Christened as the Kashmir of Odisha, Daringbadi beckons with an astounding variety which includes pine woods, coffee gardens and pristine valleys. Untainted by commercial tourist development, this hill station sited at an altitude of 3000 ft in the Kandhamal district holds great appeal for adventurists with an eye for exquisite beauty.
The enchanting roadways leading to Daringbadi give an insight into the surprising scenic beauty hidden in the hinterlands of the state. Long, lonely roads flanked by lush greenery and cocooned silently in the surrounding hilly terrains all combine to give road-trekkers the experience of a lifetime. The latest summer retreat for tourists from far and across, Daringbadi opens a spectacular portrait of nature in all its hues.
Daringbadi has Christians (all tribals) as its major populace as a result of which the small town is dotted by close to 200 churches. If you are in Daringbadi on a Sunday, do pay a visit to one of these churches for the morning or evening prayers to lend peace and solace to your soul.
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Daringbadi stands as the only place in Odisha to experience temperatures that plummet to zero degree during the chilly winters. If you wish to experience the winter splendor amidst snow, this is the place for you as with extreme temperatures, in the early hours of the day, the dew freezes on grass and ground giving the feel of snowfall in an otherwise humid state.
Other attractions that shall keep you wandering around the small hill station include the coffee, black pepper and turmeric gardens, the rugged hilly valleys and the dense rainforests teeming with wild animals, a haven for wildlife lovers.
How to Reach: Daringbadi lies at a distance of 251 km from Bhubaneswar and is connected through well accessible roads. Regular bus and rail services are available but one has to travel to Berhampur and then take a connecting vehicle to Daringbadi as the small hill town does not have direct transport links from the capital city. However, the best way is to hire a taxi or a car to extend a comfortable travelling experience. Driving distance from the capital is approximately six hours.
Accommodation: Daringbadi has one Forest Bungalow for travelers to spend the night amidst the scenic beauty. Not much accommodation options are available.