Adventures & Sports
Orissa offers its mountain-lovers, some exotic treks of the height
of around 1600 meter tall. Some of these beautiful treks are the
Mahendragiri Trek, Gandhamardan Trek, and Nilagiri Trek, where on
a good day, one can have a sight of the elephants, spotted deer,
and even leopards. Wildlife abounds in their bounteous undergrowth.
The two main places for the dare-devils of the water are Barkul
and Dhabaleswar. Barkul, Rambha, Balugaon and Satpada are the bases
for visiting Chilika, where boats can be hired. The dynamic topographical
variations of Orissa offer the more intrepid visitors an excellent
opportunity to enjoy their diversity, and there by take hack stimulating
memories of a great vacation.
The Gandhamardhan Hill enshrines the Nrusimhanath shrine on its
northern slope and the Harishankar shrine on its southern slope.
To walk over the hill-top from Harishankar to Nrusimhanath and back,
a distance of 16 km, through the glories of nature and culture (it
is said to be the seat of a Buddhist University called Po-lo-mo-lo-ki-li
by the Chinese traveller Huien Tsang) is an experience by itself.
The beautiful 1525 meter tall Mahendragiri Hill, is around 125 km
from Berhampur. It is the destination of numerous trekkers who can,
on a good day, sight elephants, spotted deer and even leopards.
The Mahendra Tanaya rivulet wends its way through the forest which
abounds in peacocks, flying squirrels, and even talking mynahs.
Situated in the district of Balasore, the Nilagiri Hill in the Kuldiha
jungle is a trekker's delight with its silvery streams and immense
beauty. Wildlife abounds in their bounteous undergrowth. Trekkers
can camp at three camping outlets located here.
Barkul Water Sports
South of Puri, the sea mixes in with Chilika Lake to create the
largest brackish water lake in Asia, and
a spot of enchanting beauty. These shallow waters enclose an immense
area of marshes, lowlands, and islands.
A number of islands dot the expanse of the lake. The large fishing
community adds flavour to the lake with their traditional colourful
sail boats bobbing expertly across the water, reminiscent of the
ancient maritime heritage of Orissa. In fact, the fisher folk can
be persuaded to take visitors on their boats.
While Chilika is worth visiting the year round, the winter months,
when the air reverberates with the din of the birds, are the nicest
times. Barkul, Rambha, Balugaon and Satpada are the bases for visiting
Chilika, where boats can be hired. At Barkul, the Orissa Tourism
Development Corporation Ltd. (OTDC) has organized a Water Sports
Complex where facilities for canoeing, kayaking, and boating are
available. The complex also has water scooters.
Dhabaleswar Water Sports
Tucked in the bosom of the river Mahanadi is a idyllic island called
Dhabaleswar. So called because of its presiding deity, Lord Dhabaleswar,
an incarnation of Lord Shiva, the island is a place of great religious
significance. Sculptures dating back to the 10th century AD stand
testimony to the antiquity of the temple.
While Dhabaleswar attracts pilgrims round the year, thousands of
people throng the place on special occasions like Shivaratri. Located
far from the madding crowd, and surrounded by the Mahanadi, Dhabaleswar
provides a magnificent ambience for visitors.
The island is located 4 kms from Cuttack by river, and 12 kms from
Cuttack by road. With a view to promoting water sports,
the Tourism Department has provided two Water Scooters and two boats
at the island.
The white tiger safari, established in 1991 offers visitors the
heady excitement of viewing the rare white tigers from specially
designed protected buses.
The lion safari offers an adventurous zing to the trip to Nandankanan.
Nilagiri Trek:-Situated in the district of Balasore, the Nilagiri
Hill in the Kuldiha jungle is a trekker's delight with its silvery
streams and immense beauty. Wildlife abounds in their bounteous
undergrowth. Trekkers can camp at three camping outlets located
A different form of adventure are the village safaris which are
organised in Puri and Cuttack. Most tours include visits to hamlets
where traditional crafts are practised and areas which are very
scenic or which have good birdlife. Village safaries in the mangrove
forest in the coastal belt of Orissa, Deogarh, Puri and Bhubaneswar
are highly recommended. These give you an excellent insight into
rural India and the simple way of living.
India's rich tribal heritage has survived among the hills and forests
across districts of Orissa. The best places to visit tribal India
are Sambalpur, Jajpur and Raurkela in Orissa. Tours to these tribal
areas provide guests with the opportunity to observe and participate
in aspects of the reality of rural Indian life that most visitors
to India rarely hear about, let alone experience.
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