TThe history of Koraput goes back as far as 3rd century B.C. It originally belonged to the valiant and dreaded atvika people who fought the Kalinga war to restore the empire’s glory. The region successively came to be ruled by several dynasties ike Satavahans, Ikshvakus, Nalas, Ganga kings and kings of Surya Vansha. Finally becoming a district of Odisha on April 1, 1936.
Koraput abounds in the imprints of Odisha’s glorious past. Temple’s monasteries and other historical monuments from the medieval period are breathtaking in their beauty and of incalculable historical importance.
The district lies between 17 ° 40′ North to 20 ° 7′ North and 81 ° 24′ East to 84 ° 2′ East Longitude.
Koraput district abounds in meadows, forests, waterfalls, terraced valleys and darting springs. This land of abundance is home to Odisha’s vast tribal population. A real paradise for the nature-lover, Koraput offers an additional benefit to the visitor of first hand meeting with its ancient civilization.
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How to reach there?
Nearest airport is at Visakhapatnam.
Well connected from Bhubaneswar, Chennai, Delhi, Kolkata & Visakhapatnam.
Convenient road facility is available from Koraput to other parts of Odisha & neighbouring States. NH-43 passes through this district.
Where to stay?
Like other districts of Odish, there are numbers of good hotels available around Koraput too. But, basically Koraput district is having some great tourist places around and the accommodation at those places are also available. Koraput is a tribal area and the numbers of tribal people residing at Koraput are also in huge. Natural forests as well as the cool wind can be felt in this area.
Fairs and festivals
The weekly markets of Koraput offer a kaleidoscopic view of various colorful tribal communities coming together. Tribal’s descend from their hilly abodes on the market to buy, sell, mingle and chat.
Every aspect of tribal life is charming and colourful. But the place of honour is occupied by tribal dance and music. The invigorating dances set to the beat of tapping music of traditional instruments are a way of life for the tribal’s. In all seasons and occasions, the people sing and dance in Koraput.
- Arts & Crafts
Handicrafts of Koraput mirror the vivid imagination and skillful artistry of the indigenous people- the things that make Koraput handicrafts stand apart. The exquisite, vegetable-dyed scarves and saris spun by ‘Mirgan’ weavers are Koraput’s signature handicrafts, nationally awarded and internationally renowned for their breathtaking beauty and rare artistry. Besides this, there are other handicrafts ranging from terracotta to metal work.
In this wonderful land of beauty and bounty and Art exhibition-cum-Artists camp on natural land scap and tribal way of life is quite befitting which will expose its wonders in canvas. Besides, Koraput region is rich with traditional Art, Craft and embroidery etc. In this context, the Art exhibition and Artist camp are organized.
Likewise Koraput Region is also rich with traditional Art, Craft, like Paper making, mask making, lacquer art, bamboo craft, docra casting, terracotta, metal works, weaving, leaf art, paddy craft etc. To give the artists an exposure to the outer world and also a scope to exchange their ideas with the artists of other region, a Craft mela will be organized inviting eminent artists from Koraput region, other districts and from neighbouring States. This Craft Mela will be in a demonstrative form actively participated by the artists.<
Places of Interest