Explore Odisha
Odisha
Ancient abode of divinity

Odisha is replete with ancient temples and holy places which is why it sees more pilgrims than tourists visit each year. It is arguably one of the premier destinations in the country. Prominent temples such as Jagannath Temple and Sun Temple stun the beholders with their sheer magnificence and architectural beauty. Odisha is also home to fascinating flora and fauna, dense forests and biodiversity. The state is also adorned with picturesque beaches which add to the innate serenity of Odisha. 


Popular cities: 


  • Puri

  • Bhubaneswar

  • Konark 

  • Cuttack

  • Sambalpur


Climate
Odisha has a tropical climate with high humidity. The best time to visit the state is between October and March.

  • January — Cool
  • February — Cool
  • March — Warm
  • April — Hot
  • May — Hot
  • June — Wet
  • July — Wet
  • August — Wet
  • September — Humid
  • October — Cool
  • November — Cool
  • December — Cool
Things to do
City Life
Bhubaneswar, Konark and Puri form the Golden Triangle of Odisha. Their religious significance and cultural heritage are the centres of tourism in Odisha. Bhubaneswar, commonly known as ‘Temple City of India’, is a quaint city replete with historic temples. Besides the ancient temples, Bindu Sarovar, Nandankanan Zoological Park and Ekamra Kanan and prominent highlights of the city and nearby districts. Sambalpur is a perfect melange of modernity and culture. It encompasses pristine rivers, lush green forests, exotic wildlife, bustling markets, shopping centers, a flourishing textile and handloom industry and much more. Hirakud Dam and the Leaning Temple of Huma are major highlights of this city.
History & Heritage
Barabati Fort, located in Cuttack, brings old world charm to the city. It depicts Cuttack's glorious history and also provides a spectacular view of the city. Ashoka Rock Edicts in Dhauli are edicts by King Ashoka on a mass rock. These edicts describe different expressions and ideas of King Ashoka. Khandagiri Caves also known as Cuttack caves are artificial caves with great historical importance. With beautifully carved inscriptions and figures makes this place perfect for history buffs. The nearby temples such as Kedareshwar Temple, Chausathi Yogini Temple, Swarnajaleswar Temple are worth visiting for their authentic architecture.
Museums
Odisha State Museum showcases a plethora of artifacts in 11 galleries, including armoury, archeology, manuscripts, art and craft, natural history and many others. These exquisite collections give an insightful look into Odisha's rich culture and history. Museum of Tribal Arts and Artifacts in Bhubaneswar is home to several tribal artifacts, ornaments, dance and musical instruments, weapons, fishing nets, handicrafts and personal belongings, among others. It's an ideal place to learn more about the tribal culture and traditions. Sudarshan Crafts Museum, located in Puri, displays an evolution of modern craftsmanship. The Regional Museum of Natural History promotes non-formal environmental education among the general public. The rich biodiversity of Similipal, Chilika, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Bhitarkanika, and the North-East is exhibited in various galleries. ASI Museum has an exquisite collection of all the fallen sculptures, structures and archeological materials of the Konark Sun Temple. Besides ancient artifacts, reconstructed sculptures and artifacts are also displayed here. Baripada museum, Kalibhoomi - Odisha Crafts Museum, ASI Lalitgiri Site Museum, Odisha State Maritime Museum and Odisha Printing Museum are some of the other famous museums in Odisha.
Nature & Adventure
Chilika Lake, situated near Puri, is the largest internal salt water lake in Asia. With small islands, fisheries, salt pans, rich flora and a myriad of avian charms, Chilika is a paradise for bird watchers and nature lovers. You also stand a chance to spot the endangered Irrawaddy dolphins in the lake. Bird Island, Honeymoon Island, Breakfast Island - Nalabana, Kalijai, Satapada Jeypore is blessed with bountiful nature and scenic panorama. Situated at the southern boundary of Odisha, Jeypore is famous for its waterfalls, valleys and freshwater lakes. Bagara Falls, Shakti Waterfalls, Duduma Waterfalls located in and around the city are a must visit to experience nature's grandeur and indescribable beauty.
Beaches
Konark Beach which is situated just nearby the Konark Temple is just as divine. The sunset view is spectacular and works like a charm if you seek tranquility. After visiting the temples, take a peaceful stroll at the pristine Chandrabhaga beach in Konark. Its clean shores, tall trees and crystal clear water makes it one of the best beaches to visit in the state. Several religious fairs and cultural festivals are frequently held here as the beach holds historical and mythological importance. Talasari Beach, situated in Baleswar district, is a serene beach bestowed with spectacular views. The beach is dotted with palm trees and adorned with golden sand and tranquil waves makes it ideal for solitude seekers. Astaranga Beach, which literally means 'colorful sunset' is a beautiful sandy beach with cooking and swimming options. You can catch a fish and grill it fresh to consume right on the beach. The spectacular view of turtle nesting makes a visit to Astaranga interesting during winters. Other popular beaches in the state include Puri Beach, Baliharachandi Beach, Swargadwar Beach, Paradeep Beach, Gopalpur Beach and Chandipur Beach.
Wildlife
Simlipal National Park, situated near Baripada, is nature-rich with striking meadows, pristine rivers, dense forests and majestic waterfalls. It is home to around 1000 varieties of plants and 96 species of orchids. The major mammals found here include tiger, Asian elephant, leopard, common langur, giant squirrel and wild boar, among others. You can hire a jeep for safari in this nature's paradise. You can also trek to the enchanting Jaranda Falls and Barehipani Falls. Bhitarkanika National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary is home to some of the rarest species of flora and fauna. It's mainly known for its species of reptiles such as crocodiles, Olive Ridley Sea Turtles and several migrant species such as Black Ibis, Asian OpenBill, Darters and Egrets. Tikarpada Wildlife Sanctuary is adorned with lush green surroundings, Mahanadi River, Satkosia gorge and a myriad species of wild animals, birds and plants. You can spot gaur, spotted deers, tigers, sloths, four-horned antelopes and other exotic mammals. The Gharial Sanctuary was established to breed Gharials in their natural habitat. You can indulge in fish angling, trekking and river-rafting in this sanctuary. Satkosia Tiger Reserve, located in Angul, comprises the Satkosia Gorge Wildlife Sanctuary and the Baisipalli Wildlife Sanctuary. Mammals found here include striped hyena, dhole, sloth bear and jungle cat, among others.
Temples/Places of Worship
Sri Jagannath Puri Temple, situated in Puri, forms the part of Char Dham in India. It's one of the most revered pilgrimage sites and beautiful temples in the country. Built in the 11th century, this divine temple houses several minor temples within the complex. The splendid Oriya architecture and the intricately designed gates will leave you awe-struck. The mahaprasad of the temple is something you shouldn't miss. Rath-Yatra (chariot festival) takes place during June-July attracting thousands of pilgrims to Puri. Lingaraj Temple is the prime attraction of Bhubaneswar. Built in the 7th century, this temple is highly revered as it is believed that the Lingam (phallic form of Shiva) appeared naturally. Parasurameswara Temple is another major highlight of Bhubaneswar. This divine edifice is a unique specimen of Oriya style of architecture. It is adorned with beautiful carvings of Hindu gods and goddesses. Rajarani Temple, Brahmeswara Temple, Mukteshy Temple, Ram Mandir are few other popular temples in Bhubaneswar. Sun Temple, situated in Konark, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Built in the form of a grand chariot of the Sun God, it has three deities on three different sides of the temple. The temple complex also houses an archeological museum. During the Konark Dance Festival, the temple transforms into a stage. Standing stoically for thousands of decades, the Sun Temple is an artistic masterpiece. The Shanti Stupa in Dhauli is a beautiful Buddhist peace pagoda. The huge white edifice covered with the dome on top beautified with intricate carvings will steal your heart away. Other prominent places of worship are Gupteswar Temple, Maa Majhighariani Temple, Markandeshwara Temple, Leaning Temple of Huma, and Parasurameswara Temple.
How to spend time / how long will it take?

Prominent places in Odisha can be covered in 7 to 10 days. Spend a day or two in Bhubaneshwar exploring its ancient temples, museums and other attractions. From here you can go to Puri. Take a day trip to visit the magnificent temples located in Puri. In the evening you can visit the picturesque beaches of the city. Next day, visit Konark’s Sun Temple and nearby places of worship to gain inner peace. The Konark beach is also worth a visit to experience indescribable serenity. Do make a day trip to the pristine Chilika Lake. Spend a day in Cuttack to visit the Barabati Fort, museums and pilgrimage sites. Your next stopover can be in Angul where you can enjoy a soulful escapade in Satkosia Tiger Reserve and Tikarpada Wildlife Sanctuary. Spend a day in Sambalpur to enjoy urban delights and visit its beautiful temples. End your trip amidst nature by spending a day in Jeypore. 


Cuisine
  • Odia cuisine is majorly influenced by cuisines of North India, Bengal and Assam. Yoghurt forms an important part of many popular dishes of Odisha. Most of the dishes have less oil and spices but a burst of flavours. Some of the must try dishes include Chungdi Malai, Macha Ghata, Khicede, Dalma, Pakhala Bhata, and Chhena Poda, among others.
Costs
  • While meal prices in Odisha can vary, the average cost of food is approximately INR 200 per meal.
  • Sim card cost depends on the package you opt for but the starting price is mostly INR 200. Certain important documents may be required for identity proof purposes.
Visa
  • Indian Passport and OCI Card holders do not require a Visa
  • Others need to apply for an Indian Visa
Season to Visit
  • October
  • November
  • December
  • January
  • February
  • March

Typical Duration to Visit
  • 7 - 10 days

Known For
  • Temples
  • Beaches
  • Mountains
  • Museums
  • Waterfalls
  • Wildlife
Areas to Visit
  • Bhubaneshwar for temples and museums
  • Puri and Konark for pilgrimage and beaches
  • Sambalpur for urban delights and nature
  • Wildlife Reserves across the state - Simlipal National Park, Satkosia Tiger Reserve, Tikarpada Wildlife Sanctuary etc.

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