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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Gopalpur - One of the best places to visit in Orissa
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Rashmi Ngk

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  • Rashmi Ngk
  • 1 Review
  •  40 readers

"Totally a recommended place!" new review

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
It is an awesome place to visit. The greenery just fantasizes me. The food was great too. There are many places you can visit. Like Konark temple, Some beaches, & many more. I had been to my village in Cuttack and it was really beautiful. The port sight is awesome. I really recommend visiting Orissa.
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Raj Sony

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  • Raj Sony
  • Lives in Chhapra
  • 1 Review
  •  352 readers

"Nice place to visit"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
I am staying in Odisha it self. It is so fantastic place where we visit very awesome places. When I told my family about this city then they agreed to visit this place and visited Jagar Nath Puri in Odisha.
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Prasad Erande

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  • Prasad Erande
  • Lives in Wai
  • 3 photos
  • 1 Review
  •  361 readers

"Odisha House of farmers"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
While cycling India Tour for Guinness world Record, I reached this small town which is near by Bhubaneshwar. This place is really awesome and close to nature. This place is only for Nature lovers.. The whole town made by eco-friendly material and it looks beautiful.
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Pradhyumna Gona

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  • Pradhyumna Gona
  • Lives in Hyderabad
  • 3 Reviews
  •  822 readers

"Worth money but undeveloped area"

  • 4.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Must see places in Orissa ra coal mines situated in many places of Orissa. Since I was a mining engineer planned a trip for orissa. Orissa is an undeveloed area but cities like bhubhaneswar, cuttack, rourkela, sambalpur are developed and good for shopping and staying. Puri is one of the best place I liked in Orissa.
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Nirajan

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  • Nirajan
  • Lives in Delhi
  • 8 Reviews
  •  529 readers

"Odisha is the best place in India for me"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Oct 14, 2015
Jay jagannath. Odisha is famous for lord Jagannath temple. It is a memorable experience for me. I just enjoyed the journey very much. It is a nice place in Odisha. I also like these types of places and I just feel more excited about my journey and it was also made me very awesome. Me and my friends enjoyed very much.
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Sandeep Kumar

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  • Sandeep Kumar
  • 4 Reviews
  •  12 helpful votes
  •  4170 readers

"Good experience except the weather"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted May 5, 2015
Weather is not that much manageable in Orissa in summer. Its too hot, you will feel that your skin is burning. I went to Orissa to visit famous temples thopta pani and tola tarini. Both temples are powerful and fulfil your wishes if you pray whole heartedly. These 2 temples are must visited by every one who is going to Orissa.

Food is not at all good. We went to a hotel in brahmapur, in orissa we cannot find south Indian thalis. We need to order separately for everything, like boiled rice, dal and curd they will bill it separately. Curd taste was so sour that we could not eat. So if any one is visiting Orissa, please don't order curd based foods.
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Aishwarya Gupta

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  • Aishwarya Gupta
  • Lives in Mathura
  • 1 Review
  •  6 helpful votes
  •  2152 readers

"The beautiful temple city"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Mar 23, 2015
I enjoyed being in Orissa state. When I visited Orissa, i felt bores but sometime when I visit some temple I felt so nice. At night there are so many hotels to visit. But there are so places where I got disturbed because everywhere the forest were convert into the colonies that was the bad sight.
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Prasad Upputerla

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  • Prasad Upputerla
  • Lives in Chennai
  • 1 Review
  •  6 helpful votes
  •  3184 readers

"A trip of Orissa"

  • 4.0/7
  • Posted Oct 28, 2014
We have visited puri and konark. Both places were good but transportation is big problem in orissa. Puri is a beautiful city with temple and good beaches. Konark has only temple nothing else but worth watching. Both places were good
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Murali Maran

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  • Murali Maran
  • Lives in Chennai
  • 3 Reviews
  •  11 helpful votes
  •  3683 readers

"Beautiful place with lovely atmosphere"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Jul 10, 2014
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

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  • S nagaraja Murthy
  • Lives in Delhi
  • 4 Reviews
  •  9 helpful votes
  •  4806 readers

"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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