Ansupa is located 50KM from Cuttack and situated in the middle of the state highway connecting Athagarh and Banki blocks of Cuttack district. It’s one of the largest fresh water lakes in Odisha set amidst the hills of the Eastern Ghats, the lake offers a panoramic setting which is a feast for the senses.
The lake is spread across 382 acres and is horse shoe shaped, hence the name Anuspa. During the rainy season the many hues of the waters of the lake makes for a beautiful sight.The lotus filled lake is home to many native and migratory birds. Boating and fishing facilities available at the lake are an added attraction.
The ruins of an ancient fort on top of the Saranda hill adjacent to the lake adds to the charm of the place. There is no definite history on the origins of the fort, one of the popular legends is that the King of Saranda had chosen to built a fort at the hilltop for his safety. The Baruda ghar (ammunition store), two wells and metal door entrance to the fort along with a few structural remnants are all that remains today.
Around Ansupa Lake
Bhattarika Temple -Dedicated to Goddess Bhattarika an incarnation of Goddess Durga, it’s believed that Parashuram facing certain death at the hands of Saharasjuna prayed here to Goddess Durga who appeared in the form of Goddess Bhattarika and came to his aid. It’s believed that Parashuram carved the image of the Goddess with the tip of his arrow
Nuapatna-Though not a tourist destination, located 27 KM from Ansupa Lake along the State Highway 65 along the road leading to Angul – it’s a place which textile connoisseurs will love. This village has around 500 families of weavers, who are supported by the state government’s cooperative society. It’s just amazing to see them go about their work of extracting the fibre, spinning them into a yarn, then dyeing them and the magic they weave on them. In most cases it’s the entire family which is engaged in the activity of weaving those beautiful patterns on the Odissi Sarees and textiles. What’s more one can buy too.
Where to Stay
Odisha eco tourism has three bamboo cottages on the Saranda hills overlooking the lake. That’s the only accommodation one can find over here
One can opt to stay at the cottages and spending a night will be an experience well worth.
There is no dhaba’s or hotels along the way, if you are going for a day tour do make necessary provisions. The ecotourism department only serves guest who have checked in the cottages.
Payments for food etc at the Odisha Eco tour cottages are to be made in cash. Make sure you carry a print out of the online booking confirmation receipt.
Nearest ATM, Petrol pump and health centre is Athagarh.