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Places of Interest in Keonjhar

Hills of KeonjharA quiet hillside town, Keonjhar district is the playground of nature, away from the hoards of tourists that throng to popular hill stations.The place thus presents an exotic mix of natural beauty alongwith intoxicating peace and serenity of humming river to the visitors which remain to be explored by the visitors.Keonjhar enjoys a hospitable climate, cool almost through the year round. Surrounded by hills and forests that are home to bears and other wild animals, Keonjhar reveals a whole new world of breathtaking beauty and scenic locals that can never be associated with any coal mining town.

Waterfalls of KeonjharKeonjhar is a great place to visit on an eco or tribal tour of Orissa. The prominent tribal communities that reside in the Keonjhar district include Santhal, Oraon and Munda. The Jagannath Temple and its temple terrace, the Vishnu Temple, the Ghaghra Falls and the shrines on the outskirts of Keonjhar such as Siddha Jagannath, Siddha Kali, Tarini Shrine at Ghatagaon and Panchabati are the popular tourist attractions in Keonjhar.

Popular places to visit include:

 Sanghagra waterfallsWaterfalls:There are many waterfalls around Keonjhar that attract tourists on exploration of areas around Keonjhar. The 500 ft waterfall amidst dense forest at Khandadhar, a modest Sanghagara Waterfall, and the most popular Badghagara Waterfall are the prominent tourist attractions.

Brahmeswar Mahadev Temple: The Brahmeswar Mahadev Temple on the banks of river Vaitarani in Gonasika is a popular pilgrimage site near Keonjhar. Gonasika is also frequented for its scenic beauty as it is a densely forested river valley.

Guptaganga: The Vaitarani River goes underground for a while and comes to be known as the Guptganga just before it springs to the surface again. The emergence point of the Guptganga resembles the flared nostrils of a cow, thereby enhancing the religious significance of the river and the town.

Other tourist attractions include the Kushaleswar Temple in Deogaon, the Baladevjew Temple in Keonjhargarh, the Murga Mahadeva Temple and the perennial spring at Thakurani Hills in Champua .