Are you planning for a picnic in Bhubaneswar on the new year? Select one from the best five picnic spots in this list.
1. Deras and Jhumka
Deras and Jhumka are two beautiful picnic spots situated in Khorda district at a distance of about 15 kms from Bhubaneswar. Deras and Jhumka are actually two dams but the exhilarating scenic beauty of the place has made it a good picnic spot. Every year in winter season thousands of picnickers visit this place to enjoy a day out in the lap of nature. Three heavily dense forested hills surrounded the dams on three sides and the remaining side is all covered with water up to the horizon. It is a place worth visiting.
2. Ekamra Kanan Botanical Garden
Ekamra Kanan is the biggest botanical garden and park in Bhubaneswar established in 1985. It is spread over more than 500 acres of land. The park area is covered with a large green lawn and a three-kilometer long walkway. It is full of large trees everywhere. Inside the park, there are areas developed as flower gardens of different varieties. The park also contains a playground and lawn at its center with several swings, slides, and climbing structures.
Situated at a distance of 20 km from the capital city, Barunei Hills near Khurda provides a different experience to the visitor with its mixture of serene green surroundings, nice stream that flows to form a beautiful pond and the temple.
The temple on the famous Barunei hills is dedicated to the worship of Goddess Barunei. A beautiful stream flows from the hills which is known as Swarna Ganga, which enhances the beauty of this place. This place is recognised as one of the most significant historic places of Odisha.
The hill is full of medicinal plant species and the pond where the water gets stored has become a favourite spot for the tourists to take bath. The excess water goes down the hill.
For the picnickers, Barunei is a fun-filled experience as it offers everything from the trekking on the hills to religious and historic spots nearby.
Atri is a small village in Begunia police station situated in Khurda district. It is by road about 13 km.from Khurda and 2 km. from Baghamari. Amidst paddy fields a hot spring bubbles up from the ground and a strong odour of sulphur pervades the locality. The temperature of the spring water is about 55 degree celsius. The water of the hot spring is collected in a reservoir which is provided with outlets to prevent stagnation. The circumference of the reservoir is 10 feet and the depth is 15 feet. The water is clear and stones lying at the bottom of the reservoir are visible when the sun’s rays fall on the water. It has been calculated that per hour 375 cubic feet of water is flowing out of the reservoir.
The temple of Hatakeswara (Siva) is situated near-by where Sivaratri and Makar Sankranti festivals are held and are attended by a large number of people. The Makar Sankranti festivals lasts for about a fortnight. On the Sankranti day nearly twenty thousand people congregrate at the mela. There is a belief that the spring has the miraculous power of removing the curse of barrenness from women. People throw into the reservoir coconuts, betel nuts, and other fruits and flowers as offering.