Places to Visit in Jharsuguda, Odisha, India
It is one of the famous tourist destinations and the major commercial hub of Odisha State. Jharsuguda is popularly called as ‘the Power House of Odisha’ because of its larger presence of thermal power plants.
Jharsuguda is located between latitude 21.85° in the north and longitude 84.03° in the east. Jharsuguda District is surrounded by Raigarh district of Chhattisgarh in the west, Bargarh district to the south, Sambalpur district towards east and Sundargarh district in the north.
Jharsuguda District covers an area of 2,081 sq. km. and is positioned at an elevation of 218 meters. The Pin Code of Jharsuguda begins from 768201. Jharsuguda is located about 338 kms northwest of state capital city Bhubaneswar.
Jharsuguda is an upcoming industrial hub houses metal industry, cement factories, coal mines and has rich mineral resources. Ib River and Vheden River are the main rivers flowing through western and southern side of the Jharsuguda town respectively.
Culture of Jharsuguda:
Jharsuguda has always seen a very diverse population, especially since modern times. There are a lot of festivals & events hosted in Jharsuguda like Nuakhai, Rath Yatra, Durga Puja, Ganesh Puja and Bhai Jauntia.
Jharsuguda has a very strong art and culture scene, also a centre of renowned colleges, academic institutions, important central government establishments, scientific and research institutes and organizations.
Food and Shopping in Jharsuguda:
Jharsuguda has mixed food culture of both north and south Indian. Rice is used by majority of people also some people use wheat, maize and jowar as part of their routine diet. Buta Dali, Dalma, Mitha Bhata, Poda Pitha are the popular food items and Rasagolla is the famous sweet item of Jharsuguda.
Jharsuguda has plenty of modern shopping centres like malls, mobile showrooms and branded cloth stores. Along with modern shopping centres, Jharsuguda hosts numerous handcrafts shops, archeological item centres and home made things shops. Jharsuguda is jam packed with full of North Indian and South Indian Hotels and Restaurants.
Connectivity to Jharsuguda:
Jharsuguda is well connected by major cites of the state and the country through State Highway 10 and National Highway 200. Auto rickshaws, Savaris, Vans and Buses are the primary modes of transport vehicles operating services in Jharsuguda. Jharsuguda City Bus Stand is the major bus stand at Jharsuguda.
Jharsuguda Railway Station is falls under South Eastern Railway Division on Howrah-Nagpur-Mumbai line and Jharsuguda-Vizianagaram line and there are daily trains available to major cities of the country. The Jharsuguda Airport is under development and presently, nearest Airport to Jharsuguda is Ranchi Airport situated about 310 km away.
Places to see in Jharsuguda:
Gudguda Waterfall is one of the stunning tourist destinations sited in Sambalpur District. It is located about 40 km from the midpoint of the Jharsuguda City. Gudguda waterfall is covered by dense forest attracts tourists from all around the state for its natural beauty. The striking view of the intense forest and the waterfall provides relief to the tourists.
The water from the waterfall is used for irrigation that provides employment to the people of the locality. Tourists crowd to the place during the Christmas holidays and New Year. Especially in winter season from November to February visitors gather here to have some enjoy and eat out.
Kolabira Fort is a historical fort constructed with both Indian and western style of architecture showcases the quality of work of ancient architectures. It is located about 18 kms from the heart of Jharsuguda City. Kolabira Fort was built during the 18th century by the Chohan king of Sambalpur.
Shree Pahadeswar Temple:
Shree Pahadeswar Temple is placed east side of Jharsuguda Town at the peak of a small hill. It was built during the beginning of 20th century by Gujarati Contractor Lt. Bitthal Bhai Saha. It is well surrounded by Garden, Ashram and is one of the best sightseeing spots in Jharsuguda.
Koilighughar water fall is a famous holy waterfall and has Shivalingam called as ‘Maheswarnath’. It is located about 54 km away from Jharsuguda Town and here water falls from the height of 200 feet. The Shivalingam is not easily visible and is only visible during the winter and summer under the reflected light of Sun.
Other tourist attractions near Jharsuguda include:
- Ruins of Hill Forts of Ulapgarh
- Ramchandi Shaktipitha
- Padmasini Temple
- Jhadeswar Temple
- Shiva Shrine of Mahadebpali
- Chandi Temple
- Laxmi Temple
- Durga Temple
- Hanuman Temple
Ideal time to visit Jharsuguda:
Best time to visit Jharsuguda is from November to February because of the important festivals and its tourist friendly weather.
Accommodation options in and around Jharsuguda:
The famous Hotels in Jharsuguda are as follows:
- The Orchard
- Hotel Lalit Heritage
- Hotel Meghdoot
- Hotel Aryan
- Yogendra Hotel
- Hotel City Palace
- Hotel Shankar
- Hotel King Palace
- Hotel Bishnu Palace
- Hotel Ajanta
- Konark Regency
- Utkal Continental