Paradeep, a major seaport of India for trade activities with
a fine sea beach, is an enjoyable tourist resort 94-km from
Cuttack. Important pilgrim centre Kendrapara is
65-km from Cuttack. Known as 'Tulasi Kshetra' it is famous for the temple
of Lord Baladeva.
A grand car festival is held here annually which draws a mammoth crowd. Also situated 60-km from Cuttack, Jhankad houses the shrine of Goddess Sarala and the place is associated with poet Sarala Das, the first epic poet of Orissa.
Enjoying The Wilds
Exciting moment can also be had at the Bhitarkanika National Park. Sprawled over 367 square kilometres, it has a variety of animals in its mangrove forests criss-crossed by rivers and creeks.
Known for crocodiles, sea turtles on the Gahirmatha beach and water monitor lizards, it has rare white crocodiles. It is also a Park for deer and migratory birds. One can also see 10th-11th century temples, sculptures, mud-forts and pottery.
How To Get There
Regular bus services from Cuttack are available to reach Paradeep, Kendrapa and Jhankad. One may go to Bhitarkanika via Chandbali and Rajnagar which are 170-km and 110-km respectively from Cuttack. Dangmal, the base, is three hours from both Chandbali and Rajnagar by motor launch. For motor launch, contact the DFO, Rajnagar, or Assistant Director, inland Water Transport, Chandbali.
WHERE TO STAY
Paradeep Port Trust's Nehru Bungalow
Madhuban Guest House
Hotel Aristocrat, Paradeep
Hotel Golden Anchor, Paradeep
Hotel Paradeep International, Paradeep
Hotel Golden Palace, Kendrapa
Shrikrishna Lodge, Kendrapa
Rajshree Lodge, Kendrapa
Aram Lodge, Kendrapa
Tulsi Lodge, Kendrapa
Santosh Lodge, Kendrapa
Accommodation is also available at the Forest Inspection Bungalow and Interpretation Centre at Dangmal and Forest-Rest House at Ekakula on Gahirmatha beach.
FOR MORE TRAVEL INFORMATION
Tourist Office, Cuttack,
Chandabali: 170-km via Cuttack
Rajnagar: 110-km via Cuttack