(Last Updated on : 31-10-2014)
The tourism of Bolangir developed round the relics of the different kings, ruled in Bolangir for ages. The historical sites themselves are of immense interest for the tourism industry in Bolangir.
Patnagarh, the capital of Patna, centering which the town of Bolangir grows up is the amalgamation of the mystic past with the modern Present. The temples here are the special attraction for the tourists come to visit Bolangir town. The temple of the Patneswari built in the Chalukyan Style and the temple of Someswar Shiva attributed to the ancient age of 12th century. Moreover the Renaissance touch in the temples of the Chauhan built in the western section of Bolangir is invested with profound interest.
The famous pilgrimage, the region of Ranipur-Jharial resides in the core of Bolangir district. Ranipur-Jharial is renowned in the tourism industry of Bolangir as the "Soma Tirtha", which is the confluence of several ideas of Saivism, Buddhism, Vaishnavism and Tantrism. The temple of Someswar Shiva is a noted one Shiva temple in India, which attracts a vast chunk of tourists. The magnificent brick temple of Indralath is the biggest brick temple of Orissa.
Saintala is noted as a tourist center in Bolangir for the eroded remnants of the Chandi Temple. The Goddess Chandi in the posture of Mahisasurmardini presently installed on a small mound fetches a bulk of tourist and pilgrims. The key interest about this eroded ruin is its antiquity and exquisite fabrications on the idol of Goddess Chandi.
Jogisarda is noted for the Temple of Jogeswar shiva is 25 km away from the township of Bolangir. Tourists at Bolangir pay a short visit to the Jogeswar shiva Temple.
Dharpagarh, a place of historical importance is a bright name in the tourism industry of Bolangir due to the big tank "Dashamati Sagar" covering an area of 119 acres. The tank, guarded by the shrines of Patneswari, Chandi, Duarsuni, Samalei, Shiva and Vishnu, casts a splendid view.
Turukela is renowned for group campaigning or excursion. The place is dotted with diversified wild life like tigers, bears, deer and monkeys. Gaikhali is also famous for group campaigning. It presents the wide vicinity of green caped hills on three sides and dazzling ass of water.
Harishankar, on the southern slope of the Gandhamardan hills is a celebrated pilgrimage within the lap of a perennial stream flowing through a granite bed.
The tourism industry of Bolangir contributes a major section to its economy.