Kapilash is called the Kailash of Orissa. The getaway is located near the headquarters of Dhenkanal district, also called Dhenkanal. The region was once part of the ancient capital of Keshari kingdom and known as Chowduar (four doors).

The gateway to Kapilash is 26 km away from Dhenkanal town. Surrounded on all sides by the Eastern Ghats, Kapilash is quite picturesque. There is an abundance of sal, segun, kendu, jarul and mohua apart from many other plants. The fauna consists mainly of monkeys, jungle cats, peacocks and squirrels. The dense forests and the presence of wild animals draws many nature-lovers to this area.

The people of the region believe that Kapilash is the abode of Lord Chandrasekhar or Shiva. There is a popular temple atop the hill. This is surrounded by a cluster of other shrines and a medieval fort. Nearly 2,000 steps lead to the main temple. There is also a serpentine motorable road.

The temples of Narayana and Viswanath on the hilltop are also popular places of pilgrimage. Some distance away is a ridge on which stands the relics of a ruined fort and a few ancient caves.A stay at the tourism department bungalow will help you recharge your batteries. The surroundings are serene and free of pollution. The lush green vista and oxygen-rich air are guaranteed to provide a welcome diversion from city life.

Having said that, Kapilash is not really a place for those looking for adventure. Lie back and laze around for as long as you can. A leisurely walk is the most strenuous activity you can possibly undertake here.

There is a trail to explore, though. It leads through the jungle around the bungalow to a spring. Its water is believed to be a cure for many a disease.

Saptasajya is another charming spot, 11 km from Dhenkanal. Visit the temples of Saptarshi and Raghunath there. Legend has it that the Pandavas had taken shelter here while in hiding.

The abode of Shiva comes alive during the most important festival of the region, Shivratri. Thousands of pilgrims gather here from various parts of the state. Some come from as far off as Cuttack. Devotees carry the water of the Mahanadi in earthen vessels on their shoulders. They trek barefoot to the hilltop before pouring the water on the Shivling. The fair held to celebrate the occasion continues for three days.

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