A place very close to my heart, to which I am the most emotionally attached .
I was born here, lived my childhood.
No matter where we're from, we all argue that our hometown is better than everyone else's and obviously there are reasons why it's our favourite destination.
There’s some inexplicable comforting feeling when you’re in your hometown. You get a sense of belonging and feel as if the other locals are “your people.”
I did my schooling in Damanjodi. When I left for my graduation, every holiday I used to be back in Damanjodi to be with my parents. And now, when I am in the married league, my better half is way happier to be in Damanjodi rekindling his nostalgic memories of his 'Bachpan'. Be it the garages, where he used to play gully cricket or the n number of parks and fields where he played 'catch-catch', 'pitoo' and the conventional game of cricket with his chaddi buddies.
Well, Damanjodi is an industrial township in the Koraput District of Odisha. Except for its 3000 residents and Oriyas, few are aware of this place. This mini hill station is yet to be listed in the most googled hill stations of India.
I remember, when I was in second standard , the place had nothing except few grocery and cloth stores. But it has a lot in store. Now things have changed for good. Damanjodi has maintained its balance with nature.
Evolution of this place was to aid a residential area for the employees of NALCO.
Difficult roads lead to beautiful destinations.
The case is exactly the same for Damanjodi.
WAYS TO REACH :
* Train - Hirakhand Express, Rourkela - Koraput Express, Howrah - Koraput Express
* Taxi, Bus services from Bhubaneswar as well as Visakhapatnam
Travelling by train, you wake up to the view of breathtaking landscapes of majestic mountains, rippling springs, malachite-green fields and to the echoes as the train passes through a chain of tunnels. The rapture-blue sky, high and bright playing hide and seek with the dark, narrow space of the tunnels makes the ear go pop on a train!!!
It is like the world moving from iron-grey to fairyland-green.It is the mist of smells, the frill of flowers and the scent of magic in the air.
#NALCO ALUMINA REFINERY COMPLEX
#PANCHPATMALI BAUXITE MINES
NALCO is Asia's largest and world's seventh largest producer of Aluminium. Panchpatmali mines is a fully mechanised open-cast mine which feeds bauxite ore to the alumina refinery complex located on the foothills.
You need to get a pass in order to go inside the alumina plant where bauxite is being processed to yield alumina powder. Mines is 25 kms from the township. Along the conveyor belt you travel, enjoying the picturesque beauty, to the mines.