Mangardora Shiva Temple (ମଙ୍ଗାର୍ଡୋରା ଶିବ ମନ୍ଦିର), Ghumar Waterfall, Nabarangpur, Odisha

Mangardora Shiva Temple and Ghumar Waterfall are majestic natural and spiritual sites located in the lush Benakhamar Reserve Forest in Nabarangpur District, Odisha, India. Designated as a reserve forest by the Indian government in 1915, this area is known for its breathtaking biodiversity, housing over 112 species of orchids and numerous mammals like elephants, tigers, leopards as well as birds and reptiles.

The star attraction is the mesmerizing Ghumar Waterfall which cascades down from a height of about 100 feet into a picturesque pool surrounded by rock formations. Visitors are often awestruck watching the white foamy waterfall set amidst the serene forested landscape.

Mangardora Shiva Temple (ମଙ୍ଗାର୍ଡୋରା ଶିବ ମନ୍ଦିର), Ghumar Waterfall, Nabarangpur, Odisha

Just a short distance away lies the ancient Mangardora Shiva Temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva. This natural cave temple dates back to the 10th century CE and houses a rare naturally formed Shiva lingam venerated as Neelkanteshwar due to its bluish tinge. As per local legends, the lingam was discovered by a shepherd named Mangardora who gave the temple its name. The temple celebrates crowds during Maha Shivratri when devotees flock to receive blessings.

Mangardora Shiva Temple (ମଙ୍ଗାର୍ଡୋରା ଶିବ ମନ୍ଦିର), Ghumar Waterfall, Nabarangpur, Odisha

Perched on a hilltop overlooking the waterfall, the temple cave offers spectacular views of the forested valley below. The temple is surrounded by verdant hills, rocky cliffs, and a sense of calm, allowing visitors to commune with nature and spirituality. Over the years, Mangardora has earned fame as a must-visit spot combining natural charm and religious significance for tourists exploring offbeat sites in Odisha. With proper facilities, it has the potential to attract more visitors interested in waterfalls, treks, birdwatching as well as archeological and architectural heritage.

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Mangardora Shiva Temple (ମଙ୍ଗାର୍ଡୋରା ଶିବ ମନ୍ଦିର), Ghumar Waterfall, Nabarangpur, Odisha

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Nearest Bus Stop

The nearest Bus stop is Tentulikhunti, which is located around 7 Km distance from Magardora Shiva temple

Nearest Railway Station

The Nearest Railway Station is Jeypore, which is located around 72 Km distance from Ghumar waterfall & park

Nearest Airport

The nearest airport is Biju Patnaik International Airport, which is located around 513 Km distance from Mangardora Shiva temple

Best Time to visit

The best time to visit Ghumar Waterfall is from October to June and the winter season.

Open Timing

Magardora Shiva Temple & Ghumar Waterfall opening time is Monday to Sunday 8 am to Evening 5 pm

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