Friday, February 17, 2017

On the Roads Again : Daringbadi

Every time or other I used to get this Question, “Have you visited Daringbadi?” Can you give us some tips about it? The answer was No.  Somehow the label Kashmir of Odisha didn't excite me enough to Visit Daringbadi. My heart lies with Koraput as known to all, which gets its equal share of frost, fog and falls. 

I was not super impressed with the Images found on Google but still decided to give it a go. Plans were made, hotel booking was done online, a few minor repairs on RE a 350 Thunderbird and we were ready. My Co-rider in this trip was Udipt Ranjan, my partner in UDstudios who was going to do his first maiden long distance trip on his RE a 350 Classic. 
Udayan Smiling Behera with Udipt Ranjan

8th Feb 2017
We started around 6 Am in the morning, filled petrol’s in our RE up to the brim, had some tea and biscuits and off we go. 
Biscuit and Tea still a better love story than twilight
The climate was great with no surprisingly no fog at all, we cruised along and stopped at Tangi (Khordha) for another set of Tea and Water.  In a long journey it is utmost necessary to keep your body hydrated and take necessary breaks, the idea is to enjoy and not to push hard unless required. Our second stop was at Keshpur for some yummy Breakfast. 

Yamma Yumma

From Khaliote Ghati, there are two roads to go to Daringbadi if you are travelling from Bhubaneswar, one is via khalikote and other via Berhampur, Road from Berhampur is a longer but roads are good, where are the one Via khalikote is not bad but occasionally bumpy with congestions. Follow the road to meet at Biju Pattnaik Chakk in Asika and continue on that road up to Soroda. The roads are lovely and scenic in this part.
From Soroda follow the Tikabali road till Daringbadi, Some parts of roads are under construction here I hope they would be over by this summer. No whenever in doubt do ask for directions from the locals they are extremely helpful.

As the sun gradually came hovering above our head, our pit stops increased, taking breaks. I genuinely missed a Go-pro mount on this tour which is on my list now before my next trip. I have been to too many places in Odisha and genuinely speaking most of the main roads are in pristine conditions with proper road and place indications all over. 

Probably the first adventurer, Lord of the apes
From the hanuman statue, Daringbadi takes about 1hr or so, the best part of this road is the Ghats through the jungles of course which starts after Raskijodi Temple. Now in almost every part of India you shall find one small else big temple before or at the end of ghat roads, this is because ghat roads were not safe to travel and people used to pray before ascending the Ghats.Still a common practise among the drivers for a safe ride along the ghat. 

Just keep Praying
Finally we reached Daringbadi and checked into our Hotel Padma around 2PM. Can’t call it a proper hotel but a lodge with no restaurant. Other options in Daringbadi are Hotel Utopia, Deers Eco Resort; don’t forget to get your booking prior to your trip.
As I told the hotel had no restaurant we had to venture out for our lunch. On local recommendation we stopped at Dhaba called Hotel Hill View. Wonders how everything is called a hotel: \? The food was okay, but good thing was WIFI: D. forgot to mention, cellular service providers in Daringbadi are limited to BSNL, Reliance JIo and Feeble amount of Airtel.  

Time for some Sightseeing

Instead of sleeping in our rooms we decided to roam nearby areas. The suggestions we got?
Hill View Park (the name is getting clichéd here), Nature View Park, Coffee Plantations, Doluri River Picnic spot, Lovers Point, and Dasingbadi Waterfalls. 

Enter the Dungeons

We opted for Coffee Plantations first but sadly the park was closed for indefinite time because of Coffee harvesting. 
But the Pine and Nilgiri Plantation are good enough for a small walk. 
Bae Loves to pose

Opt to plan B Nature View Park and Hill View Park, on the gates of this park we had a shocker, the place was swarming with tourists and it was nothing more than a park. 

Prakruit Darshan


Pahadi Darshan 

I’m sorry to say this but we didn’t went inside, being from Sunabeda, a man made park is the last thing we would like to visit.

Plan C, Lovers Point.
All the love you need

Lovers point is around 15kms from point B on the Phulbani Route. Sun was getting low as we hurried to this place, planning to get some twilights shots of the fall. Upon reaching the place I realized it contrary to its name, it was just a small cascade with gentle water flowing. Again I drew a comparison between Daringbadi and Sunabeda, why exactly is this place famous for? Instead of Kashmir of Odisha, Daringbadi should be named Ooty of Odisha.
After a long tiring day, it was time for some tea and some serious planning for our tour.

If you want to rest and retire have a time out far from the city with pleasant climate then Daringbadi is for you, else you would be bored for sure. 

Day 2
Morning was a bit chilly in Daringbadi, and our hand almost collapsed on the ride to Dasingbadi Waterfalls.
Exactly when you need it

On the Coffee plantation route continue on straight path round about 12kms to reach the Dasignbadi water. The signboard is in tatters still serves it purpose.  

Roads are good enough for Four Wheels to cross but I doubt it won’t be in Rainy Seasons.  
Finally a place where we could open our Camera and mount on tripods.
The fall was small and beautiful and we  had a great time there. 

But first,  lemme take a  pic of me

may be also of him

Shot from Camera D810, Dasingbadi Waterfalls 

Dasingbadi Waterfalls , Shot from Camera 

Stairway to the falls of Dasingbadi
Dasingbadi Falls from above
In love with the roads

To be Continued...  On the Roads Again : Phulbani


  1. Heaven on earth... beautifuly described and beautiful images... gr8 job.

    1. Thank you so much for the read and comments :)
      Do check out the latest blog

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    1. Thank you so much sir for your precious time and comment, do read the second part of this blog

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    1. Thank you so much :)
      do read the second part of this part

  4. going to publish in .. giving you credit ...

    1. Thank you so much :)
      Do have a read at the second part of this blog too

  5. Nice description Udayan bhai. Hope i would plan to make it some day in winters ;)

  6. Nicely written..photographs are beautiful...will visit on 21st March for a short 2days tour.....thanks again....