For many tourists, Odisha starts and ends with Bhubaneswar, Puri, Konark and a little further than that for the adventurous ones. However the vast expanse of the state offers an amalgamation of cultural experiences and virgin places for the new age traveler – the ones who stuff their belongings in a backpack and look for experiences which are not yet documented.
Udayan Behera, an avid traveler and a wedding photographer shared his travel experience to Duduma Waterfalls and it is nothing less than exhilarating.
Located around 70Kms from Jeypore, The Duduma Waterfall which is about 175 metres (574 ft) high is formed by the Machkund River. It is the third highest waterfall in Odisha after Barehipani and Khandadhar waterfalls. The name Machkund is derived from a pilgrimage point called ‘Matsya Kunda’ near the township of Paderu in Andhra Pradesh.
There are two roads leading to Duduma waterfalls – one can be accessed from Jeypore and the other from Semiliguda via Nandpur with the meeting point at Lamptaput. The latter road is recommended for a pleasant journey. The road to Lampatut is challenging due to the dusty and bad roads.
The USP of Duduma is the two sub-waterfalls, one on the Odisha side and the other on the Andhra Pradesh side. There is also an artificial waterfall formed due to drainage of excess water from Machkund Hydroelectricity Power Project! How awesome is that?
The waterfall lies in the most picturesque surroundings. We will let the picture do the talking on our behalf.
The complete view of three waterfalls is not visible from the ‘viewpoint’, so you have to trek down for a better view. There are stairs that lead halfway, and it’s not advisable to venture with questionable stamina.
It would be amazing to see the sunset here or camp under the stars at night, which is currently not possible due to the consistent Maoist threat this area is under and frequent government operations.
You can also add a place called Onukudelli which is located a few kms away from Duduma waterfalls in your bucketlist.
The tribe of ‘Bondas’ live near the waterfalls and Onukudelli is where you can head to experience their culture and see them in their traditional attires which makes a colourful sight.
Few handy tips for your journey to Duduma:
- Best time to visit – Winters and Monsoon.
- Mode of Transportation – Best option is to hire taxi from Jeypore else from Semiliguda.
- Where to Stay in Jeypore – Hotel 180 Degrees ( Budget hotel but good service), Hotel Hello Jeypore, Hotel Apsara
- Food options in Jeypore – MG road has a variety of local street foods especially South Indian for Breakfast. Flavours Restaurant in Bell Road is a new hit in town.
- Where to stay in Semiliguda – Hotel Lemon Castle, Hotel Apple Villa are good options you can explore.
- Where to Eat in Duduma– Take the roads towards Nandpur from Lamptaput, the Dhabas provide excellent meals.
The next time someone suggests a road trip or a backpacking trip to exorbitant Foreign locations, take a moment, close your eyes and picture a waterfall – 500+ ft in height, surrounded by lush greenery whose beauty is unparalleled.
Look no further, diss the advice which traditional travel guides give you and take a trip to experience Duduma in all its glory!
[Photo story: Udayan Behera]