Tuesday, 10 December 2013

Tourist flow to the ‘Kashmir of Odisha' gains momentum

Night temperature is hovering around four degrees Celsius in Daringbadi 

The flow of tourists to Daringbadi described as the ‘Kashmir of Odisha’, the hill town in Kandhamal district which is around 170 km from the nerve center of South Odisha Berhampur city has gained momentum with experiencing a cold wave.
The night temperature at the picturesque tourist destination is hovering around 4 degrees Celsius. “Several visitors are coming to Daringbadi every day. The flow of visitors has increased with mercury going down steadily,” said Tourist Officer (Kandhamal) Manoranjan Das.
Besides the cold climate, vast extents of coffee plantations, scenic hills, pine jungles and ‘lovers’ waterfall attract tourists to Daringbadi. The Tourism Department has developed the site keeping tourists’ priorities in mind.
Daringbadi, situated at an altitude of 280 metres above sea level, is the only place in the State which witnesses snowfall during peak winter. Around 400 domestic and foreign tourists visited the hill town last month, Tourism Department sources said. “Tourists are not staying in the night due to the fear of Maoists,” said an officer. Last year, two Italian tourists were kidnapped by red rebels near Daringbadi.
No curbs on foreigners
“There is no restriction on foreigners to Daringbadi. Tourists, who want to visit Belaghara, need to take permission of the district administration as people belonging to the Kutia Kondha tribe reside there. There was a restriction on visiting places inhabited by Particularly Vulnerable Tribal Groups after the ‘human safari’ controversy,” he said.
The district administration has decided to develop infrastructure at Daringbadi to increase tourist footfall. “We propose to construct a coffee house, a children’s park and a 3D theatre at Daringbadi,” said BDO (Daringbadi) S. N. Jena. There are also plans to develop infrastructure facilities at Dasingbadi, another picturesque place with a pine jungle and a waterfall. Dasingbadi is about 17 km from Daringbadi, he said. Similarly, the administration has also decided to develop the scenic spots at Hatimunda and Kirikutisaid the BDO. – PTI

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