It was the fifth day of our stay in Odisha and it was in a row that I was visiting places with more natural colors. The previous day was graceful and I spent it at the Kalijai in Chilika. On the day five, all of us decided to go to the Duduma Waterfalls in Jeypore. The waterfall is quite popular and is formed by the Macchakund River. There is a majestic pilgrim center near the waterfall known as ‘Matsya Tirtha’ and people in large volumes from the hook and corners of Odisha come to visit the temple and enjoy some refreshing chilled air near the milky white waterfall. Since the Koraput district in which the Duduma falls is located is in the boundary line of Andhra Pradesh and Odisha, people from the South-east Indian state also come to visit it in large numbers. There are even large groups of people who have migrated from Andhra Pradesh and are living there since a long time depending upon agriculture and fishery.
To reach Duduma, we had to travel to Koraput which is quite far from the central Bhubaneswar. To travel to Koraput, it took us one full night. We took a night travel bus from the city bus depot and traveled to Koraput. We reached Koraput early morning and got refreshed in a lodge. We started traveling from Duduma fall in the noon which is at a distance of 92 kilometers from Koraput town.
Odisha has a rich cultural history and now also the architectural and cultural remains in the state are visible in almost every part of it. The place of Duduma Waterfall is also linked with Sri Chaitanya as it is believed that the saint stayed in the state in the 16th century near the Duduma region.
The water falls from a height of 157 meters and it forms a river beneath. The waterfall creates a picturesque surrounding and the playful water creates ripples as it falls down on the roaring iver. One part of the water falls to Odisha and the other falls to the Andhra Pradesh. It is believed that the traditional ‘Bonda’ tribes exist there in this part of the state. It was an ecstatic trip to the Koraput and I enjoyed it thoroughly.