Sunabeda is a city in Koraput, India. It is known as the Kashmir of Orissa, one of the coldest region, ideal for summer seasons holiday spenders.The small township is spread across 10 square kilometers and house only families that are directly or indirectly associated with Hindustan Aeronautics Limited. The entire township is well planned and is a neat place. Plenty of green spots, a whole lot of evergreen trees everywhere and excellent drainage systems. Take a road in any direction and within minutes you will be at the foothills of the eastern ghats. Plenty of picnic spots.
Created around 1965, mainly to accommodate HAL employees, Sunabeda is a highly planned and organized township. It is situated around 1000 meters above sea level. Prior to its creation, this place was known as Old Sunabeda which was occupied by native tribal community. About a thousand tribals were displaced and rendered homeless to give way for the HAL factory.
How to reach there?
The nearest city to this place is Visakhapatnam- 184 km , Bhubeneswar capital city – 500 km, and Raipur capital of Chatigarh 400 km away from this place. Some of the 2 or more trains are connected up to Korput, Hirakhanda express is from Bhubeneswer to Koraput. From here to Koraput is only 20km. You can easily get local bus and taxis and auto to Sunabeda. the best train connection is up to Vizanagaram which is 134 km or Visakhapatnam 184 km from here you have to select road way. Nearest airport is Visakhapatnam .
Where to stay?
There are number of hotels available in Sunabeda for a good stay. List of hotels are available at http://www.orissa360.com to choose from.
Fairs and festivals
Sunabeda has a very old Jagannath Temple, older than Koraput Jagannath temple which holds Annual Rath Yatra that ends at HAL Open Air Pandal. This event is a important annual event in sunabeda.The 2010 and 2011 Rath Yatra has another attraction in the fact that the key organiser of the Yatra is not a Hindu but a Muslim technocrat of the state who ensures that the yatra is a mega success. There is also Sports club at HAL Township. The major cultural events in Sunabeda are the Rath Yatra, the Viswakarma Puja,Dussehra and other festivals.
There is a Jagannath temple in AEF Colony & L zone in HAL Township. Maha Sivaratri which is celebrated at the temple of Shiva atop a hillock just close to the AEF Colony bus stop,There is a Hanuman Temple in IB zone. There is also a Jagannath Temple at L-Zone named as Swarnakhetra, Tarini Temple at B-Zone, Mangala Temple at R-Zone and K-Zone, Santosimaa Temple at E-Zone, Satyasai Temple at F-zone and many more temple at HAL Township for the spiritual development of the people of the township. In the boundary of Jagannath Temple there is a Siva Temple where Baba Biswanath worshiped. Besides Siva and Jagannath there is also Ganesh Mandir and Laxmi Mandir. Arnapurna Mandap and Laxmi Mandap also constructed in the boundary of Jagannath Temple for social functions of the Township.