Tel: (06782) 262048
There are a few places to which day trips can be made from Chandipur, OTDC has provision to organise conducted tours to some of the places (Contact : Manager, Panthanivas Ph. (06782) 370051.
Panchalingeswar (45 km) Ensconced in the verdant of Nilagiri Hills with panoramic views around, it is a place of scenic beauty, sanctified by the five lingams over which runs a perennial stream. Popular as a Saiva Shrine, you have to lie flat on the rock parallel to the stream to touch and worship the lingams, which is itself as exciting as adventurous. Herds of elephants can be seen occasionally moving up and down the hill. It is also an ideal base for trekking the Nilagiri hills. There is a Panthasala of Odisha Tourism Department for night stay. (Reservation - Tourist Officer, Balasore, ph. 362048)
Remuna (25 km) Famous for the shrine of Khirachora Gopinath, it is a seat of Vaishnavite culture for centuries. Sri Chaitanya, his teacher Madhavendrapuri and disciple jeevaswami Goswami are said to have visited the shrine and worshipped the lord. Khira (a special milk preparation) is the most delicious offering of the temple. Champak and Kadamba trees inside the courtyard fill the air with sweet and scented fragrance all the time.
Nilagiri (40 km) Harbouring the Kuldiha Sanctuary, which is also an ideal base for trekking, Nilagiri is known for the Jagannath Temple. Headquarters of an ex-princely state, set against the green mountain, it is a charming place on the lap of nature.
Sajanagarh (45 km) About 5 km from Nilagiri is Sajanagarh, the shrine of Bhudara Chandi. A seat of sakti cult, the place is archaeologically rich.
Similipal (100 km) Covering an area of about 2750.sq. km, it is a wildlife sanctuary and one of the few Tiger Reserves of India. Apart from.Tigers, it is the home of leopards, Elephants, Deer,Crocodiles and Reptiles. Over 230 species of birds including the talking myna and dancing peacocks fill the air with their chirpings.
Filled with lush green forest covers, especially luxuriant sal trees and vast expanse of grassy meadows, cloud kissing peaks, the wild beauty is enhanced by the sparkling water fails and unique orchids. There is an Aranyanivas of the OTDC (Reservation ,Tourist Office, Batipada, Ph. 06792-52710) at lulung for night stay. There are also Forest Bungalows at different places inside, (Reservation: Field Director, Similipal Tiger Reserve Project, Baripada, Dist: Mayurbhanj, Odisha, Tel : (06792) 52593.
Deokund It is an enchanting place with a series of waterfalls and a Sakti shrine, set against the outer periphery of Similipal.