Travel is a great way to expand your horizons. You get to see new places, meet new people and do interesting things. There is so much to see and do in our country. A memorable experience to have is take a dip in Taptapani in Odisha.
Previously known as Orissa, Odisha is a gorgeous state in Eastern India. The history of this state is rich and powerful. Every body knows Ashoka, the mighty Emperor of the Maurya Empire. He was a powerful, strong ruler who conquered several parts of Ancient India. Long wars, suffering and violence made him turn to Buddhism. The once aggressive King was now a peaceful, calm saint and disciple. It is with tales like this that the history of Odisha is filled. Isn’t that intriguing? The state now has a majestic coastline with pretty beaches and blue skies. It was earlier a part of Bihar but later split up for administrative reasons. If you are a nature lover, then Odisha is the best place for you! Evergreen, thick and green forests are everywhere. You can take a walk on cool summer morning or go for a hike on exciting, safe trails. And for children or wildlife enthusiasts, there are rare and exotic animals and birds to view. At the amazing Simplipal National Park and Tiger Reserve, you can catch the Indian leopard, Jungle Cat, Sambar Deer, Indian Bison, Bengal Tiger and King Cobra. Or the Bhitarkanika National Park which is the world’s largest nesting site for Olive Ridley Sea Turtles. For a bit of thrill, you can watch salt water crocodiles! Of course there is much more to do and see as we will find out. Like Taptapani hot water springs.
The cuisine in Odisha is worth every morsel. Sweets, savory snacks, curries and breads, they have it all. You should taste the Chennapoda, a local sweet which is sweet and has syrup. How is the weather in this amazing state? Odisha experiences all seasons so it’s better to visit it during later winter and early summer. The months of January to April are ideal and will be comfortable for everyone. All major national and international cities run flights and trains to Odisha. Once you have visited Bhubhaneshwar, Cuttack and the national parks, you should head to Taptapani. For tourists and travelers to get to Taptapani, they will have to take a train or bus from Bhubhaneshwar or Cuttack. Taptapani means ‘Tapta‘ means ‘Hot‘ and ‘Pani’ means ‘Water.’ The village is named after natural hot water springs packed with sulphur and minerals. It is on the side of a hill and provides a scenic view of valleys and forests. Locals and tourists think the springs have medicinal properties that benefit your skin and health. Compared to other hot water springs, these are mild with waters at 40 degrees Celsius. You still have to be careful of staying too long in the springs.
There is only one guesthouse for tourists so please book in advance before you visit the village. There are many other attractions nearby once you are done with the springs at Taptapani. Gopalpur-on-Sea is a cute little coastal town that has a nice pier and fishermen waiting for the catch of the day. It is a wonderful picnic spot with hillocks and trees providing you with shade in the summer sun. You can also head to Chandragiri which has a really ancient Buddhist Monastery. The Tibetan culture is prevalent here and you can also shop local artifacts at the town’s flea market. To make the most of Taptapani, plan a 3-day trip which gives you enough time to visit everything, shop to your heart’s content and enjoy local delicacies!