Published on : Saturday, September 21, 2019
In order to take advantage of the immense tourism potential in Western Odisha, members of Hotel and Restaurant Association of Odisha (HRAO) have submitted a letter to Tourism Minister Jyoti Prakash Panigrahi proposing developing tourist sites in the region.
HRAO representatives of the Western Odisha Region held detailed discussions with Tourism Secretary Vishal Dev at a meeting in Bhubaneswar on Wednesday.
While many of these destinations are already popular, attracting a lot of tourists from across the country throughout the year, systematic development of other spots is expected to boost allied sectors of tourism. Among places which have found mention in the HRAO memorandum are Hirakud Dam, Samaleswari Temple, Leaning Temple of Huma, Ghanteswari Temple, Debrigarh Wildlife Sanctuary and the historic Nrusingnath Temple.
Besides hotels, tourist guides, travel companies and regional handicraft industry can get a boost if proper transportation and communication facilities are developed in Western Odisha. This will also initiate employment opportunities to a large number of youth in the region.
Other tourist attractions in Western Odisha include the Buddhist shrine in Boudh district, Ushakothi in Badrama Wildlife Sanctuary, Gudguda waterfall in Sambalpur, Deuljhari hot spring in Athmallik, Harishankar temple and waterfall in Balangir, Pradhanpat waterfall in Deogarh, birthplace of Bhimabhoi, Kandhara in Sambalpur, Samadhi Pitha of Bhima Bhoi at Khaliapali in Sonepur and Ranipur Jharial in Balangir.