Angul – Where nature coexist with industry
Historically Angul was a land of different tribes who commanded over small citadels and paid taxes to the ruler. The name Angul is said to be derived when one of the chieftains named “Anu” started a rebellion against the king and was crushed by the later with the help of Rajput’s from Mathura. The local’s referred to that period as Anugol (Anu’s war), the war in local language is referred as “golamal", subsequently the name "Anugol" stuck and the town came to be known as "Angul" as we know it now.
Modern day Angul has transformed into an industrial town – owing to the presence of NALCO – who operates Asia’s largest Aluminum plant there and ancillary industries. Angul because of its location serves as an important junction or gateaway to Central and Western part of Odisha.
One can visit the Shri SailaKhetra– a temple dedicated to Lord Jagannath. It is situated on top of hillock within the city.
The Deer park built and maintained by NALCO is a good outing for the kids, as also the Industrial park- where the waste product of alumunium is recycled and finished product prepared. This has also been a NALCO initiative.
Though largely an industrial town and a gateway to Northern Odisha, Angul due to its rich heritage has some very interesting areas nearby.
Kaliakata - situated 16KM from Angul, the village contains pre-historic sites discovered by Valentine Ball in 1876. The recent investigation has revealed that the sites are very important for study of pre-historic antiquities.
Binikeipitha - set against the backdrop of the Panchadhara Hills & the glistening Mahanadi river in the front, the temple site is just beautiful, it also serves as the gateway to Satkosia Gorge Sanctuary (Northern side). Maa Binikei is the presiding deity. There uniqueness of the temple is that it’s mostly described by legends than actual historical & the other unique thing of the idol is that it somewhat represents the fusion of Buddhist tantrayana & Hindu architecture.
Angul also has a couple of places connected with the freedom movement-
Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Trust at Bamur- where Gandhiji spent a night on 5th May 1934.
Bajirout Chatravas at Angul – Baji Rout is the youngest martyr of India’s freedom struggle. He was the youngest son of a boatman on the Brahmani river, he was an active member of the Banar Sena Prajamandal. He volunteered to keep watch on the river very night. On the fateful 11th Oct 1938 night, the British officers ordered him to ferry them across the river, which he refused to do & was shot at along with Laxman Mallik & Fagu Sahoo, at Nilkanthapur Ghat, Bhuban, Dhenkanal district. The Chatravas which focuses on Children welfare, education & literacy was built in memory of the young brave heart on 11th May 1946.
The Utkal Cultural Association of IIT Mumbai has constituted the Baji Rout Samman – which is bestowed on one Odia youth every year as an emerging talent in different fields.
Angul being an industrial town has some very good options for accommodation.
Hotel Kamlesh Continental -Located 5 KM from the railway station & 1 KM from the bus stand-offers a very comfortable stay. They also provide complimentary pick up & drop from either the railway station or bus stand for the guests. The hotel is equipped with a swimming pool.
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Ph – 06764- 236281
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Hotel Shakti Continental - is located 3 KM from the railway station & 0.5 KM from the bus stand.
Ph – 06764-234888
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Website – www.hotelshakticontinental.com
Hotel Prashanti- Located 5 KM from the railway station & 2 KM from the bus stand provides good accommodation at comfortable prices
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There are few lodges in the town sprinkled near the bus stand & the railway station which offer good accommodation for budget travelers.
Hotel Prashanti & Hotel Shanti - offers a good palate for regular meals.
Kamlesh & Shakti Continental – have multi cuisine restaurants
Spicy village restaurant near the bus stand offers multi cuisine gourmet at reasonable prices
Hare Krishna near the bus stand, offers good South Indian breakfast and snacks .
Green Chilies – located near Dibyajyoti cinema hall besides NH56, also offers good regular breakfast & snacks
Angul also has some decent bakery joints – Mio Amore @ NH42, and Shanti Bakery at Sankar cinema road, to indulge in some sinful gastronomic pleasures.
If you like the Highway food- try out Sonali Dhaba – located in the highway adjacent to the Maruti Showroom just 3KM before you enter Nalco Nagar from Angul.
One can visit Angul through the year, but try and avoid summers. Winters are the best time. Carry light woolens with you. Temperatures during the evenings and early mornings can drop to 16 degrees and will be comfortable during the day.
Being a gateway, the town has hospitals, banks etc basically everything that a person needs at times of emergency.