Raygada, the headquarters town of the district of same name, is on the way from Bhubaneswar and Puri to Jeypore.

Most of Orissa’s tribal people live in this southern inland part of the state, worlds away from the congested roads and towns of Orissa’s coastal planes. They include the Munda, Kondh, Gadaba, Saora, Bonda and Koya.

The Koya, who live in villages in clearings in the middle of dense forest, particularly in the deep south of Orissa, are distinguished by their headgear made of bison horn.

What to see

  1. Hatipathar (3 km): Is a place of great scenic beauty with two waterfalls on the course of river Nagavali. The boulders here appear like huge elephants.

  2. Minajhola ( 134 km): On the confluence of three rivers this is a scenic spot as well as a place of pilgrimage.

  3. Padmapur (94 km): Houses the shrine of Manikeswar Shiva, is identified to be the seat of Dharmakirti, the Buddhist Logician-Philosopher.

Getting There

Rail: It is a railhead on the Raipur-Vizianagarain rail line of South Eastern Railway.

Road: Rayagada is connected by motorable roads to Berhampur, Koraput and Bhubaneswar (390 km).

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