Bhawanipatna, the administrative headquarters of Kalahandi District
, is a temple town situated 418 km west of Bhubaneswar
, in Orissa
. The town derived its name from ‘Bhawanishankar', its presiding deity.
Scores of temple, representing the different deities of Hindu pantheon, dot the townscape.
Bhawanipatna is a convenient base for tourists venturing to different tourist places in the district and the nearby district of Nuapada. Places of tourist interest include
Phurli Jharan (15 km), Karlapat, Junagarh (26 km) and Belkhandi.
Nearest airport is at Bhubaneswar. Closest nearest railway station is at
Kesinga (35 km). National Highway 207 passes through the town. By road, Bhawanipatna is linked with Nuapada, Rayagada, Paralakhemundi,
Koraput and Angul.