A Temple Without Roof – Chausathi Jogini Temple

Chausathi Jogini Temple alias 64 Joginis Temple is a temple without any roof, believed to be built by the Queen Hiradevi of Bramha dynasty during the 9th century at Hirapur, 20 kilometers away from Bhubaneswar. Jogini means goddesses.

Chausathi Jogini TempleChausathi Jogini Temple.

Chausathi Jogini Temple is circular in shape. This temple is made up of sand stones. There are 56 cavities inside the circular wall of the temple. Each of which houses the statue of a Goddess, made of black granite. These are centered around the main idol, the Goddess Kali. The main idol is designed as a human head, representing the triumph of the heart over the mind. There is a central altar. The central altar has eight idols. There are four idols on each side of the central altar.

This ancient temple is maintained by Archaeological Survey of India. The legend behind the temple goes like this, Goddess Durga taking the form of 64 dime-goddesses, in order to defeat a demon.

How Do I Go to Chausathi Jogini Temple?

Chausathi Jogini Temple is situated at Hirapur, at around 20 kilometers from the temple city of Bhubaneswar, the capital of Odisha state, India.

Bhubaneswar Railway station is the major railway station in the city, with 6 platforms. BBS is the station code for Bhubaneswar railway station. There are 5 other railway stations within Bhubaneswar city limits. They are  Mancheswar, Lingaraj Temple Road, Vani Vihar, Patia and Sarkantra railway stations.

Bus services are also there connecting Bhubaneswar with other parts of the country.  Interstate Bus Terminus (ISBT) at Baramunda is the major bus station in the city, which is well connected to other major cities of the nearby states.

Biju Patnaik International Airport at Bhubaneswar is located at 6 kilometers  distance from the city center.

Balukhand Konark Wildlife Sanctuary Known For Rare BlackBucks and Marine Life

Balukhand Konark Wildlife Sanctuary is located along the Bay of Bengal coast, in the state of Odisha in India. It is located in between the temple towns of Puri and Konark.
Black bucks are seen inside Balukhand Konark Wildlife SanctuaryBlack bucks are seen inside Balukhand Konark Wildlife Sanctuary.

Balukhand Konark Wildlife Sanctuary is also known as Balukhand Wildlife Sanctuary and Balukhand Konark Sanctuary.

Balukhand Konark Wildlife Sanctuary is spread over an area of 72 square kilometers. It was declared as a wildlife sanctuary in 1984.  Coastal dunes, Sandy beaches, Casuarina tree groves (which were planted early in the last century)  and cashew plantations are there in the Balukhand Wildlife Sanctuary, along with native flora. Tamarind, Anacardium, Karanja, Polanga, Neem, etc, are also found in this sanctuary. This wildlife sanctuary is rich in flora and fauna.

Spotted deer and the rare Black buck can be seen along the well served by the marine drive road. Stripped Hyena and  Jungle Cat are some of the other wild animals found in this sanctuary.

Rivers Nuanai and Kushabhadra passes through the sanctuary and both the river mouths are part of the sanctuary area.

The sanctuary plays a major role in erosion of land and also in prevention of seawater ingress. It also helps in recharging the freshwater levels.

The Talabani area, contiguous to the sanctuary on the western side, is a sweet water zone and Puri town is dependent on this.

Around 30 springs are situated inside the sanctuary. More than 300 species of rare plants and animals are found in and around these springs.

How Do I Go to Balukhand Konark Wildlife Sanctuary?

Puri town is situated close to the western boundary of the Balukhand sanctuary, at around 3 kilometers distance. Puri – Konark Marine Drive road passes through the Sanctuary.

Konark town is situated at a distance of 11 kilometers  from  the sanctuary entry gate.

There are no hotels inside the sanctuary. Puri and Konark are the two nearby cities with hotels.

For any further information please get in touch with the Divisional Forest Officer (Puri Wildlife Division).  Phone number is 06752-228281 and the  email ID is [email protected] 

Chandipur Beach famous for Horseshoe Crabs & the nearby Abdul Kalam Island

Chandipur Beach is a famous beach on the Bay of Bengal coast, known for Beach resorts. The water recedes by 5 kilometers during low tide, which helps the bio-diversity of the area and home to a large number of Horseshoe crabs. This beach is a unique beach. Unique because, the beach may not be there during the high tide. Chandipur is situated in Baleswar District of Odisha state in India.

Sunset at Chandipur beach
Sunset at Chandipur beach.

This Beach and its surroundings are spread over an area of around 51.330 acres or 0.20773 square kilo-meters. Chandipur is also known by names ‘Chandipur-on-sea’, as well as ‘Chandipur on sea’.

Ministry of Defence’s Integrated Test Range for missiles is situated at the nearby  Abdul Kalam Island, which was formerly known ad Wheeler Island.

Budhabalanga River meets Bay of Bengal and the confluence of the river and sea can be seen near Mirzapur, not far off from Chandipur Beach.

Devkund Waterfalls, Nilgiri Jagannath temple, Emami Jagannath temple, Panchalinegeswar, Khirachora Gopinath temple, etc, are some of the nearby tourist attractions.

How Do I Go to Chandipur Beach?

Chandipur Beach is at a distance of is 16 kilometers from Balasore railway station; the nearest railway station. There are buses, autos and taxis available from Balasore. National Highway 16 connects the beach town of Chandipur with other parts of the country,

The nearest airport is at Kolkata, at a distance of 204 kilometers. The other major airport to the beach is situated at Bhubaneswar city. The Temple City of Bhubaneswar is at a distance of 294 kilometers from Chandipur Beach.

How About Visiting the White Tigers at Nandankanan Zoological Park & Botanical Gardens

Nandankanan Zoological Park is a Zoo and Botanical Garden situated at Bhubaneswar. Its the first zoo to join World Association of Zoos and Aquariums(WAZA) from India, in 2009.

A White Tiger inside Nandankanan Zoological ParkA White Tiger inside Nandankanan Zoological Park.

Nandankanan Zoological Park was established in 1960 and opened to public in 1979. It is spread over an area of 400 hectares. The Zoo is extended over the protected areas of Krishnanagar and Jujhagarh Forests.

Nandankanan Zoo has 101 enclosures with 202 sub-enclosures; both cages and open moat enclosures. The Zoo has a total of 126 species, out of which 40 are mammal species, 56 bird species and 24 reptile species. 88 species are indigenous. 32 exotic species of animals are found in the Nandankanan Zoo.

White tiger safari is available inside the Zoo. This Zoo has the unique distinction of having given birth to White tigers in 1980, from normal colored tiger parents, inside cage. Endangered Gharials were also born in the Zoo in the same year. Many other species are breed inside the Nandankanan Zoo premises. Zoo is having Breeding Centers for mouse deer, Indian Pangolin, and White backed vultures.

The Zoo is home to many endangered animals. 5 endangered mammal species, 6 endangered bird species and 10 endangered reptile species are found in the Nandankanan Zoo.

You can adopt any animal at Nandankanan Zoological Park, by paying the fixed amount for that species. The adopted animal still remain in the Zoo. No transfer of ownership rights is allowed. Its a program to create awareness about wildlife conservation and to support the world class care and services given to the animals at the Zoo. NGO, Corporate companies or Individuals can be part of this program.

Nandankanan Botanical Garden is spread over an area of 173 acres inside the inside the Zoological Park. It was established in 1963 and is situated in between the wetlands of Kiakani Lake and Kanjia lake. Butterfly Garden, Rose Garden,Medicinal Garden, Japanese Garden, Bougainvillea garden, Heritage Garden, Dry Garden, Evolution Garden, Arboretum Park (Botanical Garden for Trees) and Mughal Garden are situated inside the Nandankanan Botanical Garden.

Nandankanan Zoological Park is also known as Nandankanan national park and is situated adjacent to Chandaka – Dampara Wildlife Sanctuary. The Zoo offers the best views of nature.

Nandankanan Zoological Park is closed on Mondays.

How Do I Go to Nandankanan Zoological Park?

Nandankanan Zoo is located near to Bhubaneswar which is well connected to other parts of the country.

Baranga Railway station on the is the nearest railway station at around one kilometer away. Bhubaneswar Railway station is at around 18 kilometers distance and Cuttack Railway station is at around 15 kilometers distance from the zoo. Bhubaneswar airport is the nearest airport to Nandankanan Zoological Park, at around 20 kilometers distance.

Simlipal National Park and Simlipal Tiger Reserve

Simlipal National Park is a National Park situated in Mayurbhanj district of Odisha state, India. Simlipal Tiger Reserve and Mayurbhanj Elephant Reserve are part of the Simlipal National Park. The National Park got its name from the red silk cotton trees called ‘Semulin’, found inside the park.

Palpala River near lulung in Simlipal National ParkPalpala River near Lulung in Simlipal National Park

Mayurbhanj Elephant Reserve consists of three protected areas namely; Similipal Tiger Reserve spread over an area of 2750.00 square kilometers, Hadgarh Wildlife Sanctuary spread over an area of 191.06 square kilometers and Kuldiha Wildlife Sanctuary spread over an area of 272.75 square kilometers

The National park has a protected area of 845.70 square kilometers. As per the last count, there are 99 Royal Bengal tigers (India’s National animal) and 432 Wild elephants inside the National Park. Indian bison and four horned Antelope (chausingha) are also found here. There is a separate area for orchids inside the National park. The National Park and its surrounding areas has 96 orchid species.

Joranda falls with a height of 181 meters and Barehipani falls with a height of 217 meters are two beautiful falls inside the National Park, which is part of the World Network of Biosphere Reserves as approved by UNESCO. Champak flowers fragrance fills the atmosphere here. Sal trees (locally known as Sakhua) are found in Large numbers. Rivers Palpala, Budhabalanga, Salandi, Khairi, etc, originate in this area. 231 Bird species are found in this area and is an ideal location for bird watching. Plant species numbering 1076 are found here. 42 mammal species, 30 reptile species are also found in this Narional Park.

How Do I Go to Simlipal National Park or Simlipal Tiger Reserve?

The entry point to Simlipal National Park and Simlipal Tiger Reserve is from Pithabata check gate. You need to pay the charges here to get the entry permits. Pithabata check gate is situated at a distance of 22 kilometers from Baripada, the district head-quarters. Balasore is at 60 kilometers away from the National Park and Tiger Reserve. Jashipur is another entry point to the Simlipal National park & Simlipal Tiger Reserve, at 95 kilometers away from Baripada, the district head quarters.

Simlipal National Park is at a distance of 200 kilometers from Kolkata, 250 kilometers from Bhubaneswar,

Simlipal National Park Timings

Simlipal National Park is open only From 1st October To 15th June. Entry is allowed from 6 am.