Preview of Odisha
Once inhabited by the Odra tribes worshiping the sun, today Odisha is best known for its ancient architectural wonders.
With 62 tribal villages constituting micro-cultural centers and more than 600 temples in the sole capital of Bhubaneswar, activities in Odisha can certainly exceed our expectations.
In line with changing travel trends, Odisha is a state that also opens opportunities for adventure tourism. The India Surf Festival held on the beach of Ramachandi in Odisha has been turning heads for a few years now.
Discover interesting activities in Odisha, which are really revelations.
1. Visit the secret surf center on the east coast at Ramchandi Beach
This festival was launched in 2012 by a group of surf enthusiasts who wanted to make this silent coast of the east coast the new hub of surf yogis, as they call themselves. Since then, the India Surf Festival is held every year on the beach of Ramachandi, near Konark. The festival includes a superb selection of artists from around the world, open surfing events, skateboard competitions, beginner paddling, food and photography, making it a must-see spot on the map of India .
2. Watch dolphins and bird watching at Lake Chilika
The quiet town of Satapada is about 48 km from Puri Beach and its tourist chaos. National Highway 203A connects Satapada to Puri. This is where Chilika Lake flows into the sea. Boating and dolphin watching at Lake Chilika are great activities. You can also see migratory birds, such as northern pintail, duck and shovel arriving every year near this brackish lake during the winters.
3. Visit the largest Olive Ridley sea turtle nesting sites
The Olive Ridley Sea Turtles have their largest nesting site near the mouth of the Rushikulya River. Travelers and photographers head to this silent spot near the sea to see turtles during the nesting season as baby turtles move towards the sea.
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4. Go to the less known and unspoiled Chandrabhaga Beach
The beaches of Odisha do not look like those of India. Chandrabhaga Beach is 37 km from Puri and just 3 km from Konark Temple. Pilgrims from nearby towns and villages flock to this beach on the seventh day of Magha (according to the Hindu calendar) to offer their prayers to the sun god. This beach with a lighthouse is one of the most serene places on the east coast, especially recommended for photography lovers.
5. Take a boat trip in the mangroves of Bhitarkanika
For wildlife enthusiasts who visit this state, the Bhitarkanika National Park is a quirky paradise that can be explored via a boat ride. The vast area of 672 square kilometers surrounding the Bhitarkanika mangroves was declared a national park in 1998. The saltwater crocodile, the water monitor, the lizard and the king cobra are among the species to watch in this region rich in biodiversity.
6. Head to the quiet beach of Chandipur
Chandipur Beach is another of the lesser-known beaches on the east coast of Odisha. The site can be reached by traveling to Baleshwar by road or rail. It is dangerous to visit the beach at high tide, so plan your visit well. The Devkund, Panchalinegeswar and Khirachora waterfalls are some of the other nearby Chandipur Beach attractions that together make it a great place to spend a weekend.
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7. Enjoy the experience of the princely family in Kila Dalijoda
Kila Dalijoda was a hunting lodge of an Indian king of the Rajputs’ Pramar clan. Today, the hosts have transformed the property into a heritage family home. They organize visits to tribal villages around the Munda tribal houses in the area. Temples tours, nature walks, angling and bird watching are other activities that make this homestay an unusual experience in this untouched corner of India. Cuttack is the nearest train station to reach the property.
8. Learn the art of Pattachitra in the heritage village of Raghurajpur
In 2000, Raghurajpur was recognized for the first time as the first heritage craft village of Odisha. The village is located in Puri District and is known around the world for resident artisans who master the art of Pattachitra, which are miniature paintings on fabric or palm leaves. The 120 families of the small village are dedicated to this ancient profession. In addition to traditional paintings, weights such as paper weights, tablets, masks, papier mache and toys are beautifully designed by the inhabitants of this village.
9. Explore the ancient Jain Caves of Khandgiri
The ancient caves of Khandgiri and Udaygiri are among the finest examples of rock-cut architecture in ancient India. These caves served as residential blocks for the Jain monks during the reign of King Kharavela. The Jain temples of Bhubhaneshwar are one hour away from these caves and are another excellent example for studying the ancient architecture of India.
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10. Observe local crafts in the village of Pipili
About 40 km from Puri, the inhabitants of the village of Pipili master the French craft technique called Appliqué. The colored fabric is cut and sewn on a basic fabric, creating an incredible art on the fabric.