OLASUNI ECO-TOURISM COMPLEX
Olasuni Eco-tourism complex is situated on Olasuni Hill, close to Saint Arakshita Das ashram, within a reach of 22 km from Chandikhol Chhak towards south, which having well furnished 3 Nos. of cottages, one common facility centre and each having attached toilet facilities on the landscape of the hillslope.
Other Tourist Destination:
Lalitagiri, a thousand-year old Buddhist monument site is at a distance of 2 Km from Olasuni to the right side of NH-5A leading towards Paradeep Port.
Ratnagiri & Udayagiri:
Ratnagiri & Udayagiri are another two Buddhist monument sites situated at a distance of 09 Kms from Olasuni to the left side of NH-5A leading towards Paradeep Port.
It is situated at a distance of 60 Kms from Olasuni Eco-tourism complex.
Bhitarakanika National Park:
It is situated at about 90 Kms away from this site. It is famous as a natural conservation site of Mangrove Forest and an important breeding centre for Salt water Crocodile.
It is 120 Kms far from Olasuni and situated at the mouth of river Mahanadi & Brahmani. The Gahirmatha under Rajnagar Wildlife Division is important as nesting centre of endangered Olive Ridley Turtles.
How to reach:
Olasuni can be reached from a no. of railway stations i.e. Bhubaneswar (90Kms.), Cuttack (65Kms) & Jajpur-Keonjhar Road (55Kms) on East-Coast Railway by bus/taxi. Nearest Airport -Bhubaneswar (90 Kms).
MAHAVINAYAK ECO-TOURISM COMPLEX
Mahavinayak Eco-tourism complex named as "Parbat Sova" constructed during the year of 2010-11 is close to Mahavinayak Lord Shiva temple inside Mahavinayak RF within a reach of 5 km from ChandikholChhak towards west. The complex has well furnished 3 double-bedded suits having comfortable facilities. A tracking path of 5 Km long has been created to the other side of hillock.
Nearest Tourist Destination:
Lalitagiri, a Buddhist monument site is at a distance of 15 Km.from Mahavinayak to the right side of NH-5A leading towards Paradeep Port.
Ratnagiri & Udayagiri:
Ratnagiri & Udayagiri are another two nos of Buddhist monument sites situated at a distance of 25 Kms from Mahavinayak to the left side of NH-5A leading towards Paradeep Port.
Maa Chandi Temple:
It is situated inside Mahavinayak RF and is nearer to Mahavinayak Eco-tourism complex say, within a lead of 2 Kms.
It is situated at a distance of 80 Kms from Mahavinayak Eco-tourism complex.
How to reach:
Mahavinayak can be reached from a no. of railway stations i.e. Bhubaneswar (75Kms.), Cuttack (45Kms) & Jajpur-Keonjhar Road (40Kms) on East-Coast Railway by bus/taxi. Nearest Airport - Bhubaneswar (80 Kms).
For Booking Please Contact Divisional Forest Officer, Cuttack Forest Division
ANSUPA - SARANDA ECO-TOURISM COMPLEX
Ansupa Lake, which has been declared as a Wetland of National importance is situated in Banki Revenue Sub-Division of Cuttack district, Odisha. It falls within the territorial jurisdiction of Athgarh Forest Division Among the many beautiful spots in the state, its natural scenery and location has attracted poets and writers in the past and has been famed since time immemorial. It is also famous as a picnic spot for outing and joy rides with boats. Its beautiful red lotus flowers silhouetted by the reflection of sunrise and sunset is indeed a sight to behold. The lake is famous for both migratory & resident birds.
The infrastructure of the eco-tourism complex includes three independent modern bamboo cottages; a big dining hall and a platform with roof for the visitors. A watch tower has been constructed from where one can have a commanding view of the beauty of Ansupa and its surroundings.
A beautiful park has been made on the top of the hill. Besides the foot step connecting to entrance gate of the Fort, there is another road which leads to the top of the hill, where the bamboo cottages have been made. Tourists can go up to top of the hill by using four wheelers and two wheelers. The Ansupa & Saranda Eco-Tourism Complex is famous for picnic, boating, landscapes, bamboo cottage bird watching and unforgettable scenic vistas.
The Lake is situated in Banki block of Cuttack district in Athgarh Forest Division, Odisha within 200.26' 28.43" to 200
28' 34 44" Latitude and 850
35' 56.74"74" to 850
36'30.01" Longitude. It is situated on the left bank of the river Mahanadi. The length of Ansupa Lake is about 3km. and breadth varies from 250m to 500m. The areaof the lake is about 382 acres.
Saranda Hill at A Glance:
Saranda is not a hillock but a small hill, which is known as Sarandagada with beautiful surroundings. It stands on the bank of Ansupa. Though there is no definite history of the place but according to local folklore, the area was ruled by kings and Jamidars having their Fort at Saranda hilltop. The legend is that during the Ganga Dynasty, the king Subamkeshari attracted by beauty of Ansupa established the village Subarnapur on the bank of Ansupalake and foothills of Saranda hill. The legend also goes that one of brothers of Dhala Dynasty of Banki had established his kingdoms on the top of Saranda hill Area as SarandaGada. The history says the king of Saranda had married one of the daughters of nearby king of TigiriaGada which is at a distance of 15km away from Saranda. The king of Saranda had chosen this place to build his fort for his safety. There was an entrance gate built by stones connected with footsteps prepared on stone starting from Ansupa Lake. The king had built a store house for storing arms and ammunition, which is known as BarudaGhara. The king had fixed a door that was making heavy sound whenever it opened and closed. The sound was so intense that it used to spread up to twenty km surrounding of the hill. The said door was fixed by the king with an intention to make aware of the people of the locality about the presence of king at the fort and his entry and exit time to Fort. But the history does not give any exact evidence of the time of collapse of Saranda Fort as well as end of Dhal Dynasty at Saranda or of his successors. However, at present the entrance gate of the Fort, the BarudaGhara, a twin well at the top of the hill locally known as Bhai-BohuKua, another big well like hole made of stone to be seen at the hill top. It is believed that this big well – like hole was used as treasury of the king hence known as KaudiKhata. After independence in the year 1970 the Government of Odisha has declared 160.93ha of Saranda hill area as Proposed Reserved Forest.
How to reach:
Ansupa can be reached from a no. of railway stations i.e. Bhubaneswar (75Kms.), Cuttack (50Kms) on East-Coast Railway. Nearest Airport -Bhubaneswar (80 Kms).Nearest Bus Stop Athgarh 10km.
For Booking Please Contact Divisional Forest Officer, Athgarh Forest Division
Anjar Ecotourism Complex
Anjar Eco–Tourism Complex in Keonjhar District has been developed by Forest Department in the year 2009–10. The eco–tourism complex is adjacent to National Highway 6 near the famous San–Ghaghra waterfall, close to Keonjhar Town. Lot of tourists from within the state and also visit to San–Ghaghra Waterfall every tourist season i.e. from October to February. This complex is an added attraction to serious nature lovers. The site is maintained with the help of Pathurbadi VSS of Keonjhar Division.
Facilities available at the Ecotourism Complex:
- Nature trail of Anjar Hill through the trekking path developed over two kilometres for the purpose
- One number of Tourist Cottage for accommodation of tourists.
- 2 numbers of Tented Cottages for tourists interested to live amidst the natural environment
- Kitchen cum service provider barrack and Dining hall facility for comfortable stay and fooding ( facilities provided in society mode in collaboration with members of Pathurbadi VSS).
For more details/booking please contact- Divisional Forest Officer, Keonjhar Forest Division