Speaking of falls, there is nothing to beat the 250 ft high Pradhanpat falls in a nook Deogarh, erstwhile capital of Barma, one of the 26 feudal states of pre-independence Orissa. The waters seem to descend in a leisurely rhythm, reminding you of the unhurriedness of time here. The place shaded by rocks and tall trees is stepped in a fascinating melancholy. From the foot of the fall, one can see a cave higher up, with the blurred statues of a tiger and a snake, perpetuating the memory of a tragedy; a young Raja of Barma shot down a tiger that lived in the cave, but as he reached his trophy, he was bitten to death by a snake, the tiger’s cave –mate.
There are places in Orissa which, even though well known, contain wonders in them that have evaded the traveler. The foremost of them is Chilka, India’s largest freshwater lake-460 squire miles in area. Millions marvel at its silver ripples while they travel by train between Chennai and Calcutta. But few outside Orissa know that the lake is dotted with isles of fairytale enchantment. Yet access to them is so easy! One could get down at the Balugaon railway station or can drive there from any major town in Orissa and can hire an inexpensive motor launch from the fisheries department.