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Deomali Hill

Deomali Hill, with an elevation of about 1,671 meters from sea level, is the highest peak in Orissa (Odisha). It is situated close to Doodhari village, 34km from Koraput and 199km from Visakhapatnam and 500km from Bhubaneswar. The beauty of the hill range and picturesque 5km-long flat surface atop the mountain, where an m shaped peak can be spotted, would leave a lasting impression on a visitors mind.

There are 345 species of plants in the hills, including herbs, shrubs and trees. The hill ranges are rich in both rare and endangered medicinal plants which are specific to these hills but not found elsewhere in the state. Also there are 20 species of reptiles seen in Deomali. If you are interested in the tribal lifestyle and culture, you can learn a lot from the nearby tribal villages of Deomali such as Kandhas, Parajas, Bhumia, Malis and Bhotras, reside in the adjoining localities.

Rani gumpha is also famous for its ancient caves and Jain relics. Another place nearby is Gupteswar, famous for its Shiva lingam and Dhuruba Tribes. The famous waterfall of Duduma near Machhkund is another attraction. There is a place called Gulmi is 15km from Kotpad is renowned for its hills with green cover, streams and a beautiful valley. People can also visit the Chitrakoot Falls, 50km from Kotpad town inside Chhattisgarh. Locally, it is called as mini Niagara.

The best time to visit the hills is either during summer or winter. Day by day the number of tourist is increasing at these places for both nature tour and adventure tour in Orissa (Odisha).