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Daringbadi

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Best Time: September - May Read More

Ideal duration: 1-2 Days

Nearest Airport: Bhubaneshwar Biju Patnaik Airport Check Flights

"Kashmir of Odisha"

Daringbadi Tourism

Daringbadi is a hilly town in Odisha. Hidden a state famous for beaches and temples, this hill station lies peacefully at an elevation of 3000 feet waiting to be explored. Replete with pine trees, coffee gardens and splendid valleys, Daringbadi is known as the “Kashmir of Odisha”. A place where you can stay in quaint cottages amidst trees and valleys, the weather is inviting - beating the heat in summers and offering snow in the winter. The place does not only have verdant and thick forests, but is also bountiful in flora and fauna. The best part about this hill station is that you can visit this place throughout the year.

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Etymology

Daringbadi seems like a peculiar name for a hill station. During the colonial rule, a British officer named Daring Saheb was in charge of this area. Soon, it started to be known after his name with the addition of Badi meaning village. More than half of the population of Daringbadi comprises of tribal and indigenous people who have been living in this place for a very long time. They share a rich heritage with unique folk-dance, music and cuisine.

Attractions/Places to Visit

  1. Belghar Sanctuary: Belghar Sanctuary which is at a distance of mere 50 km from Daringbadi is a habitat for myriad flora and flora including some of the rare and endangered species. The long tusked wild elephants are the charm of this place which can easily be spotted roaming around freely. There are also amazing wooden bungalows from the British Era which are a must visit.
  2. Kotagarh Sanctuary: Another sanctuary to visit is Kotagarh Sanctuary which is situated in Baliguda. It is around 50 km away from Daringbadi but you will be able to spot a lot of animals like tigers, animals, spotted deer, gaur, sambar, peafowl and reptiles.
  3. Hill Park View: If you wish to take in the beauty of this place all at once, Hill park view is the place where you can get a bird eyes view of the whole Daringbadi and even some of its neighboring places. Plus, witnessing sunrise and sunset from this place will surely be a treat to your eyes and soul. There are more than 200 churches in and around Daringbadi. Make sure to visit some of them and if you are there on Sunday, attend the prayer in the morning with the local people.
  4. Local Market or ‘Hatt”: If you are a shopaholic or want to buy some souvenirs to take back home, make sure to take a trip to the Local Market or ‘Haat’ which is set up every Sunday from 10 am to 3pm from where you can buy the local and tribal items. You can even buy fresh coffee, turmeric and black pepper which are cultivated in Daringbadi itself.
  5. Turmeric Gardens, Coffee and Black Pepper Plantations: You can also explore turmeric gardens, coffee and black pepper plantations which are maintained by the Forest Department of Daringbadi and have a picnic here. You will need to take permission from the Forest Department before proceeding to explore these plantations. There is also a herbal garden through which you can take a walk and learn about various herbal medicinal plants.
  6. Waterfalls and Rivers: Daringbadi also has waterfalls in abundance. Daringbadi Waterfall, Badangia Waterfall, Putudi Waterfall, Ludu Waterfall to name a few. Putudi Waterfall is one of the famous waterfalls in Odisha and is located in the forests adjacent to Daringbadi. To visit Putudi Waterfall you need the help of a guide because it is hidden in the less explored part of the forest. All of these waterfalls are open not only for visits but you can also have a legit picnic in its surrounding. Imagine yourself having food in this serene atmosphere surrounded by trees with the soft sound of water gushing in the background. You can even visit the two famous rivers in Odisha. Rushikulya River which stems from the slopes of hills located in Daringbadi and is surrounded by pristine natural beauty. Doluri River is also located near Daringbadi which is an ideal picnic spot.

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How To Reach Daringbadi

By Air: If you are travelling by air the nearest airport is Biju Patnaik Airport which is 291 km away from Daringbadi and you can easily hire private cabs from there.
By Rail: If you are travelling by train, there is no railway station at Daringbadi. The nearest railway station to Daringbadi is Berhampur which is at a distance of about 125 kilometers away from the hill station. From there private cabs and public buses are easily available.
By Road: If want to be amazed by the beauty of nature, the best way to reach Daringbadi is by roads. You can book private taxis from nearest locations like Berhampur, Phulbani or Balliguda. The distance between Bhubaneswar, the capital of Odisha, and Daringbadi is 250 km which can easily be covered in six hours. You can enjoy and be mesmerized by the beautiful sights that come along the way.

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