Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Picnic Time!!!

By: Team PenTastic

[By: Tanuja  Pattnaik]

          With the onset of winter, comes the most awaited time of the year: Picnic Season!!! Beaches, mountains, forests, rivers, everything just seems to be inviting us to go visit them....
          Here’s a list of some of the less known picnic spots of Odisha. These have their own beauty and charm.

1.     Tensa:

This little known picnic spot of Odisha, located 110 km from Rourkela is also considered as a mini hill station. The view from the lookout point with its rolling hills and dense forests for as far as the eye can see, has fascinated all visitors, and remains a lifelong memory.

2.    Sonepur beach:


About 200 km from Bhubaneswar, this beach is located on the Odisha Andhra border along the river Bahuda. It is famous for its colourful water and lonliness.

3.    Talasari beach:


Talasari beach is a beach in the Balasore district. The name is derived from two words: “tala” (meaning palm) and “sari” (meaning row). The palm trees surrounding the place give this name to it. The word “tala” also means rhythm, which is reflected in the sea waves lapping against the shore.

4.    Chudanga gada:


Chudanga gada, earlier known as Sarangagarh is located about 14 km north of Bhubaneswar in the village of Baranga. Built in the 12th century A.D., the site has ruins and vestiges extending over an area of more than 1000 acres of land within a fortification made of laterite blocks. The landmarks around the site are the Nandankanan zoological park and the Prachi river.

5.    Raibania fort:


Raibania fort is a group of ancient forts in Balasore district. Designed by Langula Narasinha Deba, these redstone forts were devastated after the invasion of Kalapahada. Post invasion remnants of the forts except Raibania have been utilised for construction by the local zamindars and villagers of the locality.

6.    Devkund:


Devkund or Deokund, meaning “the bathtub of Gods”, is located at a distance of 60 km from Baripada. Perched on a hill, Maa Ambika is a highly revered deity in this region. This place is an ideal picnic spot, owning to its alluring waterfalls and natural beauty.

So, where are you going this year??

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