Some of the popular attractions of Koraput District are as follows -
Savara Shrikhetra, Koraput: The district headquarters are situated 2,900 ft above sea level. There is a Tribal Museum here that educates the tourists about the culture and heritage of the tribal communities.
Duduma Waterfall, Machkund: The majestic waterfall, also known as "Matsya Tirtha" falls from a height of 175 meters. A hydroelectric 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 "Bonda Poraja Tribe", come from the remote, inaccessible dense forest. Jolaput is known for its newly constructed dam reservoir. The lake formed by the dam is 68 sq kms. It is a picnic spot, 77 kms from Koraput.
Gupteswar Temple: Important cave shrine of Lord Shiva situated on a lime stone hill on the bank of Kolab River, surrounded by natural scenery. The sacred "Lingam" called Gupteswar, literally meaning, "Hidden God", is also popularly known as "Gupta Kedar" in Chhattisgarh. Shivaratri is the major festival which attracts a large umber of visitors.
Dumuriput: The famous Sri Ram Temple situated in the locality is widely known for the highest kneeling Hanuman Statue in Orissa. Ram Navami festival is popularly celebrated every year which attracts a large number of devotees.
Nandapur: This ancient attracts a number of visitors to witness the Batrisa Sinhasan, an object of interest. The 1.8 metres tall image of Ganapati speaks of ancient heritage of the place. The shrines of Sarbeswar and its inscriptions point to the antiquities of the place.
Museum: There is a Government Museum with antiquities and craft works, mostly famous for Jain iconography. It is located in the town hall complex.
Kolab Dam: Kolab Dam has an altitude of about 3000 ft above the sea level on Kolab River. The place is highly admired for its scenic beauty, attracting people for weekend picnic and boating.
Damanjodi: The town came to limelight with the coming up of NALCO, Asia's biggest Alumina Complex Nearby stands the highest peak of Orissa, Damanjodi an ideal place for trekking.
Maliguda: 35 kms eastwards of Jeypore, is a small village where on a hill top stands India's highest broad gauge Railway tunnel. The place is an ideal picnic spot.
Jeypore: The city of victory and the palace of erstwhile Jeypore estate. The old fort is encircled by high masonry 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 mask crafts.
Tribal Museum: The Tribal Museum behind the temple speaks about the culture and heritage of the tribal groups.
Tourist spots in Koraput District can transform the travelling experience into an enriching one filled with peace and tranquility.
(Last Updated on : 31-10-2014)
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