Keonjhar – A hidden Gem of Orissa

Keonjhar – A hidden Gem of Orissa

Reading Time: 7 minutesKeonjhar – A hidden Gem of Orissa Keonjhar is a land locked district  situated in the northern part of Odisha. It is surrounded by Singhbhum district of Jharkhand in the North, Jajpur in the South, Dhenkanal and Sundargarh in the West and Mayurbhanj and Bhadrak in the East. Baitrani river originate from Keonjhar plateau. To the West is a range of lofty hills which contains some of the highest peaks of Orissa namely Gandhamardan (3477 ft.), Machakandana (3639 ft.), Gonasika ( 3219 ft.) and Thakurani ( 3003 ft.). About half of the area of this district spreading about 4043 sq. km. is covered by forests of Northern tropical moist deciduous type and contains Sal, Asan, Piasal, etc. The river Baitarani comes out of Gonasika Hills and flows to the north touching the border of Singhbhum district of Jharkhand. It again flows East entering Anandapur Sub-division and the district of Bhadrak. How To Reach :- By road:Total distance from Kolkata to Keonjhar is 360 km. The popular route is  take NH6 via Kharagpur,Baharagoda, Bangriposi, Bisoi , Jashipur , Rajanagar, Keonjhar. By Rail: You will get train from Howrah, Shalimar as well as Sealdah. Best option is Dhauli Express or Falaknama Express. Get down at Jajpur Keonjhar Road. Then have to hire car to move around. How to plan for Keonjhar trip:  For Keonjhar you need 3-4 days. First of all decide which places do you like to visit. What are your priorities. I will suggest you to focus on mainly four places 1. Sanaghara, 2. Baraghagara, 3. Gonashika , 4. Khandadhar falls. Tour Plan Of Keonjhar :- Day 1 : Start early from Kolkata...