Koraput is in true sense, love at first sight. It has many treasures crammed into its compact territory – big skies, majestic hills, spectacular wildlife, superb organic food and hospitable, down-to-earth people. It is for those who have adventure in their hearts.
According to Mr. R.C.S.Bell who was the first collector of Koraput district, the town gets its name from ‘Kora-Putti’ or “the hamlet of the nux-vomica” and it is derived presumably from a tree or trees that must at one time have been prominent near the site. However, currently one can’t spot any nux-vomica which means that Mr. Bell’s theory is up for debate.
Nestled between the majestic hills and some stunning scenery, Koraput has some of the major rivers of Odisha pass through it namely like achhakunda, Vamsadhara and Kolab. The district is primarily dominated by the indigenous or Tribal communities.
On my first day, I visited the picturesque Kolab Dam which generates Hydro Electric Power sitting at an altitude of about 914.4 m (3,000 ft) above sea level on river Kolab, a tributary of Godavari river. The tranquil setting only adds magic to the fairy tale experience.
The botanical garden called Kolab Park built near the dam is a well maintained, very Greek-looking and boasts of around 200 varieties of flowering plants. It is quite a popular spot for everyone to hangout with their families.
Located less than 20 minutes from the dam is Kolab Reservoir which is a slice of pristine wilderness and is wholly accessible. It’s an easy and refreshing destination for a mini-break. Fortunately, it was a clear day and one could see the cloud’s reflection in the water. The greenery around and the lonely roads makes for a perfect country side view. The route is very well signposted, with well-maintained paths and tracks throughout.
Located less than 20 minutes from the dam is Kolab Reservoir which is a slice of pristine wilderness and is wholly accessible. It’s an easy and refreshing destination for a mini-break. On a clear day, one can see the cloud’s reflection in the water with the greenery around and the lonely roads making for a perfect country side view. Sitting here, soaking in the clean air and the view of the clear water with not a single soul around, time seems to stand still. The route is very well signposted, with well-maintained paths and tracks throughout.