Chandragiri is located in the green valley of Gajapati district of Odisha, Chandragiri is famous for the Tibetan settlement and for the Buddhist monastery located by the side of it. Chandragiri, one of many diverse places that you can find in Odisha, is also called by many as ‘Mini-Tibet of Odisha’.
The rare scenic beauty and the picturesque landscape surrounded by luxuriant tropical forest, gurgling rivers, Exquisite Mountain slopes and roaring hilltops makes it a perfect adobe for travelers. Bestowed with bounties of nature, this place is famous for seasonal fruits, Tibetan woolen garments, carpets and dogs of various breeds. The large-scale horticulture plantations, as well as cultural activities of the Tibetan, make this place more colorful and attractive.
How To Reach :
The nearest airport is Bhubaneswar. From Bhubaneswar you can travel by road or by train to reach Berhampur. Berhampur is one important railway station in Howrah-Chennai rail route. From Berhampur take a cab or public transport to reach Chandragiri. If you are travelling from Berhampur take the road towards Digapahandi, Taptapani. You can visit hot spring at Taptapani and then travel towards Mohana. At entrance of Mohana town take left turn and travel 18 KM to reach Chadragiri.
Chandragiri is 18 KM from Mohana
Chandragiri is 35 KM from Taptapani
Chandragiri is 90 KM from Berahampur
Nearby Attractions :
Buddhist Monastery :
The Padmasambhava Mahavihara Monastery( also known as Thupten Mindrolling Monastery located at Chandragiri, Gajapati district, in the state of Odisha, India, as the main monastaray belonging to the Ripa Lineage. It is said to be the largest Buddhist monastery in Eastern India. It was inaugurated by the Dalai Lama in January 2010.
It is built in the Atanpuri style of architecture of Nalanda by architects from Tibet, Nepal and Bhutan assisted by local masons. It is 70 feet (21 m) and five stories high, and is built on 10 acres (40,000 m2) of land. It features a 23 feet (7.0 m) high Buddha statue and a 17 feet (5.2 m) Buddha Padmasambhava. Around 200 monks are resident in the monastery, which is named after Acharya Padmasambhava (who was born in Oddiyana), who is believed to have spread Buddhism to Tibet in the 7th Century. This is a school for Tibetan studies and there are students staying and reading different courses here. The five-storey monastery has a huge meditation shrine hall and other small temples, institute and hostels inside the well spread-out complex. There is an old temple located at left side of main entrance of the temple.
Gandahathi Waterfall :
The name suggests that once it was inhabited by large elephant population, now no more. The place is important for a beautiful waterfall. Gandahati situated in Rayagada Block is the main and most popular one. The waterfall Height is 20m. The flora include Sal, Piasal, Dharua, Mahula, Haldu, Sidha, Kendu, Harida, Amla, Karanja, Arjun etc. and fauna comprise of Elephant, Leopard, Sambar, Barking deer, spotted deer, wild boar, Porcupine, Peacock, Pheasants, Parrots, Eagles, Golden Orioles Cuckoos, etc. Its distance from chandragiri is 83 kms. Its silence is awe-inspiring. Flow of visitors to Gandahati continues throughout the year as the source of water is perennial.
The 4,943 feet high peak Mahendragiri is one of the highest spots in eastern India and being close to the sea, is exposed to the pleasant sea-breeze from the Bay of Bengal. Sivaratri is the main festival here, a result of the region being an important place in the development of Shaivite culture. The place is visited by many tourists annually. Mahendragiri is a natural wonderland and is surrounded by hills and thick forest growth. The fauna of the region includes peacocks, flying squirrels, deer, elephants, various avian species and leopards. From the hill-top trekkers are rewarded with a mesmerizing view of the surrounding area, as the hills look like huge waves amidst the clouds. The calming waters of the nearby Mahendratanaya River, the blue bay on the horizon and the mountain-top scenery are the reasons Mahendragiri is a popular adventure destination. 106 km far from Chandragiri.
MankodaDiya Waterfall :
The place is important for a beautiful waterfall. Gajapati district has a few well-known waterfalls. MankodaDiya is situated in R.Udayagiri Block nearby Sialilati most popular one. It is around 26 Kms from the block headquarter and aound 86 Kms away from the district headquarters, Paralakhemundi by road. Its silence is awe-inspiring. It is a picnic spot for the pleasure seeking visitors from far and near.
B.N. Palace :
B N Palace, also known as ‘Brundaban Palace’, is a charming historical monument in Gajapati district of Odisha. It was the erstwhile summer palace of Maharaja of Paralakhemundi. It is situated on the banks of Mahendratanaya River, surrounded by thick teak trees.
B N Palace is a three storied magnificent building with an underground floor. It has an underground connection with the main palace. The palace features stunning artworks. There is a beautiful orchard attached to the palace.