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Discovering Putsil: The Switzerland of Odisha

Putsil Mountain Point
Putsil Mountain Point

Nestled amidst the Eastern Ghats, Putsil is a hidden gem in the Koraput district of Odisha. With its breathtaking vistas, thriving biosphere, and unspoiled beauty, Putsil has earned the moniker “Switzerland of Odisha.” Let’s embark on a virtual journey to this enchanting destination.

1. Putsil Mountain Point: A Panoramic Delight

Just a mere 1 km from Pendajam, the Putsil Mountain Point offers spellbinding views of the surrounding hills. Imagine standing atop this vantage point, gazing across the undulating landscape, and feeling the crisp mountain air on your skin. The nearby hills seem to whisper secrets of ancient forests and mystical valleys. During winter, Putsil becomes a haven for picnickers who revel in the cool mountain breeze and the touch of clouds against the peaks. When mist embraces the valley, it’s pure magic.

View from Putsil Mountain point
View from Putsil Mountain point

Eco Retreat at Putsil: Where Nature Meets Comfort

The Eco Retreat at Putsil adds a touch of luxury to your mountain escapade. Operated by the Odisha Tourism Department, this retreat offers an unforgettable experience. Here’s what you need to know:

  • Accommodation: Twenty-five cosy tents await you, blending seamlessly with the natural surroundings.
  • Food: Savor local delicacies while soaking in the views.
  • Security: Rest assured, safety measures are in place.
  • Activities: Trekking, yoga, and cultural events keep you engaged.
  • Watchtower: Climb the watchtower for panoramic vistas.

Practical Information for Your Putsil Adventure

Best Time to Visit

Plan your trip between October and June. The winter season is particularly delightful, with clear skies and pleasant temperatures.

What to Pack

  • Warm Clothing: Evenings can get chilly, so pack layers.
  • Comfortable Shoes: You’ll explore the hills, so sturdy footwear is essential.
  • Camera: Capture the mesmerizing landscapes.
  • Water Bottle: Stay hydrated during your treks.

How to Reach Putsil

  • By Road: Putsil lies 40 km from Koraput town. If you’re travelling from nearby districts, consider road trips through picturesque landscapes.
  • The nearest Bus Stop is Koraput Bus Semiliguda (approximately 18 km from Putsil).
  • Nearest Railway Station: Koraput Railway Station (around 40 km away).
  • Nearest Airport: Biju Patnaik International Airport in Bhubaneswar (approximately 492 km from Putsil).

Explore Beyond Putsil

While in Koraput, don’t miss these nearby attractions:

  • Sabar Srikhetra Temple: A spiritual oasis.
  • Deomali Mountain & Hill: For adventure seekers.
  • Maliguda Tunnel: A fascinating engineering marvel.
  • Kolab Dam: Serene waters against lush greenery.
  • Jalaput Dam: A photographer’s delight.

So pack your bags, embrace the tranquillity, and let Putsil weave its magic around you. Remember, it’s not just a place; it’s an experience - a slice of Switzerland right here in Odisha.

Eco-retreat Koraput
Eco-retreat Koraput

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