The tourism of Ganjam is the industry solely for the nature loving people. A variety of places in Orissa casting a soothing landscape are dotted all over the district of Ganjam. Aryapalli, a port offers a wide and soothing beach, which is primarily a fisherman village is the center of attraction in the tourism industry of Ganjam. A rare Sand mineral projected in the vicinity of Aryapalli makes the place more unique and alluring to the tourists.
Buguda has a special significance in the tourism industry of Ganjam especially for its antiquity. The center attained significance especially because of the post Gupta paintings and the wooden carvings of Biranchi Narayana Temple erected in 1790 AD by King Srikar Bhanja. This is a milestone in the history of mural paintings and carvings. 3 kms away from Buguda, the site of ancient Pancha Sambhu, the shrine housing the idol of 5 Shivas in a particular posture is the representation of the beautiful fabrication and the art and sculpture in the ancient days. In the temple of Kuruveswar in Buguda, One can witness a rare phenomenon that snakes are coming to take milk offered to Siva Linga. Shinghasini, in close proximity of Buguda is a picnic spot aromatized with wild flowers and the lushly forest. A variety of beautiful places concentrate in Buguda constitutes it as an important center in the tourism industry of Ganjam. During the festivals of Maghasaptami, Samba Dashami, Rath yatra, Danda Yatra (April), Durga Puja and Kalipuja , a vast chunk of tourists arrive to the core.
Snuggled in the heart of coastal Orissa, Chilka, India's biggest inland lake is a center of immense interest to the tourists in Ganjam. The emerald green island scatter in the surrounding region with colorful names such as Honeymoon Island and Breakfast Island, Chilka is home to a rich variety of aquatic fauna, which itself is the key interest about Chilka. It is also a sanctuary and winter resort for migratory birds, some coming from as far as Siberia. Encircled with hills, the arch shaped shores, the color of the Chilka Lake changes with the passing cloud, cast an enigmatic view to the visitors. In the tourism industry of Ganjam, the Chilka Lake draws interest because of the exquisite beauty.
Gopalpur on sea is the famous site of the tourist interest because it murmurs the prosperity of Southern Orissa during the British supremacy in the town. It is the remnant of a British port also. Apart from being a historical place, the holy place of Dhavaleswar, 15kms away from Gopalpur greets tourists for its pervading golden beach and sand bleached Siva Temple.
Huma Kantigada, is the important center in the tourism industry of Ganjam for its picturesque view. The place along with the beach can be compared to almost all-important beaches of the world. The place is very close to the confluence of river Rushikulya, which is an ideal picnic spot. There are a cluster of temple namely Kapileswar Temple, Langaleswar Temple etc.
Jaugada is the symbol of historical heritage of Orissa, which shares significant positions in the tourism industry of Ganjam. Jaugada is famous for the rock edicts of Ashoka. Moreover the place draws its principal interest in the tourism industry because of its classical origin associated with Mahabharata episode.
Kulada speaks of the Bhanja rulers of Orissa in the 12th century. The antiquity of the temple has drawn the special importance in the tourism of Ganjam. Presently the temple is the eroded ruin, housing the presiding deity of Bagh Devi. The structure of the temple itself is a matter of profound inertest to the tourists. The temple embodies the Bhanja sculpture, which attained a thriving prosperity in the contemporary era. The festivals of Sankranti, Thakurani yatra, Rathyatra , Dola Purnima, Dashahara (4 days) and Ashoka Ashtam centering Kulada prove profitable in the tourism industry of Ganjam.
Mahurikalua at the junction of the Berhampur & Western Orissa is another major site of interest, offered by the tourism industry of Ganjam. Setting on a rural landscape Mahurikalua is an ideal site for those, who are tired of the urban congestion and seek a tranquil atmosphere for a short visit. Goddess Mahurikalua, having a shapely visage, smeared with red Leo and decorated peacock tails is another important attraction of the place. However, Mahurikalua is primarily renowned as a refreshing picnic spot and its unrivalled ambience of seclusion fetches a vast chunk of tourists.
The romantic setting and the perennial spring, manifest a scenic splendor to Narayani, a matchless spot for the nature loving people. Apart from being an exquisitely beautiful place, min the tourism industry of Ganjam it is equally famous as a religious site for it is the abode of goddess Narayani (Durga), which is one of the important Gods in the district. Panchama, the small village owes its importance, in the tourism of Ganjam for its traditionality. The famous temple of Panchama Ganesh or is locally known as Siddha Binayaka, was constructed by the Gajapati King Purushottamadeva (15 century), for which the village Panchama shares a considerable interest in the tourism industry of Ganjam.
Potagarh is the historical place built by the British in the 18th century. Situated close to river Rushikulya, the fort is surrounded by a moat. The remnants of royal fort houses and the buried temples murmur the glorious past of Ganjam district. The historical heritage of the place is the key factor, which constitutes Potagarh as the tourism industry of Ganjam.
Tararini is famous as the religious site in the tourism industry of Ganjam. In the southern Orissa, Taratarini is the religious site, where the twin sister Goddess i.e. Tara & Tarini adorn the sanctum situated on the top of a hillock strapped by the waddled holy river Rushikulya
Bounty of important sites, besides being attractive, is manifested with historical significance, which promote the tourism industry to flourish in Ganjam. Presently the tourism industry in Ganjam shares an important part in the economy of the district.
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