Gunupur(Odia: ଗୁଣୁପୁର) (Telugu: గుణుపూర్) is a sub-divisional headquarter of Rayagada district in the Indian state of Odisha. It is the second biggest town in Rayagada district.
According to "LINGA PURAN", Bhimasankar temple in Bhimpur around 30 km from Gunupur is one of the Jyotirling, situated at the western part of the holy Mahendragiri mountains and at the river bank of Mahendratanaya (which is also believed as the Daakini area by many historian), was excavated in the year 1974, having quadrangular Shakti around the Linga and decorated by a Upavita as per the puran.
Tourist Attractions and Picnic Spots:
Gunupur and its vicinity have of many charms, is a thrill to the searching eyes. It has the facilities to serve as a base for visiting the nearby place of interest.
- Badanala Dam – The only one water reservoir in the Rayagada district with Hydro electric capability .It is a famous leisure and picnic spot. You can also do fishing and traditional boat ride for recreation here. It is about 35 km from Gunupur on SH17.
- Pradhaniguda, Turkaniguda and Penguda locality which is having ancient temples sounded by greenery in the bank of Bansadhara River is an old traditional picnic spot. It is about 5 km from Gunupur.
- Pulugumi is a small water fall with dense Green habitation, it is a regular picnic spot for gunupur students and young masses. It is about 10 km from Gunupur by SH04.
- Lord Jagannath and Gundicha Temple locality at Old-Gunupur, near to the Vidyaniketan Public School is a good peaceful picnic spot for all the age groups. It is surrounded with dense cashew and mango plantation with a small waterfall .It is only about 2 km from Gunupur Bus stand.
- Minajhola is only 70 km from Gunupur. It is a beauty spot of nature, has a siva temple at the confluence of three rivers. It is situated in the heart of dense forest, rich in wildlife. Sivaratri is a popular festival of this place. Though there is no good all-weather road yet, the place is worth visiting. Regular bus service is available from Rayagada and Gunupur up to Gudari. The rest 25 km road is Jeepable.
- Padmapur houses the shrine of Manikeswari Siva. It is identified to be the seat of Dharmakirti, the Budhist-Logician-philosopher. It is a 7th-century temple. In one of the temple something is written in some strange language (Pali) and the temple is built using only seven stones.It is 20 km from Gunupur.
- Chatikona is located about 60 km from Gunupur surrounded by a series of valleys and wooded hills of varying colours and the place is a center of pilgrimage for the temple of Mahadev. It offers picnickers gorgeous view of the waterfall. The Siva temple is the focus of hectic activities on Siva Ratri. The Dongaria Kondha of Chatikona represent the primitive section of the tribe.
- Maa Markama Temple is located at Bissam Cuttack, 70 km from Gunupur. The temple got a new look and surrounded by lush green forest. Many people visit from near and far especially on Tuesdays. The town college has also been named after Goddess Markama.
- Maa Majhighariani Temple is famous in Southern Division of Odisha and Andhra Pradesh. Most of the devotees come from Madhyapradesh Chhatishgarh, Andhrapradesh including undivided Koraput District. During Sunday, Wednesday and Friday a large number of devotees come to worship the Maa MajhiGhariani . The temple is famous for Chaitra-Parba, i.e., March–April of every year.
- Laxminarayan temple is at IMFA Factory, Therubali. The deities Laxminarayan, Hanuman, Lord Jagannath, Balabhadra and Subhadra and Lord Siva are worshiped by thousands devotees. is located about 80 km from Gunupur
- RAYGADA KORAPUT RAILWAY LINE: the distance form Rayagada to Koraput is about 176 km this route is full of adventure since there 36 tunnels and about 250 bridges fall in this route. this route is like konkan railway route and one can see animals while this journey. the koraput distinct is situated at the height of 870 meter from the sea level.