Berhampur, Dec 4 (LocalWire) Tourists from far-flung areas in and outside Odisha are flocking to Daringbadi, known as “Kashmir of Odisha”, with the hill town in Kandhamal district reeling under severe cold wave.
Night temperature of Daringbadi is hovering from 8 to 9 degree Celsius for last few days.
“More the mercury is going down in the hill station, more is the tourist flow,” said Kandhamal district tourist officer MR Das.
More visitors are likely to come to the place in the coming days, preferably in the New Year’s Day (Jan 1) to enjoy its picturesque beauty and cold weather, he said.
“This area reported Maoist activities and communal tension some years back. But law and order situation is completely under control,” said a senior police officer.
While 16,420 tourists visited the place in 2013, their number increased to 25,227 and 54,275 in 2014 and 2015 respectively. In 2016, as many as 76,621 tourists visited Daringibadi, official sources said.
Last year around one lakh tourists thronged the area, while over 40,000 visitors have already visited to the spot till now this year, sources said.
Daringbadi, situated at an altitude of about 280 meter above the sea level, is well-known as the coldest place in the state.
Vast patch of coffee plantation, view of hills, pine jungle, lovers’ point, children’s park, hill view park, nature park, butterfly park, tribal museum and waterfall are some of the major attraction for the tourists in Daringbadi.
Though the visitors enjoy its picturesque view, but they face accommodation problem in the tourist town.
Two bungalows, belonging to works and forest departments, with limited rooms, are operating in the government sector, while three hotels with around 50 rooms are being operated by hoteliers.
The forest department has added another six cottages in the tourist town last year for the visitors.
The tourist complex with four rooms, constructed by the tourism department, was lying without function for last four years due to lack of room repairs.
“The government has decided to operate it in public private partnership (PPP) mode. As the tender is not finalized, the complex is non-operational,” said the tourist officer.