Phulbani is the Headquarters of the Kandhmal district which has a variety of attractions including a rich tribal culture and colourful flora & fauna for the tourists as indicated below. Phulbani is the most convenient base for touring the various places of interest in the district.
Best time to visit :
October to June
Fairs and Festivals of the region :
Places around Phulbani :
- Makara Jatra - Palasaguda - January
- Chudakhai - Manajukunda, Balasingha - February
- Magha Purnima Jatra - Kerudi - February
- Dola Jatra - Ailapali - March
- Ram Navami - Boudh - March - April
- Matipuja - Bandhgarh, Nuagaon - April - May
- Thakurani Yatra - Phulbani - April - May
- Car Festival - Phulbani, Khajuripada,Boudh - June - July
- Dusserah - Puruna/ Katak - September - October
- Kalipuja - Throughout the district - October - November
- Kartik Purnima - Baliguda - November - December
Balaskumpa (18 km)* :
Famous for the Goddess Barala Devi who is believed by the natives to be the creator of the world.
Padmatala (37 km)* :
Padmatala has a pond where wild animals can be seen in considerable numbers during evening.
Puruna Katak (40 km)* :
Famous for the temple of Goddess Bhairavee.
Charisambhu (85 km)* :
Famous for the temple of Lord Charisambhu Ananta Vishnu.
Chakapad (60 km)* :
Renowned for the temple of Lord Birupakshya on the river Brutunga, the place commands a panoramic view of nature. The striking feature of the place is that the trees all around lean towards south.
Putudi (15 km)* :
A place of natural beauty with a waterfall on the river Bada Saluki,it has dense forests and hills on both sides of the river. The cool breeze and the melody of chirping birds generate poetic thoughts in the minds of the visitors.
Dalringibadi (135 km)* :
Nicknamed as 'Kashmir of Orissa', it is an ideal summer resort and is attractive for its scenic beauty. It is the only place in Orissa which experiences snowfall during winter.
Belghar (158 km)* :
Belghar amidst dense forests is thick with wild-life especially elephants.
Boudh (70 km)* :
A place with a rich cultural heritage,Boudh was the center of various religious movements of the past. The presence of a huge Buddha image has given it a place in the Buddhist map of Orissa. The Buddhist shrine where Lord Buddha is seated in Padmasana still stands as testimony to the historic past. Temples like Rameswar,Chandrachula, Gopaljiu, Durga,Matangeswari & Hanuman are the added attraction of the place. Boudh is connected with regular bus services from Berhampur, Bhubaneswar, Sambalpur & other important places of the State.