Koraput with her rolling mountains, undulating meadows, roaring
rapids, enchanting waterfalls and terraced valleys leading up to
verdant hills, feasts the eyes as few other districts can. Koraput
with her golden autumn and misty mornings of the monsoon months,
her painted spring, and slumbering summer and her winter ranging
from fierce to mild provides varieties of living in different seasons
which is rare elsewhere. Here in spring nature and man vie with
each other to make living joyous. Koraput with her people who have
been living as they lived many thousand years ago and yet accepting
newcomers of the latest development of homo-sapiens, with her tribes
who enjoy the joys of life today as they ever did before, living
in their hamlets hidden in arbours in picturesque valleys, provide
education and entertainment for the Anthropologist which few other
regions provide elsewhere. Indeed Koraput is a museum of old and
new in nature and human endeavour.
Human endeavour surpasses itself by producing power from falling
water, by manufacturing intricate machines and consumer goods and
welcoming into the district and providing homes and occupation for
many thousands of persons displaced from their homes, who till then
had no hope of calling any place a home of their own. Koraput has
both plant life and wild life which would give years of study to
the Biologist and limitless adventure for the hunter. Had
I been merely a lover of fine sceneries (of wild life and of mankind)
I would have felt little desire to
seek elsewhere its gratification.
The District headquarters situated 2,900 ft. above sea level. Also
known as Sabar Shrikshetra, the modern Jagannath Temple
has come up on a hilltop. The Tribal Museum behind the temple caters
to and educates the tourists about the culture and heritage of the
Duduma Waterfall, Machkund : Duduma Waterfall, Machkund:The majestic
waterfall, also known as Matsya Tirtha falls from a
height of 175 meters. A hydro - electric project with its winch
developed amidst deep greenery is a place for pleasure.
3 KMs away from Duduma waterfall, a small village of Ankadeli draws
the attention of foreign tourists to its weekly markets on Thursdays
where the most primitive tribe the Bondas, come from
the remote, inaccessible dense forest. Jolaput is known for its
newly constructed dam reservoir. The lake formed by the dam is 68.2
Sq. Kms. Its a picnic spot, 77 Kms from Koraput.
Important cave shrine of Lord Shiva situated on a lime stone hill
on the bank of river Kolab, surrounded by natural Scenery. The sacred
Lingam called Gupteswar, literally meaning, Hidden
God, is also popularly known as Gupta Kedar in
Chattisgarh. Shivaratri is the major festival which attracts a large
umber of visitors.
A village stands between Koraput and Sunabeda by the side of NH
43. The famous Sri Ram Temple situated in the locality is widely
known for the highest kneeling Hanuman Statue in Orissa. Shree Ram
Navami festival is popularly celebrated every year which attracts
a large number of devotees.
The ancient capital of Jeypore estate, attracts a number of visitors
to witness the Batrisa Sinhasan, an object of interest. The 1.8
meters image of Ganapati speaks of ancient heritage of the place.
The shrines of Sarbeswar and its inscriptions point to the antiquities
of the place.
A roadside village between Semiliguda and Nandapur with remains
of an old Jain monastery. The place invites the attention of the
antiquarian for exploration.
A Govt. Museum with antiquities and craft works, mostly famous
for Jain iconography. It is located in the town hall complex, close
to the Govt. bus stand. Jain imaged are found at several places
of the district.
Kolab-At an altitude of about 3000 ft. above sea level on river
Kolab, stands the majestic Kolab Reservoir generating Hydro Electric
Power. The place is highly admired for its scenic beauty, attracting
people for weekend picnic and boating.
The town came to limelight with the coming up of NALCO, Asias
biggest Alumina Complex Nearby stands the highest peak of Orissa,
Damanjodi an ideal place for trekking.
35 Kms eastwards of Jeypore, is a small village where on a hill
top stands Indias highest broad gauge Railway tunnel. The
place is ideal for weekend picnic.
The city of victory and the palace of erstwhile Jeypore estate.
The old fort is incircled by high masonary wall with an imposing
gateway. A mile and a half wide great water tank, west of the town,
known as Jagannath Sagar, is ideal for water sports. Jeypore, developed
as the center of trade in Koraput district, is also famous for paper
The Tribal Museum behind the temple caters to and educates the tourists
about the culture and heritage of the tribals.
Nearest air port is at Visakhapatnam
Train Well connected from Visakhapatnam, Bhubaneswar, Delhi, Chennai
Road Convenient road transport facilities available NH43 passes
through the District.
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