Tourist Spots in Baripada
Baripada is situated on the foothills of the famous mountain ranges of Similipal known for the Similipal wildlife Park. The city of Baripada is also equipped with some of the better accommodation facility that serves the tourists a comfortable stay. Famous for the tourist various natural attractions Baripada is also known as the “Dwitiya Srikshetra” which means the second home of Lord Jagannath. Baripada celebrates the replica of the Grand Car festival of Puri with equal spirit and enthusiasm and hence is also denoted to have the second location in the world that celebrates the Rath Yatra of Lord Jagannath, Lord Balabhadra and Goddess Shubhadra in the grandest manner. Also known for the world famous dance form of ‘Chau’ Baripada is rich in cultural as well as the natural heritage.
Similipal Wildlife Park in BaripadaThe Similipal Wildlife Park is said to one of the magnificent sanctuaries of the country, located in the District of Mayurbhanja of Odisha. The Similipal national park has derived its name from the reddish silk-cotton shrubbery which is found in bulk on the hills of Similipal. The wildlife park is spread over an area of around 2,785 square kilometers with the core area of the park being around 843 square kilometers. The Similipal Wildlife Park is in the region of a plateau and is also surrounded by many low peaks as well. The Park is also blessed with many waterfalls and of all the two of the most famous are the Joranda Waterfall and the Barehipani waterfall.
The Similipal Wildlife Park is said to be a habitat for several species and most of them are the endangered ones. As per the survey done there are some 100 of Royal Bengal Tigers, more than 430 untamed elephants and several species of Gaurs and Chausingas are also found. The Similipal National park is opened for the visitors from October 1st till the June 15th and for the permission to get into it, one can obtain it from the Range Officer at the Pithabata check gate after paying nominal charges as fees.
Haripur in BaripadaKing Harihar Bhanj of the Bhanja Dynasty is the founder of the former capital of Mayurbhanj, City of Haripur, in the year 1400 AD. Haripur is located at a distance of 15kms from the city of Baripada. Haripur is famous for the brick temple known as the Rasikaraya. The ruins of the Queen Ranihansapura of the Bhanja dynasty can be seen inside the temple premises. There are these two more famous temples at Haripur, the Lord jagannath Templa and the temple of Radhamohan which was built in the style of Goudiya architecture.
Jashipur in BaripadaThe tourist destination of Jashipur is situated at a distance of around 90kms from the city of Baripada. It is located on one of the entrance points of the Tiger Reserve of Simlipal on the NH-6 (National Highway). The Jashipur is known for the Crocodile nurturing centre and it also provides accommodations to the visitors visiting the Similipal Wildlife Park. There are several motels and hotels proving the accommodation facilities. Also it connects the Similipal with the rest of the state by the road ways that crosses its area.
Khiching in BaripadaThe famous Goddess Kichakeswari Temple is located at the village called Khiching which is situated at around 150kms from the city of Baripada. Goddess Kichakeswari is believed to be the deity of the Bhanja dynasty which ruled the Mayurbhanj in past for years long. The temple of Goddess Kichakeswari is very much unique due to its architectural importance. The temple is built of the black solid chlorite. There are several other temples located nearby which are built in the Kalinga style of the architecture and are also actively worshipped.
Another attraction of Khiching is the temple of Goddess Chamunda, who is believed to be the incarnated for of Goddess Shakti. The temple of Chamunda is said to be built up in the Oriyan style of architecture and also displays several inscriptions on the walls of the temple which portrays the events that happened during the Bhanja dynasty rulings. There are the ruins of the bhanja dynasty which are still found in the temple premises on the western part of the Chamunda temple.
Jwalamukhi Temple in BaripadaThe temple of Jwalamukhi is believed to be one amongst the 51 Shakti Peethas located in the Indian sub-continent. The Jwalamukhi temple is dedicated to the Maa Shakti who is also known as the Goddess of Light or the goddess of flames. Jwalamikhi is the word used for the volcano which replicates the Flames and fire. It is said that the Jwalamukhi Temple has a flame burning in the rock chamber and is also a symbol of devotion towards the deity.
About the Jwalamukhi Temple it is said that the temple is basically a Hindu temple but it was once gifted by the Mughal Emperor, a dome which is made of pure gold. The dome is still present in the temple. The famous festival being celebrated at the Jwalamukhi Temple is the festival of Navaratri, during the months of September-October. The months between April till November is said to be the best time to visit the Jwalamukhi Temple.