Panchulingeshwar, 15 minutes’ walk from Roopark, named after the five 'LINGAS' of Shiva that are enshrined in the temple is located on top of a hillock near the Nilagiri hills. The lingams are said to have been enshrined by Sita, the consort of Lord Rama during the period of their exile while another story holds that it was King Banasura himself who installed the lingams at this place given the tranquillity and captivating beauty of the place.
Another calm and scenic place of interest lies nearby called Khumkut. A small lake surrounded by dense forest and green hills. Hundreds of years ago the King of this land maharaja Krishnachandra Mardaraja built one Watch tower in the middle of the lake, protruding out of the water. It is said that, his majesty was a sharp hunter of games and this was recognized by British also. This three storied tower is an evidence of architectural excellence and royal history. This beautiful landscape surrounded by few tribal villages carries the legacy of the forgotten kingdom and still reflect the glorious past with haunting! The dusk comes with a lot of wild life coming to the lake for water and their silent presence will surely take you to the mysterious past as the twilight plays the hunting party leaving goose bumps on you.
Kuldiha Forest is situated in the Balasore district of Odisha, India. The sanctuary is spread across 272.75 km2 in the Chota Nagpur Plateau region. It is linked with Simlipal National Park via the Sukhupada and Nato hill ranges. It is classified as an Eastern Highlands moist deciduous forests eco-region. Various animals inhabit the forest, including Tiger, Leopard, Elephant, Gaur, Sambar, Giant Squirrel, Hill Myna, Peafowl, Hornbills, other migratory birds and reptiles.
According to local tradition Nilgiri state was founded in 1125 by a mythical ancestor coming from the Chhota Nagpur region. In 1525 Raja Narayan Singh distinguished himself by his service to Emperor Akbar in the battles against Afghan invaders. Between 1611 and 1797 there were seven successive rulers.