Orissa, the south eastern part of India is a vibrant cultural heritage destination. Glorious histories of several ancient dynasties of varied cultural and artistic inclinations are scattered in each nook and corner of the state. Orissa, also referred as Odisha, shares its boundary with Andhra Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand and West Bengal. This mythological land forms a harmonious blend of ancient temples, awe inspiring monuments, numerous wildlife sanctuaries and thousands of master craftsmen and artists. Traveling Orissa could be an ideal tourism options for the visitors who fond of in Indian cultural heritage.
Below are some important tourism sites of Orissa:
If you are in search of a site where art and culture, magnificent temples and alluring natural phenomenon flows with full-fledged then choose Bhubaneswar as your next holiday destination. Lingaraj temple, the most famous landmark of the city has a great mythological importance. Kalinga style of architecture still one can watch by visiting this beautiful temple of Lord Shiva. Entire day one can easily spend by visiting some other beautiful temples that are beautifully established in its premises. The dating back rock-cut caves of Udayagiri and Khandagiri are located 8 km away from the city, which is surrounded by lush green environment, have a great archaeological importance. Dhauligiri recalls the memory of destructive war of Kalinga; Sanchi Stupa is the major attraction of the site.
If someone says Cuttack is a beautiful pilgrimage center, then it will not go wrong. Existence of many scared temples namely Bhattarika temple, Panchmukhi Hanuman temple, Paramahansa Nath temple, Katak Chandi temple make the city a must visit tourist destination. Get in touch with the most popular pilgrimage site Dhabaleswar temple, which is located in a picturesque island of Mahanadi River; hanging bride is the only way to reach the temple. Drive to Bhitarkanika Wildlife Sanctuary; the sanctuary has a rich variety of flora and fauna. Tourists can expect bird watching by visiting this place. See the magnificence and grandeur of Barabati Fort; situated on the bank of Mahanadi River.
Puri, the mostly visited temples sites in India is popularly known for the world famous Jagannath temple. The spiritual city is also known as Jagannath Puri. Positioning of the Bay of Bengal and the most prominent religious site at this place makes Puri an enchanting tourist’s destination. Rath Yatra the most famous festival of Puri, which is gorgeously celebrated at this place where lacks of devotees flows from all around to take part in this celebration point. Puri beach offers panoramic sunset and sunrise view to its visitors and its sandy beach invites the honeymooners to spend some memorable time during India tour. You can also visit Asia’s largest in-land salt water lagoon, Chikala Lake; arrival of seasonal birds makes the winter very pleasurable for travelers. Sun temple of Konark adds more charm during Odissa excursion, which is the most famous attraction of the city.
Welcome to the land of green forest, Rayagada. The beautiful meadow is the home of many tribal communities; growing paddy rice is the occupation of the people and they follow agrarian lifestyle. It will be a new experience for the tourist to know and to see the lifestyle of tribal people. During your Tribal tour of Orissa you can also explore some beautiful temple sites like Maa Majhighariani Temple, Laxminarayan temple and Maa Mangla Maa Temple. Reach Hatipathar to see the impressive scenic beauty of its spellbinding waterfall.
Here, you can also expect excursion of the rustic simplicity of tribal villages. To add more sightseeing excitement you can visit Bagra Waterfall, which is situated just near the Kolab River. Sightseeing of Shiva temple of Papadahandi and 32-steeped throne of Batris Simhasan of Nandapur will truly be a rewarding experience for the travelers. The most revered Gupteswar cave of Jeypore is one another attraction of the city, which you can also involve in your Orissa tour itinerary.
This commercial center of Orissa is popularly known for its famous variety of Silk items. There are lots of surprises at Berhampur those are Gopalpur beach, surrounded by coconut trees from all around; Maa Bhairavi Temple, considered one of the most important Shakti Pitha for the villagers; and Aryapalli Beach where you can experience some enthralling water activity like sunbathing, swimming and surfing.