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Orissa Won the Award for India’s Best Emerging State for Tourism. Here's Why!

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Orissa is beautiful! If you thought the state is just about Konark’s Sun Temple or Chilka Lake, you are wrong. It won the Better Holiday Award for India’s best emerging state for tourism. Check out unusual things you can do here.

Orissa Won the Award for India’s Best Emerging State for Tourism. Here's Why!:

  1. Puri - Golden Sands, A Sterling Holidays Resort, Puri (Odisha)
  2. Kola Paradise Hotel, Bhatkal (Karnataka)
  3. Raghurajpur Artist Village, Puri (Odisha)
  4. Odisha
  5. Lotus Resort, Ramchandi Beach, Konark (Odisha)
  6. Hotel Utopia, Odisha
  7. Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Paradip (Odisha)

1. Watch the Sea Disappear- Chandipur Beach of Orissa

Watch the Sea Disappear- Chandipur Beach of Orissasource: indiantourist-spots.blogspot.com

Want to watching the sea vanish and then return? Yes, it’s true. It’s unusual. This hide and seek of water at Chandipur Beach is amusing.

“A serene beach. During low tide you can walk almost 5 km inside the sea! Waves are not turbulent and very small. During high tide, the water travels up to the beach bank,” says Traveller Prabhanjan Gorai.

Traveller Saligram recommends stay at Puri - Golden Sands, A Sterling Holidays Resort:"Overall, it's nice to enjoy the holidays at Golden Sand and feel the beauty of sea beach. Roaring sea is just at your doorstep, I with my family enjoyed a lot."

2. Overnight Camp at Chilika

Overnight Camp at Chilikasource: explara.com

Tan under the tropical sun, gorge on succulent seafood and camp under the stars.

Traveller Raghu Kc says, “Lake Chilika is one of largest salt-water bodies in Orissa. Every year thousands of birds migrate come here. Spot playful Irrawady dolphins. There are three entry points to Lake Chilika, is around 100 km from Bhubaneswar.”

HIQ Traveller Abhishek Raj shares: "Kola paradise is a very good hotel and provides good service to their customers. Their plus point is the food. They have different types of dishes and desserts which are delicious."

3. Raghurajpur near Puriur Creates the Most Exquisite Handicrafts. Explore!

Raghurajpur near Puriur Creates the Most Exquisite Handicrafts. Explore!source: gaatha.com

No where else! The village creates fine assemblage of artwork. Explore the exhibits theat showcase the diversity of Oriya culture.

HolidayIQ traveller Jaydeep Chakraborty says: “Travellers with interest in art & culture must visit Raghurajpur – an art & craft artists' village. It is located approximately 12 km from Puri. Spend at least 2 hours at Raghurajpur. Be careful about the price of the products.”

4. Relish Authentic Chhena Poda at Dalma. Delicious!

Relish Authentic Chhena Poda at Dalma. Delicious!source: ksmartstatic.sify.com

Want to sample authentic Odia cuisine? Head to Lewis Rd and visit the famous Dalma restaurant. Aloo bharta, dalma (the restaurant’s speciality dhal dish), chenna poda (Orissa’s cottage-cheese dessert) are a must try.

Traveller Jaydeep Chakraborty says: “Nice weather, co-operative local people, wonderful seafood, specially misti and fried sea fish, at the beach. Foodie Bishwajit Shah says: “When in Orissa, do not miss to try the crabs, prawns and other seafood.”

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5. Shop for Oriya Craft at Pipli. Don't Leave Without It.

Shop for Oriya Craft at Pipli. Don't Leave Without It.source: sandpebblestours.com

When in Orissa, do not leave without buying the exquisite Oriya craft work- applique craft. Explore the Pipli village, just 26 kilometers from Bhubaneshwar. Every family of the village engages in this unique craft. The bags, cushion covers, bed sheets and umbrellas are simply beautiful!

Traveller HimanshuG recommends applique art at Pipli.

Traveller Biren Sahani shares about his stay at Lotus Resort: "Beautifully situated resort at the bank of Kushabhadra river. Lovely location for enjoying natural beauty. Delicious food with accommodating and obliging staff."

6. Visit Daringbadi - Kashmir of Odisha

Visit Daringbadi - Kashmir of Odishasource: travel.india.com

This place in Odisha experiences snowfall during winter. And yes, we are serious! Situated at a height of 915 m in Kandhmal district, Daringbadi is gifted with natural bounties like pine jungles, coffee gardens and beautiful valleys. It has thick rain forests with wild animals, and is an ideal summer resort.

HolidayIQ traveller Nithish says, “It is called the Kashmir of Orissa as it is the only place which experiences snowfall during winter.”

When here, stay at Hotel Utopia.

7. Gahirmatha Beach - World's Largest Nesting Ground for Olive Ridley Turtles

Gahirmatha Beach - World's Largest Nesting Ground for Olive Ridley Turtlessource: bhitarkanikanationalpark.com

This beach separates the Bhitarkanika Mangroves from the Bay of Bengal and is regarded as the world's largest nesting ground for Olive Ridley Turtles. The Gahirmatha Turtle Sanctuary sees over 7 lakh turtles that visit the beach every year during the nesting season.

Traveller Sangram suggests Country Inn Suites By Carlson: "It is conveniently located at Paradip, where the sea beach is 5 minutes walkable distance. The markets are close by and Paradip Port is also a must visit."

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