Best Places to Visit Near Koraput During Monsoon




Odisha is famous for its natural beauty, beautiful beaches and temples. However, the beauty of Odisha is not restricted to beaches and temples. Koraput is a gift from nature to Odisha. You must visit Koraput if you want to explore the non-conventional and untouched side of Odisha.  Koraput district is situated in southern Odisha and was established on 1st April 1936. Koraput is located in the foothills of the Eastern Ghats.

Places to Visit in Koraput

This place is the epitome of beauty, decorated with green meadows, thick forests, waterfalls, narrow valleys, majestic hilly terrain, spectacular wildlife, diverse mineral deposits and its tribal culture and traditions. Interestingly, Koraput is referred to as the “Switzerland of Odisha” for its unique and attractive natural beauty. Its mild climate, frequent rainfall, vibrant tribal culture and natural beauty have made it an emerging tourist attraction. This article will focus on the top tourist attraction, which is a combination of scenic beauty, and adventure to explore Koraput during the monsoon.


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Deomali is the highest peak of Odisha situated 1672 meters above sea level and 60 km from Koraput. It is famous for its eco-tourism and trekking. The serpentine road of 20 km leads to Deomali from national highway-26 is surrounded by a lush green terrain. The experience of misty clouds and the cold breeze touching your body and the mountains will be memorable and you cherish this moment throughout your life. Tourists are captivated by its natural beauty and lovely environment. Deomali hilltop is the best and popular tourist place and you can enjoy a stunning view of Koraput as the hill is filled with brooks and deep valleys.  

Sabara Srikhetra 

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Koraput is identified as Sabara Srikhetra for its Jagannath temple. This grand Jagannath temple is one of the popular tourist places, situated in the heart of Koraput town, which is at a height of 2900 feet above sea level. The construction of this temple was completed in 1978. The uniqueness of this temple is that it permits entry to everyone irrespective of their caste, creed and religion.

Maliguda Tunnel


 Maliguda tunnel is India’s 4th biggest broad -gauge railway tunnel located, in the small village of Maliguda. This tunnel was constructed with Japanese collaboration during 1961-66. The depth of the tunnel is 60 meters and the sharp curve of the tunnel provides a picturesque view of lush green forests, hills and waterfalls. During the rainy season, the entire railway route along with the tunnel turns into a dramatic landscape of magnificent mountains, forests and cascading waterfalls.

Duduma Waterfall 


This fall is located 88 km from Koraput. This fall originated from the Machhkund River. This waterfall, locally known as Matsya Kshetra or Matsya –Tirtha of epic fame stands about 3000 feet above sea level. The height of the fall is around 175 meters and it is on full display during Monsoon. The majestic waterfall located on the picturesque hill is a perfect place for nature lovers. Mostly Bonda tribes live in the Machhkund area. The Duduma (Machhkund) hydroelectric project is located near this fall. 

Tribal Museum 


The tribal museum was established in 1992. This museum has some informative insight into the tribal culture of Odisha and provides a glimpse of their largely unexplored lifestyle. This museum is set to preserve the cultural heritage, arts and crafts, dance and music of the tribal groups. This museum is established to promote and educate tourists about the tradition, culture and heritage of the indigenous tribes. Exclusive galleries of the museum on tribal jewellery, masks, attire, weapons, and musical instruments provide authentic information on the art and culture of various tribes of the region and their way of life.

Kolab Reservoir

Koraput-Kolab Reservoir
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This reservoir is 20 km away from Koraput, situated at an altitude of 3000 feet above sea level on river Kolab and generates hydroelectric power. It is created by the backwater of the Kolab River and surrounded by stunning hills. Kolab waterfall also known as Bagra waterfall is exquisite in its natural beauty with mesmerizing scenery of dense forest and hilly terrain.   This reservoir and the waterfall are surrounded by a beautiful botanical garden with more than 200 species of flowering plants, making it a unique place. This place is admired for its scenic beauty and attracts people for weekend picnics and boating.


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Gupteswar Caves is about 80 km from Koraput. Gupteswar means “hidden God”. The main attraction of this place is the sacred Swayambhu Shivlinga.  Gupteswar is surrounded by the Kolab River, Ramagiri Hills and dense forest. This place is   famous for the cave temple and is crowded in the holy month of Shravan as a lot of devotees come from Odisha, Andhra Pradesh, Telengana and Chhattisgarh. This place is associated with Lord Ram and it is believed that Lord Ram crossed this region on his way to Panchabati in Dandakaranya.


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Onukadelli is a small village, 3 km away from Duduma waterfall. This village is popular and famous among foreign tourists for its haat (weekly market), which is held every Thursday. The main attraction of this haat is the “Bondas” – the primitive vulnerable tribal group seen in their traditional attire who come from their inaccessible forest to sell and batter their excess forest produce and handmade jewellery in the haat.


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Nandapur was the ancient capital of the Jeypore Kingdom and is famous for its historical heritage and the presence of Batrisa Sinhasana (32 -steps). It is a 32 -step well-preserved relic linked with the fabled throne of King Vikramaditya. The six-foot red image of Ganesha and the shrine of Bhairavnath are the other attractions of this place.


  • Trekking and eco-tourism in Deomali.
  • Enjoyable walking in the highest peak of Odisha with a spectacular view of the Deomali range of hills and the tribal village at the foothills of Deomali.
  • Taking pictures of the breathtaking view.
  • Visit a tribal village for its crafts and unique village lifestyle.
  • Boating at Kolab Reservoir.
  • Visit the haat and enjoy the sight, sound, and aroma as the local tribe batters their excess produce.
  • Explore the making of terracotta pottery.
  • Visit the national award- winning mirgan weaver of Kotpad handloom.  

Points to remember:

  • You need a minimum of three days if you want to explore this off-beat tourist destination.
  • Check the weather forecast.
  • Wear proper footwear, carry an umbrella or raincoat, a camera, and a water bottle.
  • Be careful during the return journey to Deomali, as the track is sometimes slippery.
  • Be careful when visiting the waterfalls and taking pictures. Do not be in a hurry, and mind your steps.
  • A night stay is not recommended in Gupteswar and try to return from Gupteswar before sunset.
  •  Visit the Anukadelli Haat from 10 to 1 pm to avoid the crowd, and with a professional guide to properly interact with the Bonda and Gadaba tribes.
  • Prior permission from the authority is required if you want to visit the hydroelectricity projects.

Suggested Read: Marvellous Historical Sites in Odisha One Must Not Miss!


Koraput, the hidden gem of Odisha, is known for its mesmerizing landscapes with lush green forests, rolling hills, and cascading waterfalls, making it a paradise for nature lovers and adventure seekers. It offers a glimpse of a rich cultural heritage. Tourists can even immerse themselves in the vibrant tribal culture simply by visiting the haat and interacting with the indigenous group. Cool weather, less traffic, and natural splendor also attract people to come here to seek solitude and to escape from hectic urban life. So this off-beat destination has something to offer every traveller. It does not matter whether you are an adventurer, a heritage     enthusiast, want to experience local culture and food, or just want to enjoy and relax with your loved ones. So, what are you waiting for? Plan your next holiday for Koraput.

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