Famous for its presiding deity Lord Baladeva, Kendrapada is called the ‘Tulasi Kshetra’ of Odisha. A grand Car Festival is held here annually which draws a mammoth crowd. `Tulasi Kshetra Mahatyam’ refers that Lord Baladeva killed the demon Kandarasura ruling at Lalitgiri and married his daughter `Tulasi’, for which the place is called so. Kendrapada and ‘Tulasi Kshetra’ are only at a distance of 65 km from Cuttack.