It’s hard to imagine that the torrid region like Odisha has a hill station where you can experience snowfall in the winter. The hill station is Daringbari, centered in the highland area of the Kandhamal district of the state. It is known as the “Kasmir of Odisha”.Daringbari is covered with the pine forest and blessed with the cloud-kissed emerald green valleys.
How to go to Daringbari?
I visited it on an unplanned trip. I went Berhampur of Odisha from Hyderabad to attend one of my colleague’s wedding with few of my office colleagues. After the event, we thought to visit Puri, the seaside of Odisha. But, it was 3 days programme. We didn’t have that much time to spend on this holiday. Our colleague, Smita, suggested us to go to Daringbari, which was only 3.5 hours (125 Km) from Berhampur. We booked a cab and went for that hill-station, which was completely offbeat at that time.
Nearest Railway station- Berhampur (Distance-125Km by car)
Nearest Airport- Bhubaneswar (Distance-250 Km by car)
Best time to visit:
Time is a big factor to visit Daringbari because you cannot enjoy its flavor if you don’t visit it in offseason. The season is November to July. Best time is the winter when you can enjoy snowfall. Monsoon is also great to visit when you can feel the touch of clouds and you can see the beauty of cloud-kissed the Eastern Ghats.
What to see?
Coffee and Black pepper Plantations:
The landscapes beside the road, through which we came, were breathtaking. You can find coffee plantations almost everywhere of this hilly terrain. We stopped our car to see the plantations. There was a huge plantation of skyscrapers Silver Oaks within the coffee field and those oak plants were crippled by the black pepper plant. This place is known as Coffee and Black pepper Plantations.
We reached here about 11’o clock. After having lunch at the hotel, we went to visit the Silent Valley. Here we had to trek to rich the hill-top. There was a beautiful valley at the top of the hill. The valley covered with colorful flowers like the cover page of the drawing book of our childhood days. You can get an awesome panoramic view of the surrounding hills with the different shades of green.
It was quite far from the main area (Chari Chak). We saw the tribal village in our way. After crossing the village we found, a small spring was running through the rocks of the hill. The emerald green forest covered the surrounding lands of the spring. We didn’t spend much time here as we have to see the sunset from the hotel Hill view.
This hotel was very near to our hotel in the Chari Chak area. We climbed up the tower at the hotel to get the best view of the hill and yes, we were the witness of a dramatic climax of the day above the Eastern Ghats.
Next day, morning, after a stroll in the nearby area, we checked out from our hotel and came back to Berhampur. We see an amazing waterfall on our way.
Daringbari is the place of serenity out from the hustle and bustle of the daily life. It is also a fantastic summer escape and a place to enjoy winter with snowfall. If you search for the offbeat hill-stations, Daringbari will be your must-visit for that.
My theme for this Challenge is The OFFBEAT DESTINATIONS OF INDIA.