Odisha Express: Virtual Tour of Odisha (Part-2)

Route-2: Jeypore to Cuttack

Major places covered: Jeypore, Koraput, Rayagada, Berhampur, Balugaon, Cuttack




  • Picturesque Kolab dam
Upper Kolab Dam
Upper Kolab Dam (Picture Courtesy: http://www.travyde.com)
Entrance to Temple
Shivalinga inside the cave
1-kolab-river (1)
Kolab river on bed of stones
  • Crucial commercial hub for the erstwhile undivided Koraput district
  • Major market place for Jungle produce by tribals
  • Gateway to the hills of Malkangiri, the habitat for the ancient “Bonda” tribe (123 km)
Bonda girl
Lady from the Bonda Tribe (Courtesy: http://www.sandpebblestours.com)
  • Maliguda tunnel: 2nd Biggest broad-gauge railway tunnel in India (35 km)
Maliguda Tunnel
Maliguda Tunnel (Courtesy: http://www.incredibleorissa.com)
  • Duduma waterfall on Machkund river (65 km)
Duduma Waterfall
Duduma Waterfall
  •  All India Radio center



  • Lord Jagannatha temple (Shabara Shrikhetra)
Jagannatha Temple, Koraput
Jagannatha Temple: Shabara Shrikshetra Koraput
  • Jungle produce & coffee plantation (Photo Courtesy: Alisa Sahu)
  • Major railhead to the undivided Koraput district (Beautiful view onboard Indian Railway, Photo courtesy: Alisa Sahu)
  • Annual tribal festival “Parab”
  • The Highest Mountain Peak of Odisha- Deomali (50kms from Jeypore) – 1672 Mts (Photo courtesy: Anand)
Deomali peak
Deomali: The highest peak of Odisha



  • Business town on the banks of Nagavali river
  • Connects Odisha to Andhra, so mixed culture
  • Major railway junction connecting South Odisha to rest of India
  • Maa Majhighariani temple
  • Minajhola, Devgiri – Shiva shrines



  • Padmapur – tourism attraction for Buddhists.
  • Picturesque bus route with tunnels and serpentine ghats
  • Paikapada a town in Rayagada District is a famous Shaiva Pitha.It is famous for Pataleswar Shiva Temple. It is believed that there are 99,99,999(1 less than 1crore ) Shiva Lingas in and around Paikapada. (Photo courtesy: Anand)
Patelshwar Shiva Temple
Patelshwar Shiva Temple
  • Rayagada is close to Gunupur which was ruled by the son of Maharaja of Jeypore. It also has proximity to Paralakhemundi which was at one time ruled by Maharaja Krushnachandra Gajapati Deb, one of the earlier activist to work for a linguistically special Odisha state.
  • Chatikona waterfall (ଚଟିକୋଣ ଜଳପ୍ରପାତ)

Chatikona Waterfall

Chatikona Waterfall

  • Rayagada is the land of “Soura”” tribe. The Saura Tribal Art” commonly called as “Art of Odisha” is very famous.

Famous Saura Art

Berhampur / Bramhapur


  • Land of Silk sarees (Paata saree)
  • Business hub of South Odisha
  • Gateway to the port city Gopalpur on sea, about 10km from Berhampur. Gopalpur has the 100yr old Oberoi Palm Beach hotel which was the 3rd Oberoi Hotel in India.
Gopalpur on sea
Gopalpur on sea (Photo Courtesy: Sambit Nayak)
  • Lighthouse at Gopalpur
Lighthouse at Gopalpur on sea
Lighthouse at Gopalpur (Photo Courtesy: @OdiaCulture)
  • Tatpapani hot water basin, about 56  km from Berhampur.
  • Tara Tarini temple
Tartarini Temple
Upper Kolab Dam (Picture Courtesy: http://www.travyde.com)
  • Annual Thakurani Jatra festival / Danda nacha
  • Bhetanoi – Balipadar black buck sanctuary near aska, around 51 km from Berhampur.

Photo courtesy: Rajesh Lenka

Shared by Ashish Kumar Nayak

  • Local delicacies: Dhanu muan



  • Gateway to Chilika lake

Incredible Chilika Lake

Kalijai Temple
Kalijai Temple inside Chilika Lake (Photo Courtesy: Ashish Kumar Nayak)
  • Nearest railhead for the famous Maa Bhagawati Temple, Banapur.
  • Gateway to Mangaljodi bird sanctuary (Distance: 35 km)
  • Local delicacies: Chilika Crabs & other sea-foods
Chilika Dhaba
Iconic Chilika Dhaba, Balugaon (Photo Courtsey: Ashish Kumar Nayak)



  • Silver and Gold filigree work
  • High court of Odisha
  • Cuttack Chandi temple
  • Annual Balijatra festival
  • Best pandals on Durga Puja

Local delicacies: Dahi bara-Aloo Dum


@WeAreBBSR : For the opportunity to curate the handle for a week

Odia Tweeples: For the marvelous participation

For 1st part of the journey onboard Odisha Express, click here.


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