Things to do in Daringbadi | A Complete Travel Guide

Table of Contents

  1. About Daringbadi
  2. Things to do in Daringbadi
  3. How to Plan a trip to Daringbadi
  4. Hotels and Resorts in Daringbadi

About Daringbadi

Daringbadi

Daringbadi is a small and serene hill station in the Kandhamal district of Odisha. Due to its lush, hilly terrain, chilly winters, and pleasant environment all year round, Daringbadi is often called the Kashmir of Odisha. Dotted with pine forests, coffee plantations, and gorgeous valleys, the town is blessed with natural bounties and makes for an ideal summer retreat for travelers. This place is also home to one of the most ancient ethnic tribes of India, thus making this destination an eclectic mix of nature and culture.

With our travel guide, you can plan an all-rounded trip to this scenic place and explore attractions in this scenic location.

Location 

Daringbadi is located in the Kandhamal district, about 246KM from Bhubaneswar, 105KM Phulbani, 49KM from Balliguda, and about 30KM from Raikia.

Weather 

The weather here is usually cool and pleasant throughout the year. Summer temperatures range from 15 to 28 degrees Celsius, while the temperatures drop by a few degrees during the rainy season, between July and September. In winter, the temperatures range from 2 to 12 degrees. Rainfall is quite heavy in the region. Sometimes in winter, there’s frost formation in the higher elevation forests.

History

The place gets in name from a British officer of colonial rule. An officer named Daring Saheb was in charge of this region back in the day. Over the later years, the place came to be known as “Daring Badi” or village of “Daring” and eventually, Daringbadi as we know it today. 

Geography

Daringbadi lies in the southern part of the state, on the Eastern Ghats and the altitude of the hills rises to 3000 FT. The landscape is hilly and rugged and covered in pine forests, silver oak trees, coffee plantations, bamboo groves, ginger, pepper, and cardamom plants.

Interesting Facts about Daringbadi

Daringbadi is famous for its production of superior quality organic turmeric which is now a recipient of the G.I. tag.

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Things to do in Daringbadi

Include these fun and exciting activities for your sightseeing –

Offbeat Things to do in Daringbadi

  • Visit the tribal villages and connect with their communities, you can also join in local festivities and celebrations.
  • Do forest bathing in the woods of Silent Valley and connect with nature.

Adventurous Things to do in Daringbadi

  • Bathe in the cool waters of the Doluri River, or camp in the forests.
  • Take a tour of coffee and spice plantations and hike through the thick forests of pine, silver oaks, and bamboo that shade the spices.

Things to do in Daringbadi with family

  • Spend a day at the Emu Zoo and watch the birds in their habitat. A local farm, located in Dadubaba, 14KM from Daringbadi, the place houses large flocks of emus.

Things to do in Daringbadi with Friends

  • Go for birding tours or watch the stunning views of sunrise from the hills.
  • Book guided treks or jungle safaris to explore the wilderness of the location.

Places to Visit in Daringbadi

Lover’s Point

With rich culture, abundant nature, and wonderful location, there’s a host of places to see here. Check out these famous places on your trip –

  • Mandasaru Kuti: A beautiful public park offering panoramic views of the hills and valleys in the town below. You can also get to the echo point where voice resonates across the valley.
  • Entry Fee– NA
  • Doluri River: A small stream flowing through the wooded areas in the valley area. There are also some small waterfalls along with it, dropping from the rocky slopes. The serene riverbanks are perfect for day picnics or a day trek in the surrounding pine forests.
  • Entry Fee– NA
  • Putudi Falls: The most prominent waterfall in the hill town, this waterfall flows into the Bada Saluki River. The scenic nature spot is the best place in the forest for treks, picnics, and forest bathing.
  • Entry Fee– NA
  • Nature Park: A state-run park with a butterfly garden, medicinal plants, a rockery, flower beds, and surrounded by dense forests.
  • Entry Fee– INR 10
  • Lover’s Point: Located in Ladubanda, this gorgeous nature spot sits in the village of Kirikuti and is surrounded by dense forests. There are also small rivulets and naturally formed caves which are great for exploring during the day.
  • Entry Fee – NA
  • Hill View Park: A colorful public park and viewing point, this park overlooks the hills and has a watchtower, a children’s play area, landscaped gardens, and a fountain. Visit during sunrise and sunset for the best views. 
  • Entry Fee – INR 10

Places to Visit Near Daringbadi

Forests of Daringbadi

Besides the regular tourist places, you can also explore other scenic locales nearby –

  • Belgian Village: The picturesque eco-village is located on the top of a hill, flanked by pine forests and silver oaks on both sides, with occasional elephant sightings. The tranquil hamlet is a popular paragliding spot.
  • Entry Fee– NA
  • Belghar Sanctuary: The huge natural sanctuary comprises a reserved forest and tribal villages, housing many rare and endangered species of wild animals and plants. You can find long-tusked elephants, Indian jackals, wild boars, and hyenas, among many birds.
  • Entry Fee– NA
  • Taptapani Sulphur Springs: These natural hot springs are located at 90KM from Daringbadi, in Behrampur. The springs have a temple complex on the banks and are known for rich mineral content with medicinal properties.
  • Entry Fee– NA
  • Harabhangi Dam: A gorgeous dam site with a pristine reservoir that serves as a lake with stone embankments. The site is perfect for day picnics, swimming, sunrise and sunset views, with stunning views of the surrounding hills.
  • Entry Fee– NA

Places to Eat in Daringbadi 

Explore these best-rated restaurants in Daringbadi –

  • Parijat Restaurant
  • Hill View Hotel & Restaurant
  • Glass Garden Restaurant
  • Manor Restaurant
  • Dazzling Restaurant

How to Plan a Trip to Daringbadi

You can also plan a personalized Daringbadi trip by selecting the mode of transport, the route, and more.

How to Reach Daringbadi

By Train 

There is no railway station in Daringbadi. The nearest rail service is in Berhampur Railway Station, 130KM away. You can travel from other major cities and towns in Odisha like Bhubaneshwar, Cuttack, Puri, Rourkela, etc., and neighboring states to Behrampur. From the railway junction, you can rent a car or book a local cab to drive you to this town.

By Road

The nearest major bus terminus is at Phulbani, 105KM away. There are regular state-run and private buses from nearby cities and towns in the state to Phulbani. From there, you’ll have to take the local transport or rent a car. The best way to travel to Daringbadi from anywhere in Odisha is to book a cab and do a road trip.

By Flight

There is no airport in Daringbadi. The nearest airport is in Bhubaneshwar, at Biju Patnaik International Airport Bhubaneswar, 290KM away. You can fly to Bhubaneshwar from any other city in the state or other cities in India. From there, you can take the airport taxi and drive down to Daringbadi.

Best Time to Visit Daringbadi

Since the weather here is comfortable all through the year, you can visit anytime. However, for the best experience, visit between November and February, or between June and September.

Hotels and Resorts in Daringbadi

Check out these beautiful places to stay in and around Daringbadi –

  • Deers Eco Home Resort
  • Utopia Resort
  • Panacea Eco Resort
  • Daringbadi Nature Retreat
  • Ram Prakash Resorts

Witness the beauty of this town by booking a car rental to take you to all these places with a local driver. Install the Savaari cab booking app for offers and discounts on outstation rentals. 

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