If you want to experience the real fun then head towards the historical, tribal, and nature tours in the heart of Odisha- Jeypore. Nicknamed as the ‘gateway to tribal kingdom’, the city is nestled in the picture perfect mountains of Eastern Ghats, and is a home to more than 62 tribes. If you’re someone who’s interested in delving deeper into history and want to spend time close to nature, Jeypore makes a perfect offbeat destination. Some popular tourist attractions here include – Shakti waterfalls, Dumduma waterfalls, Jeypore palace, Kolab hydroelectric project and Biodiversity Park etc. The city is adorned by various beautiful picnic spots where you can spend some quality time with your family and friends at this summer getaway. Witness the nature’s bliss and bounty, various winsome art forms, immensely rhythmic local music and dance forms, and traditions of the locale people ready make you enthralled by their uniqueness and polished skills.
Jeypore Fort, Jeypore Museum, Jeypore Park, Simhachalam Temple, Araku Valley
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Jeypore in southern Odisha is tugged between high and low densely forested mountains and is a popular tourist destination for historical, tribal and nature tours. Jeypore is an interesting experience for travelers with the multitude of variations it offers to tourists. Nature has been generous to this zone of Odisha and has bestowed Jeypore with mighty waterfalls, beautiful streams, lofty mountains and dense green forests. The city is surrounded by the Eastern Ghats and the famous Araku hills on three sides and the western side opens up to central India. Jeypore is home to 62 or more tribal communities including the Gond, Dhruba, Paraja, and Koya. The city & nearby rural areas exhibit a panorama of colorful & lively yet tough Tribal culture & lifestyle.
The history of Jeypore goes back to the era of King Vikram Dev's dynasty. The city was the capital Koraput kingdom for long, which was then ruled by the Atavikas, a powerful feudatory of the Kalinga Empire. Kalinga regained its glory during the Mahameghabahan Dynasty in the 1st century BC. Kharavela, the 3rd king of this dynasty made Kalinga Empire and the Atavika land was very strong under his rule. Many successive dynasties like the Satavahanas (2nd century CE), Ikshvakas (3rd century CE), King Bhabadatta Varmam, King Arathapati, King Skanda Varma, Nala kings ruled over periods here.
Around the 10th century CE a Nala king Bhimesen ruled over Koraput and Ganjam District. King Vikram Dev I successfully drove out the French from Malkangiri and Marathas from Umerkote during the Anglo-French conflict. Further, the brave Oriya king Ramachandra Dev II succeeded King Vikram Dev I. The different excavated sites, the relics & remains at Jeypore palace and across other places in the periphery are a testimony to the glorious past of Jeypore. These are places are great sightseeing destinations for history lovers.
Blessed with nature’s bounty, Jaipur might not have much fancy sightseeing options but some prime places to visit are Jaipur palace, Bagara, Kolab Hydro Electric power reservoir and Botanical Garden, Sunabeda town & nearby attractions, Shakti waterfalls, Gupteshwar Caves, Duduma Waterfalls and many other scenic spots, which are at drivable distance from here.
Jeypore is dotted with picturesque picnic spots, which are popular summer and weekend gateway for locals. An attraction for tourists here is the train journey to this place, which starts form Visakhapatnam passing through many tunnels, bridges, forest and paddy fields. The scenery is breathtaking. Also take a tour through the tribal villages of the zone and be a part of their day to day life, customs, traditions, dances, music and art forms.
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