Ghatakeswar, Feb 26 (LocalWire) Ghatakeswar, a tribal dominated village in Kukudakhandi block in Ganjam district is the new talk of the town.
While on one side, Gahataka nal, a perennial is flowing, Keranadimal hills of the Eastern Ghats surround the complex from another end.
On the hill, an ancient temple dedicated to Lord Ghatakeswar (Lord Siva) stands with its varied landscape.
The temple sprawled over the last stretch is very picnic-friendly.
Located on the Berhampur-Chikiti Road, Ghatakeswar is famous for its picturesque landscape throughout the year.
The peak season for tourists is winters, especially the months of Sharavan and Kartik.
Besides, hundreds of people throng on the occasion of Shivaratri, said secretary, Ghatakeswar Development Committee Rabindra Nath Sahu.
The temple is one of the ancient temples in and around Berhampur. It was established by the King of Mahuri, Narayan Narendra Deb about 500 years ago inside the jungle.
The temple withstood the passage of time and several cyclones that hit the state.
“The place is preferred for its serene atmosphere”, said vice-chairman of the committee Chandradhwaj Sahu.
Older people say, several wild animals including Royal Bengal Tiger, elephant, leopard, varieties of snakes and others used to prowl freely in the area some years ago.
Villagers build the road
People of the nearby villages have cleaned the area and made a road to the temple, which is just 300-meters from the main road.
Surrounded by lush green forest, the place has rich flora and fauna and is an ideal spot for eco-tourism lovers.
Antelope spotting is a major attraction for tourists. The area is home to wild dogs, jackal, forest cat etc.
“We have given a proposal to the government for developing it as an eco-tourism spot” said the secretary of the development committee.
Visitors faced difficulty during the rainy season due to lack of adequate accommodation.
The government has sanctioned Rs 30 lakhs for construction of a building.
The construction work is going on. A permanent drinking water project and solar lighting systems are needed.
Apart from a deer park, a children’s park also needs to be constructed to attract more visitors to the spot and entertain the children.
Mahurikalau, a temple of Goddess on Kerandimal temple, an ancient Ganesh temple at Panchama and Maa Sidha Bahairabi temple are some of the other tourist spots one could pay a visit to during the trip.