Joranda Waterfall, Mayurbhanj

Joranda Waterfall, Mayurbhanj

Joranda Waterfall (Odia: ଯୋରନ୍ଦା ଝରଣା) is a stunning waterfall located in the Mayurbhanj district of Odisha, India. This waterfall is a part of the Duduma River, which originates from the Eastern Ghats and flows through the district before reaching the Bay of Bengal. The Duduma river is a tributary of the Baitarani River, one of the major rivers in Odisha.

Joranda Falls is situated in a remote and picturesque location, surrounded by lush green forests and rolling hills. The waterfall is approximately 150 feet high, making it one of the tallest in the region. It is a tiered waterfall and forms multiple cascades as the water falls down to a deep gorge. The fall is a major tourist attraction and draws a large number of visitors every year who come to admire its natural beauty and take in the serene atmosphere of the surrounding area.

Joranda Waterfall of Similipal, Mayurbhanj, Odisha

The best time to visit Joranda Falls is during the monsoon season, from June to September, when the water flow is at its peak and the fall is at its most spectacular. During this time, the fall is surrounded by lush green vegetation, and the water is crystal clear. The mist created by the falls provides a cool and refreshing experience, making it a perfect place to escape the heat of the summer.

Visitors to Joranda Falls can take a short hike to reach the falls, which starts from a parking area located nearby. The trail is well-maintained and passes through the dense forests, offering visitors a chance to spot some of the local wildlife and enjoy the natural beauty of the region. There are also several viewing platforms and observation decks located along the trail that provide visitors with stunning views of the falls.

Joranda Waterfall View

Joranda Falls is not just a tourist spot, but also a sacred site for the local communities. According to local legends, Joranda is the spot where the sage Dhyaneswar attained enlightenment. A temple dedicated to the Sage is located near the waterfall and a festival called "Joranda Mahotsav" is celebrated every year at the falls and attended by thousands of devotees.

In conclusion, Joranda Falls is a stunning waterfall located in the Mayurbhanj district of Odisha, India. Surrounded by lush green forests, and rolling hills and with a height of 150 feet this waterfall offers a spectacular view and an opportunity to experience the serene atmosphere. The fall is at its best during monsoon, and a short hike can take you to the falls. Joranda is also a sacred site for the local communities and a temple dedicated to the Sage is located near the waterfall. Along with being a tourist spot it also holds a religious significance for locals, making it a perfect spot to visit for tourists and devout alike.

N.B.: The middle photograph is taken by Manas Muduli and the last photo is taken by Sai Kiran IFS.

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