Tourism in Baripada
Because of the rich cultural and natural heritage Baripada has always been one of the major tourist attractions of Odisha. With plethora of historical and ancient monuments displaying the architectural excellence of the state of Odisha which is found missing in this modern time. The city of Baripada is also an ideal location for the handloom products being manufactured at the Chandanpur and also known for the stone carving work done at Khiching.
There are several antique temples at Baripada, and of them all the most prominent one is believed to be the temple of God Jagannath which is also known as the Haribaldev Temple which was built in the 15 century by then ruler named Baidyanath Bhanj. The famous car festival of Lord Jagannath as takes place at Puri, also replicated at Baripada with great level of enthusiasm and the celebration that is done on the car festival is said to be the second most famous Rath Yatra of Lord Jagannath and for this reason Baripada is known as the Dwitiya Srikhestra.
Weather of Baripada and Best Time to VisitThe city of Baripada is located on the lap of nature and hence the best time to visit is the winters and the autumns. Temperature remains moderate during winters and one can easily take the joy of visiting the historic monuments, temples and various other tourist location of Baripada. Between the months of October to March are said to be the best time to visit the city of Baripada. The summer season at Baripada are very hot and humid and the temperature reaches a maximum of 42°C during these months.
The summer begins here in the month of March and lasts till the June. Winters approaches in the month of November and it is said to be the most pleasant time to be at Baripada. The temperature remains between 11°C to 23°C during the winters and it lasts till the mid of March. This is the idol time to visit Baripada and enjoy the scenic beauty of Baripada. Monsoon is experienced in the months of July till September. The rainfall in the areas close to Baripada is moderate and this works as the factor to reduce the effect of the heat of summer and the forests area of Baripada becomes very much scenic during the rainy season.
Travel in BaripadaThere are several modes of transport available to travel within the city of Baripada and the most common of all are the Rickshaws and the auto rickshaws. Although there are several buses also exist there that connects the Baripada with all the nearby tourist destinations. Private Taxis are also available for hire at Baripada to visit the tourist spots of the city.
Food in BaripadaBaripada being a city with most of the residents belongs to the Odiya community prefer the food and cuisines as of any other Odiya towns and city. The most famous Odiya cuisines of ‘Pakhala Bhaat’ (Rice dipped in Water) is the most famous dish at Baripada also. The puffed Rice also known commonly as ‘Mudhi’ along with many other dishes made of it are the favorite food of Baripada.
Attractions of BaripadaBaripada is the most vital city of Mayurbhanja district known for its natural heritage. The city is surrounded with a plethora of tourist attractions that include natural sights, historical monuments, religious places and several other tourist attractions. The Similipal Sanctuary and National Park is one of the most favorite tourist attractions of Baripada which is visited by most of the tourist around the year. Along with this there are several other attractions such as the historical Khiching, Haripur, Jwalamukhi Temple, Maa Ambika Temple, Baliharchandi, Bhitarakanika, Bhimkund and Deokund etc.
Hotels and Accommodation in BaripadaBaripada is one of the prime cities of Odisha which is also equipped with several accommodation facilities, number of medium budget hotels to some of the very big brands of hotel chains also existing here. Many famous hotels of Odisha have their branches and chain hotels at Baripada due to its scenic beauty which attracts several tourists to visit this exotic site.
A Suggestion: Baripada being located on the tropical areas has a very hot summer season and the temperature almost reaches 50 degree Celsius. Hence it is always advised to visit during the winters and the rainy season as the atmosphere becomes very pleasant and one can also enjoy the forest and natural beauty of Baripada and several nearby tourist locations.