) is a city and a municipality in Mayurbhanj district in the state of Odisha, India. It is a place to stay and tour the Mayurbhanj region.
The 5th Battalion of OSAP (Odisha State Armed Police) is at Rangamatia. The ruins of the temples and palaces built then can be found at Haripur about 16 km southeast of Baripada. It has Maharaja Purnachandra Junior and Autonomous college for providing intermediate, graduate and postgraduate level academics in disciplines ranging from Science to Arts and many specializations.Among the ruins, the Rasikaraya temple and the Durbar hall of the Bhanja kings are the most significant and visited by tourists. One of the other schools include Maharani Premakumari Girls High school at Lalbazar that is exclusively for girls secondary and higher secondary education.During the Makar festival during January, thousands of people gather here to take a holy dip.It is best known for the shrine of 'Kakharua Baidyanath' (Temple of Lord Shiva).Baripada hosts the second most popular Rath Yatra of Odisha after Puri.
Baripada is the home of the Mayurbhanj Chhau dance, an ancient martial dance form. The other schools are Maharishi Public School, Sarat Chandra Vidyapitha, Policeline High School, Bhanjpur High School, Bhanjpur Girls' High School.
Regarding road transport, luxury A/C buses are a popular means of transportation between the cities. Similipal National Park is an elephant and tiger reserve only 30 km from Baripada. Many famous stars of Ollywood (Oriya film industry) are from Baripada.
There is connectivity to Bhubaneswar, Puri, Sambalpur, Jharsuguda, Rourkela, Keonjhar, Balasore, Angul, Bolangir, Bhadrak, Cuttack, Jamshedpur, Kharagpur, Ranchi and Kolkata from here. Baripada is famous for the Chhau dance form, famous all over the world.
The Collectorate Building, Maharaja Krushnachandra High School and the Maharaja Purnachandra College in Baripada are also great examples of Bhanja architecture. The engineering college named Seemanta Engineering College, affiliated to BPUT is near Jharpokharia which is 35 km from Baripada. Ed College, Ayurvedic College and Homeopathy colleges are in Baripada. Baripada railway station was one of the earliest stations in Odisha.
Baripada is at Baripada is the seat for North Orissa University at Takatpur. Diganta Vikas Residential School Baripada is situated in 21 Bijayramchandra Pur only 200 meters to the east of the NH- 18 connecting Murgabadi & Darogadahi Golei. The ruler of Mayurbhanj, Maharaja Krushna Chandra Bhanjdeo, connected Baripada by a narrow-gauge rail network to the Howrah-Chennai railway corridor.
This is a habitat for tropical birds and animals like elephants, tigers, leopards, sambar, and deer.