It is the gateway to one of the most ancient forest covers of
Orissa which shelters the elephants, tigers and numerous species of birds and
beasts. The broad plains of the river Bramhani were the dwelling place of early
homo-sapiens who lived on the berries and wild fruits before the advent of rice
on these heavily watered expanses. The surrounding Sal forests come ablaze with
the changing seasons making this district headquarters town focal point of trips
to beautiful interiors.
DHENKANAL is a district headquarters town with a cluster of
temples and archaeological remains. Kapilas, the serene hill of epic fame houses
the hilltop shrine of Lord Chandra Sekhar Shiva with a cluster of other temples
and a mediaeval fort. The foothill is perched with a Deer Park, a Science Park
and a Panthasala- 26 km from Dhenkanal. Joranda (24 km) is the religious
headquarters of Mahima Cult. 11 km south-east of Dhenkanal town is Saptasajya, a
hill of uncommon scenic charm-ideal for outing.
Tikarapara, on the deep Satkosia Gorge of river Mahanadi, has
a Gharial Sanctuary-120 km from Dhenkanal and 58 km from Anqul. The dense forest
filled with colourful wildlife is a thrill to the searching eyes. Only 90 km
from Angul, Deulajhari has come to limelight for the presence of a hot spring.
How to get there : Ideally located on the National
Highway No. 42, Dhenkanal has direct road connections to major towns of the
State. 100 km from Bhubaneswar, the State Capital, it is a railhead on the S.E.
Where to stay: STD CODE - 06762
Assistance : Tourist Office, Dhenkanal- 759001, Tel:
34670, Gram: ORISSATOUR.
The loftiest peak of Kapilas range enshrines the temple
of Loard Shiva 'Chandrasekhar' at a height of about 457 mtrs. approachable
by a flight of 1351 steps and a ghat road. Identified with "Kailas',
the legendary abode of Lord Shiva, the hill has several caves, shrines
and the ruins of a medieval fort which are regularly visited by
pilgrims. The Deer park and Science Park are other attraction of the
The tiny village of Tikarpada (120 km from Dhenkanal and
58 km from anugul) has one of the splendid setting in the world. It
offers some of the most exciting visuals of the satkosia gorge, India's
mightiest gorge, into which the turbulent Mahanadi river crashes with
amazing ferocity through 22 km of emerlad forests, that seem to change
their hues with every bend of the river's meanderings. Apart from
offering gorgeous views from the pinncles of the surrounding hills,
there is an excellent potential for angling, boating and trekking around
The Gharial crocodile population obviously enjoys these exotic environs
and has an excellent breeding place in this sanctuary created to protect
Located 11 km out of Dhenkanal, Saptasajya is said to
act as host to the Pandavas during their Agnyayvas days in these hills.
The place, eith its beautiful surrounding, is popular with holidays
makers. It is also favourite pilgrimage spot with the temples of
Saptarshi and Raghunath reigning supreme during Ramanavami festival.
* Distance from Dhenkanal