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Best Picnic spot in Jharsuguda district of Odisha - Koilighughar

Koilighughar is definitely one of the best tourist place to visit in Jharsuguda district. Koilighughar is around 55km from Jharsuguda and around 39km from the nearest Belpahar railway station. Koilighughar comes under Lakhanpur block and is visited by thousands of tourist every year for its picturesque beauty of waterfall with a Shiv Temple on top of it.  Koilighughar waterfall is surrounded by lush green forest and a rivulet named Ahiraj which has its origin from Chhuikhanch forest falls here through large rocks. This rivulet Ahiraj later merge into Mahanadi river. Koilighughar apart from the beautiful waterfall, also hosts a Shivalayam known as Maheshwarnath inside the falls. Visitors visiting the spot during winter and summer do try to see the submerged lingam at the spot by diving into the water as reflected sunlight gives a glimpse of the lingam. A Shiva lingam has been created outside the waterfall for the visiting pilgrims.  Koilighughar which loosely translates into voice of &q

Tourist destination near Belpahar, Jharsuguda - Ullapgarh

Ullapgarh which is situated around 7km from Belpahar Railway station is one of the major tourist destination in the Belpahar Municipality. Ullapgarh is a hillock which also has few caves in it. According to local tales, Ullapgarh was named after the princess (Ullupi) of Nagakanya Kingdom or Nagavansha tribe.  Mythological connection of Ullapgarh It is believed that during Dwapar Yuga when Pandavas (5 brothers who had also fought the great war of Mahabharata) went to 'Agyaatvaas' (staying in disguise) had a brief stay out of their total 12 years of 'Agyaatvaas' here in some caves of this hillock. It is also believed that the Arjun one of the greatest archer of pandava brothers married to Ullupi here. Veer Surendrasai connection with Ullapgarh According to locals, Veer Surendra Sai who was a freedom fighter and had fought for the freedom struggle against britishers also came here to hid when Britishers were chasing him. Ullapgarh is a beautiful hillock surrounded by mount