It is located on the banks of the river Daya, 8 km south ofBhubaneswarinOdisha(India). It is a hill with vast open space adjoining it, and has major rock edicts of Asoka engraved on a mass of rock, by the side of the road leading to the summit of the hill. Dhauli hill is presumed to be the area where Kalinga War was fought.
On the top of the hill, a dazzling white peace pagoda has been built byJapanBuddha Sangha and the Kalinga Nippon Buddha Sangha in the 1970s. The nearby region also houses Ashokan edicts and possibly a stupa at Bhaskareshwar temple at Tankapani road as argued by scholars. The Dhaulagiri hill also has an ancient Shiva temple which is the place for mass gathering during Sivaratri celebrations.
Udayagiri and Khandagiri Hills:
The twin hills of Udayagiri (Kumarigiri or Sunrise Hill') and Khandagiri (Kumaragiri or broken hills) facing each other across the road. The 135 feet high Udaygiri having 18 caves and 118 feet high Khandagiriwith 15 caves are reminiscent of influence of Buddhism and Jainism in Odisha that reveal the sculptural art of the 2nd century BC. The major attractions of these caves are their wonderful carvings adorned with stone sculptures and most of them are named according to the carvings on the walls. A flight of steps and an ancient ramp rising gradually from the foot of the hill paves the access towards these caves.
Sikharchandi hill near Chandaka Industrial Estate is famous for its deity Sikharchandi, will be converted into a major tourist hub and recreation centre, is a very beautiful place and an ideal picnic spot here in the capital city.
Deuliapatna Hill is on the south of the city. It is a part of the Chandaka forest. Elephants use it for their transit.
The present house of the Governor called Raj Bhawan was a hillock before 1950. It was called Bhalu khol since many bears had made their abode in the natural caves. Presently a building, gardens and a mini zoo exists on the hill.