -

India is a country with diverse geographic condition . We have huge southern peninsular Plateau and huge north India plain and we have huge mountain area like Himalayan mountain area , we have huge desert in Rajasthan and we have cold climate in Ladakh , Jammu and Kashmir . We have mountain state like north - eastern states . These geographical diversity can play a major role in Indian tourism industry. Our Country India have nine coastal state . The tourism industry should use these Geographical  diversity for tourism development in India . The ministry of tourism should focus on the development of tourism infracture and tourism culture in India . . 

Use Of Bio-Diversity in tourism promotion by tourism authority in India - 

Use Of Bio-Diversity in tourism promotion by tourism authority in India -

The India is bleed with high bio-diversity and we have 81 million hector of forest cover area . India have 106 numbers of national park and 506 numbers of wildlife Sanctuary , 18 biosphere reserve and we have 53 tiger reserve in our country . Our country have massive potential in Ecotourism . Our country should focus on proper Ecotourism infrastructure developments . We should develop proper road network to every ecotourism destination and we should advertise these in international and domestic media . 

Employment Generation for Foreigner from India Tourism 

India is a most diverse country in Socio-cultural level and geographical level . Most of the tourism company are working in different countries of world to provide tourism services in India . These company has tie- up Indian tourism departments . If the tourism infrastructure of india will be developed - then it will provide better employement opportunities for foreign tourism and hospitality companies . 

Friday, 25 March 2022

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Best tourist places in Sonepur district of Odisha in 2022

Best tourist places in Sonepur district of Odisha in 2022

Tourist places in Sonepur District

The Sonepur district of Odisha is one of the most visited place in Odisha and this district is famous for its numerous temple and picnicspots . The Other name of the Sonepur district is western Srilanka . The evidences are found from Copper plate charter and those are issued by the Somovanshi king Kumara Samesware Dev in 10th century A.D . The King had proclaimed himself as the king of Western Sri Lanka . The Main deity of this district is Goddess Lankeswari .The Sonepur district tourism is one of the interesting part of Odisha Tourism . This post is going to best tourist destination guide for Sonepur 

Location of Sonepur District on google Map - Sonepur District 

Why  Sonepur is Famous ?

The Sonepur town is the temple town of Odisha and it also known as second Varanasi of Odisha and known as the second Lanka . Mainly most famous hindu temples and Shakti peetha are found in Sonepur disyrict of Odisha . Most of the temple of S onepur are hindu temple . The other name of Sonepur is ''Subarnapur " . Once upon a time a gold rain occured here - thats why the name of the city is Subarnapur means '' the city of gold ' . 


How many temples are there in Sonepur ?

Sonepur tourist guide

The Sonepur or Subarnapur town known as temple town of odisha .Some time it is called as Mandira malini of western Odisha . There are huge numbers of smaller and larger temple found here , Among them 20 temples are famous temple . The names of temples are - Subarnameru temple , Lankeswari temple , Pancharatha temple , Kapileswar temple , Patali Shree kshyetra , Metakani temple , Rameswar temple , Manikeswari temple , Sashisena temple etc . 

There are Various tourist places are present in Sonepurdistrict of Odisha and the are gien bellow .These are the top tourist attraction of Sonepur . 

Subarnameru Temple of Sonepur district

Western Odisha tourism

The Subarnameru Temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and it is present in Sonepur district of Odisha . This temple is present on the left side of the Tel river , which is a tributary of River Mahanadi . This temple is one of the oldest temple and built by the local king Madan Gopal Deo in 17th Century CE . Now a days the temple has been managed by the government of Odisha . The temple is an east facing temple and it was constructed on the basis of Kalinga style of Architecture . Main festivals of this temple are Dola Purnima , Shiva Ratri , Jagara and Kartika Purnima . The Subarnameru temple is located near the Sonepur bus-stand and it is only 3km away from the bus stand . The temple is around 270 km away from the state capital Bhubaneswar . The nearby railway station is Bolangir railway junction and the nearby air port to the temple is Jharsuguda Veer Surendra Sai Airport . You can get direct bus to sonepur from Cuttack , Bhubaneswar , Angul , Sambalpur etc .

Location on Google Map - Subarnameru Temple 


Sureswari temple of Sonepur district

Sonepur tourism

The Sureswari temple is located at the left side of the Tel river , which is a tributary of river Mahanadi . The Sureswari temple is one of the oldest famous temple in temple town Sonepur . Some people are also saying that Goddess Sureswari is the Kuldevi of Sonepur district of Odisha . Mainly in this temple – the statue of Goddess Kali has been worshiped . The face of Goddess is facing toward north  , but the entry gate of the temple is east facing . There are numbers of bathing ponds are found around the temple for ritual activities .It is believed that the temple was established by Lord Parshuram . The main Festivals associated with the temples are Kali Puja , Dussera, Nuakhai etc .

Location of sureswari temple on Google Map - Sureswari temple 

Lankeswari Temple of Sonepur District –

Sonepur tourism

 The ancient name of Sonepur Town was the Paschima Lanka or western Sri Lanka . The King of Lanka – The Ravan has an army base on Sonepur district – that’s why it is famous as Paschima Lanka . The Lankeswari temple present inside the river Mahanadi . The Lankeswari temple tourism is one of the best part of Sonepur district tourism and it is a best place to visit in Sonepur .Now a days the temple has been worshipped by Fisherman communities of Sonepur district . The temple is present at road side of Ulunda road , Dharmasala road . It was believed that Sonepur was the centre knowledge and innovation during the ancient time . The town was the southern Koshal kingdom . Some part of the southern Koshal was conquered by the king of Lanka , hence it has the name – second Sri Lanka . The goddess Lankeswari was established by the King Ravan .  Thats why this is the Famous temple of Sonepur 

Lankeswari Temple on Google Map - Lankeswari Temple 

Pancharatha temple of Sonepur district

Sonepur ecotourism

The Pancharatha temple was built by the local king Biramitra Singh Deo . The temple is dedicated to the family of lord Shiva . Here Lord Shiva , Devi Parvati , Shree Ganesh and Kartikeya have been worshipped . The temple design is similar to running Chariot and it has similarities with Konark sun temple . Here five temples are located on a single base . The main feature of the temple is – the statue of Shree Ganesh is facing toward east and the shiva statue is facing toward south . The king built this temple on the memory of his son Somobhusan .

Pancharatha temple on google Map - Pancharatha Temple 

Kapileswar temple of Sonepur district 

Picnic spot in Sonepur district

The Kapileswar temple is around 35 km away from the Sonepur town   . The temple is located near Binika of Sonepur and The Kapileswar Temple is 4 km away from Binika . This temple is desiccated to Kapileswar Mahadev . The temple area remains crowded throughout the year . The temple has some similarities wit Vaidyanth temple .
Kapileswar temple on Google Map - Kapileswar Temple 

Patali Shree Kshyetra temple of Sonepur District

Hindu temple of Sonepur district

The Patali Shree Kshyetra is an import place for Hinduism and it has a huge historical importance . This placed is related  Buddhism Shaktism and Vaishnavism . It was believed that lord Jagannath was kept here for 150 year and this temple is located at the foot hill of Trikut hill – which is located in Birmaharajpur Subdivision of Sonepur district . The temple is around 65 km away from the proper Sonepur town . The Ratha Yatra is the main festival of this temple . Mainly the temple is located on Kotsamalai hill . This temple area remain crowded throughout the year . The nearest railway station is Bolangir Junction and nearest airport is Jharsuguda airport . The temple is around 260 km away from the state capital Bhubaneswar .

Patali shreekhetra temple on Google Map - Patali Shreekhetra 

Harihara Jore Dam of Sonepur District

Picnic spot of Sonepur district of Odisha

The Harihora Jore Dam is constructed across the Harihora tributary of Mahanadi and it is located near Luhakhandi village of Birmaharajpur Tahasil of Sonepur district . The length of the dam is around 2.3 Km and the catchment area of this dam is around 450 Square Kilometre . This dam constructed only for irrigation and flood control . around 10 gate for water control in this dam . This dam has been acting as one of the best picnic spot Sonepur  and tourist destination in Sonepur district of Odisha.

Harihara Jore Dam on Google Map - Harihara Jore Dam 

Koshaleswara Temple of Sonepur District

Temple tourism Sonepur district

The Kosheleswar temple is a ruined temple located near Baidyanath – which is near to river bank of Tel river . Here you can find different types of ruined Buddhist architecture and latter it was renovated buy Hindu kings .   This is the earliest temple of Sonepurdistrict and it was construct around 7 century BCE. This temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva .

Metakani temple of Sonepur district –

The Metakani temple is one of the prominent Shakti Peetha of Sonepur district . This is a hill side temple in sonepur district . Goddess Metakani temple is located near Ulunda forest area of Sonepur district . According to local people Goddess Metakani originated from lady named Meta – that’s why the name of this temple is Maa Metakani Shakti peetha . Maa Metakani temple famous for wish fulfilment . Metakani temple is 23 km away from the Sonepur town .This temple is located near Sonepur and Sambalpur high way . The temple is located at 2km away from the highway .

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Rameswara Peetha of Sonepur district

 The Rameswara temple is located at the meeting point of Tel river and Mahanadi river . It was said that the lingam of the temple was established by Lord Shree Ram . Here Lord Ganesh , Goggess Parvati and Lord Kartika worshipped here . There is another temple present near Rameswar temple – that is Durga temple – the Shrine of Durga temple has 10 hand . There is is a Brishava statue outside of the temple . According to historians this temple was built by Chauhan rulers .

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Papakshya Ghat of Sonepur District

religious place of Sobnepur district

The Papakshya Ghat is located on the river bank of Mahanadi near Binika and it is around 32 kn away from Sonepur town . This Ghat was constructed by Anangabhima Dev . There is a huge Banion  tree near the Ghat . It is one the famous religious place for religious bathing . Though it is a famous place , but there is no enough arrangement for tourist . There is a old shelter for tourists but – these houses are in ruined conditions .

Location of Papakshya Ghat - Papakshya Ghat 

Bhima Bhoi Samadhi Peetha –

top 10 place to visit in Sonepur district

The Bhima Bhoi Samadhi Pitha is 32 km away from the Sonepur town and it is located near Khaliapali village . Bhima Bhoi was a famous poet of western Odisha and he was born in Redhakul subdivision of Sambalpur district . He was a spreader of Mahaima dharma – that based on monotheism . . He belongs to Kandha Community . Though he was a blind , but he had good command over Odia language . He wrote many novel in Odia language . In this Samadhi – the dead body of Shree Santha Kabi Bhima Bhoi was buried . This temple was constructed 109 year ago . This Samadhi is in ruined condition . Here large numbers of disciple of Mahima Dharma staying here . They have been worshipped the universe god . The Famous Shruti Chintamani was written by Bhima Bhoi .

Bhima Bhoi Samadhi Peetha on Google Map - Bhimabhoi Samadhi Peetha 

Thenga Dam of Sonepur District –

The Thenga Dam is one of the most visited picnic spot inSonepur district and it was built across the Harihara Jora . it is a micro irrigation and flood control project . This dam provides a natural view – that’s why thousands visitor have been coming to this dam for picnic purpose . Here you can get the facilities of boating . This is a winter shelter of various tyoes of migratory birds . The dam is located near dense forest – that’s why you can see numerous wild animals like elephant , bear and deer .

Thenga Dam on Google Map - Thenga Dam 

Barapahad Picnic Spot of Sonepur district

Picnic spot in Sonepur district of odisha

The Barapahad Picnic spot is one of the most visited picnic spot in Sonepur district and it is one of the most famous Devi Peetha of Sonepur district . It is also a best water fall in Sonepur district .This picnic spot is located near the Menda village of Deaulpadar Grama Panchayat and it 1km away from Brahminipali and Rajapali . Here you can find cave , temple and water streams . The Barapahad festival is associated with Barapahad Shakti Peetha and it is observed in Chaitra Purnima of Odia Calendar . Here people have been worshipping the Barapahad Devi and the white horse is the symbol of Barapahad Devi .

Location Of Barapahad in Google Map - Barapahad Picnic spot 

Royal Palace of Sonepur district –

The Sonepur was a Gadajat state of Odisha . It was ruled by Chauhan dynasty and it has huge palace and spread over an area of 4 acre . Now a day this palace in at ruined condition . The palace is located near the river bank of Mahanadi of Sonepur town . The palace divided into Rani Mahal , Juvaraj Mahal , Pakasala , store room , security rooms etc .

Location of Sonepur Palace - Sonepur Palace 

Manikeswari Temple of Sonepur district

The Manikeswari temple is located in Manamunda Village and it is located near the NH-224 of Somepur district . The temple is worshipped and managed by fisherman of Sonepur district and Goddess manikeswari is the Kul Devi of Fisherman community of sonepur district of Odisha . Dasahara and Nuakhai famous festivals are associated with Manikeswari temple of Sonepur district . Goddess Manikeswari also worshipped as Kul Devi of Ganga dynasty . 

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Forest Park of Sonepur District

 The Sonepur town is blessed with and new smart park that is forest park . The park located in Sonepur town . It is a best place for mind fresh and enjoyment . The other name of forest park is Manikeswari Park . There is an entry fee to this park – that is only 10 rupee only . The park is filled various flowering plant and medicinal plants and these is a small area for children inside the park and there is also gym facilities for adult . The park remain crowded throughout the year .

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Children Park of Sonepur district

The Children Park located in Main town of Sonepur . This is best play ground for local children of sonepur town . This park has been managed by Municipality corporation of Sonepur District . Now a days – this park is in ruined condition , due to lack of proper care and maintenance .

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SSVM Park of Sonepur District

Mainly The SSVM park is located in Binika area of Sonepur and it is a Park -Botanical Garden . Mainly it is managed by The Saraswati Vidya Mandir of Sonepur district of Odisha . This park act as mini children park in Odisha .

Mahanadi Ghat of Sonepur District

The Mahanadi river is the longest town of Odisha and it is the life line of Odisha . This river also passes through Sonepur district of Odisha . There are number of Ghats or bathing place near the coast of Mahanadi river . The Bathing place or Ghats are – Raneswar Ghat , Dhoba Ghat ,Gokarneswar Ghat , Mastyendra Ghat , Gauri Ghat , Raj Ghat etc . These Ghats have been using as ritual purpose and bathing purpose . Sometimes these ghats are working as tourist place of Sonepur district  or picnic spot of Sonepur district .

Locations of Mahanadi Ghats on Google Map - Mahanadi Ghats 

Samaleswari Temple of Sonepur District –

Sambalpur district tourism

The Samaleswari temple is 3km away from the Sonepur town . Maa Samaleswari is the Kuladevi of Local Chauhan dynasty and the temple is north facing There is a huge image of Goddess Laxmi or Gaja Laxing at the entrance of Mukhasala . The Samaleswari temple was constructed by the local king – Raja Sobha Singh Deo .

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Gundicha Temple and Nrusinghanath Temple of Sonepur District

Sonepur District Odisha

The temple was built by local Queen Shree Gundicha Devi , who is wife of local king Pruthiraj Singh Deo  . It is the tallest temple of western Odisha . The height of this temple is around 100 feet . The Gundicha temple is 2 km away from Sonepur town . The Other name of Gundicha temple is ‘’ Nrusinghanath Temple .

Location of Gundicha temple on Google Map - Gundicha Temple 

Sashisena temple of Sonepur district

The other name of Sashisena temple is Nimuchi temple and the temple has no entrance gate . This temple is the centre of Buddhist culture and having sculpture of buddha on its wall . The Temple was built in the memory of Princes Sashi Sena .

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Bhagabati temple of Sonepur District

Here Devi Parvati worshipped as Bhagavati in Sonepur district of Odisha. The Bhagabati temple is located at 1km distance from Rameswara temple of Sonepur town . It was believed that goddess Bhagabati protects from evil power . This temple was built by the local Chauhan ruler of Sonepur . If you are interested to visit Bhagabati temple then – you travel through bus , taxi and car from Sonepur town .

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Champeswar Shiva temple of Sonepur District

 The Champeswar temple is located as Birmaharajpur of Sonepur district . Mainly the proper location of Champeswar temple is the Champamal village and it is 3 km away from Birmaharajpur . The temple is dedicated lord Mahadev . Main festival of the temple is Kartika Purnima , Shivaratri and Nuakhai .

Location of Champeswar temple on Google Map - Champeswar Temple 

Gokarneswar Temple of Sonepur district

The Gokarneswar temple is located near the river bank of Mahanadi . It is located at the western part of Sonepur district . Gokarneswar was the main Lord of Ganga dynasty of Sonepur . This temple was built by the Chauhan ruler of Sonepur , another goddess also worshipped near the temple – she is Goddess Ramachandi .

Jatesingha Temple of Sonepur District

The Jatesinga is the birth place of great port Bhima Bhoi . This place is around 8 km away from Birmaharajpur . Mainly this temple is dedicated Mahima cult and Bhima Bhoi was the founder of Mahima Dharma . You can see Jatesinga on the way of Godhaneswar temple and Vaishnvaite temple at Khamar .

Paschima Somonath temple of Sonepur District

The Paschima Somonath temople located at the western part of Sonepur town . Here the temple is dedicated to Lord Somonath and Lord Somonath was Kul Dev of Somovansi ruler . This temple was built by the local king Pratap Rudra dev . The temple was built in Kalinga style of Architecture .   Here people also worshipping lord Hanuman and Kala Bhairav dev . The temple is a south facing temple . Here all family member of Lord Shiva have worshipping .

 Khambeswari temple of Sonepur District –

Here peoples are worshipping Goddess Shree Bana Durga  in the Form of Khanbeswari Devii . Khambeswari devi was the Kul devi of Bhanja king and Somovansi king and they had adopted the khambeswari culture in their kingdom .

How to reach to Sonepur District

By Air – Veer Surendra Sai airport is the nearest airport which is located in Jharsuguda   and another airport is Biju Patnaik Airport in Bhubaneswar .

By train – The nearest railway station is Bolangir railway station and it is 55 km away from Sonepur district .

By Bus – By Bus you can reach to Sonepur From Baramunda Bus stand of Bhubaneswar – here you cab find direct bus to Sonepur . You can also find direct bus from Sambalpur town to Sonepur  .

Best time to visit Sonepur District –

Normally you can visit any time to Sonepur , but the best time to vist sonepur district is Septmber to April month .

Weather Conditions of Sonepur District –

Mainly Sub- tropical climate found in Sinepur district , Here you can finds medium tempreture in summer season and medium rain in rainy season and medium cold in winter season .   

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