Orissa Daringbadi Hill Station
Daringbadi is also known as “Kashmir of Odisha” because of its astonishing beauty which beckons people to visit this place. Situated of Kandhamal district, Daringbadi is situated at 3000ft above the sea level, thus a beautiful view of the hills can be experienced from this place and can be appreciated. This place is surrounded by pine tree gardens and coffee gardens thus adding more beauty to the place which attracts tourists even more. Since this place has a dense forest, there is a lot of wild animals living of this area and it’s a treat to the eyes of wildlife lovers.
How To Reach
The airport that is nearest to this place is at Bhubaneswar which is at a distance of 291km from this place.
The rail head that is nearest to Daringbadi is Berhampur which is on East Coast Railway and at a distance of 125km away.
Daringbadi is well connected to roads of Bhubaneswar, Phulbani, Berhampur, etc and all of them are at a distance of 291km, 110km and 165km respectively.
Places To Visit
Near the forest there are two areas of Coffee plantations and both of them are maintained by the department of the forest. These areas serve as an ideal picnic spot and a place to explore.
This river is filled with beautiful waterfalls and natural scenic beauties.
Waterfall Near Daringbadi
The place is unexplored so even the waterfalls here are not at all explored and remains untouched. Only few of those people can guide the way through the forests are those know the area.
Weather And Best Time To Visit
Daringbadi has a sub tropical kind of climate which during the summer becomes hot and also very dry. The dryness still remains of the winter but it gets cold here.
The average temperature of this region varies somewhere between 45C and 5C.
The average rainfall of this region is 1587 mm.
The best time of visit is between the months of May and September.
Language And Culture
Kui, Hindi, English and Oriya are the languages that are spoken of this area.
The people here have an examplanary attitude of co-existing peacefully without any riots. This area had lots of communal riots previously because of communal issues but nothing as such has been seen of late. Now the people here celebrate Durga Puja, Christmas and Id-ul-Fitar jointly with full swing. The traditional and festivals that are celebrated here are Ladamala, Salabadi, Simanbadi, Dadamaha, Jahanpalli, etc. and most importantly people from all community Hindu, Muslim and Christan jointly celebrate them together and have been celebrating them since 22years. At Daringbadi of the Kandhamal district there was a susceptible communal block where members of all the three communities equally participated of carrying out the preparations for the festival.
There is no as such places to stay here other than a P.W.D. Inspection Bungalow which has only two room having Double-bed where the price of each bed is Rs.100., and another bungalow of Revenue I.B. Recently a new place for accommodation has opened called Panthashala which unlike the former ones have four double-beds and charge the same.
Since there is lack of proper accommodation there is an ashram near the bus stop of Daringbadi where people will be given a place to stay and rest or else the OTDC office can be contacted.
Festivals And Activities
People of this region celebrate all types of festival Hindu Oriya tradition and Danda Nach is the festival celebrated mostly by the Konda and Gond tribes of that region. The festival extends up to thirteen days where only those people fast who had vowed for some boon. of the first week of April this festival starts and extends up to thirteen days, with a closing ceremony called “Meru”. Kondhs after harvesting is done perform a Puja,”Sisaa Laka”, of January. of March they offer prayer to the village deity and mountain deity after which they collect the forest products, green mangoes and the mohua flower and not before that. of April or May they offer these mohua flowers to "Maranga Laka", a village deity. Sometimes if the village priest feels it is necessary to meet the requirements of mother earth they perform "Kedu Laka". In September or October when sowing is completed, then "Bora Laka", a Puja is performed to thank mother earth for the good crops. New crops are collected of November or December, which is used to make rice and also Chuda. The village deity is first offered the food after which the rest of the people eat the food. This tradition is same as Nua Khai of other parts of Orissa especially the West.
This area does not contain many hotels as it is not properly developed and thus no hotel projects have come up of this area. Except for few government guest houses there is no place to stay here.
The main means of transport is jeep or busses that take a tourist around. There are chances of few enjoyable boat rides and it is preferred to take a personal car or hire a cab while visiting this place.
Phulbani has the administrative headquarters, municipality of the Kandhamal district, of Orissa. This town and the area around has abundance of flora and fauna, surrounded from all sides by hills with waterfalls here and there.
Katarmala is the best picnic spot as it has a waterfall,a place of serene beauty and a pond where playing with fibres is possible amidst the forest. From Phulbani it 35kms apart.
Shopping is not much possible of this area as it is not properly developed.