Best places you should not miss to visit in Odisha
Orissa, also known as Odisha is an Indian state, with a rich ancient history of its land. Filled with the monuments that reflect amazing architecture compelling with the limitless beauty of the regions to attract tourists from all over the world. With the religious beliefs, the ancient temples here possess the skills of the artisans and reflect a splendour of culture in the bygone era.
If you are also a travelling soul and love to explore the beauty of the ancient land, then you should probably not miss all these cities to visit in Odisha.
For those with a particular religious faith, Puri might bring to mind the famous Jagannath Temple and the Sun Temple. And, when it comes to nature lovers, beautiful beaches like Puri Beach and Swaragadwar Beach in the land may hold an attraction. The vibrant area is famous for many festivals being a temple-rich place, and it enjoys massive footprints from all parts of the world. Also, there are many other regions namely Chilika Lake, Chilika Wildlife Sanctuary, Daya river, Gundicha Ghar Temple, Raghurajpur, Atharnala Bridge, and Pipili are a few to visit here.
Being as the capital of Orissa, Bhubaneshwar is famously called as the Temple City of India. The land, which is over 2500 years old, is a blend of ancient monuments and modern constructions. It is believed that Bhubaneswar had over 2000 temples in the past. Parasurameswara Temple, Mukteswar, Lingaraja Temple, Odisha State Museum, Museum of Tribal Arts and Artefacts, Nandankanan Zoological Park, Ekamra Kanan, Udayagiri Caves, Dhauli Hill, Satkosia Tiger Reserve, Brahmeshwara Temple, Bindu Sarovara, Regional Museum of Natural History, Biju Patnaik Park, Kalinga Stadium, Pathani Samanta Planetarium, and Ratnagiri Buddhist Excavation are few of the places to explore in Bhubaneshwar.
The former capital of Orissa and now a business capital of the state, Cuttack, is one of the ancient cities of Odisha. Apart from ancient monuments, Cuttack has a broad range of tourist attractions, as it is home to scenic destinations and pilgrim centres. It is famous for handicrafts too. Mahanadi Barrage, Netaji Birthplace Museum, Dhabaleshwar Island, Barabati Fort, Bhattarika Temple, Ansupa Lake, etc. are some of the places to visit here.
Sambalpur, the land rich in culture and natural beauty, is one of the most famous tourist destinations in Orissa. Gateway to Western Orissa, the land has some of the best gifts of nature thanks to the lush forests and picturesque waterfalls. Top tourist places like Hirakud Dam, Cattle Island, Chiplima, Huma, Pradhanpat, Vikramkhol, Bells Galore, Hatibari, Samaleswari Temple, and much more are famous here.
Rourkela, the second largest city in Orissa, is immediately recalled at the mention of steel plants. Home to largest steel plants in India, the place gives you an insight into its rich cultural past through some of its incredible tourist destinations. Out of which, few are Green Park, Vedavyas Temple, Ushakothi, Ghogar, Mandira Dam, Pitamahal Dam, Joranda Falls, Vaishno Devi Mandir, Khandhadar Falls, and Barehipani Falls.
Located on Karo River banks and amidst lush green hills, Barbil has spectacular views to offer. It owns the credit of possessing the world’s 5th largest iron and manganese deposits. Keonjhar district, in which Barbil is situated, has a 38000 million-year-old rock, which is one of the oldest in the world. Thakurani Hills, Gonasika, Shiva Mandir, Ghatgaon, Khandadhar, Kendujhargarh, Hawa Mahal, Uliburu Reserved Forest, Badaghaghara, etc. are some of the destinations to visit here.
When you think of Konark, it is natural that your mind races to Sun Temple. A 13th-century holy place stands tall in the minds of tourists in spite of the fact that it is now in ruins. Konark has a few other ancient temples namely Ramachandi Temple and places like Kuruma, Ramchandi Beach, Astranga, and Chandrabhaga Beach on its land for both travellers and history lovers.
Jeypore is the ideal place to be for enjoying some of the best works of nature. This beautiful land is picturesquely set amidst hills. With scenic waterfalls and amazing natural parks, the city has a rich history too. Gupteshwar Caves, Duduma Falls, Nandapur, Kolab Falls, Jagannath Sagar, Patroput, Minna Jhola, Deomali, and Sunabeda, are the leading destinations in Jeypore.
Located on the western border of the state, the place was earlier a part of Sambalpur. Though limited in number, the tourist attractions gain value by the importance attached to it. Gandhamardan, one of the destinations here is associated with the period of Ramayana, and it finds mention in the notes of Hieun Tsang, the famous Chinese traveller. Some of the destinations like Kedarnath Temple, Debrigarh Wildlife Sanctuary, Nrusimhanath Temple, Nrusimhanath Waterfalls, and Papanga Hills are must visit for tourists.
Location of Paradeep or Paradip is beautiful in itself. In the confluence of river Mahanadi and Bay of Bengal, the land stuns you with its fantastic views. Be it the sunrise or the sunset; you would not want to miss a moment of it. Fort in Paradeep, Light House, Udayagiri, and Paradip has some of the chief attractions namely Paradip Port, Jagannath Temple, Baladeva Temple, Hanuman Mandir, Marine Aquarium, Udayagiri and Ratnagiri Caves, Gahirmatha Sanctuary and Beach.