Majestic mountains, serene beaches, spectacular wildlife, unique arts & crats, breathtaking waterfalls, interesting culture and some gorgeous landscapes – that’s how the charm of Odisha is! Wherever you visit, you’ll find something spectacular here, and the state will give you loads of memories to take back.
Odisha remains an enigma, as you traverse from East to West or North to South; every bend has an untold story, an untouched presence, like a surprise that’s waiting to be revealed.
Talking about the art & architecture of Odisha, it’s all very rich and vibrant. There’s an ‘aah’ story attached to each of the art-pieces. Even the architecture of the state is highly talked about, in terms of the diversity it offers, the tales they are built around, and the grandeur they carry
As unique is Odisha’s destinations, art and heritage, the culture of the state is also distinctive. The humble dishes of the state have a delicious taste to it, and the sweets couldn’t have been any better. As much as the spread of authentic Odia cuisine is mouth-watering, it also has a unique taste which you’ll relish forever.
Explore Odisha, India’s Best Kept Secret –places and destinations that’ll make you go aah!
October to February(Winter) is the best time to visit Odisha. During these months the sky remains clear, making it ideal for sightseeing and outdoor activities. The famous Konark Dance festival takes place in February, making it all the more exciting to visit the state. The state enjoys a tropical monsoon climate throughout the year because of its proximity to the sea; hence, there are incessant rains during the Monsoon season from July to September. Summers from April to June are quite hot with occasional rainfalls.
Mar - Jun: Min: 27° C / Max: 37° C
Jun - Sep: Min: 25° C / Max: 34° C
Oct - Feb: Min: 16° C / Max: 28° C
Bhubaneshwar is an ancient city replete with beautiful historic temples which attract pilgrims and tourists from all over the country. The name of the city literally means Lord of the Universe, rightly reflected in the number of temples here and the religious fervor of its locals.
This is now a bustling city where the history is beautifully intertwined with its modern and progressive present.
Bhubaneshwar being the centre for religious tourism has a number of majestic temples built centuries ago which have still retained their original over all these years.
Some of the most important places to visit are Lingaraj temple, ISKCON Temple, Hirakud Dam, Bindu Sarovara and the Parasurameswara temple are must-visits and attract tourists for all parts of the country.
Puri is a beach city located on the coast of Bay of Bengal and is one of the four must-visit pilgrimage sites for Hindus because of Jagannath Temple that forms the part of Char Dham in India. Known as the resting place of Lord Shiva, the majestic history and heritage of Puri date back to the 3rd century..
B. C Puri, Konark and Bhubaneshwar complete the Golden Triangle of Orissa, with their religious significance and cultural heritage being the centres of tourism in this state.
With a plethora of hotels and homestays, the local tourist like to stay near the New Marine Drive and the backpackers prefer to stay near Chakra Tirtha. The Rath Yatra (chariot festival) which takes place during the month of June-July should not be missed if you are planning to visit during this time.
There are a lot of places near Puri that one must visit, like the Chilika lake, Puri beach, Gundicha Ghar and the very famous Sun temple of Konark.
Cuttack is the second-largest city in Odisha and the former capital as well. Local handicrafts of this state are displayed and traded in this very city. Cuttack is always buzzing with cultural activities and plays host to a variety of festivals like the Baliyatra which commemorates the ancient..
trade links the countries like Java, Bali and Sumatra, Durga Puja and the Kite Festival which is held in the month of January.
Cuttack is also known as the silver city because of its famous silver work. Some of the most important places to visit are Barabati Fort, Bhitarkanika National Park & Wildlife Sanctuary, Paradeep Beach etc., during the trip to Cuttack.
Gopalpur, a quaint tiny town, which is located 15Kms from the city of Behrampur is one of the most famous beaches in the state, and an old world, antiquated charm, owing to its past. Those seeking a quiet holiday will not be disappointed by Gopalpur. The golden beach is quite empty compared to other famous beaches..
and offers a panoramic view of the coastline, the old jetty, and the Lighthouse.
One of the main tourist attractions in Gopalpur are the water sports like wind surfing, scuba diving, rowing, water scooter and more! The less adventurous folks can take a walk by the cashew nut trees with the cool ocean breeze ruffling their hair, or watch the fishermen bring in their day's catch home.
The beaches are sparkling gold which along with the azure water of the Bay of Bengal providing a perfect place to relax and immerse yourself in nature. Besides the beach, the food is also pretty great in the town with many shanties providing tongue tickling sea food.