Offbeat Hill stations in Odisha

Offbeat Hill stations in Odisha

By Akash Ranjan

Basically Odisha is known for its lovely beaches and divine temples. But there is much more that makes the state a cherished vacation spot. Eastern Ghats with some unusual hilly places makes it pretty different from other backpacker destinations. So take a break from your exhausting work and plan a trip to these less known hill stations in Odisha.


Said to be the forfeit place of lord Parashurama, Mahendragiri is also known for its sanctity. It is located at a height of about 4,925 feet in Paralakhemundi region of Gajapati district. There are various temples as well that are believed to be of the Pandavas. And this place itself has its own importance in the Indian mythology. Covered with dense forests and hills, it is home to various creatures like peacocks and elephants.


The hills of Daringbadi lie around 3,000 feet above the sea level. Being the most prominent hill station, it is also known as the Kashmir of Odisha. Gorgeous views of hills along with snowfall during winters are the major attractions of this place. The hills are located at about 120 km from Brahmapur and 250 km from Bhubaneshwar. Not only hills, there are stunning valleys, plateaus and waterfalls as well. You can hike through the hills in order to explore more.


Taptapani is famous for its everlasting hot water sulphur springs that are remedy to cure diseases. It is located at an altitude of 1,800 feet and about 56 km from Brahmapur in Odisha. Apart from hot water springs, there is much more to cherish. A religious site for Hindus named Kandimata Mandir also lies near the hot springs area. You can walk through the deer park and landscapes for a lovely sightseeing. Native tribes such as Dingara and Bonda are also there to welcome visitors. You can learn about their ethics and rituals as well. This place can be visited anytime throughout the year, although March and October gives an amusing experience.