Onakona Temple

Travel Road Trips car highway temple Lake  Santanu Misra / February 22, 2021
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Somewhere sometime Pamela wrote down two places to explore in Chhattisgarh which were not that well known. And one of them was Onakona. She being from there, it intrigued us with the beutiful pictures. After a week in Durg we were looking for a small break, the week was hectic and top of it the whole Diwali weekend was super busy as domestic helps were on vacation for days.


Onakona Temple

Onakona Temple

Once we checked on the the map, looked like Onakona (Dhamtari District) can be covered in a half day from Durg. There are few big dams in the vicinity the most famus one is Gangrel Reservoir on the bank of Mahanadi river. The place is south of Raipur on the main highway(NH 30) connecting Raipur and Jagdalpur. As we started from Durg we went via Balod Raod (State Highway 7). The road condition in Chhattisgarh is excellent. We crossed small villages full of paddyfields and ponds. The roads were little empty as most people were celebrating Diwali at home.

As soon as we crossed the toll plaza on NH30 we had to take a diversion on untarred road. The last 5 KM road was a trail road, just near the temple the Karrejhar villagers collect fees for entry. The road is a narrow lane, with houses on both side. There is only space for one car to pass at a time.

We were lucky to get a decent parking, as there were not many.

Two temples are being constructed on the banks of the dam, the main one temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. This mahakal temple has old architectural style but this temple is not a old one. We saw many common birds also around the lake. There were few fisherman fishing with nets in the distance.

We got to witnes amazing sunset and colors of the winter sky while returning. A half day trip really worth.

If you are exploring Chhattisgarh around Gangrel Dam, there are many other options which include night stay and water sport activites.



This is the longest drive we did so far and truly this was a memorable one with 1300+ KM. The planning for the trip started almost a month back. It involved looking at Google maps multiple times and talking to few friends who are roadies. We knew the road till Hyderabad would be good as we been on this highway almost 2 years back. Beyond Hyderabad was a complete unknown. Also posted my naïve query to TEAM-BHP.

2½ months at in-laws' place just went like that, my longest stay away from home. Just realised yesterday when discussing with my son that I did not even stay that long at my parent’s home. Yes it is a blessing in this difficult time. As many of you know my MIL had a bad fall during lockdown and had to go through major operation. We could not arrange a travel pass at that time so when the opportunity came we decided to come to Durg/Bhilai around November 1st week and stay as much we can.

The first thing I did after getting up early was cleaning the rented car which was by now full of dusts for yesterday driving around Majuli. After some time Pamela and Aarush work up and we got ready to leave Majuli and head out. We had a quick breakfast and said bye to Mr. Ranjit. He suggested we take a different route as we are suppose to cross mighty Brahmaputra and reach North bank.

Morning at Deka Cheng We went for a morning stroll along the stream that is just in front of Deka Cheng. After coming back about an hour, we had to wait patiently for breakfast as service was super BAD. As mentioned earlier while there was only other guest who is supposed to be a big Government Babu the whole attention of the whole staff was with him only. At the end we felt so frustrated that we gave our peace of mind to the so-called property manager.