TOURIST PLACES OF MAYURBHANJ – Updated Location

Tourism is travel for pleasure; also the theory and practice of touring, the business of attracting, accommodating, and entertaining tourist, and the business of operating tours.1“Etymologically, the word ‘tour’ is derived from the Latin word ‘tornare’ and the Greek, ‘tornos’, meaning ‘a lathe or circle; movement around a central point or axis’. Describing a circle implies returning to one’s starting point, so a tour is a round trip journey. Therefore, one who takes such a journey can be called a tourist.” 

Odisha, as a state provides an excellent opportunity for the study and development of Tourism and temple architectures. Emergence of a good number of heritage sites, moderate climate, magnificent temples, Historic antiquities, Religious sanctuaries, Architectural grandeur, sea-scape beauty, wild-life sanctuaries provide immense opportunities for the development of Tourist business in the province. Now a day’s tourism has been accepted as an industry, which could generate economy, employments and serve as a medium to exchange views among people of various sectors.

 

Tourism in fact, a community requirement and thus, felt quite essential in 20thcentury history of Orissa. Tourism in 20th century is able to eliminate poverty, illiteracy, unemployment and crime, expansion of education and minimization of economic differentiation, procuring of primary civil facilities, such as drinking water, electricity and medical care, social integration, elimination of communalism, strengthening of nationalism are the preliminaries to strengthen the collectivity.3

 

TOURIST PLACES OF MAYURBHANJ:

 

            The district is land locked and hilly, located between 850.40’ to 870.11’ East longitude and 210.16’ to 220.34’ North latitude is the largest district of Orissa covering 10,418 square kms and around 6.68% of the total geographical area of the state.4  

The district of Mayurbhanj occupies an area of 10418 Sq.Km. consisting of 4 Sub-divisions and 24 Tahasils having 26 Blocks. There is one town with a municipality since 1905 and 3 urban areas with NAC. This district consists of 3973 villages grouped under 382 Grampanchayats. Out of total population of 22,23,456 the Scheduled Tribe and Scheduled Caste composition is 12,58,459 and 1,70,835 respectively. There are 9 Assembly constituencies with 1 General and 8 Reserved seats and 1 Loksava, (ST). There are 4282 primary 1349 ME, 560 Secondary school, 76 colleges and 1 University (NOU) for the intellectual well being of the people.  

Evidence represent antiquity of the district since the prehistory times with anicient Paleolithic human occupation to the period of rulling Bhanja Dynasty with unbroken succession until it merged with the state of Orissa in 1949. The dense forest and mountain ranges of the district heaped upon each other in noble masses of rock from 3 thousand to nearly 4000 feet high, countless tributaries have a charm of their own. Rich resources in their virgin glory with captivating scenery, with animals and plants flourishing in their natural habitant still stands as a place of the tourist attraction. The present paper shall briefly throw light on the importance and historical significance of Khiching as a Tourist place in Mayurbhanj. 


Evidence represent antiquity of the district since the prehistory times with ancient Paleolithic human occupation to the period of rulling Bhanja Dynasty with unbroken succession until it merged with the state of Orissa in 1949. The dense forest and mountain ranges of the district heaped upon each other in noble masses of rock from 3 thousand to nearly 4000 feet high, countless tributaries have a charm of their own. Rich resources in their virgin glory with captivating scenery, with animals and plants flourishing in their natural habitant still stands as a place of the tourist attraction.

TABLE -1

State Identified Tourist Places in mayurbhanj5

 

Sl.No.

Tourist Places

Nature and Importance

1

Baripada

District Headquarters e strategic point to visit the places of Tourist interest in the district.

2

Bangriposi

Strategic point scenic spot- Hills & forest.

3

Bhimakunda

Scenic spot-charming sight on river Vaitarani.

4

Bisoi

Scenic spot.

5

Deokunda

Waterfall

6

Haripur

Historical site.

7

Jamsala

Welcome point

8

Jasipur

Entry point to similpal.

9

Khiching

Religious Centre-shrine of Goddess Kichakeswari

10

Kuchai

Historical site.

11

Kuliana

Historical site.

12

Manatri

Religious centre-shrine of lord Baidyanath

13

Rairangpur

Stragegic point

14

Similpal

National park

15

Samiburkhya

Religious center & scenic spot.

16

Suleipat

Scentic spot- water reservoir.

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