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Koraput is a city in the state of Odisha (formerly Orissa), but it is quite near the borders of neighbouring states Andhra Pradesh and Chhattisgarh. It is in a hilly area. The aircraft engine plant of Hindustan Aeronatics Limited (HAL) is located at Sunabeda about 20 km from Koraput. National Aluminium Corporation (Nalco) operates at Damanjodi near by.
The Visakhapatnam is the nearest airport and is about 5 hours by road.
Oriya and Telugu are common languages of Koraput.
Koraput is connected to Vishakapatnam (by a day train) and Bhubaneswar by a night train. The Hirakand Express(train number 8447) leaves from Bhubaneswar at night(2000HRS), and reaches Koraput, the next morning(1015HRS). Most of the people get down at Viziangaram at around 0200 hrs (please tell the TTE to wake you up) and catches share taxis for Koraupt / Sunabeda / Jeypore takes around 3 hours and costs 250 bucks per person. An Passenger train(VSKP-KRDL-PASS, Train Number 1VK) leaves from Vishakapatnam in the morning(0650HRS), and reaches Koraput by evening(1320HRS). The journey through the scenic valley and hills make breathtaking.
Sambaleshwri Express has two sleeper, one ac three tire and some general coaches for Koraput. leaves Howrah at 2135 daily and takes almost 24 hours to reach Koraput via Rourkela, Sambalpur and Rayagada.
From calcutta you can take the Howrah-koraput express.
Koraput on the hills can be reached from most places in either Odisha or Andhra Pradesh by travelling up a heavily forested winding road (also called a ghat road), with many sharp hair-pin bends. The road trip from either state is quite scenic. It is the most travelled and well maintained. If travelling in the early morning or late evening, you definitely will spot wildlife feeding along the road, or even spot the odd carnivore. There are forests of sandalwod trees all the way.
Most of the people get down at Vizianagaram (50 kilometer before Visakhapatnam from Kolkata side) and catches share taxis to Koraput which takes 3 hours and costs around 250 Rupees per person.
There are 2 ways to get to Koraput from visakhapatnam and vizianagaram:- 1. The route from visakhapatnam traverses along Pendurthi,kottavalsa,Srugaravarapu kota (S.Kota),aruku,aruku valley,and koraput.This route is a bit long and is well paved till atleast the andhra pradesh Odisha border. And aruku valley being the famous hill station in the northern parts of andhra pradesh one can get decent accommodation in one of the 3 Andhra Paradesh Tourism Department operated resorts at aruku valley. And from there go to koraput after a refreshing night in the laps of nature.This is also the route which the Visakhapatnam - aruku valley trains which is a very scenic ride and one ought not to miss it.
2. The other route to koraput from visakhapatnam goes via Vizianagaram,Gajapathi nagaram, Rambhdhrapuram, Salur, pottangi, Simliguda, Sunabeda(HAL) and koraput.From vizianagaram the trip to Koraput is around 150kms.and the journey time is usually around 4 to 6 hrs depending on the road conditions,traffic conditions and weather.as mentioned above the road till the andhra pradesh and Odisha border is well maintained on the andhra pradesh side but god only knows when the Odisha government will sanction funds to pave the road from koraput to the andhra pradesh border.
- The road from S.Kota to aruku valley is a ghat section or a winding mountain road which has 9 hair pin binds on route 1.
The journey to koraput is scenic and as mentioned above and you will definitely see wolves,fox,and if one is lucky enough hyenas and bears on the roads.and coming to the scenic part,it is a very scenic to watch but really dangerous to for the inexperienced driver who never drove on winding ghat roads(mountain roads).especially trying to avoid ditches,potholes and all other obstacles and especially the very rude and ignorant bus drivers of the Odisha state department transport corporation who feel they have inherited the road from their fore fathers.
Roads on the andhra pradesh side are well maintained and marked very well even in the ghat sections of aruku and salur.But roads from the Odisha border to koraput are the worst things on earth a person will ever encounter.they are full of potholes,ditches and the parapet wall of the road is never reconstructed after an accident happens and NO ROAD SIGNS OR WARNINGS.Just a handful written in the local language stating that these roads are maintained by R&B Department of Odisha as this has been going on for the past god knows how many years there is virtually no boundary wall on this road and one usually finds its remnants like one finds the remnants of a lost city.
The famous rath yatra is the main event. "Parab" is a Tribal Festibal organised by Unicef every year in November 16th to 18th Where you can find different tribes culture at one place who demonstrate their Dance and Arts. It is als a time to shop Decorated and handicraft items made by tribals. So be there without a miss to celebrate.
Please take mineral water in Bottle, purchase form nearest markets.