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Orissa : Keonjhar
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Keonjhargarh (also known as Kendujhargarh, a more phonetically correct spelling) is the district headquarter of Keonjhar District in Odisha (formerly Orissa).

Get in[edit]

By plane[edit]

It has an air strip 4 km away at Raisuan ,But no air service is available. The nearest airport is at Bhubaneswar (capital of Odisha) and is well connected by road and railway.

By road[edit]

National Highway 6 crosses the city. Also it is well connected by road to Bhubaneswar (210 km), Cuttack (190 km)and PURI (300 Km.) and Rourkela (200 km) and Kolkata (350 km). Some other major cities having road connection to it are Jamshedpur and Ranchi.

Daily regular bus service is available from all the above cities.

By train[edit]

Keonjhar is part of Daitari-Bansapani rail link . As of 01/01/2010 there is one daily express train service from Puri via and Jakhapura with stoppages at Bhubaneswar and Cuttack (Train Number 18416).One more Keonjhar Bhubaneshwar Fast Passenger is running weakly 5 days.


  • Murga Mahadev, On the way to jharkhand.  edit


This city has quite large no of temples.

  • The largest one being the Baldevjew temple.
  • Maa Tarini Temple (Ghatgaon) 40 km from Keonjhar on N.H.215 Panikoili to Keonjhar. Maa tarinee temple is near from Anandpur(30kms). You may go by bus or by reservation. Bus fare is 20 rupees from Anandpur and 110 rupees from Bhubaneswar.
  • Maa kichakeswari Temple (Khiching)- 50 KM from Keonjhar. A temple made from chlorite stones , purported to be the location of Pandavas during their Agyatvas.

Historical Places[edit]

The Palaces of the erstwhile rulers are in ruins. Though are a treat to watch.


Stone age rock paintings can be found at Sitabinji (30 km).

For nature lovers[edit]

This town is a city is treat for nature lovers. There are many places to relax and unwind.Almost the entire district is covered with forest and dotted with waterfalls. A few of which are as below.

  • Gundicha Ghagi - A beautiful waterfall near Ghatagaon Maa Tarini Temple. (A total of 13 km. 8km is good road + 5 km zigzag road. Go safely.)
  • Sanaghagara - This is a small but very beautiful waterfall.(6 km).
  • Bhimkund - This is a beautiful waterfall on river Baitarani. Shaped like a tub (that is why named " kund " , oriya for tub), legend is that in during mahabhatrath this was used by Bhima.
  • Badaghagara- another waterfall next to Sanaghagara.



  • Terracota figurines are quite distinctive. Make excellent souvenirs.
  • Khiching is famous for stone carved items .


It has a few airconditioned restaurants which serve indian cuisine. Roadside stalls also serve indian fast food.If you are strict vegetarian then temples offer cheap and tasty prasad around lunch time. Shree Ram temple near Mahavir Chowk is one such temple popular among locals. Speciality of this town is for 2 food items that you will rarely get outside.

  • Flower Badi (Phonetically spelled close to Phoola bodi)- This is made from black gram and is shaped like a flower. To eat you have to fry it or roast it. It is really tasty as a side dish with rice and curry .
  • Tata- It is a sweet dish offered as prasad in the Baldevjew temple.




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