Orissa is nestled comfortably in the south eastern part of India & is historically significant with a backdrop of over several centuries to boast of. It is also known as ‘Odisha’ and houses in its midst, several tourist attractions including the world famous Jagannath Temple, the Sun temple, the Lingaraja temple and most importantly the Famous Rock Edits of Ashoka. Owing to its religious importance, Orissa plays host to millions of tourists & devotees every year who come here to pay tributes in the age-old temples and shrines housed here.
Let’s have a look at some of the best tourist places that your Orissa tourism package should consist of:
Bhubaneswar – The Smart City of Odisha:
Popularly known as the Temple City of India, Bhubaneswar is world famous for its classic example of heritage, history, and urbanization. A Bhubaneswar tour should be in your bucket list if you don’t want to miss out exploring the incredible artwork, wildlife sanctuaries and caves of Odisha. Some of the key attractions you shouldn’t miss on your Bhubaneswar trip include Dhauli Hills, Udayagiri & Khandagiri caves, Ratnagiri Buddhist Excavations, Bindu Sarovara, Nandan Kanan Zoological Park and Lingaraj Temple among others.
People who are the devotee of Lord Jagannath and looking for a relaxing vacation by the sea, shouldn’t miss out visiting Puri. World-famous for its age-old shrines, sin-kissed beaches and local bustling markets Puri certainly deserves a mention when it comes to Odisha tourism. Puri is also counted among the original Char Dhams that holds its value in the Hindu religion.
For nature lovers Jeypore brings a lot of activities. The city is recognized for offering mesmerizing sights of rocky outcrops, picture-perfect cascades, and verdant biosphere reserves. Some of the key attractions of Jeypore that are worth exploring include Gupteshwar caves, Sunabeda, Deomali, Duduma Falls, Jagannath Sagar, Hatipathar, and Kolab Falls.
If you are inclined towards the craft & handicraft culture of Odisha, then a trip to Pipli should be in your bucket list. The appliqué handicrafts of this small town are especially popular. The artists do a superb job with colors and embroidery, make this town famous not just in India but across the globe. You shouldn’t return from this town without buying its world-class handicrafts and souvenirs.
The Sun Temple:
The Sun Temple in Konark, Orissa, is an ancient Hindu shrine build in the name of the sun god. Shaped like an enormous chariot, this thirteenth-century temple is recognized for its exquisite stone carvings that cover its interiors & exteriors.
Spread over the Puri, Khurda and Ganjam districts of Odisha state on the east coast of India, Chilka attract birds lovers not just from India but across the globe. With nearly 225 species flocking to it during the winters, Chilka is certainly the perfect retreat for bird watchers and photographers.
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