Orissa Tourism

Orissa Tourism

About Orissa

Orissa

Orissa is located on the east coast of India, adjoining the Bay of Bengal, and is surrounded by the states of Andhra Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand and West Bengal. The coastal strip is fertile, with alluvial rice-producing soil, fed by the rivers Mahanadi, Brahmani, and Baitarini. The interior regions are hilly, forested and inhabited by tribal people, who constitute almost one-fourth of Orissa's population. The state gets a lot of rain through the year and the coastal areas are subject to occasional cyclones. Orissa is a mineral-rich state, associated with mining, steel and aluminium industries, and power generation. It contains one-third of the country's bauxite deposits, one-fourth of its iron ore, and one-fifth of its coal.

 

Orissa's tourist attractions are clustered around the coast, especially in the triangle of Bhubaneshwar, Konark and Puri, which have old and architecturally celebrated temples. The capital Bhubaneshwar is not a big city but is said to be home to some thousand temples. It has a domestic airport and is the base to visit the renowned Sun Temple at Konark, a World Heritage Site, 65 km away. This 13thcentury temple to Surya was built in the form of a giant chariot with 12 pairs of wheels to carry the god across the sky. Every December the Konark Dance Festival of classical Indian dances is held here. The seaside town of Puri, 60 km from Bhubaneshwar, is a popular beach destination for tourists from the eastern region. But it attracts even more pilgrims for the Jagannath temple, a huge 12th-century temple that has 6000 priests and 400 cooks to perform the deities rituals. Lord Jagannath's annual chariot procession in June/July is pulled by thousands of worshippers. Chilika Lake, 50 km from Puri, is India's largest lake and a bird sanctuary.

 

To the north-east, Orissa has the Simlipal Tiger Reserve and the Bhitarkanika Sanctuary. The latter is known among wildlife lovers as the spot where lakhs of Olive Ridley Turtles come to nest every year in February.

 

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Puri - One of the best places to visit in Orissa
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Bhubaneswar - One of the best places to visit in Orissa
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Gopalpur - One of the best places to visit in Orissa
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Murali Maran
  • Murali Maran
  • Lives in Chennai
  • 3 Reviews

"Beautiful place with lovely atmosphere" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
It's a lovely and wonderful place in India. Lots of temples, lovely atmosphere and a great historical place. You can see Puri Jagannath Temple, Puri Beach, Konark Temple, Chandrabhaga, Lingaraj Temple, Chilika Lake and Nandankanan Zoo. For staying, many hotels and Panthanivas are available. You can enjoy a lot and have a great time.
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S nagaraja Murthy
  • S nagaraja Murthy
  • 2 Reviews

"Odiyan stay out"

  • Posted May 23, 2013
Good state to travel, nice interior tribal culture, we were crossing river on boat with our vehicle, nice place to nature lovers

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: A dhaba in sambalpur, tasty food, but forgot the name and location

Activities & things to do: Travel a lot stay out in nature during nights, wonderful experience

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: Avoid night journeys during night to the interior places, bus service was not good at that time, take your own vehicle you can enjoy orissa
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Atanu Guchait
  • Atanu Guchait
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  • Lives in Kolkata
  • 3 Reviews

"Tajpur"

  • Posted Feb 28, 2013
As it is a very remote place so the beach is Non crowded and very beauty full Natural view.

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: come and see

Activities & things to do: come and see

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: come and see
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Manoj Saha
  • Manoj Saha
  • 2 Reviews

"Nice place for weekend trip"

  • Posted Dec 1, 2012
This is a nice destination for a weekend trip, there is a sense of peace everywhere, no sound or air pollution. Beautiful landscape and gardens with sea beach just few meters from hotel.

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: Food is served in the hotel, great quality. You may visit panchalingeswar temple and nilgiri hills as sight seeing.

Activities & things to do: Sight seeing to panchalingeswar temple and nilgiri hills.

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: Nice time to visit from November to March. You may board Falaknama express or Dhouli express from Howrah and reach there before afternoon. Enjoy your whole day at sea beach and gardens.
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Nabamita D
  • Nabamita D
  • Highlander
  • Lives in Kolkata
  • 45 photos
  • 5 Reviews

"Talshari - an almost virgin destination of Orissa"

  • Posted Dec 24, 2009
Amazing serenity, silence and peace... the staff at OTDC hotel at Talshari are amazingly friendly and warm... people are simple, sea is blue and the sand is white.... the breeze of eucalyptus is gentle and soothing ... a must try get-away for extended weekends... food is amazing, only one has to be conscious about the rice... there might be a variety of available insects as well, the place being full of trees !!!

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: sight seeing is amazing... the only thing one can shop there is the fish

Activities & things to do: slow life...ideal for people looking for peace and silence for a while

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: personal or hired cars... othrwise train from howrah till digha and then hired cars from digha to Talsari... will be charging around 200 bucks one way... its about an hour's drive from Digha
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Venkateswara Ramanathan
  • Venkateswara Ramanathan
  • Soulseeker
  • Lives in Chennai
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  • 1 Review

"jagannath ratha yatra"

  • Posted Aug 16, 2008
Rath Yatra celebrated once a year attracts 6 to 8 lakhs crowd both local & international. It is one of the cherished yatra. Whereever there is crowd we cannot expect more hygiene & facilities

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: Food very good south & North Indian hotels are. Svosti Hotel chain is good. Shopping rare items available, U can bargain. In Cuttack silver filigree items very famous. Buy few as momento Or gifts

Activities & things to do: Go round all temples, hear the purana stories, Enjoy sculptors of 11th 12th & 13th century. Konark sun temple is worth visiting It is under UN care, Buy bangles, sarees.

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: Either by train or by air reach Bhubaneswar. Take taxi to all places. Do not miss Chandi temple in Cuttack - just 30kms from capital. Lingaraj, Jagannath temples are worth visiting Generally safe
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