Jeypore

Jeypore, is the largest city in the Koraput district of Odisha, India. Along with Bhubaneswar, Cuttack, Sambalpur, Rourkela, Balasore, Puri and Berhampur, Jeypore is one of the prominent places of Odisha. It is encompassed by hills of the Eastern Ghats and the more famous Araku hills on three sides like a horse shoe with the western side opening up to Chattisgarh in central India. It is the business hub for the district and South Odisha.

Jeypore is the most important place in the history of Dandakaranya and the undivided Koraput district which was the second largest district in India till its division. The history of Jeypore is inextricably linked with that of the ruling Deo or Dev dynasty.

Jeypore has an airport, which was made non-operational a few years after its inauguration. The nearest functional airport is at Vishakapatnam, 221 km away. One can reach Jeypore from Visakhapatnam by boarding the Kirandul passenger train or take one of the numerous taxis/cabs. The 221 km ride takes approximately seven hours, and is an enthralling experience, covering approximately 150 km of the scenic hills of Araku Valley. It is also possible to reach Jeypore by buses available from Berhampur, Vishakapatnam and Vizianagaram RTC bus-stations. Bhubaneswar, the capital of Odisha, is 520 km and the biggest city of South Orissa, Berhampur is 333 km from Jeypore. From Bhubaneswar, apart from the regular bus service, the Hirakhand Express train takes you to Jeypore in about 14 hours. The train runs daily to and from Jagdalpur to Bhubaneswar via Jeypore.

Fairs and Festivals

Besides the annual Rath Yatra, another popular festival celebrated in the town is the ‘Ghata Porbo’ or ‘Thakurani Yatra’ (procession of the goddess) held usually during summer. During the festival, every community has the chance to take its goddesses out of the temples and visit all other localities. The processions last for days and weeks, with dramas and other entertainment held during the nights. Local musical instruments like ‘Dombo baido’ and ‘Singha baido’ accompany such processions.

Jeypore is famous for its grand Dussehera and Rath Yatra celebrations as well. People also celebrate “Ganesh Puja,” “Saraswati Puja” and “Biswakarma Puja”. In the nineties, an annual event called “Parab” was instituted by the government to promote tribal art, culture and handicrafts in the district.

Places of Interest

Papadahandi
The Shiva Temple with Champak trees is worth visiting.

Sunabeda
Ensconced in the lush valleys of the Koraput region, Sunabeda is a wonderful example of Odisha’s gorgeous landscapes. The establishment of the Aero-Engine Factory speaks of the modernization process of this region.

Duduma
The glittering waterfall (157.5 metres) has been formed by the Machhakund river here. Its waters are utilised to support a huge hydroelectric project. Machhakund is an important place for pilgrimage. It is called ‘Matsya Tirtha’. A beautiful township has grown around this lovely place. Duduma is about 92 km away from Koraput.

Gupteswar
Lord Shiva reigns supreme at Gupteswar, the famous cave shrine set atop a huge limestone hill, surrounded by beautiful countryside. The sacred lingam is called ‘Gupteswar’, the Hidden God and is much revered as Gupta Kedar by the people of nearby areas who throng the hillside to worship the deity. Shiva Ratri is celebrated with great fervor here.

Hatipathar
Natural boulders strewn amidst Hatipathar’s beautiful environs appear to be elephants in certain light. Flowing through a deep.