Dhenkanal is 60 km away from Cuttack and 90 km from Bhubaneswar. It is believed that the Dhenkanal District owes its name to a Savara chief named ‘DHENKA’ who formerly ruled over in this tract. Dhenkanal has a vast area covered with dense forests and hills. It is an old town consisting of religious Centres like Balabhadara, Sambhugopal and Raghunath temple. Goddess Gajalaxmi Puja has observed here. Every year this festival begins from Kumar Purnima and continues for eleven days. A large number of people gather here to enjoy the function.

The Dhenkanal covers an area of 4452 sq. Km. As per the 2011 census. The total population of the district are 11,92,811. The total male population as 6,12,593 and female population as 5,80,212. The Dhenkanal District has three subdivisions, 1208 Villages, 212 Gram Panchayats, 08 Tahasils and 05 Blocks, 1 Municipality, 1 N.A.C, 4 Assembly Constituency, and 15 Police stations are there in the Dhenkanal District.

Chandrashekhar Temple Mahadev temple is situated on the top of the hill called Kapilash hill and 25 km from Dhenkanal Town. The hill is about 1500 feet high from the ground. The hill is surrounded by dense forest and overlooks the river Mahanadi of Cuttack city. Lord Chandrasekhar is 600 feet. Besides, Deer Park and Science Park are two other attractions of this place. Kapilash Hill is one of the best tourist places in Dhenkanal

It is a famous place Mahima Swami of Mahima Dhama. There is a temple of Mahima Swami called Samadhi Pitha of 96 feet high. Mahima Swami was the Profounder of Mahima Dharma Besides, Surrounding consist of Sunyamandir, Gadi Mandir and Dhuni Mandir. Joranda mahima gadi is a tourist places near Kapilash temple

Saptasajya hill range is situated 11 km away to the southwest of Dhenkanal town. On the top of the hill, a place is known as the seat of the Saptashis(Seven sages).which seems to be heaven. As per the ancient legendary lord, Rama has spent some days and Pandavas of Mahabharat also spent some days at their Ajyanta Barnabas. Saptasajya is one of the Best tourist places in Dhenkanal District.

Dhenkanal Palace is situated 75 km northwest of the state capital of Bhubaneswar. A large complex of apartments, courts and gardens nestled against the gradual slope of the Garhjat Hills of the Eastern Ghats in Odisha. The Palace, built during the latter part of the 19th century on the site of the fort that witnessed a long-drawn siege and war by the Marathas, led by Chemnaji Bhonsle, is the residence of the Raja of Dhenkanal and his Family. Dhenkanal Royal palace is a tourist attraction in Dhenkanal District.

Saranga is situated 67 km from Dhenkanal 27 km from Angul and 8 km from Talcher. One finds the Anantasayi image of lord Vishnu on the rocky bed of river Brahmani. The serpent king spread over the head of Lord Vishnu as the crown and cover. The primal lotus, housing Brahma the creator. Saranga is a Picnic spot in Dhenkanal District.

Dandadhar Reservoir is situated at a distance 30 km from Kamakshyanagar, 67 km from Dhenkanal. It is sie of an irrigation project on the river Ramial an ideal place for an outing. The sight of the blue expanse of sparkling water caged in the sunbathed valley will fill the cup of your delight to the Brim. one of the best picnic spots with awesome nature view. Dandhadhar Dam is the Best Picnic spot and tourist place near Dhenkanal.

Kualo is 72 km from Dhenkanal, 45 km from Angul and 25 km from Talcher town, Kualo is famous for housing a plethora of temples dedicated to Lord Kanakeswar, Baidyanath, Paschimeswar, Balunkeswar and Kapileswar. In its ruined form, the temple of Kanakeswar is about 24 meters high. Kualo Astashambhu temple is famous temple in Dhenkanal District.

Sri Radha Krishna Temple at Jadupati Vihar, Deulasahi, Dhenkanal. The beautiful temple Constructed and maintained by the Gopal Samaj. The temple is just fifty metres away from the Dhenkanal Bhapur road. Every year Laudi Jatra is celebrated here on Satadola. Gopal’s from different areas with their Laudi participate. There is a great procession in the town. Radhakrishna Mandir is a Famous temple in Dhenkanal District.

The Palace is situated 5 km away from Dhenkanal town. It is An Old Palace in Dhenkanal with lots of history & myth. Raja Sri Sura Pratap Singh Deo Mahindra Bahadur’s eldest son, Prince Shankar Pratap, became Raja in the year 1926. He was young and still studying. Subsequently, he went to England to study Bar at Law. 

The Saptasajya Wildlife Sanctuary (alternatively, Saptasajya Reserve Forest) is a relatively small protected forest reserve of 20 km2 (8 sq mi) in the Chota Nagpur Plateau region. It is a mixed deciduous forest dominated by the Sal tree. It got officially recognized as a sanctuary in 1970. The fauna mainly consists of wild goats, buffaloes, cows, leopard and a variety of birds.

Naganatheswar temple is 20 km from Dhenkanal. Naganatheswar temple belongs to Naganatheswar Shiva. It is the most ancient Shiva temple and was built during the reign of the Keshari dynasty. It is one of the 12 Yotir Lingas. One of the Yotir Linga is in the Daruka Vana or Neem forest. is a Famous temple in Dhenkanal District. Naganatheswar Mandir is a famous temple in Dhenkanal District.

Sapteshwar Mahadev Temple is situated in Saptasajya Hills. It is 13 km away from Dhenkanal town. Lord Shiva is worshipped at the Mahadev Temple in Sapteshwar. The temple was built by Harihara baba in 1964. Apart from Lord Shiva, Maa Annapurna, Kalki Narayan, Prabhu Nursing, Hanuman, Navagraha are worshipped in this temple. Sapteshwar Mahadev Temple is one of the tourist places in Dhenkanal.

Sapua dam is situated in Hindol Block. It is 6 km from Rasol and 46 km from Dhenkanal town. It is a medium irrigation project that is used for farming completed in the year 2006. The dam was commissioned in 2006. The purpose of the reservoir is to store water for irrigation. The reservoir is surrounded by dense sal forests, which attract tourists. This dam is known as a SAPUA because its bridge looks like a snake. Sapua Dam is a popular picnic spot in Dhenkanal District.

Nandinia Waterfall is located 5 km from Hindol and is about 56 km from Dhenkanal town. The waterfall falls after walking about 2-3 km on a mountain road. Worship of Lord Jagannath, Balabhadra, and Goddess Subhadra in a cave near Nandin waterfall. The waterfall is surrounding by the dense and thick forest attract thousands of visitors. Nandinia falls is a popular picnic spot in Dhenkanal District.

Tapoban Mahima Ashram is situated on top of the Kapilash hill and is about 20 km away from Dhenkanal town. This place is devoted to Mahima dharma. The ashram falls after walking about 4-5 km up the mountain road. The Tapoban Mela is celebrated for two days at this wonderful ashram. Public prayers, sacrifices and religious speeches are held at the Tapoban Mahima Ashram. Tapoban hill station is a top tourist attraction place in Dhenkanal District.