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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 "Koel" bird has a folklore tales that some gods used to stay here long ago, who used to sing in a beautiful voice like 'Koel' bird and all nearby animals and cows used to gather here listening to his voice and hence the name Koilighughar came into being.

Best time to visit Koilighughar - Every year during Shivaratri a fair is organized here in Koilighughar lots of pilgrims visit the place. Also Koilighughar is visited during December and January for picnic.

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