Baripada is a town and a municipality in Mayurbhanj district in the state of Odisha, India. Located along the east bank of the Budhabalanga river, Baripada is the cultural center of North Odisha and also hosts a large population of Santhals and other ethnic groups.
Baripada's antiquity is unknown till it finds a mention as Burpuddah by Major James Rennell of the East India Company in his famous Atlas of 1779. The origins of the name are doubtful but it appears to be derived from the Bauri ethnic group that originally inhabited this area.
At a distance of 256km from Bhubaneshwar, Baripada is recognized for its culture disparity and ecological abundance. Alike Lord Jagannath Rath Yatra at Puri, Baripada also conducts an annual sojourn of the divine trinity (Jagannath, Subhadra, Balabhadra) which is considered the biggest and oldest after Puri and thus is also known as Dwitiya Srikhetra (Second Puri).
Talking of its abundant natural heritage, it is the gateway to the richest biodiverse sanctuary, Similipal which has a tiger reserve, sparkling waterfalls, numerous species of animals and birds, Semul or red silk cotton trees and countless other things to leave you awestruck.
And while you are here, you cannot miss out the occasion to witness the local Chhau dance, which is performed by young boys in ladies’ costume, performing some gravity defining steps. Baripada is also famous for its Bangripori "tusser" fabric, that can be found anywhere in its local markets.