Odisha or Orissa, the most beautiful state in south-east part of India, is famous for its rich heritage and culture. It is also known for having one of the sacred pilgrimages – Sri Jagannth Temple in Puri – the home of Lord of the Universe. Being a culturally enriching state, Odisha (Orissa) is famous for its beautiful biosphere reserves, beaches, temples, museums and other tourist places that lure a good number of tourists from across the world and persuade them to plan a trip again and again. This beautiful coastal state provides you breathtaking view of architectural wonders (in forts, palaces and temple complex) along with natural beauty in the best form. It is also famous for Asia’s second largest salt water lake – called as Chilika Lake. Some of the most charming and popular places to visit in Odisha include:
1. Bhubaneswar – The Capital City
Bhubaneswar or BBSR is one of the ancient cities in India famous for its 11th century Lingaraja Temple and various other temple complexes. It is also called as the City of Temples – luring thousands of tourists every month. Mukteswar Temple is also popular here. It has something for nature lovers that they can see in Nandankanan Zoological Park. Odisha (Orissa) State Museum is also another place to see here. The capital city of Odisha (Orissa) is also famous for luxurious hotels and its metropolitan life. Some of the key attractions that you will see here include
- Dhauli Hills, Udayagiri & Khandagiri caves
- Ratnagiri Buddhist Excavations, Bindu Sarovara, Nandan Kanan Zoological Park
- Satkosia Tiger Reserve and temples of Mukteswar
- Lingaraj, Brahmeswara, & Parasurameswara
2. Puri – the Sacred City
Puri is sacred city and one of the Char Dhams of India. It is home to Sri Jagannath Prabhu – living in famous Sri Jagannath Temple. It is also famous for Sacred Rath Yatra – organized in the month of June/July every year, when Lord Jagannath, Balbhadra and Subhadra go to explore city. Famous beach will also keep you busy. Some famous places you will see here include
- Puri Beach, Puri Beach Festival
- Puri Jagannath temple
- Chilika Lake & Bird Sanctuary and Gundicha Ghar Temple
3. Konark – The Sun Temple
Konark is famous for its Sun Temple – the UNESCO World Heritage site. It is famous for its amazing architectural beauty and Chandrabhaga Beach. It is the best place to discover the finest artwork and sculptural beauty. Konark Sun Temple is globally renowned. Archeological Museum, Temple of Sun God and Ramchandi are centre of attraction.
4. Cuttack – One of the Vintage Cities
Cuttack is an ancient city – famous for different ancient pilgrimages, forts, museums, lakes and islands. It is also famous for local handicraft. Some of the popular attractions that you will see here include Mahanadi Barrage, Fort of Barabati, Bhitarkanika Wildlife Sanctuary, Ansupa Lake, and Temples of Singanatha and Bhattarika.
5. Jeypore – the Delightful Tourist Place
Being the most charming destination, Jeypore is a heave for nature lovers – providing you amazing view of rocky outcrops, picturesque waterfalls, lush green biosphere reserves and more. Some famous attractions to explore here include Gupteshwar caves, Sunabeda, Deomali, Duduma Falls, Jagannath Sagar, Hatipathar, and Kolab Falls.
6. Paradeep – the Sea Port of India
Being a famous sea port of India, Paradeep is located at the confluences of Bay of Bengal and Mahanadi. It is a busy dockyard and famous for its beaches. Some of the main attractions you will see here include Paradip Port, Gahirmatha Sanctuary & beach, lighthouse, and Jhankad.
This wonderful small town is globally renowned for its handicraft – mainly the Applique Handicrafts. Embroidery work and colorful cloth designing lure tourists and art lovers from across the world.
8. Gopalpur on Sea – Serenity and Luxury
If you wish to explore the real sea life and beautiful Oceanic view, then head to Gopalpur. It was once the busiest port (renovation is continue). It is a paradise for sea lovers and those who want serenity.
Best Time to Visit Odisha?
Odisha is beautiful state – flourished with tourists all round the year and often lure pilgrimages and nature lovers. If talking about the best time to visit Odisha (Orissa), it is better to avoid in the months of April Last to June Mid. Weather conditions are rough and temperature level may keep you limited to your hotel room. Best Time of visit Odisha (Orissa) is from July to March – when weather conditions are in your favor and providing you the best of natural beauty and gorgeousness.
How to Reach Odisha?
It depends on the location, you want to explore. For Puri, Bhubaneswar, Konark Sun Temple and even for Gopalpur on Sea, Biju Patnyak Airport Port BBSR is the nearest one to reach by Air. You can take a taxi or bus from Airport to complete your journey to Puri, Konark or anywhere in surrounding areas. Gopalpur on Sea is well-connected via road and train to BBSR. Road connectivity from different states is better; while regular trains from rest of the nation are available on regular basis.
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