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Location : Near Bhubaneswar, Orissa
Languages : Oriya, English
Major Attractions : NALCO, Tikarpada
Temperature : Upto 50 degree Celsius in summers
Best Time to Visit : Winter Season
Angul is one of the newly formed districts of Orissa and is known for its natural wealth and lush greenery. Covering an area of about 6200 square kilometers, the place carries a strategic importance to the state or being the abundant source of coal mines that are found here. This hottest district of India is an important industrial hub.
Industrialization has taken a full boom at Angul; the recent establishment of NALCO (National Aluminum Corporation) and the presence of renowned industries like NTPC, JSPL etc have earned the city the distinction of being one of the major commercial centers of Orissa. There is no dearth of mineral resources here. All this, along with the availability of manpower, has made it a major industrial center.
Tikarpada : Present amidst bountiful nature, this lovely village is surrounded by a number of hills, and charming gorges. The place has got world clam as one of the most enchanting places. You can spend time here in entertaining activities like boating and angling. The plethora of flora and fauna make your visit a fascinating experience. River Mahanadi makes a 22 kilometer long gorge. Another attraction of the place is the Crocodile Sanctuary.
Talcher : This attraction of Angul is a renowned industrial area that is known for its thermal power station and Talcher Collieries.
Nearby Attractions :
Bhimakand : This village located at about 30 kilometers from the destination is a nice tourist spot. The presence of River Brahmani here makes it quiet picturesque. The added attraction is a gigantic image of Lord Vishnu in his famous reclining position. The sculpture belongs to the period between eighth and ninth centuries and has the distinction of being India's biggest sleeping image.
Rengali : A hydroelectric project, a dam and lush greenery are what describe Rengali best. People arrive here for picnicking. The location is 85 kilometers from the destination.
Banarpal : It is the place where highway tourists can spend some time relaxing and rejuvenating. Located at the meeting point of National Highways numbered 23 and 42, Banarpal is laced with nice accommodation facilities. The construction of a n amenities center here is about to get completed and will be a center of attraction for the tourists.
Khuludi : Here, you can spend time watching a cascading waterfall. The scenery is quiet picturesque and an ideal picnic spot.
Deulajhari : Its hot spring presents an alluring picture. This water source appears to be emanating from a Shiva lingam. The water from the spring gets channelised to a multitude of ponds that are scattered around a Shiva temple.
Nice accommodation options are present at Angul. You can hire Inspection Bungalow provided by PWD and Irrigation departments. Other options are Circuit House, Hotel Prasanti and Forest Rest House. Cheap staying options are also available if you are not willing to spend too much.
Despite of being an upcoming industrial power, the economy of Angul is still rural. As cottage industries are in full vogue here, you can expect items of carpentry, brass and several others; the place is also famous for works of bell metal.
Tourist Tidbits :
For immediate medical attention, you can contact Government Hospital at Talcher and TTPS at Chainpal. Banking and ATM facilities are easily accessible.
Cities Nearby :
Banarpal (10 kilometers), Talcher (20 kilometers), Badakera (14 kilometers), Samal (40 kilometers), Deulajhari (90 kilometers), Bhubaneswar (160 kilometers).
Tour to Angul city of Orissa can be an experience of a different kind. The simultaneous presence of industries and rural economy distinguish it from other tourist places.