Taptapani in Odisha

Description

Rolling green hills, jungles washed by rains and clouds tucked within the distant hills – that’s Taptapani located amidst the forests of Ganjam District of Orissa, just 50 kilometers from Berhampur. Taptapani is mainly known for its natural hot sulphur springs whose water is considered to have medicinal properties and is capable of curing aches, pains and skin ailments like eczema and scabies. Taptapani is surrounded by beautiful hills of the Eastern Ghats, which is inhabited by the ancient tribes of Orissa. There is also a majestic Buddhist Monastery, a deer park and a Shiva Temple nearby. It is a great weekend destination near Kolkata, which can be visited with another great beach destination of Orissa – Gopalpur on Sea.

Highlights


Itinerary

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    Gopalpur on Sea – the famous beach destination with a famous lighthouse is very near to Taptapaani. The lighthouse at Gopalpur offers an amazing view of the sea and a part of the Chilika Lake. The other beaches of tourist attraction near Taptapaani are the Pati Sonepur beach located near the mouth of River Bahuda and the beach at Aryapalli. You can also visit the nearby temple of Taratarini surrounded by Rushikulya River and dedicated to the twin Goddess, Tara and Tarini. You can also visit Lake Chilka. The temple of Mahuri Kalua just 20 km from here is located on a hilltop with a panoramic view of the surrounding hills and valleys is breathtaking. In Taptapani, you can visit the Deer Park maintained by the Forest Department located nearby and visit temples like Sri Nilakantheswar Temple, and Kandimata Mandir. There are numerous small waterfalls, nameless rivulets, lakes, and tribal villages all around. The other interesting place to visit is the Tibetan settlement and monastery.

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    You can take a long nature-walk along the picturesque landscape of the surrounding areas of Taptapani. A visit to the villages of tribal communities such as Kutia Kondh, Bonda, Dingara Kondh and Mali tribes can be interesting as you can also learn about the lifestyles of these tribal people. You can also visit Tampara Lake, which is a large brackish lake with a water sports complex offering various water sports such as paddle boats, water scooters and more. But the most popular thing to do is to take a dip at the hot spring of Taptapani.

General Disclaimer Information

  • How to reach:
  • From Kolkata, you can avail of a train to Berhampur, the nearest rail station to Taptapani. From there, you can avail the option of taxis. Since Taptapani is situated on the State Highway connecting Berhampur with western Orissa, you can also avail the option of buses plying on the State Highway.
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  • Best time to visit:
  • Taptapani is an all-season destination and you can visit this place all round the year. However, to enjoy a dip in the hot water spring and to visit the nearby places, the most preferred time to visit Taptapani is between October and March.
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  • Lodging Facility:
  • The Govt. accommodation at Taptapani the best one available, which is facilitated with Dining Hall, AC and non-AC suites and bathrooms with bathtubs filled with water direct from the hot springs. Another great attraction is the Tree House, where you can spend some great adventure-filled nights. Standard Indian cuisine is served in Taptapani.
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