How to Reach Daringbadi
It is almost impossible to imagine that a hot and torrid region like Odisha has a hill-station where it snows in winters. Located about 100 kilometres from Phulbani and 50 kilometres from Baliiguda, this exotic place is gifted with vast stretches of pine jungles, coffee plantations and enchanting valleys. This is how you reach this spectacular hill-station.
The nearest airport is at bhubaneswar 291km away.
There is no railhead in Daringbadi. You need to get down at Berhampur which is about 125 kilometres away from this scenic hill station. From there, you need to take private vehicle to reach Daringbadi.
Easiest way to reach Daringbadi is to book a private taxi from nearest location like Berhampur, Phulbani or Balliguda. You can also use services of public bus transport running between Berhampur and Daringbadi.
Distance between Daringbadi and other major towns of Odisha
- Bhubaneswar – 250 kilometres (takes 5.30 – 6.00 hours)
- Berhampur – 125 kilometres (takes 3.00 – 3.30 hours)
- Gopalpur on sea – 140 kilometres (takes 3.30 – 4.00 hours)
- Taptapani – 110 kilometres (takes 2.30 – 3.00 hours)
Best time to visit Daringbadi
Daringbadi has a sub tropical kind of climate which during the summer becomes hot and also very dry. The dryness still remains in the winter but it gets cold here. The average temperature in this region varies somewhere between 45C and 5C.
The average rainfall in this region is 1587 mm.
The best time of visit is between the months of May and September.
Events and Festivals in Daringbadi
People of this region celebrate all types of festival Hindu Oriya tradition and Danda Nach is the festival celebrated mostly by the Konda and Gond tribes of that region. The festival extends up to thirteen days where only those people fast who had vowed for some boon. In the first week of April this festival starts and extends up to thirteen days, with a closing ceremony called “Meru”. Kondhs after harvesting is done perform a Puja, “Sisaa Laka”, in January. In March they offer prayer to the village deity and mountain deity after which they collect the forest products, green mangoes and the mohua flower and not before that. In April or May they offer these mohua flowers to “Maranga Laka”, a village deity. Sometimes if the village priest feels it is necessary to meet the requirements of mother earth they perform “Kedu Laka”. In September or October when sowing is completed, then “Bora Laka”, a Puja is performed to thank mother earth for the good crops. New crops are collected in November or December, which is used to make rice and also Chuda. The village deity is first offered the food after which the rest of the people eat the food. This tradition is same as Nua Khai in other parts of Orissa especially the West.