BHAWANIPATNA, the headquarters of Kalahandi District, is a town of
numerous temples dedicated to different deities of Hindu pantheon. Named after its
presiding deity Bhawanishankar, it is the most convenient base for touring
various places of interest in the district and the nearby district of Nawapara.
Phurli Jharan, a perennial water fall of 16 mtrs high has a special
charm of its own 15 km
The old capital of the ex-State of kalahandi, Junagarh was a well built
fort with Oriya inscriptions on its temple walls 26 kms. The historic fort Asurgarh
is only 35 km.
Karlapat, known for charming wildlife, is 32 km from Bhawanipatna.
Nearby is Khanduala fall. A short distance from karlapat is Thuamul Rampur, a little slice
of paradise on earth.
On the confluence of the rivers Tel & Utei, Belkhandi, 67 km from
Bhawanipatna is a place of archeological importance.
The Ampani hills (77 km ) with its frolicking valley called
Haladigundi is a place for viewing colourful wildlife and 7 km away from here
is the prehistoric cave paintings at Gudahandi.
How to get there : 418 km from Bhubaneswar, Bhawanipatna is connected
by all-weather roads and regular bus services from important parts of Orissa. The nearest
railway station is at Kesinga 35 km.
Where to Stay : Hotel Ruchi ( Tel. 30475), Puspa Lodge
(Tel. 30668), White House (Tel. 30741), Hotel Bishram and Rabi Lodge.
Assistance : Tourist Office, Bhawanipatna, Dist.
Kalahandi, Tel : 30402, Gram : ORISSATOUR.