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Places of Interest in Kalahandi

Amathaguda Amathguda is famous for a fort, situated just on the bank of the river Tel. Although in ruins now, it is a major point of tourist attraction because of its location close to the river that lends it a beautiful look.

Dokari,the ruling deity of Asurgarh PalaceAsurgarh Between the tank and the river Sandul lie the ruins of a fort called Asurgarh. The fort in its original shape was rectangular covering a wide extent of land encircled by a boat. It has four entrances one each on the East, West, South and North where the reining deities are being worshipped. The interior of the fort is occupied by a small hamlet where Goddess Dokari (Literally means "Old Lady"), the presiding deity of the fort is worshipped.

Ampani 77 K.Ms from Bhawanipatna the picturesque Ampani hills present a panoramic view of nature. A frolicking valley called "Haladigundi" in this hill range exhibit some peculiar features due to the reflected rays on the sun. The objects of vision in the valley appear yellow in the morning. The entire forest is replete with spotted deer, Sambar and Black Panthers .A wild life reserve has been created nearby and is known as the the Behera reservoir. 5 K.Ms away from this place are the pre-historic cave paintings at Gudahandi.

Belkhandi Situated on the confluence of the river Tel and Uttei, the tributaries of the river Mahanadi, Belkhandi has gained prominence as a centre of religious activities with a great temple that is architecturally well designed. Besides the temple, lie here the ruins of some 12th Century monuments that have been excavated recently.. The ruins of Belkhandi are preserved in a small museum adjacent to the temple premises.

Gudahandi The Gudahandi hills are situated in the vicinity of Khaligarh, a tiny villoage close to the Koraput District and are known for some ancient caves bearing pictographic paintings of remote antiquity.The place lies in the cover of densely populated forest. And is constituted of three small hills. The North and the South hills join in the East leaving a courtyard like valley in between which is open towards the West. This valley is paved by a huge block of stone slopping down to the East. Just at the foot of these hills facing the valley are rows of caves which are fullof pictographic painting s of pre historic ages.Besides Gudahandi in Kalahandi District, Bikramkhol and Ulapgarh in Sambalpur District and Naraj in Cuttack District also possess some writings resembling pictographic paintings. a fact indicative of pre-historic man's habitation in Orissa. A rivulet named Behera flows past the village. There are remains of a veryold dam across this rivulet; local people call it the work of Bhima, the second of the Pandavas.

Junagarh The old Capital of the Ex-State of Kalahandi. Junagarh was a well built fort; the fortified area has a number of temples with Oriya incriptions. This is a place which has sculptural evidence of the "Sati-Rite" which was prevalent in medieval India and was stopped during the British Rule by Lord William Bentick. The sculptures are identified as Sati Pillars which can make interesting study.

Lanjigarh Lanjigarh is a village situated to the South-East of Bhawanipatna near the Kalahandi-Koraput border. The 428 Ft. high summit of the Niamgiri hill situated just on the district border overlooks a narrow valley to its North of which Lanjigarh forms the appex. It contains the temples of Gopinath and a female Deity called "Dokari" greatly reverred in the area. The local Jhami Yatra or Jhamu Yatra in the month of Chaitra (March - April) is an occassion when thousands of people gathered and witness the walking on burning charcoal by a number of devotees

Phurlijharan WaterfallsPhurlijharan Phurlijharan is a perennial water fall about 30 Ft in height and has a special charm of its own. The multicoloured rainbow is an amusing sight to be seen. The area remain surrounded by an evergreen forest, which give the whole atmosphere a serene touch.

Rabandarh Rabandarh is a place of great scenic beauty lying about 12.8 K.Ms from Bhawanipatna and approachable by a dusty road. It is named after a small water fall inside a mountain gorge. The panorama around provides some delightful consrasts of scenery, in mountains and over looking dales, in bore rocks and thick forests and in the eternal calmness of the surroundings broken by the music of the fall.

 

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