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Places of Interest in Simlipal
* Distance from Baripada
Kuliana (18 km)* - Kuliana is rich with Paleolithic artifices. This place is on the way from Baripada to Simlipal bus services are available.
Haripur (16 km)* - Haripur, the former capital of Mayurbhanj State was founded by Maharaja Harihar Bhanj in the year 1400 A.D. The magnificent brick temple of Rasikaraya is is the centre of attraction of the place. A little north of the courtyard of Rsikaraya, lies the ruins of Ranihansapura or the inner apartment of the queen. Close by stands the brick made rectangular temple of Radhamohan. The temple of Jagannath that stands nearby is built in Goudiya style of architecture during the reign of Harihara Bhanja is an added attraction.
Khiching (149 km)* - Khiching is famous for the temple of Kichakeswari, the family Goddess of the once ruling chiefs of Mayurbhanj. Built entirely on chlorite slabs, the temple of Kichakeswari is one of the few temples of its kind in the whole of India. Close by one could find a plethora of temple, a few of them are still living which bear testimony to the skill of the master masons of Kalinga style. The small museum at Khiching possesses rare and historically valuable specimens of art and sculpture.
Jashipur (94 km)* - Located on NH 6 Jashipur is an entry point to Simplipal Tiger Reserve The Crocodile rearing center at Ramatirtha near Jashpur is its added attraction. From Baripada the road communication to Jashipur is very good and frequent bus services are available. Visitors to Simlipal can avail the accommodation in Rest Guest Houses and Private Hotels.
Deokund (55 kms)- A beautiful scenic spot Deokund which is a part of the Simlipal range is located about 33 km from Udala. The temple of Goddess Ambika on the top of the hill is the attraction of the place. There is a waterfall about 50 feet high which made a reservoir close to the temple, known as Kunda. The clam and quiet atmosphere of this place attracts the group picnickers in a large number.
Rairangapur (82 km)* - The modern Jagannath Temple is the major attraction of Rairangapur. Chariot Festival (Ratha Yatra) is the biggest festival here, which draws a large crowd. Rairangapur is located on Baripada Tata Nagar Road connected with regular bus services.
Bhimakunda (162 km)* - 40 km from Karanjia Bhimakund (the sacred Pool) can be located near Booring village in the river Vaitarani. The calm and serene atmosphere of the place also attracts the group picnickers. The legend reveals that during the incognito life of the Pandavas in Biratnagar Bhima, the seemed Pandava used to take his bath on the pool. Here river Baitarani flows through a gorge in steps forming a series of picturesque rapids until it settles down in the pool called Bhimakunda. The place is connected with all weather motor able road. No direct bus service is available to the center. It is also negotiable from Keonjahar side 20 km from Dhenkikote on State High way No 11.
Manatri (44 km)* - Manatri is famous for the shrine of Kakharua Baidyanath (Lord Shiva). Surrounded by water Channels on three sides, the scenic beauty of the place with the temple attracts visitors round the year. Sivaratri (Feb-March) is the biggest festival observed here which continues for ten days, draws a large crowd.
Baripada - The district head quarter town serves as the most convenient base for touring the various place of interest in the district of Mayurbhanj. The Jagannath Temple and the Ambika Temple, the palace of ex Maharaja and Jubilee library are some of the attraction of the town. The place is also famous for its colourful festival `Chaitra Parva or the Chhou Dance festival. Pulling of the Chariot of Devi Subhadra by the ladies only is the unique feature of Baripada Ratha Yatra.