The Odisha govt on Monday accorded tourist destination status to three new places of the state. They are Eram in Bhadrak district, Tugugudia in Balasore district and Mangala Pitha at Kanas in Puri district.
With this, the total number of tourist destinations in the state has now gone up to 344.
Eram also known as the place of sacrifice in Odisha, is located 16 km from Basudebpur of Bhadrak district. During the time of Quit India Movement, this field of Eram was frequently used by freedom fighters for public meetings and agitations against foreign rulers.
Tugugudia in Balsore district and Mangala Peeth in Puri district are places of religious interest.
Of the 344 tourists destinations in Odisha – 13 are in Angul, 8 in Bolangir, 22 in Baleswar, 10 in Bargarh, 9 in Bhadrak, 3 in Boudh, 25 in Cuttack, 2 in Deogarh, 10 in Dhenkanal, 5 in Gajapati, 22 in Ganjam, 6 in Jagatsinghpur, 19 in Jajpur, 5 in Jharsuguda, 17 in Kalahandi, 6 in Kandhamal, 11 in Kendrapara, 16 in Keonjhar, 20 in Khordha, 13 in Koraput, 6 in Malkangiri, 16 in Mayurbhanj, 7 in Nuapada, 5 in Nabarangpur, 14 in Nayagarh, 21 in Puri, 7 in Rayagada, 7 in Sambalpur, 6 in Subarnapur (Sonepur) and 13 in Sundargarh district.