Best Tourist Places in Dhenkanal, Odisha, India
Dhenkanal is a municipal town as well as the famous tourist place situated in Dhenkanal District in Odisha (Orissa) State. The Pin code of Dhenkanal starts from 759001 and the city lies at 20.67° N latitude 85.6° E longitude.
Dhenkanal district occupies an area of 4452 Sq. Kms. and is situated about 74 kms from the state capital city Bhubaneswar. Dhenkanal is bound by of Keonjhar in the north, Jaipur in the east, Angul in the west and Cuttack in the south. It has generally hot climate.
Dhanbad houses one railway station, police station, a park, several famous educational institutions and specialized hospitals. Dhenkanal district is also home to numerous medium and large scale industries include Shakti Sugar Ltd and BRG Steel Pvt. Ltd.
History and Culture of Dhenkanal
Until the independence of India, Dhenkanal was a princely state and later the princely state of Dhenkanal merged into the Indian Union. Dhenkanal witnessed a religious movement called “Mahima Dharma”.
Dhenkanal houses the higher majority of Hindu people along with minority of Muslim and Christians. Dhenkanal is well known for its Temples like Sri Raghunath Temple, Maa Brahmayani Temple and Naganatheswar Temple. Dhenkanal natives celebrate Maha Shivaratri festival with great enthusiasm.
Cuisine and Shopping in Dhenkanal:-
Dalma, Bara and Saag are the famous dishes and Chhenapoda, Chhenajhilli, Rasabali, Rasagola are the popular sweet items in Dhenkanal. The natives of Dhenkanal highly use rice, dal and vegetables to ready their dishes and also like non vegetarian foods of fish and prawn.
There are plenty of archeological centres and handicrafts shops situated in Dhenkanal and they offer varieties of products for tourists with great discounts. Also the city is well packed with modern shopping centres of cloths, wall clock, mobile centres and retail outlets.
How to reach Dhenkanal?
Dhenkanal is served by Bhubaneswar Airport located 78 kms away from the midpoint of the city. Dhenkanal has its own railway station with daily trains to Bhubaneswar placed 3 kms away from the city and one can board trains of New Delhi, Ahmedabad, Kolkata, Chennai and Bangalore from Cuttack Railway Station (about 50 kms). Buses are easily accessible at Dhenkanal City Bus Stand.
Tourist places in Dhenkanal:-
Naganatheswar Temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva placed in Nagena Village and is located about 20 km away from Dhenkanal city centre. It is one of the ancient temples of the district and was constructed during the period of Keshari Dynasty.
Kapilash Temple is positioned about 2239 feet from the mean level of sea. It was built by Narasinghdeva-I in 1246 and the temple has the idols of Jagamohana, Sri Ganesh, Kartikeya, Gangadevi. Another famous temple of Dhenkanal Lord Biswanath Temple is located just beside the Kapilash Temple.
Sri Kanakeswar Temple:-
Sri Kanakeswar Temple is one of the Ashta Shambhu Shiva Temples in Dhenkanal near proximity with famous Ramachandi Temple.
Saptasajya is a place of charming beauty situated 12 kms away from Dhenkanal City Bus stop. There are seven hills bordering Saptasajya because of this reason it is called as Saptasajya. The famous Maryada Purusottama Sri Ramachandra Temple is situated about 900 feet at the hilltop of Saptasajya.
Sri Annakoteswar Temple:-
Sri Annakoteswar Temple is highly popular for its Shiva Linga and is one of the major worship places sited near Dhenkanal.
Other tourist attractions near Dhenkanal:-
- Astasambhu Temple
- Kapilas Deer Park
- Sri Raghunath Temple
- Narayan Temple of Kapilas
- Maa Brahmayani Temple
- Jagannath Temple Deogaon
- Astasambhu Temple
- Ganesh Khola
Best time to visit Dhenkanal:-
During the months of February and March is the best time to visit Dhenkanal.
Accomodation options in and around Dhenkanal:-
The hotels of Dhenkanal serve tourist with varieties of North India, South Indian and Chinese foods and also provide services of air ticket booking, hot water bath, pick up and drop facility to airport, room with attached bath room, vehicle parking, swimming pool, internet connectivity, conference room, doctor on call, 24 hour electricity, landline phone and free Wi Fi service. The best of royal hotels, home stays and resorts present in and around Dhenkanal are listed here below:
- Hotel RK Regency
- Hotel Sagar Sangam
- Sakuntala Hotel
- Surya Hotel
- Sneha Hotel & Resort
- Pramod Convention and Club Resort
- The Triple ‘C’
- Hotel Akbari Continental
- Hotel Bombay Inn
- Mayfair Lagoon