Serenity combines with old-world charm
Once the capital of the princely state of Patnagarh, the district town of Bolangir,
also spelt Balangir, still retains its old world’s charm and serenity. One of the
major commercial towns in the western part of Odisha, the place is littered with
the remnants of the past. What makes Bolangir a compelling travel destination is
its scenic beauty, numerous shrines and the native tribal life. Driving through
a thick forest cover to reach any place of interests is a rewarding experience.
Many visitors use the town as a base to several places of interest located in the
district. Traditional hand-woven textiles life will allure the ethnic tourists.
Max: 46.1°C, Min: 3.1°C
October to February
Light cotton in summer and woollen in winter
Oriya, Hindi, English and Tribal dialects
Government of Odisha Tourist Office, Dist. Tourism Centre, Titlagarh Road, Bolangir-767001,
Indiatourism Bhubaneswar, Paryatan Bhawan, 2nd Floor, Lewis Road, Bhubaneswar-751014,
Tel/Fax: 0674-2432203, 2435487, E-mail: email@example.com,
The nearest airport is Bhubaneswar that is connected to major cities in India.
Bolangir is a railhead on the East Coast Railway connecting several important cities
Bolangir is connected by good motorable roads to all places in India.
- 327 km from Bhubaneswar
- 374 km from Puri
- 320 km from Rourkela
- 120 km from Sambalpur
- 497 km from Baripada
- 320 km from Cuttack
- 290 km from Koraput
- 265 km from Raipur.
Hotels in Bolangir
Hotel Blue Lagoon
Near Govt. Bus stand
Near Ramai Talkies
Tel: 06652 232470
Tel: 06652 232433/234045
Cinema Hall Road, Bolangir
Tel: 06652 230091/234405
Hotel New Paradise
Tel: 06652 232627
Near Gurudwar, Bolangir
Tel: 06652 233351
Hotel Paradise Palace
Cinema Hall Road, Bolangir
Tel: 06652 235725
Tel: 06652 232394/231448
Hotel Phalguni Plaza
Gurudwar Road, Bolangir
Tel: 06652 231888
Main Road, Bolangir
Tel: 06652 232744
Daily Market, Bolangir
Tel: 06652 232726
Near Govt. Bus Stand,
Tel: 06652 231605
Tel: 06652 234439, 234467
Tel: 06652 232380
Tel: 06652 222353
Near Rly. Station
Hotel Paradise (old)
Tel: 06652 232735
Tel: 06652 234446/234473
Ashis Plaza Lodge
Near Samalleswari Chowk
Tel: 06652 232253
Daily Market Road
Tel: 06652 231488.
Near District Hospital
Tel: 06652 234463
Shree Annapurna Lodge
Tel: 06652 220603/221903
Tel: 06652 221790
Tel: 06652 220733
Sri Ganesh Lodge
Tel: 06652 221086/220753
Tel: 06652 220101
Tel: 06652 220614
Tel: 06652 221241
Shree Venkateswar Lodge
Places to Visit
Dedicated to MaaSamalei, Samaleswri Temple is the chief attraction of Bolangir.
The shrine is the second most visited temple in western Odisha.
The temple is dedicated to Pataneswari Gudi, the presiding deity of Bolangir District.
It is a place of intense spiritual activity.
This huge palace belongs to the Royal Family of Bolangir. It is considered to be
one of the best palaces ever build in Odisha.
Patnagarh (38 km)
This is the ancient capital of the kingdom of Patna once known as Kuanri Patna.
The seat of tantricism in Odisha in the medieval period, the place is home to the
temples of Pataneswari and Samaleswaribuilt in the Chalukyan style. The temple of
Someswara Siva belonging to the 12th century is another added attraction. One can
find here the remnants of the earliest group of temples built during the Chouhan
rule in Western Odisha which began from this place.
Harisankar (81 km)
This pilgrimage centre is located on the southern slope of Gandhamardan hills, dotted
with a series of waterfall. Hari Shankar is the deity there. Both Harisankar and
Nrusinghanath are connected by a rough road of 16 km across the hill-top which the
pilgrims cover in a day on foot. Trekking and adventurists can also find the journey
an interesting one.Harishankar is connected by a good motorable road with Bolangir.
Nrusinghanath (131 km)
Enshrined in the sacred hill of Gandhamardhan, the temple of Nrusinhanath is a pilgrimage
destination of repute. Bhimathar, Gadadhar, Guptadhar and Chaladhar are picturesque
waterfall at Nrusinhanath. Besides the fall there are archaeological remains of
ancient times. It is 20 km from Nuapara and 55 km from Harisankar.
Ranipur-Jharial (104 km)
Known as “Soma Tirtha” the place has some 50 temples of which the circular temple
without a roof having 64 yoginis, one of four such shrines in India, is the majorattraction.
The Someswara Mahadev temple is another famous highlight. This temple built entirely
of brick is said to be the highest brick temple of Odisha. Here Saivism, Buddhism,
Vaisnavism and Tantricism flourished time to time.
Saintala (32 km)
A place of immense historical and archaeological importance, the place
is noted for its ruined Chandi Temple, Goddess Chandi in Mahisamardini form is presently
installed in a small mound. The Dasavatara (10 incarnations) image of Lord Vishnu
is among the remarkable pieces of sculpture unearthed here.
Jogisarda (25 km)
Known for its Jogeswara Temple, it is a place of pilgrimage for the Hindus.
Turekela (98 km)
Suitable for group camping and wildlife enthusiasts, the place is important for
viewing exotic wildlife like tigers, deer, bears, monkeys, etc.
Dharapgarh (50 km)
Rich with history, Dharapgarhhas a big tank called DashamatiSagar covering an area
of 119 acres. Believed to be the habitat of some water nymphs, the tank is guarded
by the shrines of Chandi, Duarsuni, Samalei, Patneswari, Siva and Vishnu who are
worshipped by non-Brahmins. A dip in the tank has religious importance too.
Gaikhai M.I.P. (30 km)
A place of great scenic beauty Gaikhaiis surrounded
by green capped hills on three sides and is an ideal place for group camping.