Daringbadi, a hill station, is the coldest place in Odisha. It is a must on any traveller’s bucket list for its synthesis of scenic mountain beauty, rich tribal cultural experience and the diverse wildlife hosted in the region.
More than 70 percent of the land in Daringbadi is covered with thick deciduous forest, inhabited by the tribals, who maintain their lifestyle in the virgin ways of their ancestors. Modernity has made few inroads into their lives. And yet, they are great host for any traveller who visits the region.
The road to Daringbadi is picturesque and passes through some dense forest patches, with hamlets of local tribals. The tribals sustain on forest produce, and their huts are idyllic set up with fenced in plants of mustard or ginger, and pumpkin vines blooming on the roof.
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As you enter the hill station, the hills are covered with coffee, mustard and bamboo plantations. A thin film of the clouds cover the place like a permanent blanket and lends a novel-like air to the place.
The Daringbadi hills are the origins of the Rushikulya river. Downhill, this river has many sites for scenic picnic spots. You can also visit the Putudi waterfall in the vicinity of the hill station.
Another major attraction in Daringbadi is the Belghar Sanctuary. The thick forest is home to a number of rare and endangered species of animals and plants. The pride of the forest however are the long tusked wild elephants that abound in plenty in the region. The region is inhabited by the tribal people known as the Dogria Khond the most primitive tribe of India or otherwise known as the Nakate tribes of the mountain. The tribal folks practice shifting agriculture and also use the products yielded by the forests.
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You can enjoy the tribal drink, made by mixing the juice extract from dead palm. There is also a wooden bungalow in the forest, that is a haunt of many travellers within the forest.
You can reach Daringbadi from Bhubhaneshwar which is 260 km away by road. The nearest railway station is Brahmapur. The best time to enjoy the pleasant weather in Daringbadi and experience the best that it has to offer is in summer.
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