Dhenkanal is 60 km distance 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 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 Gajalakshmi Puja is famous for Dhenkanal. 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 distance from Dhenkanal Town. The hill is about 1500 feet high from the ground. The hill is surrounding by dense forest and overlooking the river Mahanadi of Cuttack city. Lord Chandrasekhar is 600 feet and belongs to the 14 century AD. Shivratri is the main festival of Kapilash large number of pilgrims gathers here on the day occasion. Besides, Deer Park and Science Park are two other attractions of this place. Kapilash Hill is one of the best tourist places in Dhenkanal

Mahima Sunya Mandir is situated at Joranda and a distanse of 24 km away from Dhenkanal and 85 km from Cuttack. There is a temple of Mahima Swami called Samadhi Pitha of 96 feet high. Mahima Swami was the Profounder of Mahima Dharma Besides, Surrounding consists of Sunyamandir, Gadi Mandir and Dhuni Mandir. In the memory of Mahima Swami, a fair is held here every year on the day of Magha Purnima called Agniutsav. Lakhs of people with followers of Mahima dharma gathers here to enjoy the function. Joranda Mahima Sunya Mandir is a best tourist places in Dhenkanal.

Saptasajya is located On the top of the hill. It is a place is known as the seat of the Saptashis(Seven sages), which seems to be heaven. The hill range is 11 km away to the southwest of Dhenkanal town. As per the ancient legendary lord, Rama has spent some days, and Pandavas of Mahabharat also spent some days at their Ajyanta Barnabas. Saptasajya Hill is a popular picnic spot in Dhenkanal. The natural beauty of the hills and the dense forest attracts many tourists during the winter. Saptasajya hill station can be seen many small and largest waterfall. Saptasajya hill station is a popular tourist attractions places in Dhenkanal

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.

Anantasayana Lord Vishnu is situated Saranga at bank River Brahmani. It is 67 km from Dhenkanal and 8 km from Talcher. 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. Originates from Vishnu’s naval Vishnu, the supreme being enjoyed the deep delight of his cosmic sleep in the waters of the Brahmani river. Saranga Anantashayana Vishnu is a famous tourist places in Dhenkanal.

Dandadhar Reservoir is located 30 km away from Kamakshyanagar and 67 km from Dhenkanal. The Dandadhar Dam is an irrigation project constructed on the Ramial River. The sight of the blue expanse of sparkling water in the Sunshine Valley attracts tourists to come here. The Reservoir surrounded by small mountains and green forests. The Beautiful natural atmosphere attracts the visiter and picnic rush the spot during winter. Dandadhar dam is the best tourist places and Picnic Spot in Dhenkanal. 

Astashambhu Temple is situated at Kualo. It is 72 km distance from Dhenkanal. Lord Shiva presiding deity of these temples. Lord Kanakeswar, Baidyanath, Paschimeswar, Balunkeswar and Lord Kapileswar is worshipped in Astashambhu Temple. Locals say the Ashtashambhu temple is a 1,000-year-old temple. Mahashivratri is the main festival of the temple, and a large number of devotees come to celebrate the festival with much fanfare. Kualo Astashambhu Temple is one of the famous Shaiva Temple in Odisha.

Radha Krishna Temple is located at Jadupati Vihar and is 2 km away from Dhenkanal Town. Lord Krishna and Radha are worshipped in this temple. The Lodi Yatra is the main festival of the temple is mainly celebrated by the Gopal community. The beautiful temple Constructed and maintained by the Gopal Samaj. The statues of Lord Krishna and Radha are attractive for this temple, which devotees come from far and wide to see. Radha Krishna Mandir is one of the tourist places in Dhenkanal.

The Jatan Nagar Palace is located at a distance of 5 km from Dhenkanal town. It is An Old Palace in Dhenkanal with lots of history & myth. While Raja Sri Shankar Pratap Singh Deo Mahindra Bahadur was in England, his younger brother, Pattaya Nrusingha Pratap Singh Deo was ruling over Dhenkanal. He built his 100-room palace at Jatan Nagar. The name of the palace is based on the name of Queen Jatna Devi. This palace is situated on a small hill and dense forest. Visitors and tourists enjoy the quietness and undisturbed atmosphere of this beautiful palace.

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 best tourist places in Dhenkanal.

Sapua dam is situated in Hindol Block. It is 6 km distance 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. The place is extremely valued for its scenic beauty attracts people for a weekend picnic in winter. Sapua project dam is one of the popular tourist places in Dhenkanal.

Nandinia Waterfall is located at a distance of 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. The beautiful natural environment and the wondrous sound of the waterfall attract the visiter during winter. The Nandinia waterfall is one of the best Attractions tourist places in Dhenkanal.

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 best places to visit in Dhenkanal District.

The Dadaraghati Dam is located within the Kamakhya Forest Range and is about 25 km from Talcher and 75 km from the town of Dhenkanal. It is a medium irrigation project built for water conservation. The Reservoir is surrounded by hills and forests. It is a good place for a weekend picnic in the winter season. There is a Dadaraghati picnic spot just 1 km from the dam where tourists come for a picnic. Winter is the perfect time to travel. Dadaraghati dam is a popular tourist attraction and Picnic Spot in Dhenkanal, Odisha.