Odhisha

Travel Guide

Orissa or Odisha is a beautiful state situated on the eastern coast of Bay of Bengal. With Bhubaneshwar as its capital city, the state is known for its temples, serene climate, wildlife, picturesque landscapes and art.
The state of Orissa has a rich history associated with it and is known for its traditional values and cultures. Blessed with nature’s beauty in the form of cool rivers, sparkling waterfalls, protective hills and palm tree lined beach, Orissa is the ultimate tourist location. The state is famous for its fests and fairs wherein one gets to see a true picture of their culture in the form of their folklores, dance, drama and music. The stone carvings, handicrafts and world famous cloth of Orissa have helped the state progress rapidly in trade. Some popular destinations of the state are Bhubaneshwar, Cuttack, Puri, Rourkela and Balasore. The brackish waters of Chillika Lake, Sun Temple at Konark near Puri, Lord Jagannath Temple at Puri and the steel plants of Rourkela are major attractions of Odisha.

Since the state has so many avenues for a tourist of different preferences, hospitality industry has grown appreciably well. The capital as well as the temple city, Bhubaneshwar has one of the best hotels to offer namely Hotel Grand Central, Vits Bhubaneshwar and Hotel La Franklin. These hotels provide fine dining, warm hospitality, comfortable stay and modern amenities at competitive prices. At Rourkela, the steel city, travellers can book affordable hotels like Mayfair Hotel and Radhika Regency. Since Puri is thronged by a number of pilgrims and devotees, it has a lot of cheap hotels to offer like Hotel Surya Beach and Shakti International.

Paradip

Paradeep, widely known as Paradip is one of the most beautiful cities of Orissa and is located in Jagatsinghpur district of the state. The place is worldwide famous for being one of the ........ Paradeep, widely known as Paradip is one of the most beautiful cities of Orissa and is located in Jagatsinghpur district of the state. The place is worldwide famous for being one of the twelve major seaports of India. It is 125 Kms east of Bhubaneswar and 94 Kms east of Cuttack. Paradeep travel guide is full of references to the historical temples and serene spots. It is famous for its captivating sightseeing places like Paradip Port, Baladeva Temple, Jhankad Temple and Bhitarkanika National Park etc. which attract tourists from all over the world. Being situated near the Bay of Bengal, Paradeep is home to many beautiful types of scenery as the Mahanadi River which flows into the Bay of Bengal leaves behind the evergreen forests, islands and rivulets. The marine drive in front of the Bay of Bengal attracts a large number of tourists every year.The town has also been recognized as one of the six large petroleum, chemicals and petrochemical investment regions (PCPIRs) in the country.

Puri

Puri is one of the most sacred pilgrim centers of India. A large number of travelers visit this holy pilgrim center from all over the country. It is also known as Jagannath Puri. This beautiful place is ....... Puri is one of the most sacred pilgrim centers of India. A large number of travellers visit this holy pilgrim center from all over the country. It is also known as Jagannath Puri. This beautiful place is a large reservoir of art and style of India, particularly in Orissa and travellers here can witness the real beauty of India. The three main cities of Orissa include Konark, Bhubaneshwar and Puri and together these constitute the golden triangle of Orissa. These three places have majestic history and heritage which attract maximum number of visitors from all over the country. It is the only shrine in India, where Radha, a mortal is present along with the Goddesses Lakshmi, Durga, Sati and Parvati are represented along with Krishna who is known as Jagannath. This beautiful tourist destination is emerged out as an industrial area that has major industries such as rice milling, handicrafts and fish curing. Puri is blessed with one of the best beaches for swimming and is therefore also a popular beach resort, especially as it is positioned in such a way that both the sunset and the sunrise can be viewed from one place which is the major attraction of Puri tourism.

Baripada

Located in the state of Orissa in Mayurbhanj district, Baripada is a very beautiful city. In addition to being the commercial centre of the entire district, it is also very famous as ...... Located in the state of Orissa in Mayurbhanj district, Baripada is a very beautiful city. In addition to being the commercial centre of the entire district, it is also very famous as a tourist spot and is located in close proximity to Simlipal (60 Kms), which is one of the most famous wildlife parks in India. Baripada is a heavenly place full of many breath taking scenic locations. Baripada has always been high up on the tourist’s itineraries especially the foreign tourists due to its rich culture and heritage. Baripada city guide is full of references of the architectural marvels in and around the area. Baripada is also very popular for its ancient temples. One of the most prominent temples is the “Lord Jagannath Temple”, also known as “Haribaldev Temple” built by Baidyanath Bhanj in 15th century. Chariot Festival or Rath Yatra is the major attraction of Baripada. The city also organizes the second most popular Rath Yatra of Orissa, thus it is also known as ‘Ditiya Srikhetra’.Baripada is widely admired for its amazingly beautiful Art and Culture. It is famous for the Chhau dance form which is famous worldwide.

Raurkela

Rourkela, famous as ‘The Steel City’, is located in the middle of scenic hills in the Indian state of Orissa. This beautiful city is covered by many lakes and has gained an eminence after the establishment of the first three steel plants of..... Rourkela, famous as ‘The Steel City’, is located in the middle of scenic hills in the Indian state of Orissa. This beautiful city is covered by many lakes and has gained an eminence after the establishment of the first three steel plants of the country in the year 1955. This amazing industrial town derives its name from the blend of two words “Rour” meaning our and “Kela” which means village. Here in the city, you can visit the Hanuman Vatika garden which has a 75 feet high idol of Hanumana. This garden also houses a variety of temples. You can also find a number of parks in the city. Some of the famous parks located in the city include the Indira Gandhi Park, Nehru Traffic Park, Jubilee Park & Mrig Vihar and the Green Park. The city is also famous as the birth place of Ved Vyas who was the writer of the holy epic Mahabharata. It is located on the convergence of three rivers; the sight of the three diverse shades of water from here is splendid. A vedic ashram and a gurukul system school has been initially set up here to observe the birth of the sage. It is a large industrial town which is surrounded by a variety of hills and is bordered by rivers. The township has a gorgeous park, a small zoo, a lake, aquarium, deer park and an extremely famous industrial museum. The Asia's tallest Human statue which is almost 22 meters high stands here at Hanuman Vatika. People, who want to know more about the city, can see the travel guide to Rourkela.

Konark

Beautifully located on the shores of the Bay of Bengal, Konark is a place where the attention grabbing and heart winning sun temples are situated. On the walls of these stone temples ...... Konark is an outstanding mixture of fabulous temple architecture and striking natural beauty. A small locale in the state of Orissa (currently known as Odisha), Konark is famous for its ancient temple, appealing and exotic beach and of course for the highly praised dance festival. Konark, also called Arka-Tirtha, the name is in fact a blend of Kona and Arka which denotes the sun around the angle. The exceptional monuments of Konark resonate with the essence of Oriyan architecture. The yearly Dance Festival of Konark gets honours from different parts of the world, here beguiling performances of eminent classical dancers offer a sumptuous and eye pleasing feast. The Sun Temple, which makes a wonderful backdrop, adds to the appeal of this dance festival. This five day long cultural show helps this quiet town turn into a bubbling tourist destination. Moreover, Konark also holds the Sun Festival, where the pilgrims take a holy dip in the sea before the sun rises and proffer their prayers to Surya the sun god. To know more about the place, you can refer to the Konark travel guide.

Baleshwar

Balasore, a beach town, is located in the state of Orissa and is famous for Chandipur Beach and wonderful temples. Balasore is located near the coastal line and hence the ............ Balasore, a beach town, is located in the state of Orissa and is famous for Chandipur Beach and wonderful temples. Balasore is located near the coastal line and hence the beaches are connected with this town. The local people are basically dependent on farming, fishing and tourism for their livelihood. There are many temples located in this town, which are old and have beautiful architecture. The main attractions of this place include temples, historical places like tombs, palaces, nearby hills and beaches. All these things make this town worth exploring and you will find many things to do in Balasore. Some of the old temples of this region are Gopinatha Temple, Lagula Narasimha Dev and Biranchinarayan Temple. These three temples make a trio and are located in 3 different directions in the city, hence protecting it from every side. Chandipur beach has many resorts and hotels, which provide the tourists with a place to stay during their visit and make their trip worthwhile by providing all the facilities. The tomb of a Sufi Saint located here is also famous and attracts many pilgrims from all over India. Balasore is a beach town and hence the weather of this place usually remains breezy and humid. Best months to visit this place are from September-March. The information regarding history, how to reach Balasore, Balasore attractions and excursions from Balasore is available in the Balasore travel guide.

Cuttack

Located at the alluring junction of Mahanadi and Kathjuri Rivers, the city has a rich historical backdrop. It is the second largest city in the state of Orissa and is commonly known as the cultural capital of the state. Spread in an area of around 398 square kilometers, Cuttack is one of the ancient cities in India. Located at the alluring junction of Mahanadi and Kathjuri Rivers, the city has a rich historical backdrop. It is the second largest city in the state of Orissa and is commonly known as the cultural capital of the state. The city is also known as the Millennium City and the Commercial Capital of Orissa. It has witnessed a number of kingdoms of various dynasties. The city was founded by the Nrupa Keshari who built it as a military cantonment. In the latter half of 18th century, it was the Maratha who ruled the city. Later, it came under the rule of British in the year 1803. The city is majorly known as the birthplace of well known freedom fighter Subhash Chandra Bose. This beautiful city is also quite popular for shopping, historical buildings, restaurants and many other things.

Bhubaneswar

Bhubaneswar is a city, located in the state of Orissa. This city is most fascinating and popularly known as ‘Temple city’. This city is the main center of Hindu pilgrimage due to ......... Bhubaneswar is a city, located in the state of Odisha. This city is most fascinating and popularly known as ‘Temple city’. This city is the main center of Hindu pilgrimage due to its beautiful temples. Now, many new building are also constructed within historic surroundings. It is an ideal tourist destination which witnesses lots of tourist throughout the year. Handicrafts of the city attract people as it reflects the historical and cultural heritage of the city. Stone and Wood carving, bamboo basketry, Silver filigree, Tie and Dye textiles, Patta paintings, brass and bell metal work are some of the main popular handicrafts of the city. Bhubaneshwar travel guide will take you on a ride to all the religious places present in Bhubaneswar. This city has existed for the last 2000 years. The name of the city comes after Tribhuvaneswar, 'Lord of Three Worlds'. From ancient times, the temples of the city are very famous and the religious life of the city is truly visible. Along with Puri and Konark this city makes the golden triangle of Odisha. Attractive sculpture and majestic architectural heritage is easily seen in the temples. In recent days, this city has become thriving centre for business and commerce. Odissi dance form is the dance of the city which is performed at different festivals by local people. Visitors can experience more than 500 temples such as Lingaraj Temple, Mukteswar Temple, Raj Rani Temple and many more. Temples are designed carvings of gods, flowers, animals and humans. The Rose garden is very famous and has also become one of the largest Rose gardens in India.

Chandipur

Chandipur is a beach resort in Orissa. It is situated in the Baleswar district in the Indian state of Orissa. The Chandipur resort is at a distance of 16 kilometres from the railway station of Baleswar. The Chandipur beach is ............ Chandipur is a beach resort in Orissa. It is situated in the Baleswar district in the Indian state of Orissa. The Chandipur resort is at a distance of 16 kilometres from the railway station of Baleswar. The Chandipur beach is famous for the unique feature that at the time of ebb tide the sea water recedes by as much as 1 to 4 kilometres. One can literally notice the sea receding and coming back. This is a rare site. The beach has a rich biodiversity of sea creatures. Even the rare Horseshoe crab can also be spotted on the beaches more towards Mirzapur, a small community and fishing market near the River Budhabalanga. The Chandipur is situated at an elevation of 9.8 feet above the sea level. This tranquil beach resort is immensely beautiful with greenery, wild creepers and green sand dunes. The pleasing breeze sifting through the Casuarina trees gives an immense pleasure to the onlooker. In fact, the whole surrounding creates a delighting music for the ears. The whole experience is unexpectedly pleasing. One can also have a beautiful sight of tiny red crabs lying on the beach when water recedes. The drifting wood and sea shells which are found in abundance on the beach look really appealing. Chandipur beach is also known for the Integrated Test Range of the Indian Army situated there. Several missiles are launched from this test range including nuclear capable missiles. One can also opt to take a Jeep ride on this beach situated on the Bay of Bengal and can note down more details from the Chandipur travel guide.

Gopalpur

Gopalpur, widely known as Gopalpur on Sea is home to numerous serene beaches and picturesque spots. Located in Ganjam district of ........ Gopalpur, widely known as “Gopalpur on Sea” is home to numerous serene beaches and picturesque spots. Located in Ganjam district of the state Orissa, the place is a tourist’s paradise.Gopalpur travel guide is full of references to the enthralling beaches of the area. Gopalpur offers tourists a calm and beautiful time with the loved ones and an opportunity to immerse in its natural beauty. The beach festival is a major attraction of the place which is celebrated every year under the sponsorship of Government of Orissa. Cashew nuts are the major source of income for the locals and are also exported from this city. Long stretch of cashew nut trees is an equally picturesque site. The tourists throng the place majorly in search for sandy tranquil beaches and natural beauty. Gopalpur was an important trading centre even during British regime. It was vibrant with several ware-houses and business activities in the seaport. It is assumed that the region got the name Gopalpur in the 18th century from the temple of God Gopala (Krishna) made near the sea shore.

Simlipal

Located in the Mayurbhanj district of the culturally rich state of Orissa, Simlipal is a renowned tourist destination and is a very beautiful city. It is one of the most famous wildlife parks in India and is a heavenly place full of..... Located in the Mayurbhanj district of the culturally rich state of Orissa, Simlipal is a renowned tourist destination and is a very beautiful city. It is one of the most famous wildlife parks in India and is a heavenly place full of many breath taking scenic locations. It has been referred as Salmali Saila (Simul’s Hill) in a poem composed by a famous Oriya poet, Shri Radhanath Ray. Simlipal has always been high up on the tourist’s itineraries especially the foreign tourists due to its mesmerizing beauty and heritage. It is a perfect place for nature lovers and is considered as one of the apt destination to enjoy the vacations with family. Simlipal Travel guide is full of references to the exciting sceneries and serene spots in and around the area. Barheipani Falls, Simlipal National Park, Jaranda Falls are the must see attractions of this place. It is highly distinguished for its intensively dense forested lands, green vegetation and unique wildlife. Some of the unique characteristic of Simlipal Wildlife Sanctuary which makes it an idyllic place for tourists to visit are its resonating and precipitous waterfalls, fleeting herds of deer and flying squirrels, unending expanse of extensive grassy lands, meandering rivers, and cloud pecking peaks.

Jharsuguda

Widely known as the “Power house of Orissa” due to the presence of a large number of thermal power plants in the nearby region, Jharsuguda is located in the state of Orissa and is also the administrative headquarters of....... Widely known as the “Power house of Orissa” due to the presence of a large number of thermal power plants in the nearby region, Jharsuguda is located in the state of Orissa and is also the administrative headquarters of the Jharsuguda district. Jharsuguda is regarded as an upcoming industrial center, primarily in the metal and cement sectors. Jharsuguda City Guide is incomplete without a mention of its industrial prowess. In current years, Jharsuguda district has observed a large scale Industrialization and is growing rapidly on a higher level. As per the legend, the farmers from Jharkhand state established Jharsuguda during 12th Century A.D. In 1936 under the British rule, Jharsuguda became a part of Sambalpur district. The new district of Jharsuguda came into entity on 1st April, 1994.

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