Keonjhar – A hidden Gem of Orissa

Keonjhar – A hidden Gem of Orissa
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Keonjhar – 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 and reached Keonjhar at 4 pm. Its near about 6-7 hrs journey from Kolkata . After Baharagoda road are not in a good shape upto Jashipur. Jashipur is one of the main entrance of Simlipal Forest. Anyone can take there lunch at Jashipur or Bisoi. But that should be road side dhabas.

Day 2 : After taking breakfast start for sideseing . Though there are plenty of place first day attraction should be 1. Sanaghara, 2. Baraghagara, 3. Gonashika , 4. Khandadhar falls.

Day3. Today we visit one of the attractive falls  Murgamahadev, Sitabinji, Ghatagaon Temple.

Day4 :We made our early breakfast and checkout from hotel. Then we sarted for Kichakeshwari Temple, khiching. Then Visit the beauty of Bhimkund, and return back to home.

Keonjhar Travel Guide


Main Attraction Of keonjhar :-


6 kms. From Keonjhar town situated by the side of N.H.-6. It is a small (100 ft) beautiful waterfalls suitable for outing. The spot is a very good picnic spot. Further it keeps one’s eye standstill adding the beauty of Keonjhar town. Service buses and hired vehicles are available at Keonjhar. For accommodation a good number of hotels are available in the town.

Keonjhar Travel Guide



10 kms. From Keonjhar town, it is yet another small (200 ft) but exciting waterfall. It is one of the most popular picnic spots of the district. Service bus and hired vehicles are available at Keonjhar. For accommodation tourist will have to stay at Keonjhar.

Keonjhar Travel Guide



 Surrounded by a series of valleys and wooded hills of varying colours, the place is famous as a centre of pilgrimage for the temple of Brahmeswar Mahadev established by the side of river Baitarani. In fact, this is the place from where the river starts flowing. A little away from the point of origin, the river goes underground ( and hence called guptaganga) only to be seen jumping after a short distance over a stone projection looking like the nostril of a cow. The scenic beauty of the place is simply charming. It is 33 kms. From Keonjhar out of which service buses are available for 24 kms. For rest 9 kms tourist will have to go by either foot or hired vehicles. For accommodation tourists will have to stay at Keonjhar town.

Keonjhar Travel Guide



A sparkling waterfall of 500 ft. amidst lush green forest. A shower in the cascading water is a great experience. This waterfall is a smoking waterfall because of the “Smoke like” appearance created by the spray of the plunging waters of the waterfall at this spot. The spot is ideal for picnic. It is 60 kms. From Keonjhar town ( of this about 40 kms fair weather and only jeepable). No accommodation facilities at the spot.

Keonjhar Travel Guide



It is situated by the side of a perennial spring of Thakurani hill in Champua Sub-Division of Keonjhar District. It is famous for the temple of Murga Mahadev. The spot is 70 kms. From Keonjhar ( of this 6 kms, fair-weather road). Regular service buses are available upto Bileipada (64 kms) from Keonjhar. No accommodation facilities is available at the spot. Tourist will have to stay either at Joda (11 kms) or at Keonjhar ( 70 kms).

Keonjhar Travel Guide

Murgamahadev Falls

Keonjhar Travel Guide

Murgamahadev Temple


Situated by the side of river Sita, the spot has gained prominence as a place of having ancient fresco painting on a rock shelter called ” Ravan Chhaya” which is looking like a half opened umbrella. The painting depits a royal procession. It is 30 Kms from Keonjhar (25 kms. On Jajpur-Keonjhar road upto Katarabeda and 5 kms. From there). N Orissa accommodation facilities is available at the spot. Tourists will have to stay either at Keonjhar or at Ghatagaon.

Keonjhar Travel Guide

Author at Sitabinji


50 kms. from Keonjhar town on the N.H.215 towards Cuttack, the place is known through the state for the shrine of Goddess Tarini Pitha. The place is famous as a centre of pilgrimage for Goddess Tarini. A P.W.D. I.B., Tarini Yatri niwas of Tarini Trust and a Panthasala of Tourism Deptt. Are available to cater the accommodation facilities.

Keonjhar Travel Guide

Ghatagaon Temple


It is famous for the ruined palace of Keonjhar King. Also raghunath Jew Matha, Dadhibaban Jew temple and chadei Kudoor are other attraction of the spot. Different kinds of birds from different places gather here ( Chadhei Kudoor) in winter which is most enjoyable. It 27 kms. from Keonjhar. Tourist will have to visit the spot by hired vehicle. No accommodation facilities available there. The same are available at Keonjhar town.

Keonjhar Travel Guide

Kichakeshwari Temple entrance

I.Kichakeshwari Temple

Kishakeshwari Temple is temple of Hindu Goddess Chamunda alias Kali located in Khiching, which was the ancient capital of the Bhanja rulers, located about 205 km from Balasore and 150 km from Baripada in the Mayurbhanj district of north Orissa. The largest temple of the town is dedicated to Goddess Kichakeswari, the family goddess of the ruling chiefs of Mayurbhanj. The Goddess Kiscakeshwari was not only which was not only ishtadevata of Bhanj dynasty but also the State deity. The original temple dates back to 7th or 8th Century, with repairs done over the centuries.

The main temple opens to devotees early at 5 a.m. and closes down at 10 pm. It, however, remains closed between 12 noon to 3 pm.

Keonjhar Travel Guide

Kichakeshwari Temple


About 40 Kms.from Karanjia, near Booring village in Thakurmunda P.S. is the sacred pool  BHIMKUND” in the river Vaitarani. The legend reveals that Bhima, the second Pandava used to take his bath in this   pool when the Pandavas were passing their incognito life in Birat Nagar,  said  to be the present Kaptipada. Here river Vaitarani flows through a gorge in steps forming   a series of picturesque rapids until it settles  down in the pool called “BHIMKUND”. It is encircled by precipitous stone wall. During Makar Festival in the month of January thousands of people gather here to take their  holy dip. The place can also be  approached from Dhenkikote (20 Kms.) on S.H. No 11 connecting Keonjhar and Panikoili. The place is ideal for picnickers.

Keonjhar Travel Guide




To avail tour operator services or not?

• Some problems of managing everything self, they are:

Enquiring, booking and confirming hotel bookings, especially at different places and remote places.

• Arranging for travel vehicle (Road).

• It is better one decides whether they need somebody to coordinate there (a person or a tour operator).

You may not need them

• You have enough time to make all arrangements which is possible if you can spend some time before and during the trip.

• You are perseverance.

• If your itinerary is routine.

You need somebody (Person or tour operator) to do things for you if

• You are visiting distant places and if you are thinking out of the box.

• Have no time to make arrangements.

• Wish to be worry free. But make sure that The itinerary is as per your choice and not as per their convenience. The person or the tour operator is genuine and is approachable. The prices and the hotels are acceptable to you.

About Booking

No need to worry about booking. Best option is to call them directly ask for their tariff then ask for booking process and book it.

Hotels in Keonjhar

Hotel Kashvi International                     

Madhpur, Keonjhar, Tel: 06766 255323, 255324, DR Rs.2200-3000, Suite Rs. 3500

Hotel Shreekshetra International

NH-6, Keonjhar, Tel: 06766 250732, 257343

Panthanivas (OTDC Ltd)

JudiaKeonjharPanthanivas, Judia, Keonjhar. Tel: 06766 253603/ 9238211629},

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Soumitra Bhattacharya

Hi, I am Soumitra.. I am a traveler by heart. I love to travel by road. I traveled many places of India including Ladakh,Himachal,Orissa, Chattishgarh and many places of Bengal. I also traveled out side of India like Bhutan. Now I am am planing to travel Kolkata to Malayasia with my car.

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  1. very nice informetion

    • Thank you dada. Please share some of your knowledge also with us.

    • Very well written…
      Can you give me a tour plan regarding keonjhar & simlipal for 4 to 5 days

  2. beautiful place….thanks for the informations…..’ll try to visit the place in winter…

    • Thank you mam, Sure mam try to visit this place..this place is so beautiful that you will surely like it. In winter there will be different landscapes.

  3. You mentioned Khandhar Waterfalls is 60 km away from Keonjhar. Now what is the exact route direction?. In google Maps it showing 128km. Plese let know the details

  4. Could you please share the rate for Hotel Shreekshetra International

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  6. Keep it up buddy. The world is under your wheel.

  7. will i join with you sirji


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