The historical Orissa state is located amidst lush green Eastern Ghats, while the other side is bordered by Chhattisgarh, Andhra Pradesh, West Bengal and Jharkhand. Orissa flaunts beautiful palm-fringed beaches, serpentine rivers, shimmering lakes, heavenly waterfalls, forest-clad hills of Eastern Ghats, which houses rich flora and fauna. All these and more do not fail to impress and attract thousands of tourists from across the world.
Orissa has gained because of its fairs, stunning stone carving, festivals, applique work, silver filigree, exquisite handicrafts, and lovely textiles. This state is dotted with several architecturally celebrated temples, historical monuments and sacred shrines. Without any doubt Orissa is one of the most hidden and rich cultural landscapes in India.
Orissa is the land of quintessential charm. It has gained its position to be one the most popular tourist destinations in the country. The best time to visit Orissa is between October and March, thanks owing to its amazing weather conditions.
Popular tourists attractions in Orissa, which should be included in your must-visit list includes Puri Rath Yatra, Nandankanan Zoological Park, Chilika Lake, Orissa State Museum, Qadam-I-Rasool, Konark Sun Temple, Puri Beach, Barabati Fort, Jagannath Temple, Lingaraj Temple, Mukteswara Temple, Khandagiri and Udaigiri Caves. Popular travel destinations in Orissa are Puri, Bhubneshwar, Konark, Dhavaleshwar, Ratnagiri, Chilka Lake and Gopalpur on Sea.
Check out the must-visit tourist attractions in Orissa.
Konark Sun Temple
The Konark Sun temple was designed as a chariot for the Sun God Surya. Built in the 13th century, the temple is 30 meters high and is placed on 12 massive wheels. One of the renowned features of the temple is the erotic carvings, which look quite similar to the ones on the Khajuraho temple. If you are fan of classical music and dance you should not miss the Konark Festival.
Bhubaneshwar is the capital city of Orissa and is famous for its temples. You will be shocked to know that there are more than 700 temples, mostly devoted to Lord Shiva. The largest temple of Shiva, the Lingraj Mandir is located in this state. Udayagiri & Khandagiri Caves are a motley collection of caves located on the outskirts of the city is a popular attraction as well. These caves are believed to once home Jain aesthetics. If you have interest in natural medicine, then the Ekamravan garden is the place to be. You can also visit the Nandankanan Sanctuary and spot the white tigers.
Located on the beach, Puri is by no ways a beach paradise. You will have to travel far away from the centre for finding an unpolluted patch of sand. The real appeal of Puri lies in its holiness. You can visit the imposing Jagannath Temple; however it is open only to the Hindus. You can enjoy decent views of the city offered by the roof of the Raghunandan Library.
Raghurajpur Handicrafts Village
Located on the banks of Bhargavi River, Raghurajpur is an attractive Indian village, where every household is involved in handicrafts. The village boosts almost 100 households and 300 artisans. You can simply stroll around the village and admire the lovely murals painted on the houses. Pattachitra painting is the specialty of the village artisan, but they also make various items like palm leaf engravings, stone and wood carvings, and wooden toys.
If you enjoy spending time amongst nature, you must take a trip to Chilka Lake. The lake is the Asia’s largest brackish water body and spans around 1,000 sq. kms. The region is populated with wildlife, particularly by fish and migratory birds. If you are lucky you can even spot the dolphins! The Lake also has a number of islands. You can opt for one of the eco-friendly Chilka Lake camping trips or the bird watching cruises.
Turtles at Chandipur Beach
A line of Casuarina trees, amazing sand dunes, and huge tides together make Chandipur Beach extremely special. This place offers a complete tranquil beach getaway experience. The beach is very safe and can be easily reached by train from Bhubaneshwar and Kolkata. Don’t forget walking on the sea beds while the tides are out. You will discover small water puddles with tiny fishes, sea shells, and even crabs.
So when are you planning your trip to Orrisa?