Keonjhar is an idyllic retreat for tourists who wish to explore the beauty of unspoiled virgin lands. It was once a princely state it was ruled by a number of rulers, before it became a part of Orissa. The major attractions in Keonjhar are the magnificent landscapes and the beautiful waterfalls around the town. Terraced valleys and forested land provide shelter to the tribal folk who give the visitors a glimpse of Orissa's rich past in their simple lifestyles and exotic festivities.
The early History of Keonjhar Orissa still remains a bit vague. It is believed that Keonjhar was a part of the old Khijjinga territory with headquarters at Khijjinga Kota. This was identified with modern Khiching. Later on under the rule of Jyoti Bhanja in the first half of the 12th century A.D. it became a separate state.
During the latter half of the 15th century, the Southern half was occupied by King Govinda Bhanja. During his rule Keonjhar in Orissa extended from Singbhum in the North to Sukinda in the South. In the east it extended from Mayurbhanj in the East to the borders of the States of Bonai, Pallahara and Anugul in the West.
The nearest airport to Keonjhar is Biju Patnaik Airport situated at Bhubaneswar
The nearest railhead to Keonjhar is J K Road (114 Km)
Keonjhar is well connected with Bhubaneswar, Ranchi and Kolkata by Bus services
Shopping in Keonjhar Orissa are perfect for the connoisseurs of art. The Bazaars in Keonjhar sell exquisite artifacts of metal work. The metal smiths of Keonjhar are well known for their metal work. The shiny bell metal is quite popular in Orissa. So you can directly buy these metal work items from the artisans. The Dhokra metal castings are also available here. This is a tribal craft work. Made out of bronze in lost wax casting method, this is available in the shops of Keonjhar Orissa.