Mayurbhanj, the erstwhile kingdom of Mayurs and the Bhanjas, was merged with the state of Orissa
in 1949. It is bounded in the north by Midnapore District
of West Bengal
and West Singhbhum District
, in the south by Baleswar District
and in the west by Keonjhar District
. It forms the largest district of Orissa in terms of area as well as forest cover.
With its headquarters at Baripada
, Mayurbhanj has an area of 10,410 sq km with a population of 2 million. The forests have a varied flora and fauna and its salubrious climate makes the region an ideal habitat for tropical birds and animals.
The Budhabalanga is the major river. Mayurbhanj is famous for the horn works, stone and clay works, Tussar silk
, jute mills and spinning mills. Sunei is an irrigation and power project. Tourist spots are
, Bhitarkanika wildlife sanctuary
Similipal National Park
. Tourist season ranges from November to June.