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Bolangir

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.

Fast Facts

Temperature : Max: 46.1°C, Min: 3.1°C
Season : October to February
Clothing : Light cotton in summer and woollen in winter
Languages Spoken : Oriya, Hindi, English and Tribal dialects
STD Code : 06652

Tourism Office
Government of Odisha Tourist Office, Dist. Tourism Centre, Titlagarh Road, Bolangir-767001, Tel/Fax: 06652-232432
Indiatourism Bhubaneswar, Paryatan Bhawan, 2nd Floor, Lewis Road, Bhubaneswar-751014, Tel/Fax: 0674-2432203, 2435487, E-mail: itobbs@nic.in, Website: www.incredibleindia.org

Getting There

Air
The nearest airport is Bhubaneswar that is connected to major cities in India.

Rail
Bolangir is a railhead on the East Coast Railway connecting several important cities in India.

Road
Bolangir is connected by good motorable roads to all places in India.
Bolangir is

  • 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

At Bolangir

Hotel Blue Lagoon
Near Govt. Bus stand
Bolangir,

Hotel Samrat
Near Ramai Talkies
Bolangir
Tel: 06652 232470

Hotel Rajmahal
Bolangir
Tel: 06652 232433/234045

Hotel Classic
Cinema Hall Road, Bolangir
Tel: 06652 230091/234405
Fax: 235188

Hotel New Paradise
Bolangir
Tel: 06652 232627
Fax: 231445

Hotel Triveni
Near Gurudwar, Bolangir
Tel: 06652 233351

Hotel Paradise Palace
Cinema Hall Road, Bolangir
Tel: 06652 235725
E-mail: paradisepalace@rediffmail.com

Hotel Surya
Bolangir
Tel: 06652 232394/231448

Hotel Phalguni Plaza
Gurudwar Road, Bolangir
Tel: 06652 231888

Hotel Ashok
Main Road, Bolangir
Tel: 06652 232744

Tourist Home
Daily Market, Bolangir
Tel: 06652 232726

Sahoo Lodge
Near Govt. Bus Stand,
Tel: 06652 231605

Hotel Sapna
Bolangir
Tel: 06652 234439, 234467

Hotel Tara
Bolangir
Tel: 06652 232380

Hotel Malwar
Tel: 06652 222353

Priya Lodge
Near Rly. Station
Bolangir

Hotel Paradise (old)
Bolangir
Tel: 06652 232735

Nilachakra Lodge
Bolangir
Tel: 06652 234446/234473

Ashis Plaza Lodge
Near Samalleswari Chowk
Bolangir
Tel: 06652 232253
M-9861075092, 9437132595

Tourist Home
Daily Market Road
Bolangir,
Tel: 06652 231488.

Ganapati Lodge
Near District Hospital
Bolangir
Tel: 06652 234463

At Kantabanji

Shree Annapurna Lodge
Kantabanj
Tel: 06652 220603/221903

Hotel Sushila
Kantabanji
Tel: 06652 221790

Hotel Hanuman
Kantabanji
Tel: 06652 220733

Sri Ganesh Lodge
Kantabanji
Tel: 06652 221086/220753

Anil Hotel
Kantabanji
Tel: 06652 220101

Hotel Maikal
Kantabanji
Tel: 06652 220614

Hotel Satabdi
Kantabanji
Tel: 06652 221241

At Titilagarh

Jalaram Lodge
Titilagarh
Tel: 220555
Fax: 220499

Shree Venkateswar Lodge
Titilagarh
Tel: 220452

Hotel Yash
Titilagarh
Tel: 221188

Mahaveer Panchayat
Dharmasala
Titilagarh

Places to Visit

Samaleswri Temple
Dedicated to MaaSamalei, Samaleswri Temple is the chief attraction of Bolangir. The shrine is the second most visited temple in western Odisha.

MaaPataneswari Temple
The temple is dedicated to Pataneswari Gudi, the presiding deity of Bolangir District. It is a place of intense spiritual activity.

Sailashree Palace
This huge palace belongs to the Royal Family of Bolangir. It is considered to be one of the best palaces ever build in Odisha.

Excursions

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.