It’s the district of Nuapada that was once a part of Kalahandi district. But during the year 1993, in order to establish administrative convenience, this was announced as a separate district. This district is having one sub vision named as Nuapada, and there also five tehsils like Nuapada, Khariar, Komana, Boden and Sinapalli. There are also five blocks for community development announced under this district which are Boden, Sinapalli, Nuapada, Komana and Khariar. As per the census of 2011, this district was having a population around 606,490.this district is located at the western side of Odisha. It is bordered by Mahasamund district of Chhattisgarh at west, south and north region. At the east side Balangir, Bargarh and Kalahandi districts of Odisha are bordering it.
This district is spreading over a land mass of 3407.5 sq km. the dist HQ is located at Nuapada. There are rugged hills located on the plains of this district. This hilly region is stretching towards the south direction and this part belongs to the Eastern Ghats. Here, the extensive plateaus are also located at height of 4000 ft above the sea level. Due to this reason, here you can also see thick vegetation. This part of Nuapada is where mineral deposits are found. Graphite, bauxite and laterite like minerals are traced at this region. The economy of this district uses to revolve around agriculture. There are also some important irrigation projects announced in this district like Sunder Dam, Upper Jonk and Lower India Irrigation Project that is coming next. These irrigation projects are supporting 45,000 acres of agricultural land.
Well, rice is the prime crop that is cultivated here. There are other crops also cultivate here like cotton, maize, and onion. Near about ten thousands of households use to migrate from this district to other places in search of bread and butter once the harvesting season ends here. There are some amazing tourist spots located in this district. Visiting these places can really make your trip successful.
It’s the Debagiri hill that is unique in its own way. This hill is 120.2m high. This hill becomes narrow when you move upward. However, the top part of this hill is the flat platform in rectangular shape. This portion can be accessed from north side of the hill. At Debagiri, the 476 steps are the prime features. Right at the top portion of this hill, you can find the perennial poles of water that are together called as Ganga, Yamuna, Bhargavi, Saraswati and Indradyumna. Here you can also find a cave that appears as two jaws. Right at the meeting point of these two jaws there is a Shiva Linga located and enshrined. During the Shiva Ratri, many devotees and visitors use to gather at this place in order to celebrate this festival. From Raygada it is located at a distance of fifty km. the sacred hill of Kalyansinghpur is also located close to this place.
The Pataleswar temple was built with the pancharatha style. This temple is located at Budhikomna. There are many different types of architectures and arts you can see here. In this locality, the Pataleswar temple is often considered as a popular pilgrimage point. The closest rail stop to this place is located at Harishankar which is forty km away. From Nuapada town it is located at a distance of 36 km and from Khariar it is 46 km away. Good roads are there to reach for Pataleswar temple from all these places.
River Jonk’s bank is where the Yogeswar temple is located. This temple is known for its unique scenic charm. There are green and dense hills that surround this place. Till date this place has managed to hold its culture tight that dates back to the pre-Christian era of Manikgarh. It is also known for the irrigation project. It’s the Upper Jonk Irrigation project which is located at the dam side right here. From the HQ of this dist, such place is located at a distance of 20 km. it has a great potential to become hot tourist spot in the future. Right at the Jonk reservoir, visitors can also access the boating facility. Close to dam side, Pantha Nivas and Dist Museum will be commenced soon. Kantabanji is the nearest railhead which is located 75 km away from this place. From Nuapada town it is located at a distance of 110 km.
Patalganga is the must see place in Nuapada district. This place is popular for its perennial spring and the gifts from Mother Nature. This spring is also considered as the holy Ganges. At the downstream, locals use to perform the obsequies. As per the ancient story, it is said that Lord Rama, Sita and Laxman have visited this place during the exile period. Right here Sita found herself to be enough thirsty. So, Laxman pierced through the ground while using his arrow and that spring has appeared. During the solar or lunar eclipse day, people use to gather at this place and take bath in the holy water coming from this spring.
There is a complete replica for Brundaban Garden is located just below the Jonk Dam. This garden is named as Rajib Udyan. Here, you can see the velvety grass as well as you can enjoy the nature with its actual form. There is also a fountain made right here. The water coming from this fountain and the flowers surrounding this structure often generate a panoramic view. During the night time, you can hear the old music here. This has also become a hot spot for tourists coming to Nuapada district.