Daringbadi: The Kashmir of Orissa
Daringbadi is known as Kashmir of Orissa for a reason. Orissa is famous for the sea, sun, and sands. It does not seem really likely that there might be a hill station in this state. However, this is a lesser-known spot and a hill station here, which receives even an occasional snowfall in winter.
This place is in the Kandhamal district of Odisha, at an altitude of 3000 ft.(915 meters) above sea level. Lush green valley, dense mountain forests filled with birdsongs, various exotic plants, and plantations- this offbeat destination is a hidden gem.
The people who have visited this place fondly refers to it as the “Kashmir of Odisha”.
What to See in Daringbadi:
There are a number of amazing locations spread throughout the valley. Nature is abundant and unbound in here. The major points of interestare as follows:
It is a small stream that flows through the valley. There are some small falls on it, which are magnificent in the monsoon. The serene river banks are popular as picnic spots during the sunny winter weekends.
It is an internationally known eco-village. Located on the hill-top, this hamlet is surrounded by a dense forest and a tranquil place. The surrounding mountains with decreasing height make it a good sport for paragliding. You can see elephants and other animals on the way to this place.
This is the most famous vantage point in this valley, from here, the tourists can get a 360 degree of the whole Daringbadi and the surrounding area. This is a must-visit place in here.
The moderate climate for the whole year here is perfect for the growth of Coffee plants. The Coffee garden here is maintained by the Soil Conservation and Forest Department of Odisha. Furthermore, there is a black pepper plantation also. Both of these places are major tourist attractions. You need to take prior permission to enter these places.
This is one of the major elephant sanctuaries in the hills of Odisha. It is a thick tropical forest, with dense vegetation and a huge variety of flora and fauna. If you are lucky, you can get a glimpse of the elusive wildlife. You can also walk into the forest to meet the Bonda tribe, one of the most primitive tribes of India.
How to reach Daringbadi
Daringbadi can be reached in 3 ways – by Railways, Roadways, and Airways.
By Railways: The nearest station is Behrampur, situated approximately 120 Kms away. A private vehicle easily takes you to there within 3 hours.
By Roadway: From Bhubaneswar, this place is 251 KMS and frequently connected by bus services or you can hire private vehicles as well.
By Airways: Biju Patnaik airport is the nearest one. The distance between the two is 246 KMS and takes around 5 hours 23 minutes by a private vehicle.
Daringbadi General Weather
Just like a classic hill station destination, the place has pleasant weather throughout the year. For instance, the average temperature in the summer months does not go above 23°C in general.
Winter nights and early mornings are chilly. You will find crystalized dew drops on trees, blades of grasses, cars, and houses when the temperature falls below 0°C at night. These snow, frozen dew, and slits are the reason behind comparing this place to Kashmir.
Summer months are a neutral time to visit the place as it provides some recess from the scorching heat owing to its height. On the other hand, if you wish to experience the amazing place in its full glory, plan your visit around November end to January. Furthermore, the monsoon season transforms the place in a verdure paradise, in spite of the bad condition of the hilly roads. From this table below, you can get the whole picture of the weather condition and temperature throughout the year in this place.
So, when you come here, you will certainly love the place.
Daringbadi is a really beautiful place that is free from the typical crowd of a hill station. In here, nature is not damaged by the bad effects of civilization.
Best time to visit
Odhisa has win two months of winter and to enjoy the best of Daringbadi, no other season can be better than December to February. The valleys at this time remain in their full glories.
Daringbadi Nature Camp: Best Resort to Stay
There are not too many accommodations available in this place. There is only one private accommodation which is old and overused to our mind. Orissa Govt. has recently got very serious about tourism and have developed a flurry of resorts in the interiors of Orrisa, which is beautiful.
Daringbadi Nature Camp is one such Orissa Forest Dept. run resort which has come very recently. Its new and has got all the basic amenities that you may ask for. As you know when Govt. wants to open a resort they naturally get the best of the locations.
This resort is also not an exception. They have chosen a small hilltop for the same, that allows a panoramic view of the jungle and the hills around.
This is certainly an awesome place, and you must keep it in your bucket list of holidays.
Accommodation: There are six cottages (double bedded) in total which is built, blending the folk with technology. Enjoy your stay in these eco cottages with the essence of the famous Kutia Kondhaand Dongri Khond tribal arts mixed with the interior of the suits.
Check In: 12:00 PM
Check out: 10:00 AM
Daringbadi being famous for its picturesque valleys, you can easily stroll around to get that scenic view that will surely rejuvenate your body and soul.
Trek to the forests and discover the various tribal villages nestled amidst the greens.
Explore the vast coffee gardens, nature parks, butterfly parks, black pepper garden, and turmeric gardens.
This place is the ideal abode of bird watching, making it a paradise for the bird watchers.
The Sunday local market is worth visiting.
Daringbadi Nature Camp Nearby Attractions
Visit Sapanala, a picturesque spot to enjoy some quality time near Baliguda.
For those avid Bird lovers, Emu Bird safari provides you with the perfect scope of Bird watching on your way from Baliguda to to here
Enjoy the beauty of sunset at the Hill viewpoint.
Indulge yourself in a visit to the Botanical garden to experience the vast flora and fauna.
Visit Belghar sanctuary to spot some wild animals as well as the magnificent scenery around. One can find Elephants in abundance in these forests.
The spice garden here is that perfect spot where you will spot turmeric garden and coffee garden at the same place.
A quiet 100 ft heightens Ludu Waterfall amidst the dense forest is sure to blow your mind. And if lucky, you may spot a few Elephants here as well.
Moreover, waterfall Mudubandha is also worth visiting.
Spend some quality time at Kalinga Ghat, a place famous for medicinal plant cultivation, rubber trees, and bamboo plants and enlighten yourself with all natural medicines.
Overall, Daringbadi Nature camp offers you a host of activity that will certainly keep you busy for your trip.
Double bedded Non AC Tribal Cottage: INR 5192 + 15% GST and Convenience Fee
The above-mentioned tariffs include complimentary breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Kids between 1 to 3 years are complimentary
Charges for kids above 4 years will be INR 1000 for foods and lodging. (Pay at the destination)
INR 750 for foods and lodging Maximum. (pay at the destination)
There are pick up and drop facility available. To avail that you need to contact Directly to the Resort. Also, the sightseeing can be organized as per your schedule (if any), and that is to be finalized directly with the person in charge, prior to your travel.
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