We bring you a list of top Koraput tourist places
Sabara Shrikhetra Jagannath Temple
This beautiful temple located at Koraput, Odisha is one of the most famous Jagannath temples of the state. An ancient tribal group called the Sabar’s built this place in the 12th Century. Hence the name Sabara Shrikhetra. An itinerary of Koraput tourist places is incomplete, if this temple is missing from the list. This temple is on a hill top and has a beautiful natural surrounding. Also the main motive behind building this temple was to spread the Jagannath culture at this place. Here UNICEF organizes a famous festival called “Parab” because this temple has a link to tribal origin. Nonetheless the most important festival here is the Rath Yatra like all other Jagannath temples.
The Jagannath temple at Sabara Shrikhetra does not discriminate on the basis of religion or caste. Hence everyone can visit this place for the blessing of the deity. One can easily reach this place as it connects well to important cities like Bhubaneswar and Visakhapatnam by train and bus. You can shop for some authentic tribal handicrafts sold here in nearby shops. The historic importance of this place makes it one of the most sought Koraput tourist places.
Rani Duduma Waterfalls
Duduma is a beautiful fall in Koraput District of Odisha. It surely holds rank in the top Koraput tourist place list because of its sheer beauty. It is approx. 45 km from Koraput Town and 20 km from Semiliguda location. Nearest village Nandapur is about 7 Km. You can reach here by your own vehicle and walk the last 1 Km. This waterfall nestles itself amid nature and is a treat to the eyes. Mostly this place is quite peaceful, hence tourists have ample opportunity to enjoy a day here. Since this is a popular picnic spot, you can cook your food and enjoy within the laps of nature.
This waterfall is about 175 meters in height and is forms from river “Machkund”. Also one can find tribal groups like Bonda, Gadaba, and paraja’s staying close to these waterfalls. A hydroelectric project “Machhakund (Duduma) Hydroelectric Project” is set here in collaboration of Odisha and Andhra govt.
Best time to visit: Best time to visit this beautiful waterfalls is from October to January. Dense forest and high hills surround this place. Hence it gets dark quite early. Make sure to start early to reach this place and enjoy the entire day.
Literal meaning of Gupteswar is the “hidden god” and has been named so because it laid hidden in this cave for a long period. Lord Shiva is the deity of this temple. Locals believe that the Shiva Linga present here keeps increasing its size. Lying at a distance of approximate 55 kms from city of Jeypore, it is a hidden treasure. Dense Sal forest surrounds this place and river Kolab flows near by.
As per the belief, Lord Rama while roaming around during his exile period discovered this Lingam. Later he worshiped it and named “Gupteswar”. Hence this sacred place has a link to Ramayan period as well. The entrance of the cave is about 3 mtrs wide and 2 mtrs in height. One needs to climb around 200 steps to reach the entrance. Due to its connection with Lord Rama and Ramayan, the nearby hill bears the name “Ramagiri”. The beauty of these hills is hard to describe in words.
Thousands of devotees visit this place during the month of Shravan carrying water and offer to Lord Shiva. However the most important festival here is the “Shivaratri”. Approximately 2,00,000 devotees from Odisha and near by states gather here during the “Shivaratri”. Because of its religious importance this place finds its name in our list of top Koraput tourist place.
Kolab Reservoir and botanical garden
This Reservoir is yet another top name in the list of famous Koraput tourist places. It identifies itself as one of the most scenic tourist attractions in India. This dam is close to Jeypore town of Koraput district. Completed in the year 1993, this dam is on the kolab river. This project uses the water of river Kolab to generate Hydro electric power. Since 1993, this dam has become one of the major sources of electricity for the region. Kolab dam is 646 Meters in length and 55 meter in height. High hills and dense forests surround this place. Moreover there is a huge reservoir which holds the water of the dam. Boating option is also available here which in itself is a thrilling experience. The scenic beauty of the place and the grand view of the dam attracts a lot of tourists round the year.
Adjacent to the dam, there is a beautiful botanical garden which the tourists rarely miss to visit. This garden has more than 200 varieties of flowering plants and several other designer and medicinal plants. Crafted beautifully, this spot is a popular picnic spot in Jeypore.
Other Koraput tourist places
Koraput Tribal Museum
One cannot deny that tribal Culture and heritage is the soul of Koraput district. The best place to experience the same is the Tribal museum of Koraput. This small museum is on a small hilltop over looking the town. In spite of being a small museum, it stores ample surprises for the visitors. This is a must visit place for any one who wants to know more about tribal culture in Odisha.
Found in the year 1992, it is a perfect place to peep into the not much known life of tribal groups. Not only one can see the unique tribal paintings but also several items and artifacts related to the tribal groups. Several tribal seminars, outdoor performances and festivals are held here on a regular basis. On display are the authentic costumes, weapons, ornaments, musical instruments etc. in different galleries. This place is a treasure house for some one with interest in the beauty of tribal culture and social practices.
Tribes and Tribal Culture in Koraput
Gadabas belong to the Munda tribal group and are mostly found in the Similiguda, Pottangi and Lamataput blocks of Koraput district. They are more into cultivation and love their dance and music. The famous Dhemsa dance associates with this tribal group.
Paroja’s have the largest population among the tribal groups in Koraput. Here they are found in the Koraput, Semiliguda, Laxmipur, Pottangi, Jeypore, Boipariguda and Borigumma blocks of Koraput district. Moreover this tribal group is famous for their artistic talent in dance forms like Dhemsa, Dungdunga and Laga songs.
Soura’s or the Savaras are the most primitive tribal group found in Odisha. Mention of this tribal group can be found in the Purana’s as well. Male members of this group are expert climbers and hunters. Male members mostly carry an axe and hunting is the source of livelihood for this group. They have a dialect of their own known as the Mundari.
Bhumia’s are famous for their expertise in agriculture and cultivation. This group is majorly found in the Jeypore, Boipariguda and Kundra block of the district. Since they are more into cultivation and agriculture, their festivals also relates to the same. Although their supreme deity is Sun god, they worship lord Shiva as well. Women of this tribe are very fond of their ornaments which includes bead necklaces, armlets, bangles, ear rings and nose rings.
Durua’s are the smaller group and are mostly restricted to the Jeypore, Boipariguda, Kundra and Kotpad blocks of Koraput. Their appearance somewhat resembles to the African Negroes. They are short in height, however are very strong physically. Because of their physical strength, traditionally they were a part of local rulers military groups. However with passage of time, they have taken of other forms of livelihood.
Famous for housing HAL (Hindustan aeronautics Limited), Sunabeda is a popular industrial city in Koraput. The engine division and the Sukhoi division of HAL is in Sunabeda. Built in the year 1965, this is a well planned and organized city. Since it is at a height of approx. 1000 Meters above sea level, the climate here is always suitable for tourism. Earlier this place was house to the local tribal groups. But once HAL came into the picture, a huge make over took place. Damanjodi, yet another industrial hotspot is approximately 12 Kilometres from here. Moreover, many of hill stations and water falls surrounded near by. Sunabeda also has wildlife Sanctuary covering about 600 sq.kms. Several varieties of wildlife, high plateaus and beautiful waterfalls can be found here. Hence Sunabeda is quite a popular place among visiting tourists.