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Hello friends! Have you heard about Daringbadi? You must be wondering that vacations have just got over, so why talk about a new place now? True, vacations are over but travel bug never ceases to bite. And with monsoon having arrived at some places and about to hit others, the weather once again is inspiring for travelers to go out and explore new places.

Nature is at full bloom in this season and that is all the more reason to check out new places which are blessed with natural beauty. And there is so much natural beauty in India that many places are still hidden or very less explored. From south to north and from west to east, each region has its own share of places with breathtaking natural beauty.

Talking of east, Odisha is a state known mostly for the world famous Konark temple, Jagannath temple or its beaches. But there is a surprise for you here. There is a beautiful small hill station in Odisha, mostly unexplored but bestowed with amazing natural treasure. This place is called Daringbadi.

It is one of the most amazing places in Odisha. This place has a special quality that although not situated at a great height, it attains sub-zero temperatures during winters. Due to this and the fabulous work of nature spread all around here, Daringbadi is often referred to as 'Kashmir of Odisha'.

Located in Kandhamal district of Odisha, Daringbadi is situated at an altitude of about 3000 ft. Though not a very big place, it has everything a naturally beautiful hill station should have. Beautiful waterfalls, dense forests, rivers, and lakes. And then there is green vegetation all around to enhance its beauty. Add to this, lush green meadows deep valleys and coffee plantations, and you have a complete package to enjoy.

You must be wondering about the peculiar name of this place. Well, Daringbadi got its name from a British officer who was known as Dering sahab. He added badi to it and gave the name Deringbadi, which became Daringbadi with the passage of time. Badi here means village.

There is no dearth of amazing places in and around Daringbadi, which would definitely interest you. Here I am bringing out some of them. So, read on.

places to visit in daringbadi

1. Belghar Wildlife Sanctuary


Surrounded by mountains and forests, this picturesque place is home to many endangered species of animals and birds. Located at a height of 2255 m, Belghar wildlife sanctuary covers an unbelievably large area of 1617446 acres. This area is a mix of forest and cultivated land. Out of the total area, around 4000-acre land is cultivated and the rest is covered by forest.

There is a huge variety of flora and fauna here. But the main attraction of the sanctuary remains the wild elephant. You can see them bathing in the river. You will also see a British era bungalow here which has been made entirely of wood and is still preserved very well. Visitors from India as well as abroad come here.

The area is inhabited by local tribal people. The Belghar wildlife sanctuary is situated at a distance of 50 km from Daringbadi.

2. Daringbadi Waterfalls


The sight and sound of crystal clear water falling on rocks are memories to cherish. And this is precisely what Daringbadi waterfalls offer you. Located at a distance of 20 km from Daringbadi, these waterfalls are bound to leave you awestruck with their natural beauty. Tucked away in a forest, this waterfall has refreshingly cool water to rejuvenate your body and mind.

The tranquil atmosphere and the serenity of the place are sure to rub on you. Daringbadi waterfalls are surrounded by small flowers and big trees. The journey to this place takes around three-quarters of an hour but you would wish it doesn't end. The reason is the picturesque Daringbadi ghati, that you would be passing through while traveling to this place.

One here, you will find a series of steps and slopes to reach actual falls. Elderly people may have to be extra careful.

3. Hill Park View


This is a place to capture the whole beauty of Daringbadi at once. You can see the total area of Daringbadi from hill park view. The captivating surroundings, nature's gifts spread around this place as well as neighboring areas, all are visible from here. Get a bird's eye view of Daringbadi and its surroundings from this place.

Also, the sunrise and sunset at this place are majestic. Just do not forget to refresh your body and soul with this beautiful view.

4. Lovers Point


If you thought this is a place for couples to spend some romantic moments together, then you are mistaken. The name lover's point signifies the love of us humans with mother nature. A beautiful small stream in pristine environs and falling on big rocks is a sight to behold. The sound of water falling on and passing through the rocks will be like music to your ears.

It is a lovely spot surrounded by natural beauty. If you want to spend some quiet time, away from all the noise and hustle bustle, this is the place for you. The lush green surroundings add to the charm of the place.

5. Nature Park


Though named Nature Park, this is a man-made garden which brings together various green elements at one place. It is a unique place which is difficult to find anywhere else. Spread over an area of four hectares, the best part of this park is that it is managed by only local people. The main components of this park are the butterfly garden and a medicinal garden.

While butterfly park has more than 15 host plants where you will find a variety of butterflies, the medicinal garden has over 50 species of medicinal plants. Nature Park has a 3D theater also with a seating capacity of 40. Another beauty of this park is the life-sized cut-outs of various wild animals put up inside the park. You will have to buy entry tickets to get inside the park. Check out the ticket prices from the government website.

6. Spice Gardens


These are among the most amazing places to see in Daringbadi. The place has spice gardens and coffee plantations, which are maintained by the forest department. These gardens have amazing scenic beauty and it is worth your money to visit them. There are black pepper gardens and turmeric gardens. Just take a walk in these spice gardens of Daringbadi and speak with locals. Check out the black pepper and turmeric.

Daringbadi is said to produce superior quality of these spices. You can get atop the watchtower inside one of these gardens and have a grand view of the valleys and other beautiful spots around this place.

Other Activities in Daringbadi


Trekking

Daringbadi has many trekking trails. Do undertake at least one short trek to explore the natural beauty of this place. If you are more adventurously inclined, you will find enough trekking options to satiate your quest for the thrill.

Hatt or Shopping

For shopaholics among you, there is the local hatt or market. It comes alive every Sunday and you can buy souvenirs and other local products from here. You will also get local turmeric, coffee, and black pepper from here.

Exploring Local Villages

Go to local villages and have a peep into the life of the people there. Interact with them and find out about their customs and traditions.

How to Reach Daringbadi


By Air - The nearest airport to Daringbadi is in the state capital Bhubneshwar, which is 245 km away. It is connected to all the major Indian cities with regular flights. From Bhubneshwar, it is 6 hours drive to Daringbadi. Hire a taxi from the airport.

By Train - There is no railway station at Daringbadi. The nearest railway station is at Brahmapur, which is 120 km away and is well connected to all the major cities of Odisha. From there, you need to hire a cab to reach Daringbadi.

By Road - Daringbadi is well connected by a good road network. You can drive down to this place from anywhere in Odisha, the nearest being Brahmapur and Phulbani.

Where To Stay In Daringbadi


Being a small place, Daringbadi does not have many options for lodging. There are a few hotels available here and you can book for staying. However, try to book in advance to avoid disappointment.

The great natural beauty, pine jungles, valleys and rivers of Daringbadi are calling you. Do not miss to visit this hidden but amazing place called 'Kashmir of Odisha'.

HAPPY TRAVELING!

Vimal Bhatia, a passionate traveller and keen travel blogger writes about some really stunning but unexplored places. A solo traveller so far, he hopes to find his travelling companion someday, maybe on one of his sojourns. He is already planning his next trip. Suggestions are welcome. Which place you would like him to go to and write about? Mention in the comments.

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12 comments:

  1. I have not heard of Daringbadi, but thanks to this post I am interested. I love to explore and India is one of my top 10 places that I desire to visit.
    The spice garden would be one of the places I would want to go while there.

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  2. I have never been there before. It seems like there is lot of great places to visit x

    Laura
    https://pinkfrenzymissl.blogspot.com/

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  3. I haven't heard about Daringbadi, but seems over there has a lot of fun. Great info for trip planner.

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  4. I have never visited but it looks so gorgeous! Thank you for the lovely photos and info! I'll have to check it out!

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  5. I’ve never heard of this place but it looks like a Wonderful place to visit!

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  6. I would love to have seen pictures of the waterfall! I hope to travel more next year, might have to add this to the list

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  7. Reading about such wonderful places in India makes me want to explore it even more!

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  8. There seems like so many fun things to do in Daringbadi. I would love to visit based on your description. Lavern Moore

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  9. This is the first time I have heard of this place. It does look interesting and seems a good place to visit.

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  10. I have never heard of Daringbadi, but your post has me intrigued. Looking for somewhere to visit this summer. Thank you for sharing.

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  11. OMG, never heard really! Annyhow, that Belghar Wildlife Sanctuary (since that's the place you left photo for, right?) looks GORGEOUS!

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  12. Never been to this place but that place looks very vibrant to relax and unwind.

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